Yorkshire League round-up: Rain hits Sheffield sides’ hopes of picking up victories

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The forecasted heavy rain arrived , as predicted, to totally ruin last Saturday’s ECB Yorkshire Premier League fixture programme.

Play was only possible at Weetwood where the YCA lost by two runs to Driffield in a last-ball cliffhanger.

The accuracy of the forecasters left no doubts and that, at least, prevented teams from making unnecessary journeys.

Rotherham, without a fixture, lost a little ground to Harrogate and now trail the league leaders by seven points with Barnsley a further point behind in third.

The two Sheffield teams were disappointed that their matches were called off as both fancied their chances of picking up points.

Collegiate were at Hull and United were due to travel to Savile Park, where they beat Castleford in the cup recently.

Barnsley’s eagerly-anticipated trip to Town Fields also fell foul of the weather.

Driffield’s Ahmad Asad returned to form after failing to score against United, hitting 131 as they racked up 296-8 against the YCA who fell two runs short at 294-9.

This weekend, Harrogate visit York in what should be a high-scoring affair and the leaders will be hoping that Jon Tattersall keeps up his outstanding batting.

The Yorkshire prospect, who also impressed as a substitute fielder in the recent Headingley Test against New Zealand,has scored 627 runs at an average of 69.5 - well clear of Rotherham’s Tony Dell Borello on 482.

Sheffield United have won their last two matches but face a tough prospect at SHU Sports Park when they take on Rotherham Town, who are beginning to look like title contenders.

Their well balanced bowling and batting line-ups look too good for a United side without skipper Lesroy Weekes.

Talented wicketkeeper/batsman from Pretoria, Jaco Scholtz, eagerly takes on the captain role .

Sheffield Collegiate entertain Cleethorpes at Abbeydale and should take the points from the unpredictable seasiders, who rely heavily on allrounder Alex Osmond.

Billy Root has scored 456 runs at an average of 76 and with Simon Guy also scoring freely, a home victory looks certain. Barnsley should have little difficulty in defeating Hull at Shaw Lane to keep in close contact with the leaders.

Fixtures: Barnsley v Hull, Driffield v Castleford, Collegiate v Cleethorpes, United v Rotherham, York v Harrogate, YCA v App Frod.

Table: Harrogate 65 points, Rotherham 58, Barnsley 57, York 43, YCA 43, Cleethorpes 39, App Frod 38, Driffield 36, Doncaster 31, Castleford 30, United 20, Collegiate 14, Hull 12.