ROTHERHAM Town’s overall skills proved too much for an understrength Sheffield United at Bawtry Road, as they ran out comfortable seven wicket winners with nine overs to spare.
Another cool day peppered by blustery showers kept groundsman Andy Tipple on tenterhooks, hovering round the covers ready to make the mad dash to try to avoid any rain on his precious playing surface. Fortunately after two breaks the rain cleared and the overs were not affected.
James Moorhouse put United in to bat but openers Nick Beneke and Paul Cummins looked solid against the lively pace of Ben Sanderson and Nathan Smith, and put on 34 before they were both adjudged lbw off the bowling of Yorkshire prospect Sanderson.
Ben Percival, aged 17, looked solid from the start of his innings but wickets fell around him and he was eventually bowled by Sanderson for 66, United making 189 with Sanderson taking 3-44 from 15 fiery overs and Gurman Randhawa 3-42. Jordan Lowe kept wicket exceptionally well for Town, standing up to the paceman and dismissing Denuka with a superb leg side catch.
Moorhouse hit a brisk 20 when Rotherham replied before being run out by Olly Law with 23 on the board, but the score reached 150 before United claimed another wicket. Paul Cummins eventually bowled the dangerous Gerhard Rudolph for 63 but Stuart Guy, in the best form of his career, soldiered on with an unbeaten 79 containing 13 boundaries The comfortable win takes Rotherham, with two matches in hand, into third spot - a point behind Cleethorpes and only nine behind leaders York, who suffered a shock 148 run home defeat to the YCA.
Collegiate pulled off a 20 run victory at Castleford in a surprisingly low scoring match at Saville Park.
“It was a good pitch, and I was pleased to win the toss for only the second time,” said Collegiate captain Matt Dixon.
“But it was the same story when we were soon 20-3. Chris Young bowls as well as anyone in the league and he got Nick (Gaywood) and Charlie (Wall) early on.”
Yorkshire’s Joe Root batted well to help the recovery hitting 47, with Pete Turnbull also scoring 47 and Will Street adding an unbeaten 29 but with Root’s county teammate David Wainwright taking 4-64 Collegiate were all out in the 45th over for 174.
Castleford got off to a good start before Dixon snared both openers, but Wainwright was looking dangerous and had scored 60 when he was run out by a direct hit from Street. The tall off spinner then made it a match to remember, taking three quick wickets for nine runs to set up the victory. Dixon took 3-30 and Root wrapped it up with the final wicket.