Yorkshire League round-up: Final pair win the day for Sheffield Collegiate

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Sheffield Collegiate’s final pairing of Luke Shutt and skipper Matt Dixon combined at Abbeydale Park on Saturday to complete a nervy win over Rotherham Town.

Collegiate still needed 62 runs when the two were paired, as title-chasing Rotherham Town had posted 167-9.

But undaunted by their seemingly impossible task, Shutt (32no) and Dixon (24no) they edged their way to a famous victory with four overs to spare.

Rotherham - without Ben Sanderson, playing for Northants against Australia - won the toss and elected to bat.

But after a brisk 35 by opener James Moorhouse, only Chris Purshouse (68) prospered against accurate bowling by the Collegiate attack.

Billy Root returned figures of 4-42 and Josh Varley 3-38 as Town were restricted to 167-9 but, with Alex Patmore dismissed in the first over, they quickly regained the initiative.

Vinnie and Archie Ogden grabbed three wickets apiece, as did Mark Cummins, and Collegiate looked down and out at 109-9 before captain Dixon’s great escape snatched the points.

Rotherham have lost their last three matches and last week’s gloomy predictions by Cummins look like coming to pass - as the title looks unlikely to be coming to Clifton Lane in, sadly, the final ECB Yorkshire Premier League season.

Sheffield United completed the double over mid-table Appleby Frodingham with a comfortable 90-run victory at SHU Sports Park, as they continued their current upturn in form.

On a damp pitch United were put in to bat but a decent stand of 56 by Sulaman Saleem and Bilal Anjam gave them a steady start.

Prolific South African Jaco Scholtz added 31 but it was 17-year-old Matt Taylor who again took the eye with a maiden Yorkshire Premier League half century.

His impressive bowling has also attracted the attention of the county selectors and he has been selected to play for Yorkshire’s 2nd XI against England Universities this week.

United reached 192-7 with Zane Scott and Duncan Heath taking three wickets each. But when Appleby Frodingham replied they were soon in deep trouble; five batsmen were adjudged out lbw as they stumbled to 42-8. Lesroy Weekes took 4-23 with some aggressive quick bowling, and Scott and Rob Day put up stiff resistance for a while before Sam Woodcock and Salim wrapped up victory as the visitors were all out for 102 in the 27th over.

Barnsley maintained their narrow three-point lead at the head of the table following a straightforward 155-run home victory over Castleford.

Reliable opener Jonathan Trower scored a high quality 110 and Dani Rafiq added a further 57 off 47 balls as Barnsley reached an impressive 288-7.

Castleford reached 67-2, in response, but 4-19 by James Brown saw them reduced to 81-7. Callum Bethel proceeded to wrap up the tail, taking 4-38 as the visitors were sent back to West Yorkshire 133 all out in the 38th over.

Harrogate and York kept in touch with Barnsley at the top, York beating Driffield by seven wickets after Tom Pringle had taken 5-15 as the visitors were all out for 103.

Harrogate dismissed Doncaster for 203 before knocking off the arrears for the loss of only three wickets.

Fixtures, this weekend: Castleford v Collegiate, Doncaster v Cleethorpes, Driffield v United, Hull v York, Rotherham v Harrogate, YCA v Barnsley.

Alex Patmore hit 93 and Bill Root 62 as Collegiate scored 249-5 against York in the Yorkshire Premier League Cup semi-final on Sunday - but with Simon Lambert hitting 117no and Adam Whatley adding 56, the hosts cruised home with five wickets in hand. York will now face either YCA or Barnsley in the final.