So near yet so far for Collegiate, in defeat against Driffield

Billy Root on his way to 31 runs for Sheffield Collegiate CC 1st XI v Sheffield United CC 1st XI
Billy Root on his way to 31 runs for Sheffield Collegiate CC 1st XI v Sheffield United CC 1st XI
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Sheffield Collegiate came within two runs of beating rivals Driffield in a dramatic final match of the Yorkshire Premier League season at Abbeydale on Saturday.

Batting first, Driffield had totalled 259-6, with Matt Lee bowling well for Collegiate and taking 5-70.

In reply, Collegiate began well enough and were always on track. Will Root scored 61, Sam Webber added 47 and Daniel Walton 46.

But they lost three late wickets for the addition of just one run as they chased hard, and their innings came to an end on 257-9, agonisingly short of the win and leaving them with just two losing bonus points.

Rotherham Town got the better of local rivals Sheffield United at Bawtry Road, winning by ten wickets.

Bottom of the table United were all out for 127 in the 33rd over, with only Chamal Rajapaksha’s 40 runs giving them anything to be happy about, as Archie Ogden took 5-42 and Ben Sanderson 3-35 for Rothrham.

In reply Rotherham reached a winning 128 runs without loss, James Moorhouse scoring 82 and Mark Cummins 33.

Third-placed Barnsley lost out by six wickets to runners-up York. They scored 117 all out, with nobody scoring more than 19 runs as Nick Kay took 4-36 and Tom Pringle 3-21 for York.

In reply, York needed just 32 overs to reach a winning 119-4, with James Wainman taking 2-24 for the home side at Shaw Lane.

Doncaster Town were beaten by Castleford and had to settle for one losing bonus point at Town Fields.

Curtis Free took 4-49 for Doncaster, Felix Odell 2-34 and Simon Widdup 2-41 as Castleford reached 234-8 in their innings.

But in reply, Doncaster struggled with Stuart Guy scoring 43 and Odell 29 as they could only reach 181-7 in their 55 overs.

Elsewhere, champions Yorkshire Academy beat Harrogate by nine wickets to end on a high. Karl Carver took 5-32, while with the bat Will Rhodes hit 101.

Collegiate finished the league table in sixth place, with Doncaster Town two further places back in eighth.