Collegiate finish on a high, but United take the wooden spoon

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Sheffield Collegiate ended their Yorkshire League campaign on the highest of high notes with a 58 run victory at the home of champions York, who had lost only one match all season.

But it was business as usual at Bawtry Road, as Sheffield United slipped to a 25 run defeat at the hands of Barnsley to end a wretched season 12 points adrift of Castleford at the foot of the table.

At Clifton Park, Collegiate skipper Matt Dixon won the toss and decided to bat first on a green pitch, but Tom Moore and Nick Gaywood went cheaply to leave Collegiate struggling at 20-2.

A stand of 37 between Jacob Waterson, 15, and Simon Guy ,29, then paved the way for a vital partnership of 78 which put Collegiate on top.

Ben Rooke hit a valuable 41 and, with Tom Lister, took the score to 156-5.

Lister was then joined by Josh Varley, and another important stand of 63 for the sixth wicket enabled Collegiate to reach an impressive 238-8.

Lister hit a season’s best 89, including ten fours and a six, whilst Varley remained unbeaten on 33.

York’s Dan Wood ended with figures of 4-76 from his 17 overs, to take his season haul to 96.

An opening partnership of 60 appeared to have put York in a strong position, but after Duncan Snell was trapped lbw by Joe Rooke for 42 Collegiate gradually took control.

And after Rooke bowled Oliver Hairs for 33, the champions began to falter with wickets falling steadily.

Part-time bowler Simon Guy joined in the fun and grabbed 3-9 from 4.3 overs, Dixon took his season tally to 63 when he returned 4-76 and, with Rooke taking 3-44, York were all out in the 42nd over for a disappointing 180.

The famous victory gave Collegiate a mid-table finish and a solid foundation for next year.

In United’s game with Barnsley, a few damp patches after Friday’s downpour encouraged skipper Paul Cummins to put Barnsley in to bat first but they failed to stop Jonathan Trower and Matt Wilson putting on 92 for the first wicket.

Trower was caught off Weerasinghe for 48 before Wilson was lbw to Rory McInnes-Gibbons for 66.

The score reached 151-2 at one stage, but the United attack stuck to their task and Barnsley were held to 202-7.

In reply, United lost the wicket of Cummins for 11 and Bilal Anjam with 29 on the board. Andrew Heron battled to hit a solid 45, including seven fours and, with Danuka smashing 31 off 33 balls, United had reached 159-6 with ten overs to go.

But the young Barnsley spinners prevailed and United’s season ended, as it began, with another defeat, all out for 177 in the 51st over.

Callum Bethel took 3-48 and Ali Jahangir added 2-37.

Doncaster fell to a 70 run defeat against Harrogate at St George’s Road.

Callum Howe scored 77no and Vic Craven 34 as Harrogate reached 184-5 after the match had been reduced by rain to 35 overs per side.Doncaster, in response, were skittled out in 28 overs for 114, Hugo Peterson taking 4-23.

Rotherham’s match at Hull was totally washed out.

Final table: York 167, YCA 156, Harrogate 132, Scarborough 116, Doncaster 112, Driffield 109, Collegiate 104, Barnsley 83, Cleethorpes 78, App Frod 75, Rotherham 65, Hull 55, Castleford 45, United 33.