AN unbeaten knock of 95 from Jordan Lowe helped Rotherham Town secure an eight-point victory over Castleford, and maintain third spot in the Yorkshire Premier League.
Just one point behind second-placed Cleethorpes, Town have two games in hand which – if won – would see them close to within one point of leaders York.
Saturday’s performance started well when Castleford were all out for just 185 runs, with youngster Ben Sanderson taking 5-33 to help restrict their target.
Apart from Andrew Bourke with 60 and Scott Hopkinson with 48, Castleford struggled and it took Rotherham just 44 overs to take the win.
Lowe’s sparkling 95 not out was added to by scores of 23 from Sanderson, 22 not out from Nathan Smith, 21 from Gerhardus Rudolph and 20 from James Moorhouse, which all helped keep the runs coming.
Yorkshire’s Joe Root scored 82 runs and took four wickets for Sheffield Collegiate on Saturday, but it was not enough to avoid defeat to league leaders York.
Root took 4-52 as York totalled 231-8 in their 55 overs, with Alex Collins scoring 60 not out for the leaders, and Oliver Hairs 54.
But in reply, Collegiate struggled in the face of a superb spell of bowling from Tom Pringle, who ended the day with 8-74 having proved the difference for the Sheffield side. Collegiate ended on 221 all out in the penultimate over, just 11 runs short of victory with 11 balls remaining.
With Root scoring 82 and brother Will 54, Collegiate were on track until the final few overs when the wickets fell and left them without a point.
Captain Paul Cummins scored 33 and Grant Johnson 31 for Sheffield United, but it was not enough to avoid defeat to Appleby Frodingham. Batting first, the Lincolnshire side totalled 248-8 with Ali Jahangir taking 3-50 for United. In reply, Cummins did well as opening bat, but apart from Johnson with 31 and Reece Shutt with 29, there were few other performances of note; they finished on 192-9, with just a point to show for their efforts.
Fourth-placed Barnsley’s hopes of challenging for the title suffered a knock when they lost out by five wickets to Hull. Barnsley were restricted to 172-7 by Hull whose bowlers were in form. Henri Londt scored 64 not out and Simon Widdup added 50, but the day belonged to the Hull bowlers with Matthew Wilkinson taking 6-46.
In reply, Hull reached a winning 176-5 in the 40th over. Richard Wilkinson took 4-70 for Barnsley, but it was not enough to stave off the Hull batting attack.