The ECB Yorkshire Premier League table remains virtually unchanged with most of Saturday’s matches producing predictable results.
Sheffield Collegiate made the journey to league leaders York, missing captain Matt Dixon but boosted by the return of Ed McKenna, Nick Gaywood and Charlie Wall. Stand-in skipper Alex Patmore elected to bat after winning the toss and he may have regretted his decision when Gaywood and Bill Root, with three and nought respectively, were back in the pavilion with just 19 on the tins.
McKenna knuckled down to play the anchor role against the York spinners but apart from 21 from Jason Fisher and 18 by Patmore, he received scant support and Collegiate were bowled out for 118 in the 44th over. Dan Woods took his seasons tally to 68 with an outstanding 6-43 off 21.4 overs of accurate spin with Tom Pringle lifting his total to 77 when he returned 2-58 from 15.
Jason Fisher gave Collegiate the ideal start in the York reply when he had Duncan Snell, who has already passed the 1,000 run mark, caught behind for two but this only brought in the prolific Oliver Hairs to the crease and he and Liam Mckendry hoisted the total to 80 before Hairs was bowled by Luke Shutt for a brisk 35 including six fours. Three more wickets fell cheaply to reduce the champions to 104-5 but victory came in the 24th over with five wickets in hand, McKendry ending unbeaten on 57. Josh Varley took 2-7 off seven accurate overs.
Sheffield United maintained their improved form but narrowly failed to beat mid-table Appleby Frodingham at Bawtry Road.
Paul Cummins won the toss and decided to bat on a good hard pitch but United lost Nick Beneke, who had hit centuries in his last two innings, bowled by Kieran Watson for nine.
Seventeen-year-old Ben Percival continued to impress as he and Cummins added 69 for the second wicket, playing some excellent drives and reached a well earned 54 before being adjudged lbw to Matt Fowler.
Cummins fell to a juggling catch by Rob Powell for 32 which saw them slip to 112-4 and although Grant Johnson hit an entertaining 53 and Joe Tetley 37no they put little pressure on the fielders and their final total of 228-6 always looked vulnerable on a good batting pitch.
The Steelmen opened up in style with a first wicket stand of 67 before Oliver Law had Duncan Heath caught by Cummins for 37. Law struck again at 82 having Matt Moreland caught by Riaz Richards for 33.
South African Brandon Handley began to dominate the bowling and the score had reached 202-5 when he fell to Zafran Ali for 66. Law and Zafran grabbed further wickets but the visitors reached the target with 11 balls and two wickets remaining. Law returned figures of 3-41 off 10.1 overs and there were two each for Zafran and Cummins.
Collegiate entertain Castleford before a visit to Town Fields on Monday to face struggling Doncaster Town. United have a tough Bank Holiday, the short trip to second placed Rotherham Town being followed by the visit of the inform YCA.