BARNSLEY climbed to fourth in the Yorkshire Premier League after securing a nail-biting, three-run victory over Scarborough at North Marine Road on Saturday.
Having posted a total of 242 in their innings, Barnsley were under pressure with Scarborough having reached 237-7, just six runs short of victory and with a couple of overs left.
But Barnsley stuck to their task and, crucially, their fielding didn’t wilt under pressure as they produced two run outs for the ninth and last wickets.
The final wicket went down off the fifth ball of the final over with Scarbrough requiring three to tie and four to win off the final two balls. However, Steve Nuttall ran out last man Jack Holt and the home side were all out for 239, their last four wickets having fallen for 10 runs as they chased victory.
Barnsley youngster Daniel Rafiq was the star of the show with 99 not out, while Simon Widdup continued his run of good form with 73 and the pair put on 81 for the fourth wicket to help Barnsley post a total of 242-8 in their 55 overs.
In reply, Richard Wilkinson’s canny bowling enabled Barnsley to make inroads after Scarborough openers Darren Harland, 82, and Andy Simpson, 77, had got things away with a stand of 146.
Wilkinson split them and finished with figures of 5-75.
South African ace Gerhardus Rudolph hit a superb 155 to help third-placed Rotherham Town to victory over second-placed Cleethorpes, closing the gap between the two to just three points.
His 155 was ably supported by Jordan Lowe with 50, but no other batsman reached double figures and Rotherham were all out for 255 in the final over.
In reply, Cleethorpes managed to deny Rotherham the full eight points by reaching 192-9.
England U19 spinner Gurman Randhawa was the pick of the Rotherham bowlers with 5-38.
A five-wicket haul from junior Reece Shutt was the high spot for Sheffield United as they fell to a 162-run defeat to league leaders, and defending champions, York at Bawtry Road on Saturday.
High-flying York totalled 291. Shutt took 5-70 and it was a difficult target for United that was always beyond them.
They were all out for 129, with Grant Johnson and Oliver Law both scoring 25. Daniel Woods did much of the damage for York, taking 7-60.
Sheffield Collegiate lost out to Driffield by 22 runs.
The East Yorkshire side reached 211-9 in their innings, with Jason Fisher the best of Collegiate’s bowlers with an expensive 3-79.
In reply, Collegiate’s top order all got in but couldn’t go on to a decisive score apart from Riaz Richards who made the top score of 49 as they were dismissed for 189 with five balls remaining .
Doncaster Town secured their first league win of the season, winning at Castleford by seven wickets.
Castleford had posted a target of 229-8 i with Brayden Clark scoring 89. Captain Nick Morley led by example for Doncaster, taking 5-63.
Opener Gareth Cox, with 79, got Doncaster away nicely and his second wicket stand with Amitpaul Singh Kundra, 73, set things up nicely. James Stuart was unbeaten on 34 as they reached 231-3, timing things just right to win with nine balls remaining.