Town lose to leaders

Pictured at Rotherham vs York,'Rotherham Will Cooper sweps for runs
Pictured at Rotherham vs York,'Rotherham Will Cooper sweps for runs
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ROTHERHAM Town’s title hopes suffered a knock when they lost out to leaders York in Saturday’s big showdown clash at Clifton Lane.

ROTHERHAM Town’s title hopes suffered a knock when they lost out to leaders York in Saturday’s big showdown clash at Clifton Lane.

Second-placed Rotherham would have gone top of the table with victory over their rivals, but they lost out by eight wickets after a strong performance from York.

Rotherham were all out for 156 after 52 overs, with wicket keeper Gareth Purshouse scoring 55 while Gurman Randhawa added 27 and Will Cooper an unbeaten 21.

Daniel Woods did most of the damage for York, taking 4-56, while Jake Murphy took 3-32.

York needed just 22.5 overs to secure a winning score of 157-2 with a superb run rate.

Duncan Snell scored 69 and Liam McKendry 53 not out to help York to victory, while Rotherham’s bowlers struggled to make an impact on some classy batting.

Barnsley climbed up to fifth spot in the table on the back of a 53-run victory over Driffield.

Talented junior Daniel Rafiq scored 67 runs to help Barnsley post an impressive total of 218 in their innings, while James Stuart added 46 and Simon Widdup 28.

In reply, Driffield reached 165-9 in their innings – enough to secure a losing bonus point but short of victory by some way.

Former Yorkshire player Simon Widdup was in good form with the ball, taking 5-47 to help keep their East Yorkshire rivals at bay.

Sheffield Collegiate slipped down the table after they were beaten by seven wickets by fourth-placed Scarborough. Collegiate were all out for just 117 in the 36th over after a poor batting performance.

Only Matt Moroney with 38 and Joe Root with 32 provided any resistance, but Scarborough’s bowlers were all in classy form.

In reply, Scarborough needed just an hour and a half – and 28.4 overs – to secure victory, with Mark Tennant unbeaten on 52 and Darren Harland scoring 49.

Sheffield United fared little better, losing out to hosts Harrogate by five wickets.

Dean Smith was unbeaten on 54 and both captain Paul Cummins and Joe Tetley scored 44 as United totalled 209-5 in their innings.

But in reply Harrogate reached 213-5 after 47 overs. United’s young bowlers did their best and Zafran Ali took 2-36 and Adam Thorpe 2-59, but it was not enough to avoid defeat.

Doncaster Town lost out by five wickets to Appleby Frodingham and remain bottom of the league.

They made 192-7 in their innings with Felix Odell top-scoring with 48, but in reply the Lincolnshire side made 196-5 in the 44th over, with the pick of the Doncaster bowlers being Curtis Free with 2-47 and Jonathon Redfern with 2-69.

The Yorkshire Academy also lost out by five wickets, to Castleford who had David Wainwright to thank for the win.

He took 5-59 in the Academy innings, and then scored 101 not out to help take the win.