Root stars but mixed results for Collegiate

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Mixed fortunes for Sheffield Collegiate in their quest for a top three ECB Yorkshire Premier League finish.

They put in a solid performance to thrash Hull by 145 runs in the first of two home matches before falling to a narrow four wicket defeat at the hands of third-placed Cleethorpes.

A huge partnership of 188 for the second wicket enabled Collegiate to set an unreachable total of 294-4 after Matt Dixon elected to bat on winning the toss.

Bill Root hit 15 fours and a six as he raced to 110 off just 111 balls while Alex Patmore, who opened the innings with Elliot Callis, carried his bat for an outstanding 119, which included 15 fours. Chris Grey took all the wickets to fall finishing with figures of 4-59 from 13 overs.

Collegiate’s Aussie paceman Jason Fisher then grabbed two quick wickets to leave the visitors 19-2 and although Andy Kirby hit a patient 40, the introduction of spin heralded the beginning of the end. Dixon bowled 11 overs to take 4-57 and outstanding youngster Will Street 3-44 as Hull were rushed out for 149 in 37 overs.

Root was in top form again on Sunday hitting 77 and sharing a second wicket stand of 129 with Callis who was run out for 74. Nick Gaywood added 28 and Collegiate finished with 235-9. Alex Osmond topped the Cleethorpes bowling chart taking 3-80 from 22 overs with brother James bowling 20 overs to return 3-90.

A third Osmond, cousin Rory, also played a huge role for the visitors hitting 112 with 13 fours and sharing an opening partnership of 153 with Bill Kirby, 81. Street almost got Collegiate back in the match taking 5-66 from 18 overs but Cleethorpes reached the target for the loss of six wickets but with only four balls to spare.

United found the league’s leading run maker Andy Simpson in top form yet again to take his total to 1080 in all matches. He scored a brilliant 122 including 14 fours and a six and with United bogie man Darren Harland adding 57 they put on 132 for the first wicket. United bowled and fielded well and managed to contain Scarborough to 227-5, Nazakat Khan taking 2-59 from 14 overs.

In reply United were soon in deep trouble as wickets fell at an alarming rate with paceman Piet Rinke wreaking havoc taking the first seven for 35 to see United slump to 52-7.

A complete disaster was avoided when two regular second team players put on 50 for the eighth wicket Tom Steel hitting 28 and Dean Smith a superb 56, but United were bowled out for 150 in the 46th over.

A hectic weekend is in store with all teams playing two matches. Collegiate entertain lowly Driffield before visiting Harrogate while United face a daunting trip to leaders York and Cleethorpes pay a visit to Bawtry Road on Sunday.

Barnsley entertain Scarborough before the visit of neighbours Doncaster who host Castleford at Town Fields on the Saturday. Second placed Rotherham face tough away tests at Cleethorpes and the Yorkshire Academy.