Simon proves to be prize guy for Collegiate

Sheffield Collegiate v Cleethorpes CC at Abbeydale Park. Wicket keeper Simon Guy

Sheffield Collegiate v Cleethorpes CC at Abbeydale Park. Wicket keeper Simon Guy

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Simon Guy hit a superb century as Sheffield Collegiate eased to victory over Castleford by 73 runs in the Yorkshire ECB County Premier League on Saturday.

Nicholas Gaywood had opened well for Collegiate, putting 57 runs in before retiring not out.

Ashton Blakey and Jacob Waterson scored 19 and 24 respectively to keep up the momentum but it was Guy who really took the bull by the horns as he smashed his way to 117 not out.

The manner in which he scored his ton was impressive as he only needed 78 balls to reach his total, hitting five sixes along the way.

With a total of 275, Collegiate were in with a great chance of taking victory and they set about the task of dismissing the Castleford order as quickly as possible.

With Josh Varley taking two early wickets, Castleford were struggling and the wickets kept falling.

Matthew Dixon took three wickets and the win was inevitable. The aim now was to bowl Castleford out and take maximum points but Collegiate ran out of overs and had to settle for six.

Sheffield United came close to getting a result too but had to make do with two losing points as they narrowly missed out in their game against Scarborough.

United bowled well and although Darren Harland and Chris Grey made firm stands with 62 and 57 respectively, a good showing from Rory McInnes-Gibbons with a four-wicket haul saw them finish on193-8. Shaun Johnson had a good day in the field, making four catches.

All United had to do now was to bat well to take advantage of a reachable target but apart from a couple of half centuries from Paul Cummins and Andy Heron, the scoring was low and they could reach only 188 before running out of overs.

Jack Holt was their main problem as the Scarborough man took five wickets for 39 runs.

* Junior Callum Bethel took three wickets as Barnsley recorded a great win over Harrogate. A knock of 52 by Steve Nuttall helped the South Yorkshire side to a total of 203 before the bowlers took over and Harrogate were all out for 197.

* James Stuart took four wickets and Simon Widdup hit 64 runs as Doncaster took victory in their match against Yorkshire Academy. Rotherham’s game against Cleethorpes was abandoned with hardly any cricket played. Both sides were awarded three points.