Umpire Richard Kettleborough, rated number one in the world, showed he has lost little of the skill that made him an outstanding Yorkshire Premier League batsman when he made a rare appearance for Sheffield Collegiate against high flying YCA at Abbeydale Park on Saturday.
Ketleborough, who hit over a thousand runs in three consecutive seasons in the early part of the century, top scored with 45 - but, sadly, his efforts were to no avail.
Dan Walton hit 39 and Simon Guy 34, but three wickets each for James Logan and Jarod Warner saw Collegiate bowled out for 218 in the 45th over.
In reply, former Collegiate junior Eliot Callis continued to show his excellent early-season form hitting 83.
And with Ben Ainsley adding 45, the Yorkshire juniors romped home in the 50th over with five wickets in hand.
Sheffield United, who have experienced the hardest possible start to a season after facing all the top five teams, fell to a nine-wicket defeat at York when yet another batting collapse against a spin attack saw them slip from 133-2 to 183 all out.
Suleman Saleem, 38, and Bilal Anjam, 35, put on 92 for the opening stand but after both fell to Tom Pringle, wickets tumbled.
Ryan MacKendry returned figures of 6-38 and Pringle 4-54 as United were dismissed in the final over.
The York batsmen, in reply, enjoyed the perfect batting conditions and took only 24 overs to knock off the arrears for the loss of one wicket - that of Aussie Adam Whatley, who smashed seven boundaries and two sixes in a swashbuckling 43.
Simon Lambert then led the victory charge, hitting 16 fours in an outstanding 92no to clinch a comfortable victory.
Barnsley fell to a shock home defeat to mid table Appleby Frodingham. Chasing a modest 211 (Ali Jahangir 4-49), the hosts were all out for 186 (Zohaib 46).
Graham Attenborough had a satisfying afternoon when Doncaster paid a visit to Chanterlands to take on league returnees Hull.
The top-quality all-rounder followed up a superb 116 in Town’s impressive 273-9, with 4-30 as Hull were bowled out for 153.
Rotherham’s Archie Ogden took 4-56 as Cleethorpes were held to 190-9 at Chichester Road and with opener Mark Cummins playing the anchor roll with 69no, and James Moorhouse scoring 59, third-placed Rotherham cruised home by eight wickets.
Sheffield United put on a spirited display at SHU Sports Park on Sunday before going down by five wickets to league leaders Harrogate.
Put in to bat on a hard, green surface, they lost both openers lbw to Tom Geeson-Brown with a mere nine on the board.
Waqar Ahmed then added36 and Jaco Scholtz was run out for 26 before a brisk 40 by Dan McLean, including three sixes, and 21 by Sam Woodcock took the total to 148 all out. Geeson-Brown took 3-35, and Dave Foster 3-8.
The leaders lost Aussie Connor Ryan to Matt Rees (2-37) for two and with skipper Lesroy Weekes bowling at full tilt, they slipped to 53-4 before Foster scored 43 and George Ross 38 to secure the victory.
This weekend’s fixtures: App Frod v United, Castleford v Barnsley, Doncaster v Harrogate, Driffield v York, Hull v Cleethorpes, Rotherham v Collegiate.