Yorkshire League: Inconsistent Doncaster Town go to Hull and back

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For the second successive weekend Doncaster Town experienced very mixed fortunes.

Alex Gosney’s side were too strong for Hull on Saturday when they ran out convincing 120-run winners.

But it was a very different story on Bank Holiday Monday as Doncaster were outclassed by Yorkshire Academy.

Experienced all-rounder Graeme Attenborough was the star of the show at Hull, impressing with both bat and ball.

Attenborough was the mainstay of the Town innings, hitting 18 fours and two sixes in an excellent knock of 116 from 126 balls.

His main support came from Rhys Mann (55) and Gosney (45) as Doncaster posted an imposing total of 273-9 from their 55 overs.

In reply Gosney removed Hull’s first three batsmen to quickly reduce the hosts to 39-3.

Chris Grey knuckled down and made a stubborn 45 to prevent Doncaster completely running away with it.

But from 82-3 the home side collapsed to 115-9 as Attenborough struck four times with the ball and also claimed a run out.

Tailender Dave Watkin made a quick 32 but Hull were all out for 153 in 37.1 overs.

Attenborough finished with 4-30, while Gosney claimed 3-44.

Things went from the sublime to the ridiculous against Yorkshire’s rising stars 48 hours later.

After electing to bat, Town collapsed from 40-1 to 69 all out in 18.4 overs.

Only opener Gareth Cox (35) could hold his head up high as no fewer than six Doncaster batsmen failed to trouble the scorers.

Yorkshire debutant Matthew Fisher was on duty for the Academy but it was Jared Warner, with 5-27, and Matthew Waite, with 4-23, who ripped through the homse side’s batting line-up.

In reply the visitors reached their target for the loss of two wickets, both claimed by Lewis Brown.

Rotherham Town went second after two wins in the space of three days.

Mark Cummins scored an unbeaten 69 to lead his team to an eight wicket win over Cleethorpes on Saturday.

Rotherham had Anthony Del Borrello to thank on Monday. He hit 84 not out in a two wicket triumph.