“It was just about the best spell of fast bowling I’ve ever seen in the League.
“A class act.”
That was the view of Andy Tipple, Sheffield United’s hard-working scorer and club secretary, after Ben Sanderson’s stunning performance in Rotherham Town’s demolition of struggling United at Clifton Lane.
Sanderson took 8-17 from his 11 overs as United were all out for just 60, Rotherham completing a straightforward win by a ten-wicket margin.
“Conditions were perfect for Ben,” Tipple added.
“The pitch was rock hard and as green as a snooker cloth. Rotherham won the toss and ‘Sando’ put in a superb spell of hostile fast bowling.”
A combination of contract commitments to Shropshire County Club and injuries have restricted the former Yorkshire bowler’s appearances for Rotherham, who are now hoping his availability will increase to coincide with a general improvement in the team’s performance.
United had no answer to his pace and fire and only skipper Shabhan Raheem (16) could reach double figures as wickets fell in clusters of two.
Town openers James Moorhouse (16no) and Gareth Purshouse (37no) took just 11 overs to complete the job, with Purshouse also grabbing three wicket keeping catches.
“We have to keep together,” Tipple said.
“We are not going to face that bowling every week, so we have to keep together and keep believing.”
United take on free scoring Driffield at Bawtry Road this weekend, and expect head coach Steve Oldham to be able to attend following his recent knee replacement operation.
Collegiate are also at home to early leaders Harrogate who were thrashed at home by the YCA last weekend.
After posting a massive 315-9 the county youngsters bowled them out for a paltry 42.
Bill Root took top billing in Collegiate’s trip to Driffield last week, which was affected by the weather.
In a match reduced to 47 overs per side, Root took 4-72 in Driffield’s 232-9, he shared a second wicket partnership of 145 with Nick Gaywood (70) and had reached 82 before being clean bowled by David Brent.
But Sam Webber and Simon Guy held firm to register a seven-wicket Collegiate win.
Doncaster’s Simon Widdup and Lewis Brown took four wickets each as Castleford were dismissed for 169 at Saville Park.
But it was left to the final pairing of Brown (11no) and Brad Heaps (2no) to face six overs and secure the 15 runs required, which they did with four balls left.
The win moves Doncaster up to third and they now entertain unpredictable Scarborough at Town Fields, looking likely to keep pressure on the leaders YCA and York.
Barnsley moved up to fifth following a splendid victory at champions York.
After posting 187 all out they quickly reduced York, title winners for the last seven years, to 34-4.
York failed to recover and with Nathan Fern taking 4-28 and Zohaib returning 3-22 they were all out for 106 in the 27th over.
A fourth win in a row will give Barnsley all the confidence required to overcome Appleby Frodingham at Shaw Lane.
Rotherham are at Cleethorpes looking for a likely victory and the final fixture sees the in-form, confident YCA take on York. All matches start at noon.