Rudolph liftsTown chances

Sheffield Utd v Rotherham Town CC .Sheffield Utd v Rotherham Town CC at Sheffield Utd ground Bawtry Road.  Sheffield's Johnson caught behind off the bowling of Cooper

Sheffield Utd v Rotherham Town CC .Sheffield Utd v Rotherham Town CC at Sheffield Utd ground Bawtry Road. Sheffield's Johnson caught behind off the bowling of Cooper

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ROTHERHAM Town put local rivals Sheffield United to the sword in the Yorkshire Premier League clash at Bawtry Road, boosting their hopes of challenging for the title.

ROTHERHAM Town put local rivals Sheffield United to the sword in the Yorkshire Premier League clash at Bawtry Road, boosting their hopes of challenging for the title.

Rotherham are third in the table, but leaders York suffered their first league defeat of the season to boost Town.

United were all out for 181 (Ben Percival 66) with junior Ben Sanderson 3-44, England Under-19 ace Gurman Randhawa 3-42 and Will Cooper 2-21doing trhe damage.

It took Rotherham just 46.4 overs to overhaul the target, Gerhardus Rudolph hitting 63 and Stuart Guy 79 not out.

Barnsley dropped to sixth when they were beaten by Appleby Frodingham, who climb above them in the table on the back of their three-wicket win. The Scunthorpe side clinched a narrow victory in a thrilling match at Shaw Lane.

Barnsley made 215-7 (Simon Widdup 53, Steve Nuttall 51 and Matt Wilson 44) and although Frodingham slumped to 19-2 South African ace Brandon Handley went on to finish unbeaten on 118, while Matt Fowler added 49. With just two balls remaining, Frodingham secured victory with a boundary to leave Barnsley empty-handed.

Sheffield Collegiate took an eight-point victory over Castleford, winning by 20 runs after an entertaining match.

Joe Root scored 48 and Peter Turnbull 47 to help Collegiate to a total of 174. Castleford were all out for 154 to leave Collegiate seventh.

Doncaster Town’s hopes of climbing off the bottom were dashed when fellow strugglers Hull beat them by five wickets at Town Fields.

Doncaster reached 189-9 with James Stuart scoring 62 and opener Amitpaul Singh Kundra adding 54 and Jack Oughtred taking 4-50. Victory came for Hull in the 50th over, reaching 191-5.

Yorkshire Academy inflicted leaders’ York’s first loss of the season, winning by 148 runs. The Academy made 233 all out in their innings, but York’s hopes of victory were soon dashed as they were all out for 85 runs.

James Wainman took 4-12 and captain John Blain 4-37 to put York back in the pavilion.

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