Yorkshire League round-up: Sheffield Collegiate leapfrog rivals United in table ahead of weekend derby clash

Sheffield Collegiate skipper Matt Dixon took 6-65 against Driffield
Sheffield Collegiate skipper Matt Dixon took 6-65 against Driffield
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There were contrasting fortunes for the two Sheffield Yorkshire league clubs last week, with the results conspiring to lift Collegiate above United at the lower end of the table.

United made the short trip up the M1 to title chasers Barnsley and were haunted by two ex-players now plying their trade at the Shaw Lane club.

Having elected to bat first United made a decent start with a half century partnership broken by the dismissal of Anjam. With Saleem (79) and in-form overseas star Jaco Schultz (71) combining effectively, United were well placed at 157-2. However, with the latter’s dismissal, the trend of previous seasons returned as the visitors collapsed to 237 all out in the penultimate over.

Star of the bowling show was former United bowler Ali Jahangir with 5-62, ably backed by Callum Bethel with 3-61. United needed a strong start with the ball, but former captain Jon Trower would not allow that to happen.

James Brown and the inform Danial Rafiq were dismissed for a combined 10 runs, but the score had reached 53 by that point. Daniel’s brother Azeem combined with Trower to take the game away from United with a rapid 60 off just 36 balls.

Although Rafiq’s dismissal put Barnsley at a similarly positioned point to the first innings, there was plenty of overs to go. Trower continued to press and was dismissed with the target in sight for an excellent 120 off just 95 balls, with 19 boundaries and one six.

United skipper Weekes used eight bowlers in the hunt for wickets but the hosts were simply too strong and 25 overs were left when the match was won, maintaining Barnsley’s grip on first place in the table.

At Abbeydale, visitors Driffield opted to make first use of the pitch. This looked a sound decision as the top order all made starts, but the introduction of skipper Matt Dixon changed the situation significantly.

After a partnership of 61 between the Drurys, George (54) and Sam (34) had set Driffield up at 142-2, the last eight wickets tumbled for just 47 runs for a total of 189. Dixon, the pick of the home attack with 6-65, was ably supported by Matt Lee (2-50). Collegiate made a quick start with the experienced Gaywood striking four boundaries in a 22-ball 20, and on his demise, Billy Root maintained the momentum with an even quicker 22 off just 17 balls. At the other end Thomas Dunn (40) was providing solid support, allowing his team mates to bat around him towards the target.

Simon Guy continued the quick-fire scoring with an unbeaten 79 with seven fours and two sixes and with Dan Priestley (28*), saw Collegiate home by seven wickets and with sixteen overs spare. This performance lifted Collegiate two points above their city rivals ahead of the local derby at Bawtry Road this weekend.

League Standings (14 games unless stated): Barnsley 87, Rotherham Town 82, Harrogate 73, York 67 (13), YCA 59, Appleby 54, Driffield 47 (13), Cleethorpes 39, Castleford 39, Doncaster 31, COLLEGIATE 30 (12), UNITED 28 (13), Hull 28 (13)