SHEFFIELD Collegiate suffered a narrow defeat at the hands of champions York.
Chasing a a formidable target of 231-8, the home side were bowled out for 221 with just ten balls remaining of an entertaining encounter at Abbeydale Park.
Matt Dixon, fresh from captaining an MCC touring side on Corfu, lost the toss yet again and York chose to bat first. Peter Turnbull quickly accounted for Liam McKendry, caught behind by Alex Patmore for 1, and Tom Hancock trapped Andy Tute lbw for 25 before a stand of 82 took the score, at one stage, to 159-3.
Duncan Snell was caught and bowled by Will Street for 37 but with Alex Collins, 60no, batting well, a score of over 250 looked likely.
Oliver Hairs was clean bowled for 54 by Yorkshire’s Joe Root, who went on to take three more scalps to reduce York to 203-8 and finished with 4-52 from 13 overs.
Nick Gaywood, 26, and Elliot Callis, 18, gave Collegiate a start of fifty in reply, before the Root brothers - Joe and his fellow Yorkshire sibling Bill - were brought to the crease, sharing a third-wicket stand of 105 to put Collegiate in the driving seat. Bill Root was eventually stumped for 54 but even when Joe was bowled by Tom Pringle for 82, with the score 200-6, the odds were still in Collegiate’s favour.
Pringle, however, had other ideas and he brought about a collapse which saw him return brilliant figures of 8-74 and Collegiate just fail.
Sheffield United paid the price after allowing Appleby Frodingham to recover from 109-5 to reach 248-8, and had to struggle to gain a point.
Matt Moreland, 51, and Brandon Handley, 41, put on exactly 100 for the first wicket against some wayward United bowling, but after that success four more wickets fell in quick time. Ali Jahangir, aged just 15, continued to show great promise with three wickets and United looked in control. But, as he has done before, James Pickersgill took matters into his own hands and smashed the ball to all parts, hitting 84no with Paul Hilton hitting a quick fire 27 to set a formidable target.
United got away to a decent start, the openers putting on 50 before Asrar Qadoos went for 13. Nick Beneke, making a welcome return from a broken finger, was soon out for 6 quickly followed by Ben Percival for 5 with the score on 88-4.
James Schofield, 20, batted well as he and Grant Johnson, 31, added 44 for the fifth wicket. Reece Shutt scored 29, and a grand total of 35 extras helped United to secure a point and stave off defeat.
United face a tough task when they entertain Rotherham who, after a string of victories, have climbed to third in the table - seventeen points behind leaders York, but with two matches in hand.
Zafran Ali is sidelined with a broken finger and Schofield is unavailable due to Worksop College cricket commitments.
Collegiate have Bill Root and Elliot Callis missing due to the same college game and will not know until the last minute if Joe Root will be released by Yorkshire.
Saturday Fixtures: Barnsley v AppFrod, Castleford v Collegiate, Cleethorpes v Harrogate, Doncaster v Hull, Scarborough v Driffield, Unitedv Rotherham, York v YCA. 12.00pm.