Collegiate close the gap on sixth after narrow victory by the sea

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Just two of the scheduled seven Yorkshire Premier League matches reached a conclusion last weekend, after the expected arrival of a spell of heavy rain passing over the county.

As such, the league table showed little change. But Sheffield Collegiate did close the gap on sixth-placed Doncaster to six points, after another nail biting finish saw them record a six-pointer at Cleethorpes.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat at Chichester Road, but Matt Moroney struck with his first ball to dismiss the dangerous Inderjit Hayre.

Then, with the score on 10, Moroney had Ryan Harrison caught by Josh Varley for 2.

Ian Mansfield hit a useful 30, but wickets tumbled when Ollie Pearson came on and Cleethorpes slumped to 97-7.

But any Collegiate hopes of an early tea were dispelled by Graham Hume, who hit a valiant 66 from 70 balls to add 80 for the eighth wicket with Tom Rollinson, and take the home side to 187-9.

Pearson took 4-46 from 17 accurate overs, and Moroney finished with a creditable 4-51 off 12.

The Collegiate openers got off to a good start and put on 59, before Patmore was bowled by Paul Sunley for 36.

Wickets then began to tumble, and at 85-5 the home team were in the ascendancy.

Simon Guy’s 54 swung the match back in Collegiate’s favour, but after his dismissal further wickets saw the visitors reduced to 166-9.

Heroes were required, and they were found in the shape of Pearson and skipper Matt Dixon who came together in the 39th over.

Pearson hit 28 off 35 balls, including three fours and a six, and added Dixon 9no from 16 deliveries to knock off the 21 runs, sealing a thrilling victory.

Hume was outstanding for Cleethorpes, taking 5-46 from his 17 overs to add to his earlier 66 runs.

In Sheffield United’s game against fourth-placed Harrogate, meanwhile, United’s search for victory was frustrated by the weather, and a league record-breaking ninth wicket partnership of 119.

United had reduced Harrogate to 146-8, with Mark Cummins taking 4-71, Paul Cummins adding 3-58 and 15-year-old Sam Bowden impressing with 2-48.

Bowden’s haul included the prize wicket of Andy Hawkswell, who hit six boundaries and four sixes in his 86 before being caught.

Ollie Driver’s 45, which included five fours, helped Harrogate break the ninth inning record of 99, set by Barnsley’s Brett Hunsley and Mark Bearsdshall back in 2002.

In response, United put on 44 before Mark Cummins became the first of Vic Craven’s three wickets.

The former Yorkshire all-rounder then trapped Andy Heron lbw first ball, but after Danuka went for 14 the weather closed in and the match was abandoned.

United ended on 88-3, with Paul Cummins unbeaten on 44 having notched his 1000th run of the season.

Collegiate junior Elliot Callis hit a personal best 168no, off 159 balls with 18 fours and 7 sixes, in Yorkshire Academy’s massive 346-5 against Hull 196-6 before the match was called off.

* Saturday’s Fixtures: Appleby Frodingham v Hull, Cleethorpes v Castleford, Driffield v Doncaster, Harrogate v York, Rotherham v Barnsley, Scarborough v Yorkshire Academy, Collegiate v Sheffield United.

* Bank Holiday Monday Fixtures: Barnsley v Yorkshire Academy, Castleford v Harrogate, Cleethorpes v Driffield, Doncaster Town v Collegiate, Hull v Scarborough, Sheffield United v Appleby Frodingham, York v Rotherham.