Guy’s century helps Collegiate to victory, but United slip again

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It was a mixed set of results for the Sheffield clubs in the Solly Sports Yorkshire ECB County Premier League last weekend.

Collegiate returned to winning ways as the halfway point of the season approaches, as Sheffield United - who remain very much in the lower echelons of the table - also picked up a couple of points.

Collegiate gained a 6 point victory in West Yorkshire against Castleford.

Deciding to make first use of the wicket, Nick Gaywood and Ashton Blakey (19) completed a half century partnership, a feat matched for the second wicket between Gaywood and Jacob Waterson (24).

A blow was then suffered as Gaywood was forced to retire on 57* with a big score on the cards, but the experienced Simon Guy took charge.

In partnership with Tom Lister, 114 further runs were added, with Guy top scoring in the innings, undefeated on 117 off just 78 deliveries.

Lister was out for 23 as Collegiate finished on an impressive 275-3.

All the bowlers felt the force of Guy’s innings, although Hyde impressed with 1-29.

The home side replied with determination, but wickets fell with enough regularity to never allow them to mount the offensive needed to meet the target set.

Dom Sharp and Liam Hyde added 71 for the fourth wicket but after their departure, Collegiate skipper Matt Dixon took over with 3-35 off 14 excellent overs to ensure his side’s total was never under serious threat as Collegiate ran out winners by 73 runs.

The roles were reversed at Bawtry Road, where United hosted long distance travellers Scarborough.

The visitors batted first and were dismissed for 193.

Simpson was dismissed relatively early, a key dismissal when playing the east coast side.

Partnerships were difficult to maintain as wickets were picked up with some regularity. The pick of the home side’s attack was Rory McInnes-Gibbons, with an excellent return of 4-42 in difficult blustery conditions.

In reply United looked to have the target in their sights.

Andy Heron led the way with 58 in an excellent partnership of 114 with his skipper Paul Cummins, who scored 56.

However the middle order fell away with the target in sight.

Holt was the main thorn in United’s side, registering figures of 5-32.

The pressure told and the hosts were held just short at 188-9, the final wicket pair simply running out of overs.

This gave the visitors six points to United’s two, leaving them third from bottom of the table.

Elsewhere in the league, Barnsley registered a complete win over Harrogate, thanks to a half-century from skipper Steve Nuttall.

Three wickets from youngster Callum Bethel helped Barnsley, 203, to a narrow six-run victory at Shaw Lane.

Rotherham Town’s game at Cleethorpes was abandoned, and Doncaster Town had a comfortable eight-wicket win over Yorkshire Academy thanks to Simon Widdup’s unbeaten 64.

This weekend United make the short trip to Clifton Lane to take on Rotherham in a vital match at the bottom of table.

With Rotherham just 4 points behind, United will want to take the lion’s share of the points to close the gap on those above them.

Collegiate take on the impressive Academy side at Abbeydale. looking to regain their place in the top four.

* Table after 11 games: York CC 79 pts, Harrogate 63, Yorkshire Academy 62, Driffield Town 54, Sheffield Collegiate 52, Doncaster 49, Cleethorpes 49, Appleby Frodingham 44, Barnsley 45, Scarborough 44, Castleford 24, Sheffield United 15, Hull 12, Rotherham Town 11.