HIGH-flying Rotherham Town moved up to second in the Yorkshire Premier Cricket League table after a hard-fought two-wicket win over strugglers Hull on Saturday.
The six-point win was enough to see them climb up to second, and they now trail leaders York by 14 points having played one game fewer.
Youngster Ben Sanderson did well with the bat for Rotherham and ended unbeaten with 68 runs, but he was the only performer to shine on a day where every wicket and every run seemed hard to come by.
In a reduced overs match Hull reached 161-7 in their 45 overs. Nathan Smith took 2-46 for Rotherham, while the other wickets were evenly shared.
Chris Grey scored 61 runs for Hull before being caught by Chris Grey, while Dom Rhodes added 56 before James Moorhouse caught him, again off the bowling of Smith.
Rotherham reached a winning 163-8 with just eight balls remaining. Apart from Sanderson’s 68 not out, Stuart Guy added 27 and Moorhouse 22, but they will consider it two points lost rather than six gained against a Hull side who are third-bottom.
Barnsley climbed to third in the table, overtaking rivals Cleethorpes after beating them by 43 runs at Shaw Lane on Saturday.
A patient knock of 73 from Steve Nuttall was the pick of Barnsley’s batsmen as they posted a target of 191-8. Simon Widdup added 24, while both Richard Wilkinson and Henri Londt scored 20.
Alex Osmond took 5-60 for Cleethorpes, but it was not quite enough to help his side to victory.
In reply, Cleethorpes could only reach 148-8 in their 55 overs and had to settle for one bonus point, with Barnsley’s bowlers doing just enough to peg them back. Wilkinson took 4-43, while Widdup took 3-15 in a great six-over spell.
Sheffield United recorded only their second win of the league season when they won by three wickets at Doncaster Town.
Four wickets from Adam Thorpe helped restrict Doncaster to 179, with Gareth Cox scoring 60 and Adam Watson 33.
In reply, United reached a winning 180-7 in the 53rd over, with Ben Percival top-scoring with 36, while Grant Johnson added 25.
For Doncaster captain Nick Morley took 4-44, but it was not enough to stop their rivals topping their total.
Ed McKenna scored 101 for Sheffield Collegiate, but it was in vain as the Yorkshire Academy ran out two-wicket winners at Abbeydale.
Collegiate totalled 204-6 after their innings, with Alex Patmore adding 30 runs and Riaz Richards 22.
But in reply, the Academy reached 205-8 with 3-4 overs remaining, and Alex Lees scored a century of his own, hitting 102 not out, while his Academy colleague George Ross added 52.