Town lose ground as leaders York cash in

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ROTHERHAM Town’s title hopes suffered another knock when they had to settle for three points from a rain-affected match, while rivals York dodged the showers and secured an eight point win.

Second in the table, Rotherham Town are now 11 points adrift of leaders York following Saturday’s matches, which saw Rotherham play Sheffield Collegiate while York took on Barnsley.

Batting first, Rotherham made a reasonable start and had 139 runs on the board for the loss of just three wickets with Gerhardus Rudolph scoring 56 and Stuart Guy 50.

But things went downhill from there, and they declared on 174-8 in the 38th over.

The pick of Collegiate’s bowlers were Will Street with 4-25 and Matt Dixon with 3-33.

In reply, Collegiate’s innings was not great, with only two batsmen reaching double figures – Ed McKenna with 58 and Nick Gaywood with 26.

Struggling along on 130-9 in the 28th over, Collegiate were spared defeat when the rains came and the match was abandoned.

Barnsley battled well against leaders York, but in the end had no answer to the batting prowess of their rivals at Shaw Lane.

York totalled 269-9 in their innings, with Oliver Hairs scoring 103 and Alex Collins 52 to underpin the total. Oliver Hannon-Dalby took 6-81 for Barnsley.

In reply, Barnsley were never really in the hunt, with their top-scorers being James Stuart with 37 and Matthew Wilson with 30.

York’s bowlers ensured Barnsley’s innings ended at 138 all out in the 39th over, with Tom Pringle taking 6-42.

Bottom of the table Doncaster Town suffered another defeat, this time to Scarborough who were victorious by 45 runs.

Scarborough totalled 171-6 in their innings, with Doncaster youngster Curtis Free taking 3-39.

In reply, Doncaster’s best batsmen was Alex Gosney with 41, but there was little else to be happy about as their innings ended at 126-8, enough for one bonus point but well short of victory.