Graeme’s the hero as Town take the derby day honours

Doncaster CC v Sheffield Utd CC.  Doncaster opening bowler James Stuart.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Doncaster CC v Sheffield Utd CC. Doncaster opening bowler James Stuart. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
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Doncaster Town came out on top in the South Yorkshire derby match against Sheffield United at Town Fields on Saturday.

Town won the Yorkshire Premier League clash by six wickets after some impressive performance by their more experienced players.

Batting first, United were all out for just 81 as Doncaster’s bowlers ripped through their order. Graeme Attenborough took 3-9, while Simon Widdup took 4-21 and James Stuart added 3-35.

In reply, Doncaster needed just 25 overs to reach a winning score of 82-4. Attenborough was the star with the bat too, scoring 32, while Stuart Guy added 23 to help them to victory. Rory McInnes-Gibbons was United’s only highlight, taking 2-21.

Rotherham Town notched up an eight-point victory when they beat Scarborough at Clifton Lane by seven wickets.

Will Street and Mark Cummins both took three wickets as Scarborough were all out for 230, the final wicket falling with the last ball of the innings with Darren Harland scoring 62 and James Pick adding 56.

But victory came at 235-3, in the 49th over. Mark Cummins was unbeaten on 74, while Gareth Purshouse added 55.

Barnsley suffered a 31-run defeat at Driffield Town, and dropped to seventh in the table.

Batting first, Driffield posted a score on 217-8 in their 55 overs but Barnsley were all out for 186 in the 50th over.

Steve Nuttall had scored 48, but Driffield’s bowlers were too strong with Nick Hardgrave taking 4-47 and Dave Brent 4-61.

See Friday’s Grass Roots for a full report on Doncaster Town’s Yorkshire League win over Sheffield United.

Wath’s all-round star Derek Mitchell kept up his fine start to the season with 84, in a ten-wicket win over Norton Oakes on Saturday.

That win kept Wath on top of the South Yorkshire League’s Premier Division.

The clash between champions Elsecar and Yorkshire Council winners Whitley Hall turned into a disappointing damp squib. Elsecar were sent back for a mere 111 on their own Armroyd Lane ground, with Jim Tasker picking up 6-27 for Whitley, who eased to 116-4, South African Jaco Castle unbeaten on 42.

Wickersley took the honours against Whiston, who scored 237-6 with 86 from Andy Tomlinson, against his former club.

But 88 from Richard Harrison saw Wickersley home by three wickets. Rob Oxberry claimed 5-62 for the losers.

An unbeaten 90 from Mark Williams steered Hallam to 216-7 at Treeton, against the attack of Rob Barlow, 5-24, and Greg Norton, 4-55. Treeton closed on 197-9, Chris Cobb 48 and Steve Foster 41, the Hallam attackers Vaidik Raj, 4-65, and Humphrey Emery, 3-40.

Tickhill made 229 at the Darfield ground, Nicky Page hitting 14 boundaries in a knock of 86, and the School Street side were sent back for 147, Alex Rowland grabbing 6-15.

Coal Aston took the honours in their local derby with Aston Hall, scoring 211. Geoff Ashmore took 5-59 for Hall, who clung on at 203-9 to avoid a complete defeat.

The day’s sun brought out five century-makers, the 188 from Phoenix’s John Ashton, against Doncaster Town, the highest individual score of the season.

Oughtibridge’s Thomas Starkes was not far behind with 167 against Sheffield United. Chris Verity slammed 115 to help Whitley Hall seconds to a winning club double over Elsecar, while Dave Handley was unlucky to be on the losing side after his unbeaten 85.

Ashley Statham hammered 106no as Oughtibridge’s Division Four side beat Thorncliffe, and Penistone’s opener Sam Lee struck 115 in the Division Five win over Rotherham Phoenix.

All-rounder honours went to Houghton Main’s Pete Colbourne, who hit 98 and then took 4-24 in their triumph over Sheffield Collegiate.