Victory, at last, for Sheff United

Barnsley batsman Steve Nuttall
Barnsley batsman Steve Nuttall
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Sheffield United, without a Yorkshire League victory all season, pulled off the shock of the day by beating Scarborough by 52 runs at a sunny North Marine Road.

Club secretary and scorer Andy Tipple was delighted with the result: “Bowling,fielding and catching were all magnificent,” he said.

“The team deserves so much credit for battling on through such a long winless run and sticking together as a group.

“My prayers have been answered!”

United skipper Shabhan Raheem decided to bat after winning the toss but Danesh Hussain was dismissed for 2 and wickets began to fall at 15 run intervals.

Ben Percival hit four boundaries in his 24 but at 98-7, United were looking down the barrel.

A partnership of 31 for the eighth wicket between Ben Jenkinson, 15, and Jonny Whiteoak, 26, rescued the dire situation somewhat but their all-out total of 150 gave the home team confidence to have that extra tea-time bun.

Rory McInnes-Gibbons struck two early blows, however, when Scarborough replied: James Pick and the dangerous Darren Harland both caught out with just 19 on the board.

United fielded with great enthusiasm, wickets fell quickly and even the late arrival at number seven of out-of-sorts captain Andy Simpson failed to inspire the home side.

And with 17-year-old all-rounder Jenkinson returning his best league figures of 5-12 from seven overs, United ran out gleeful winners by 52 runs in a match where 18 batsmen were caught out - all ten United, and eight of Scarborough!

Barnsley moved up to third place following a smart 71 run victory over Harrogate at St Georges Road.

Steve Nuttall elected to bat first but within three overs they had lost Johnny Trower and Zohaib Ahmad for a paltry 14.

But 46 by Matt Wilson and a splendid 91 from captain Nuttall took Barnsley to 257 all out, Tom Geeson-Brown grabbing 4-63 from nine expensive overs.

Harrogate in reply had Scott Huntley to thank for his 51 but after a decent start they slipped to 186 all out with just two overs left. Zohaib took 4-32.

This weekend, Barnsley visit Bawtry Road to face a buoyant Sheffield United and although the Griffons are favourites, a close encounter is on the cards on Saturday.

Doncaster’s six match winning streak came to an end with an 161 run defeat at a resurgent Rotherham at Clifton Lane.

James Moorhouse (30) and Gareth Purshouse (26) put on 61 for the first wicket before two further wickets fell to leave Town 67-3.

Mark Cummins then steadied the innings with 44 from 106 balls as he and Nathan Smith added 120 for the fourth wicket. The skipper went for an entertaining 58 and Ben Sanderson hit a run-a-ball 31 to take Rotherham to 239-8.

When Doncaster batted they were in shock when Simon Widdup was run out off the first ball he received, and Graham Attenborough also failed to trouble the scorers.Wickets fell quickly and in the space of 29 overs, Doncaster were dismissed for 78,Cummins taking 4-11 from 5 overs.

Rotherham face a tough examination at Champions York and Sheffield Collegiate, back in action following a two week gap, will have to be at their very best to overcome the Yorkshire Academy at Weetwood.

n Table: YCA 74 points, York 69, Barnsley 66, Doncaster 64, Harrogate 50, Driffirld 48, Rotherham 46, Cleethorpes 45, AppFrod 40, Castleford 32, Scarborough 30, Collegiate 30, United 18.