Hercules derby effort

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Although the weather started to brighten up this weekend, the sun didn’t come in time to save Sheffield Collegiate and Sheffield United’s matches from being called off in the Yorkshire ECB County Premier League.

Collegiate were to take on Cleethorpes and United were to face Scarborough but both were cancelled and both teams receive three points.

But all of the other matches involving teams in the region took place with a derby between Barnsley and Rotherham featuring in the fixtures.

None of Barnsley’s batsmen scored highly but they did keep a steady ship and consistently hit double figures to drum up a total of 185. Richard Wilkinson’s 40 was the biggest innings and Rotherham’s star bowler was Nathan Smith who took three wickets.

It was a similar story when Rotherham took to the crease, James Moorehouse’s opening 25 was a reasonable start and Stuart Guy, Nathan Smith and Christopher Pursehouse all added to the score.

Ryan Hercules took four wickets for 34 runs in 10.4 overs to slow Rotherham down and they were all out for 157 to hand Barnsley victory.

Doncaster had a torrid time in their match against Harrogate as they found out the hard way why the West Yorkshire outfit top the table.

Former Yorkshire all-rounder Vic Craven was in inspired form for Harrogate and he proved to be the architect of Doncaster’s downfall.

Craven, who represented Yorkshire between 2000 and 2004, first showed his bowling skill as he ripped through Doncaster’s batting order.

The Harrogate man took six wickets for just 25 runs to leave Doncaster bowled out in just 36.4 overs. They managed only 85 runs.

Doncaster got off to a good start when bowling – Gareth Cox caught Alexis Twigg before he’d scored a single run.

But that only paved the way for Vic Craven to take to the crease and he quickly put paid to any hopes that Doncaster might have had, hitting nine fours and a six on his way to 50 not out. David Orange’s 34 did the rest as Harrogate strolled to a win.

Lewis Stabler starred for Yorkshire Academy as they blew Castleford away in an eight-wicket win. Stabler took six wickets for 10 runs.