Rain saves Collegiate from defeat

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It was another frustrating Saturday in the Yorkshire County ECB Premier League as the rain interfered with the majority of games. Only two matches were completed - neither of them featuring South Yorkshire clubs.

One of the games to be abandoned was Sheffield United’s against Yorkshire Academy. United didn’t even get to take to the crease and Academy didn’t finish their innings although they did build up a score of 145 after 50.5 overs.

Paul and Mark Cummins were involved in six of the seven of the wickets taken, either catching, bowling or both.

Rhodes’ 70 not out was the highlight of Academy’s batting but as the rain started to fall on him and partner Shaw, the umpire pulled the rug from under them and the game was abandoned.

So although United hadn’t bowled particularly well, they still managed to get three points out of the game.

Sheffield Collegiate would have been much happier at having their game abandoned as they were staring down the barrel of the gun as they took on Barnsley.

Collegiate had made a reasonable start - Luke Shutt took three wickets for just 15 runs in seven overs. Matthew Dixon and Will Street both removed two batsmen. But a Jason Booth 54 had beefed up Barnsley’s score and they went on to make 136.

As Collegiate took to the crease, they struggled as Barnsley’s bowlers made short work of their batting order.

Opening, Nicholas Gaywood made just two runs from 43 balls before being dismissed and partner Sam Webber high scored with a measly 16.

Graeme Whiles and Ryan Hercules were in excellent form for Barnsley. Whiles took four for 10 in seven overs. Hercules removed three for 11 in only six overs.

With 30 overs played, nine wickets gone and a score of 66, it looked to be all over for Collegiate before the officials stopped the game for a fifth and final time at 8pm and the fixture was abandoned and both teams were awarded three points.

The rain did Rotherham a favour as they were handed three points for an abandoned match when they could have been looking to beat Academy’s 210.