VICTORY over Sheffield United helped Rotherham Town give their Yorkshire League title hopes a boost – with long-time leaders York slipping up against the Yorkshire Academy.
Second-placed Rotherham are now just three points behind York, and are due to play them on Saturday in what could be a title decider.
Rotherham set an impressive total of 257-5 against United, with Gerhardus Rudolph scoring 100, while James Moorhouse added 59 as the opening pair put on 107 for the first wicket.
With Jordan Lowe unbeaten on 47, their total looked a tough one for United to chase.
And so it proved, as their innings ended on 198-7, with the best batsmen being Nick Beneke with 71 and Adam Thorpe with 35 not out.
Gurman Randhawa took 5-64 for Rotherham to help stop United settling, while Ben Sanderson took 2-39.
The Yorkshire Academy threw the title race wide open with a six-wicket win over York.
York were all out for 143 with Ben Coad taking 6-31, while York’s best batsman was Liam McKendry with 45.
In reply, the Academy reached a winning 146-4 in the 26th over, with Jack Leaning scoring 44 and George Ross 40 not out.
Sheffield Collegiate secured an emphatic nine-wicket win over Castleford to climb above them into sixth place in the table.
Castleford were all out for just 91 with Joe Root taking an impressive 8-42, while in reply Collegiate reached a winning 92-1 in just 20.2 overs, with Alex Patmore scoring 27, Will Root 25 not out and Elliot Callis 23 not out.
Barnsley’s clash with Appleby Frodingham fell victim to the rain. They had been bowled out for just 87 runs when the rain came and ensured a share of the points.
Doncaster Town’s bottom of the table clash with Hull only lasted 36 overs before the rain brought a premature end to the game with Doncaster on 137-0, Gareth Cox having scored a steady 58 not out and Felix Odell a patient 53 not out.