Sheffield Collegiate suffered a narrow defeat to local rivals Doncaster Town in the ECB Yorkshire League on Saturday.
With both teams struggling with the bat, it was down to the bowlers to take the game by the scruff of the neck and Doncaster’s Ashley Knowles was the man who rose to the challenge.
Collegiate batted first and Sam Webber was the first to fall to Knowles - who came on first change - when he was bowled for 20. And after Curtis Free and James Stuart had taken out Tom Hancock and Alex Patmore - who top scored with 38 - Knowles was once again taking wickets as he removed Tom Lister, Josh Varley, Will Street, Matthew Moroney and Oliver Pearson to record figures of 6-55 in 18 overs.
Patmore’s 38 was the highest score for Collegiate who were all out for 110 to leave what looked like an easy task for Doncaster.
However, Doncaster made real hard work of it and Collegiate were soon among the wickets, opening batsmen Felix Odell and James Stuart both out cheaply as Luke Shutt saw them off.
Gareth Cox’s 35 steadied the ship but the wickets continued to tumble cheaply until it came down to bowling hero Knowles, batting at nine. His 22 not out was a matchwinning knock as it saw Doncaster to victory at 111-8.
Sheffield United also had a bad time of it, losing to Driffield.
United made 133 and were grateful to Percival’s 40 that they got even that. However, Driffield had no problem in overhauling that target and replied with 134-2.
Barnsley edged victory off the fifth ball of the final over against Appleby Frodingham at Shaw Lane.
The visitors, next-bottom, had made 245-7 with Tony Manning 98 and James Pickersgill 59.
Barnsley started well in reply, Jon Trower, 53, and Simon Widdup, 72, putting on 75 and then Widdup being joined by Steven Nuttall, 59, in a second wicket stand of 118. They got home with a ball to spare at 246-6. Rotherham batted impressively as they made 260-7 before Hull fell short at 248-8.
James Moorhouse’s good form continued as he opened with 54 but it was fellow opener Gurman Randhawa who was Rotherham’s key figure on the day.
He made 71 whilst Jordan Lowe hit 52 and when Hull got off to a decent start, Randhawa claimed the first couple of wickets and finished with 4-96 as Hull threatened to win the game at one stage.
*Barnsley suffered an agonising one run defeat at Scarborough in the Yorkshire League Cup semi-final yesterday.
Scarborough made 275-9 and Barnsley, with Jon Trower making 110, Matt Wilson 48 and Richard Wilkinson 40no finished on 274 after a run-out with eight balls left.