Sheffield Collegiate’s excellent start to the Solly Sports ECB Yorkshire Premier League season came to a temporary halt when they fell to a narrow 31 run defeat to Harrogate.
After winning the toss and batting first, Harrogate slipped from 64-0 to 66-4, and at one stage they were 90-6.
Andy Hawkswell then settled in and began to dominate the Collegiate attack, finishing unbeaten on 63 as Harrogate were finally bowled out for 212 in the penultimate over.
A remarkable spell from 15-year-old Oliver Pearson, which saw him take 5-49, was the highlight for Collegiate .
In reply Collegiate lost Ashton Blakey and Tom Lister with just five on the board, and Vic Craven grabbed three wickets to reduce the visitors to 70-6.
Juniors Luke Shutt (42) and Jonny Udall (35) put on 70 for the seventh wicket, but Ashley Griffin wrapped up the tail and Collegiate were all out for 181 in the 48th over.
Collegiate’s misery was compounded on Monday, with a 128-run defeat against runaway leaders York.
Sheffield United, meanwhile, crashed to a 127-run defeat at the hands of Doncaster in another ill-tempered affair at Bawtry Road.
After being put in to bat, the visitors lost Gareth Cox for 3 but James Stuart hit 54 and Stuart Guy added 29 to move them to 157-4.
A deadly spell of spin bowling saw United skipper Paul Cummins take 6-23, and Doncaster were bowled out for 170.
Early in the United reply the Umpire turned down a caught behind appeal, leading to a flurry of unsavoury language.
The incident seemed to spur Doncaster on, and United were bowled out for just 43 with Cummins their top scorer with 11.
James Stuart took 4-21, and spinner Olly Jackson took 3-6.
United were then involved in a thrilling match at Shaw Lane on Bank Holiday Monday.
Barnsley set a massive target of 256-5, thanks to Jason Booth’s quick-fire 58 and Matt Wilson’s 57.
Paul and Mark Cummins put on 174 for the first wicket before Mark was caught for 67.
Paul was then run out for a valiant 124 leaving United needing 2 runs to win off the final ball. Ben Percival was then run out by Booth, and Barnsley won by just one run.
n Saturday’s fixtures: App Frod v Rotherham, Doncaster v Castleford, Driffield v York, Harrogate v United, Scarborough v Barnsley, Collegiate v Cleethorpes, YCA v Hull.