Sheffield Collegiate completed their home Solly Sports ECB Yorkshire Premier League programme with a comfortable 82 run victory over Castleford who are vying with Sheffield United to avoid holding the wooden spoon next week.
Abbeydale Park had recovered well following Friday’s heavy rain and Collegiate skipper Matt Dixon elected to bat first after winning the toss, but run scoring was at a premium for the openers.
Junior Tom Moore was first to go at 25 followed by Nick Gaywood who was lbw to Freddie Collins for 18 with 59 on the board.
The impressive Jacob Waterson continued to take the eye with hard earned 48 in a third wicket partnership of 38 with Simon Guy (26) before the former county keeper became the first of four wickets for veteran John Randerson.
Further wickets fell at regular intervals, but Tom Lister hit a useful 26 and Josh Varley 22no as Collegiate were finally bowled out in the 47th over for a challenging 181. Randerson returned 4-38 off 13 accurate overs, Eddie Morrison took 2-47 from 15.
Castleford’s reply could not have got off to a worse start with two wickets falling to James Scholfield and one to Luke Shutt to leave the visitors reeling at 17-3 with leading runmaker Andy Bourke back in the pavilion.
Dominic Sharpe fought valiantly and had scored 20 off 76 balls when his partnership with Liam Hyde was ended by Dixon, who continued in his rich vein of form to take 5-28 and his season’s wicket total to 59.
Castleford were bowled out in the 42nd over for 99. Scholfield bagging 2-35 with young debutant Joe Rooke taking 2-10 from 4 overs.
An outstanding innings by 14 years old Bilal Anjam of 54no failed to save Sheffield United from yet another defeat. United have not won a match since May and went down by five wickets at North Marine Road.
Paul Cummins won the toss and decided to bat first on a pitch recently used by the County.
The openers put on 77 before Mark Cummins was given out caught behind for 41.His brother was out in the 48th over for 66 as United reached 208-5. Scarborough debutant, 17-years-old Jordan Welford, bowled 16 overs and returned excellent figures of 4-53.
Yorkshire’s Adam Lyth dominated the Scarborough reply hitting a cultured 62 and with skipper Andy Simpson thrashing 41 off 20 balls the home team cruised to victory with ten overs to spare, Mark Cummins taking 4-51. Doncaster lost by 8 wickets to the YCA but after a good run of results have clinched fourth place in the table.
Azeem Rafiq took 4-52 and Karl Carver 2-20 as Doncaster were bowled out for 141 a target that was easily reached in 22 overs. Mosun Hussain hit 42no and Will Rhodes 33no.
Barnsley also suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of third placed Harrogate.
Nathan Firn hit 25 and Jason Booth 21 but Barnsley slipped from 81-3 to 143 all out and in reply Calum Howe scored a fine 71no and Alex Twigg 44 as Harrogate coasted to victory in 23 overs.
Ben Sanderson smashed 70no and James Moorhouse 59 as Rotherham raced to an impressive 259-7 at Clifton Lane and had Cleethorpes 155-4 when a heavy thundery shower put an end to an interesting match.
n Final league fixtures. Noon start: App Frod v Castleford, Harrogate v Doncaster, Hull v Rotherham, Scarborough v Driffield, United v Barnsley, York v Collegiate, YCA v Cleethorpes.