Rotherham Town came out on top in a thrilling derby clash with Sheffield Collegiate in the Yorkshire Premier Cricket League on Saturday, winning by just 29 runs at Clifton Lane.
Batting first, Rotherham totalled 190 with Ben Sanderson top-scoring with 74. Both Luke Shutt and Matt Dixon took 2-28 for Sheffield Collegiate, while youngster Henry Eldred chipped in with 2-40 to help restrict Rotherham’s total.
In reply, Collegiate’s chase began well with Will Root scoring 59, Simon Guy 33 and Jacob Waterson 28. But only one other batsman reached double figures as their innings ended on 162-9, good enough for a losing bonus point.
In was Will Street who had done much of the damage for Rotherham, taking 4-45, while Mark Cummins took 2-26 and Ben Sanderson took 2-37.
Doncaster Town beat Appleby Frodingham by five wickets to move up to fifth in the table.
The Lincolnshire side were all out for 123 in the 44th over, with Doncaster’s bowlers doing well. Junior Curtis Free took 3-31 and Felix Odell chipped in with 3-24.
In reply, Doncaster reached a winning 127-5 in the 49th over. Simon Widdup top-scored with 37, while Rhys Mann and Alex Gosney were both unbeaten on 30.
Sheffield United went down by 96 runs to high-flying Harrogate, who are now second in the table.
Matthew Taylor took 3-69 and Rory McInnes-Gibbons 3-86 for United, but it proved too costly with Harrogate posting a total of 271-7, thanks largely to the 130 not out from Scott Huntley.
In reply, United’s innings ended on 175 all out, with Bilal Anjam scoring 41 and Ben Jenkinson 28 not out.
Elsewhere, the Yorkshire Academy secured a 72-run win over Scarborough to retain third spot in the table. They totalled 260-5, while their North Yorkshire rivals were all out for 188.