Wide boys struggle with new rules as all five local sides lose

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All five South Yorkshire clubs suffered defeats on the opening day of the cricket season - and only Sheffield United gained a point for an incomplete defeat at Cleethorpes.

New League rules saw the introduction of leg-side wides, which kept both umpires and scorers on their toes.

Indeed, across the seven fixtures, no fewer than 151 deliveries were called wide - 26 of them bowled by the Hull attack against Sheffield Collegiate at Abbeydale Park.

In that game Matt Dixon, in his seventh season as Collegiate skipper, won the toss and elected to bat on a hard quick pitch, against a Hull side who finished last season on an eight match unbeaten run and have retained virtually the same squad.

Veteran opener Nick Gaywood, who celebrates his 50th birthday next month, was quickly trapped lbw by Matt Wilkinson without scoring.

That left two recent acquisitions - Ashton Blakey and Jacob Waterson - to face the varied Hull attack.

They made steady progress and put on 39 before Blakey, son of Yorkshire’s former keeper Richard, went for 23.

New head coach Simon Guy was caught behind for five and Collegiate struggled to 97-5.

They received a much-needed lift, however, from a sixth wicket stand of 60 between Tom Lister and Josh Jones.

With Jones hitting six fours in a well earned 50, they were finally bowled out for 200 in the 49th over.

The Hull openers started steadily and built an opening partnership of 82 before Pete Shally was caught off Olly Pearson for 46.

Jones had the dangerous Dave Barrick caught behind by Guy for 5, but prolific opener Tim Appleyard stood firm and reached 94no as Hull cruised home with four wickets to spare.

Pearson was the leading Collegiate wicket taker with 4-43 from 17 overs.

Sheffield United won the toss and put Cleethorpes in to bat on a firm Chichester Road strip.

After a slow start, the home team picked up the scoring rate and reached an imposing 257-4, aided by a fourth-wicket stand of 143 between Yanif Judah and Alex Osmond.

Judah hit seven fours and a six in his 80, and skipper Osmond hit five sixes in his unbeaten 100 from just 71 balls.

In their reply, United slipped to 72-5 but they staved off an outright defeat, finishing on 180-9.

Captain Paul Cummins fell just three runs short of what would have been a well-deserved century, but Danuka (40) was the only other batsman to reach double figures.

Osmond, who spent two years at Bawtry Road, completed what seems to be an annual torment of his former club by taking 5-44, to add to his fine century.

Champions York notched up 307-7 at North Marine Road but, with Andy Simpson hitting a remarkable 157 from 161 deliveries, Scarborough almost snatched victory,ending on 293-8.

Appleby Frodingham bowled out Doncaster for 122 to win by 7 wickets.

Rotherham failed to overtake the 281-8 set by Harrogate and Barnsley were beaten by eight wickets at Driffield, after posting 230-4.

This weekend, Doncaster entertain Cleethorpes and Driffield travel to Harrogate.

Barnsley face a trip to Hull, and Rotherham go to North Marine Road to take on Scarborough.

Sheffield Collegiate are at home at Abbeydale Park against Appleby Frodingham, and York entertain Castleford.

Yorkshire Cricket Academy are at home to Sheffield United.

All fixtures are scheduled to start at 12pm.