Yorkshire League: Sheffield United go bottom after derby loss to Doncaster

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Sheffield Collegiate’s rain-hit Yorkshire League season has seen them lose seven matches to the weather, with Saturday’s opponents, Cleethorpes, losing eight.

So it was somewhat inevitable that Saturday’s clash between the pair at Chichester Road would fall victim to the rain - and it duly came after just one over, with the match abandoned with Collegiate 8-1.

Rotherham suffered the same fate at Scarborough when their match at North Marine Road fell victim to early morning rain, to rob Town of an almost certain victory.

In a remarkable match at Shaw Lane, Barnsley - after winning the toss - were bowled out by visitors Driffield for a meagre 113.

But they bounced back to win by 24 runs, thanks largely to teenage spinners Callum Bethel (6-39) and Ali Jahangir (2-31).

The Barnsley innings opened in alarming fashion when their top four batsmen were all back in the pavilion with 19 on the board.

An eighth wicket stand of 33 between Jason Booth (25) and Nathan Fern (11) gave the score a boost but Barnsley looked down and out at 113 all out.

Driffield opening bowler Ollie Ezard took 5-30 from 11 accurate overs.

Steve Nuttall introduced his young spinners after eight overs of the Driffield reply with immediate effect and depite a solid 33 by Ali Asad the visitors were bowled out for 89 to give Barnsley a thrilling victory.

Sheffield United avoided the rain and a prompt start was made at Bawtry Road, with United electing to bat.

They made a reasonable start of 27 for the first wicket before Isuru Jayakoady went for 23.

Shabhan Raheem (26) and Ben Jenkinson (25) batted well but once again, United lost wickets to careless shots and were dismissed for 136. Graeme Attenborough took 5-29 and Simon Widdup 4-38.

Town had little difficulty reaching the target and with Widdup hitting 54no and Felix Odell 53no, victory coming in the 28th over with nine wickets in hand.

Despite making five changes due to international commitments, the YCA were far too strong for United in Sunday’s fixture at Weetwood.

Batting first United slid from 31-1 to 39-5 and with James Logan and Matt Waite sharing seven wickets, United were all out for 106. Johnny Whiteoak (25) and Ben Percival (24) were the leading scorers.

In reply YCA rubbed off the arrears in 23 overs, with eight wickets in hand .

Collegiate finally got on the field and with Alex Patmore back in the side, they pulled off a smart 98 run victory at Brumby Hall.

Patmore hit 93 and Sam Webber 83 as the pair put on 172 for the first wicket and the team total of 241-4 was way too big an ask for Appleby Frodingham, who were dismissed for 143 all out, Luke Shutt returning a seasons best 5-49 and skipper Matt Dixon taking 3-4 off six overs.