Half centuries from Jacob Waterson and Ashton Blakey were not enough as Sheffield Collegiate fell to a 25-run defeat to title rivals Yorkshire Academy on Saturday.
The lower order collapsed for Collegiate, whose innings ended 25 runs short of their target after having made a promising start.
Batting first, Yorkshire Academy were struggling to find consistency and were two wickets down with just 24 runs on the board. But they dug in, with Will Rhodes scoring 79 and Joshua Shaw 37 to help them total 214-8 in their 55 overs.
Oliver Pearson was the pick of the bowlers for Collegiate with 3-65.
In reply, the Sheffield side had 138 runs on the board by the time their second wicket fell, with opening duo Waterson and Blakey scoring 58 and 62 respectively, but it went downhill from there with just two other batsmen reaching double figures.
Rotherham Town boosted their hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon when they beat fellow strugglers Sheffield United by seven wickets at Clifton Lane.
Batting first, United were all out for just 138 but lasted until the penultimate over and almost denied Rotherham the eight-point win.
Mark Cummins scored the bulk of United’s runs with a knock of 66, but the star of the innings was Rotherham’s Ben Sanderson who took seven wickets for 37 runs.
In reply Rotherham needed just 26.1 overs to reach a winning score of 142-3. Gareth Purshouse was unbeaten on 82, while James Moorhouse scored 23 and Archie Ogden 17 to help secure victory.
Steve Nuttall scored 72 and Nathan Fern 47, but it was not quite enough for Barnsley Town who suffered a five-wicket defeat at the hands of Appleby Frodingham.
Batting first, Barnsley totalled 204-8 in their innings with Nuttall and Fern’s scores being added to 26 from Matthew Wilson and 20 from Jon Trower.
But in reply, the Lincolnshire side did just enough with Matt Morland scoring 61 towards their total of 207-5, with victory coming in the 51st over.
Callum Bethell scored 3-43 for Barnsley, but it wasn’t quite enough to pin back Appleby Frodingham.