Collegiate and United crash to defeats as troubles continue

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Sheffield Collegiate crashed to a seven wicket home defeat at the hands of much improved Driffield and, once again, batting frailties left the Collegiate attack with an impossible target to defend.

Sheffield United’s eight wicket defeat at the hands of Solly Sports ECB Yorkshire Premier League champions York was much more predictable and, despite an opening stand of 151 by the Cummins brothers, York reached the target required with 19 overs to spare.

Collegiate skipper Matt Dixon elected to bat under cloudy skies at Abbeydale Park, and perhaps hoped that his batsmen would be inspired by the exploits at Lord’s of their former teammate Joe Root.

But rare failures by Simon Guy and Jacob Waterson - plus the absence of Nick Gaywood - proved the difference.

Waterson, 2, was the first of four victims for wicketkeeper Matt Goddard and Ashton Blakey made it two when, after hitting five boundaries, he fell to Ollie Ezard for 25.

Wickets began to fall and although several batsmen got into the teens to take the score at one time to 102-6, the Driffield bowlers built up the pressure.

And with David Brent returning excellent figures of 5-27, Collegiate were bowled out for 115 in the 38th over.

The Driffield openers set about their task in style, putting on 73 in a rollicking eleven-over partnership.

And although Goddard (18) and Adil Ali (63) were both dismissed by Ollie Pearson, the visitors were on their way home after twenty overs.

York’s Clifton Park, with unusually short boundaries, looked in perfect condition and United skipper Paul Cummins had no hesitation in batting first after winning the toss.

The openers had little difficulty and built up a huge opening partnership, before Paul was caught by Alex Collins for an impressive 82 - scored off 111 balls and including 12 boundaries.

The score reached 218-1 when Helgard Prinsloo was stumped by veteran Nigel Durham for 28 and in a most unusual period of play, Andrew Heron, Ben Percival and Dean Smith were all adjudged lbw to Woods in the space of four balls!

United reached a vulnerable 228-6, with the unlucky Mark Cummins being run out by Collins for 99 - his innings including 12 boundaries and a six.

Leading wicket taker Woods returning 4-50 from his 17 overs,taking his tally in all matches to 73.

The league leaders got off to a brisk start in response and when Duncan Snell was dismissed by Paul Cummins, 60 runs had come from the first 10 overs with Jack Leaning 46no.

Liam Mckendry then shared a stand of 105 with the prolific runmaker Leaning, who became the first ever Yorkshire League wicket for Luqman Asad when he was caught at the wicket by Johnson for 86.

Olly Hairs then hit 35 in even time as he and Mckendry (94no off 66 balls) knocked off the arrears with an unbroken partnership for the third wicket of 167 to take the six points.

n Table (after 16 rounds): York 107, YCA 98, Harrogate 91, Driffield Town 78, Doncaster Town 65, Sheffield Collegiate 60, Scarborough 60, Appleby Frodingham 56, Cleethorpes 51, Barnsley 45, Hull 31, Castleford 25, Rotherham 25, Sheffield United 24.

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