YORKSHIRE LEAGUE: Academy lift the title, and Collegiate settle for sixth

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The Solly Sports ECB Yorkshire Premier League season draws to a close at the weekend, with a clutch of home matches for the South Yorkshire teams - and with first and second place in the table already settled.

Only one match produced a result in the November-like conditions experienced at most venues last Saturday, but the seven-wicket victory for the Yorkshire Academy over Cleethorpes at Chichester Road was enough to give them their first ever league title - and bring York’s remarkable seven-year winning run to an end.

YCA put Cleethorpes in to bat and with Matt Fisher taking 4-30, the hosts were in serious trouble at 50-6.

Harry Warwick then hit a solid 34 but they were all out for 133, which YCA knocked off for the loss of three wickets in the 19th over. Former Collegiate junior Elliot Callis scored another half century.

York take second place and Barnsley - if they beat the former champions or better Harrogates result at YCA, will take third spot.

And to complete an exciting weekend,Barnsley face YCA in the League Cup Final at Shaw Lane on Sunday (11.30am).

Sheffield Collegiate have to settle for sixth place after their match at York was finally called off with the home team 214-6 after 29 rain interrupted overs.Liam Mckendry top scoring with 69, with Josh Varley taking another four wickets for Collegiate.

James Wainman hit their first League century of the season at Scarborough, but Barnsley were denied victory after rain finally brought the match, already reduced to 30 overs per side, to an end with Scarborough 51-3 chasing Barnsley’s 201-3.

Wainmans impressive innings of 105 came off just 65 balls, and included 11 boundaries and four sixes.

Castleford put United in to bat at a damp and gloomy Savile Park and they were 45-2 when heavy drizzle brought the match to a close. No play was possible at Harrogate for the visit of Doncaster.

Town should round off the season in mid table and will be anticipating a comfortable victory when Castleford visit Town Fields.

Collegiate have fallen victims to the weather on a staggering nine occasions this season and will be hoping to finish the season against Castleford with a win in a high scoring match, after recent, nailbiting, low scoring affairs at Abbeydale Park.

n Table: Yorkshire Academy 132 points, York 118, Barnsley 102, Harrogate 97, Cleethorpes 96, Collegiate 86, Doncaster 81, Driffield 76, Rotherham 69, App Frod 68, Castleford 56, Scarborough 47, United 27.

n Fixtures (12pm start): App Frod v Scarborough, Barnsley v York, Doncaster v Castleford, Sheffield Collegiate v Driffield, Sheffield United v Rotherham, Yorkshire Academy v Harrogate.