Callis and Root hit tons to set up Collegiate derby triumph

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CENTURY knocks from Elliott Callis and Joe Root helped Sheffield Collegiate climb to fifth in the Yorkshire Premier League with a victory over Sheffield United on Saturday.

The Sheffield derby clash was one of just three matches on the schedule to go ahead on a rain-affected day, and with rivals Appleby Frodingham losing out to Cleethorpes, Collegiate moved up the table.

Collegiate totalled 293-3. Callis was unbeaten throughout the innings and ended on 118, while Joe Root scored 101 before being caught and bowled by Grant Johnson.

But the damage was already done, and with a few other runs from team-mates – and 32 extras – they posted a formidable target for United to chase.

In reply, United were all out for just 172 in the 45th over with Joe Tetley hitting 52.

Matt Dixon was the star with the ball, the Collegiate ace taking the last six wickets to fall to round off the innings and finish with figures of 6-22 from just 9.3 overs.

The Yorkshire Academy’s clash with high-flying Scarborough fell victim to a wet outfield, and the sides took three points each which leaves the Academy tenth.

In the day’s other action, league leaders York extended their lead at the top of the table with an emphatic ten-wicket win over Driffield on Saturday.

Driffield were all out for 96, with Daniel Woods taking 5-32, while in reply York cruised to an easy win and scored 97-0.

Cleethorpes took eight points from their clash with Lincolnshire hosts Appleby Frodingham.