Yorkshire League South: Billy Root’s heroics seal derby victory for Sheffield Collegiate

Billy Root scored 103 in Collegiate's victory over Barnsley
Billy Root scored 103 in Collegiate's victory over Barnsley
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The sun shone again - this really must mean summer is here - and six matches were again played to their full conclusion in the Yorkshire South Premier League.

It would have been a dream for the pools panel, too, as six home wins were recorded. For our Sheffield clubs that meant one win and one loss as Collegiate defeated Barnsley at Abbeydale, but United gave local rivals Rotherham Town their first win of the season at Clifton Lane.

Collegiate took the option to make first use of the wicket against Barnsley but the visitors stepped up to the initial challenge. Overseas star Zohaib Ahmad made significant inroads to leave the hosts 36-3 - including removing in-form Simon Guy, who had blasted a 50-ball century the previous Sunday, first ball.

Dan Priestley then joined Billy Root in stabilising the innings before taking the attack to the Barnsley bowlers. The pair added 182 for the fourth wicket before Root fell after posting 103 with ten boundaries. Priestley perished for 80, and the innings finished on 247-6 with Ahmad taking the bowling honours with 4-77.

After a partnership of 46 for the first wicket, the loss of Stephen Walters led to a sharp collapse. Only Jon Trower stood up to the attack, while his team mates perished at the other end. Spencer Lavender looked to keep his experienced partner company with a stubborn stand of 48 but when Trower was sixth out for an excellent 85, the game was up.

Five Collegiate bowlers took two wickets each, with skipper Matt Dixon finishing with 2-31 and opener Henry Eldred picking up 2-20 in a 79 run victory that took the Abbeydale ide up to third place in the table - as Cleethorpes and Whitley Hall lost at Wickersley and Aston Hall respectively.

At Clifton Lane, United batted first and at 82-5 the usual tale of woe for Rotherham looked likely as Yaqoob Yousuf (3-49) and Andrew Judge (2-36) main significant inroads.

Saj Mahmood then stepped up to score 38 and with lower order support from Muhammed Saeed (37*), Rotherham posted 201-9 in their 50 over allocation. Suleman Saleem took 3-48 for United.

Mahmood then showed some long overdue spirit with the ball as four of the visiting top six failed to get into double figures. Bilal Anjam steadied the innings with an excellent 57, but his dismissal at 137-6 gave Rotherham the belief they needed to see the game through. Navid Kanwal (2-25) and Irfan Mirza (2-22) took the final wickets and United had perished by 19 runs, all out for 182. The defeat brought Rotherham closer to Treeton and Doncaster Town at the bottom while United stayed seventh.

This week both Collegiate and United are at home against relegation threatened opposition. Collegiate welcome Rotherham, while United host Doncaster.

STANDINGS (14 games): Wakefield Thornes 146; Appleby Frodingham 128; COLLEGIATE 94; Cleethorpes 90; Wickersley 88; Whitley Hall 84; UNITED 76; Aston Hall 74; Barnsley 72; Doncaster 64, Treeton 52; Rotherham 26.