United’s batting lets them down as Collegiate collapse to defeat

Rotherham paceman Ben Sanderson tests the york Openers
Rotherham paceman Ben Sanderson tests the york Openers

After yet another poor batting display, Sheffield United threw away their chance to open up a gap between Hull and Rotherham at the foot of the Solly Sports ECB Yorkshire Premier league table.

Coach Steve Oldham missed the debacle at Rotherham’s Clifton Lane due to a pre arranged holiday, but the Bawtry Road players can, no doubt, expect a rocket on his return.

Nathan Smith won the toss and put United in to bat, but there seemed no cause for alarm as the Cummins brothers put on 28 for the first wicket.

But the picture soon changed dramatically.

Paul Cummins was caught and bowled by fit again Ben Sanderson for 15 in the eighth over, and by the sixteenth United had collapsed to an alarming 36-6.

The aggressive Sanderson had taken all six wickets, and four middle order batsmen failing to score a single run.

Mark Cummins stuck to his task and, joined by the impressive Rory McInnes-Gibbons (19), added 61 for the seventh wicket.

Will Street then mopped up the rest, Cummins last man out after a defiant 66 and United a disappointing 138 all out in the 54th over.

Former Yorkshire man Sanderson finished with excellent figures of 7-37 off 17 accurate overs, with Street taking 3-37 from 16.1.

Rotherham could smell a quick finish and set about the United attack with a vengeance, the openers putting on 82 for the first wicket in an amazing 11 overs - by which time Gareth Purshouse had already scored a half century!

James Moorhouse fell for 23 and Chris Purshouse for 9 but victory for Town came in the 26th over, with seven wickets in hand.

Purshouse hit a most impressive 82 not out off 88 balls, including 8 boundaries and two sixes.

Yorkshire Academy captain Alex Lees won the toss at Abbeydale Park and decided to bat first, against a Collegiate side missing prolific opener Nick Gaywood.

Luke Shutt made an early breakthrough when he had the dangerous Lees caught by Ashton Blakey for 4, and at 24 the in-form seamer had Jonathon Tattersall caught at the wicket by Simon Guy for10.

A stand of 68 put the county boys back on track and with Will Rhodes hitting ten fours in a solid 79, they reached a reasonable 214-8.

Matt Dixon returned 3-77 from 14 overs, Ollie Pearson took 3-65 off 16 and Shutt added 2-15 from 7.

Collegiate’s reply could not have been better, with 99 coming off the first 26 overs.

Blakey was first to go having hit 62, but after 42 overs they were in control at 150-2.

Jacob Waterson then fell to Ben Coad for 58 and 12 overs later, off the penultimate ball Collegiate were all out for 189.

Coad finished with figures of 5-27, and Rhodes took 3-23

Duncan Snell hit 83 as leaders York beat Cleethorpes by eight wickets, knocking off 181 with 27 overs in hand.

Harrogate beat Hull by seven wickets and Barnsley were surprisingly beaten by Appleby Frodingham, by five wickets, after scoring 204-8.

n Table: York 87, YCA 70, Harrogate 69, Driffield 60, Collegiate 52, App Frod 50, Doncaster 49, Cleethorpes 48, Barnsley 45, Scarborough 44, Castleford 24, Rotherham 19, United 15, Hull 12.

n Fixtures: Barnsley v Driffield, Doncaster v App Frod, Harrogate v Rotherham, Hull v Collegiate, United v Cleethorpes, York v Scarborough, YCA v Castleford.

n Meanwhile, Hallam beat Whitley Hall in a well attended finals day of the South Yorkshire Senior League Twenty20 at Bawtry Road.

They will now compete in the area finals at York’s Clifton Park ground on August 11.

Hallam’s Humphrey Emery grabbed two wickets as Whitley collapsed to 95 all out, and he then hit 54 not out as Hallam won by six wickets.