A ninth wicket partnership of 40 proved crucial as Sheffield United pulled off a nail-biting 24 run victory over Cleethorpes in their Solly Sports ECB Yorkshire Premier League match at Bawtry Road.
The visitors won the toss and decided to field and with the score on 21 paceman Graham Hume had Mark Cummins caught at the wicket for three.
Paul Cummins and James Smith took the score to 58-1 before another batting collapse saw United slump to 97-8, Cummins top scoring with 36.
Waqar Ali was then joined by Shaun Johnson in what would turn out to be the match winning partnership.
Keeper Johnson scored 22 before being trapped lbw by Alex Osmond and Ali was last out for 23 to take United to a mere 145 in the 49th over - a modest total but something to defend.
Osmond took 4-39 from 16 accurate overs of left arm spin and 15-year-old twins James and Tom Keast both took the eye, Tom bagging three victims behind the stumps and James bowling an impressive six overs. Both lads look to have a bright future and are already attracting county interest.
The Cleethorpes response followed a similar pattern to that of the United innings with the dangerous Ian Hayre being caught behind by Johnson off Saqib Hussain for 5. Excellent bowling and fielding kept the visitors in check, both Osmonds went cheaply and after 27 overs they were 50-7 and United were delighted with the situation.
However, a partnership of 35 between Hume 22 and James Keast 13 then threatened to turn things round but superb bowling and two brilliant catches by Danuka won the day as Cleethorpes were dismissed for 121 with five overs to spare. Saqib returned fine figures of 3-38 Paul Cummins taking 3-20 off 17 immaculate overs, Mark Cummins finishing with 3-19 from 10.
Sheffield Collegiate, without the influential Simon Guy, fell to a massive nine wicket defeat by Hull at Chanderlands Avenue after winning the toss and deciding to bat first.
A first wicket stand of 32 gave no cause for alarm but with only Ashton Blakey, 28, getting beyond 20, the innings faltered as wickets tumbled and after just after 38 overs, Collegiate were bowled out for just 122.
Prolific runmaker Tim Appleyard was dismissed for 5 when Hull replied but that was to be Collegiate’s only success. Wicketkeeper Pete Shally smashed eleven fours and a six in scoring an unbeaten 61 off a mere 43 balls and was well supported by Dixit who struck 49no off 40 balls including 10 fours.
Scarborough’s Andy Simpson hit 94 and Chris Grey 68 but they could only reach 195-6 against leaders York who,with Jack Leaning taking his total league runs to 954 in 13 innings scoring 93no reached the target with nine wickets in hand.
Rotherham fell to a six wicket defeat at home to Harrogate in a high scoring match at Clifton Lane. Nathan Smith hit 59, Archie Ogden 47 and Chris Purshouse 46, in Town’s 228 all out but with George Ross scoring 89, the visitors reached the target with 10 overs to spare.
Barnsley’s 226 (Steve Nuttall 470 was overhauled by Driffield’s 231-5 whilst Doncaster Town, 243-8 (Stuart Guy 64) valiantly but unsuccessfully chased Appleby Frodingham’s 265.
Scarborough’s Andy Simpson hit 94 and Chris Grey 68 in their 195-6 against leaders York who, with Jack Leaning taking his league aggregate to 954 in 13 innings with 93no, reached the target with nine wickets in hand.
Fixtures for Saturday:-App Frod v Collegiate, Barnsley v Hull, Castleford v York,Cleethorpes v Doncaster,Driffield v Harrogate, Rotherham v Scarborough, Sheffield United v YCA.