SHEFFIELD Collegiate overcame the absence of influential skipper Matt Dixon and free scoring Ed McKenna to inflict a 30-run defeat on third placed Cleethorpes at Chichester Road, a win that lifted Collegiate briefly into fourth spot in the ECB Yorkshire League table.
An opening partnership of 79 gave Collegiate the ideal start but after stand- in skipper Alex Patmore was dismissed for 48, a mini collapse saw the visitors slump to 104-4. Experienced campaigner Nick Gaywood then joined Pete Turnbull and they gradually gained the upper hand, putting on 72 for the fifth wicket before Gaywood was run out for 30.
But any hopes of a late innings run race were dashed by Alex Osmond - the bulky Cleethorpes leg spinner took three quick wickets to hold Collegiate to 214-8, with in-form Turnbull hitting an unbeaten on 57 scored off 58 balls.
Osmond finished with 5-72 from 22 overs.
Jason Fisher gave Collegiate the ideal start when he had Cleethorpes dangerman Bill Kirby caught behind for five and the Aussie then bowled Eddie Carlton for 13 to leave Cleethorpes 30-2.
Collegiate bowled and fielded well to keep the pressure on and force batting errors. Osmond top scored with 28, but wickets fell at regular intervals and Cleethorpes were bowled out for 184 in the 49th over.
Patmore won the toss and decided to bat when Barnsley visited Abbeydale Park on Sunday, but they lost Callis without a run on the board. Bill Root hit a quick 23 and Turnbull 24 but at 72-5 it was left to Gaywood, 38, and Fisher, 37, who added 62 for the sixth wicket to take the score to 135-6.
Barnsley off spinner Richard Wilkinson then wrapped up the innings, taking 5-68 as Collegiate collapsed to 145 all out in the 44th over.
The confident visitors were soon rocking on their heels when Turnbull dismissed both openers with eleven on the board, Jason Booth for 2 and free scoring Simon Widdup for 3. Tight bowling reduced the run rate to a crawl, but the visitors gradually got on top. But seven wickets were lost before Barnsley secured the victory in the 52nd over. Matt Wilson top scoring with 38, Turnbull taking 3-48 and Will Street 3-54 from 16 overs.
Barnsley ended their bad run the day before when they beat Sheffield United at Bawtry Road by 70 runs. Paul Cummins put the visitors in to bat on a hard fast pitch and the openers added 63 before the first of four excellent catches by United wicket keeper Joe Tetley disposed of Widdup for 36. Booth was run out for 49 and at one stage Barnsley were reduced to 136-6 but a stand of 47 for the seventh wicket took them to a challenging 201-8, Wilson hitting 59 and Luke Bullingham a brisk 32no.
United, fielding a side of ten juniors, were no match for the Barnsley attack and despite a dogged 32 by Asrar Qadoos United slipped to 99-9. A last wicket partnership of 32 by Adam Thorpe, 29no, and Jahangir Ali, 10, gave the final total of 131 some respectability.
United fell to another heavy home defeat the day after when Castleford recovered from 120-5 to post 235-7 at Bawtry Road. In the United response, Nick Beneke batted bravely with his broken hand in pot, top scoring with 45.
Olly Law added 32 and Ben Percival 25 but they were dismissed for 145, John Randerson taking 3-9 and paceman Chris Young 3-22.
Saturday’s fixtures: App Frod v York, Castleford v Barnsley, Doncaster v Cleethorpes, Driffield v YCA, Rotherham v Harrogate, Scarborough v Sheffield United, Sheffield Collegiate v Hull.