ROTHERHAM Town find themselves in a position they haven’t even been near occupying since their last title triumph 15 years ago.
They have gone top of the Yorkshire League after crushing Sheffield Collegiate by 115 runs at Clifton Lane on Sunday.
The victory continued their successful run which now stretches to nine matches and they leapt over champions York who they meet at Clifton Lane in their next home game on July 2.
With 75 from Gerhard Rudolph and an unbeaten 72 from Neil Smith, Rotherham made 273-7. Ben Sanderson struck 62 and Stuart Guy 47. Will Street took three expensive wickets for 94.
It was always too much for Collegiate with Will Root’s 27 their top score in making just 158. Gurman Randhawa 4-19 and Ollie Jackson 4-42.
Barnsley, the last remaining local side, went out of the Yorkshire League Cup, beaten at York in their quarter-final.
Barnsley were bowled out for 217 after openers Simon Widdup, 59, and Jason Booth, 38, had put on 96.
Richard Wilkinson made 55 including a sixth wicket stand of 91 with Matt Wilson, 24, but the last five wickets went down for only 12 runs.
Duncan Snell, 100no, and Luke McKendry, 55, opened with 119 and York eased in at 223-3 with four overs to spare.