Collegiate foiled

Yorkshire League Cricket...Sheffield Collegiate v Doncaster Town....Collegiate spinner Josh Varley
Yorkshire League Cricket...Sheffield Collegiate v Doncaster Town....Collegiate spinner Josh Varley

Hit and miss for Sheffield Collegiate in their South Yorkshire derby double-header in the ECB Yorkshire Premier League.

They hosted Doncaster Town at Abbeydale and were foiled from gaining maximum points by a battling rearguard from the visitors last pair. Having been given the opportunity to make first use of the pitch, Collegiate took full advantage and Alex Patmore, promoted to open alongside evergreen Nick Gaywood, played a steady hand allowing his partners to play their shots.

Billy Root (58), Gaywood (30) and Patmore (67) gave the platform that Ed McKenna and Charlie Wall enjoyed, with the former finishing undefeated on 78 off 62 balls, accelerating the side to 296-6.

In reply, Doncaster made steady progress, but after Cox and Kundra had advanced the score to 102-1, wickets started to fall, and this was capitalised on by Matt Dixon and Will Street in particular, as partnerships never moved on from a decent start. Street finished with 5-74 but the final pair could not be prised out in the last couple of overs, as Town took a point back to Doncaster, finishing 70 runs short.

Collegiate were brought back to earth by a heavy defeat to Rotherham Town on Sunday, despite a great start with a wicket with the first ball of the game. Rotherham recovered to post 273-7 as Nathan Smith gave the innings a real sprint finish, with 72 off just 42 balls. Will Street finished with 4-94, just missing out on a weekend ‘10-fer.’

The Abbeydale side couldn’t repeat the solid top order scores of the previous day. Patmore top scored with 34 but with little support, other than from Root (27), the innings petered out and they were all out for 158.

After the Academy shocked champions York the previous week, United headed to Leeds expecting a tough game, particularly with a patched up attack and key players missing, the story of the season so far.

The home side were put in and the returning Zafran Ali and skipper Paul Cummins took advantage as the Academy slumped to 62-5. A partnership of 59 brought them back into it but the overs ran out as they posted a target of 156-8. Cummins finished with 3-48.

Jon Blain removed Aussie Nick Beneke early on but Cummins was joined by the inform Ben Percival, who only left once the score had reached 89, with a contribution of 32.

Asrar Qadoos added 25 but Cummins brought the side home with an unbeaten 67, a quick fire innings from Reece Shutt ensuring the target was reached with three overs to spare.

“This was a great win, particularly as we were without Adam Thorpe and this was Zaf’s first game back after a broken finger,” said Cummins, “This sets up the next game at home to Hull on Saturday where we can look to take some real momentum into the second half of the season.”

Collegiate make the trip to Appelby Frodingham to face a side with an identical record so far.