Intriguing battle in prospect as Yorkshire old boys go to battle

Doncaster's Simon Widdup.
Doncaster's Simon Widdup.
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Sheffield Collegiate were left without a match last weekend, when the Harrogate skipper rang to say that due to the traffic chaos caused by massive congestion in the town due to the finish of the first stage of the Tour de France, they were unable to make the trip to Abbeydale Park and a new date would be agreed .

Collegiate miss out again this weekend due to a gap in the fixtures, created by the temporary withdrawl from the Solly Sports ECB Yorkshire Premier League of Hull CC.

But the highlight of the weekend should be the derby match at Clifton Lane, when second-placed Doncaster take on a resurgent Rotherham Town side keen to return to action following their washed out match at Cleethorpes.

The key to victory could lay in the hands of fit-again Rotherham paceman Ben Sanderson, who returned superb figures of 8-17 in the demolition of Sheffield United last month.

His clash with experienced former Yorkshire batsman Simon Widdup should provide excellent entertainment.

Rotherham Town are in action on Sunday, taking on Cleethorpes at home in a match rearranged in April to accommodate Rotherham Titans RUFC.

Doncaster thrashed unpredictable Scarborough by nine wickets at Town Fields. Darren Harland (22) and Kunwar Bansil (21) were the only batsmen to trouble the scorers and with Widdup taking 4-22 and Alex Gosney 3-20, the visitors were all back in the pavilion with a meagre 116 on the board.

Town, in reply, needed just 16 overs to rub off the arrears.

Widdup went for 40, leaving Felix Odell (49no) and Stuart Guy (17no) to take the plaudits.

United continue to struggle in their search for a first league victory of the season.

They made a reasonable start against Driffield at Bawtry Road and at one stage looked likely to reach 200.

But wickets were thrown away and they slumped from 107-3 to 157 all out, Shabban Raheem top scoring with 30 and spinner Nick Johnson taking 5-37

A trip to Scarborough now beckons and, although it’s a long shot, United could pull off a shock against a team that relies heavily on big hitting skipper Andy Simpson, who missed the defeat at Doncaster. Barnsley made heavy weather of it before clinching a 22 run victory over Appleby Frodingham at Shaw Lane.

Zohaib Ahmad hit 64 and Jon Trower 45 and at 186-4 a massive total looked likely, but a major collapse saw them bowled out for just 204.

Duncan Heath’s 81 led the Steelmen’s response but he received little support and with Nathan Firn taking 4-35, they fell were bowled out for 182.

Barnsley should be confident of victory at early leaders Harrogate who, after a good start, have slipped to fifth in the standings.

They need their normally prolific batting lineup to dig deep if they are to recover their position in the leading pack.

n Table: YCA 66 points, Doncaster 64, York 61, Barnsley 58, Harrogate 50, Driffield 48, Cleethorpes 45, App Frod 40, Rotherham 38, Collegiate 30, Scarborough 30, Castleford 26, United 10.

n Fixtures, Saturday: App Frod v York, Castleford v Cleethorpes, Driffield YCA, Harrogate v Barnsley, Rotherham v Doncaster, Scarborough v United.

n Sunday: Rotherham v Cleethorpes, Doncaster v Harrogate (League Cup). All matches commence at 12noon.