Collegiate return to form but United lose to champions York

Jacob Waterson
Jacob Waterson

Sheffield Collegiate returned to winning ways in the Yorkshire Premier League with two victories in the space of three days.

First, they dispatched Driffield by 90 runs after a superb batting display.

After losing two wickets with just 31 on the board, Jacob Waterson and Simon Guy added 177 for the third wicket.

Suffolk born Waterson was eventually caught off Ollie Ezard for a solid 71, but head coach Guy continued in an aggressive manner and hit 101 off 108 balls, including 13 boundaries and two sixes.

After he, too, was dismissed by Ezard, Josh Varley smashed 41no off 28 balls to take Collegiate to a season’s best 277-7.

Ezard finished with decent figures of 4-66.

Two wickets for Matt Maroney and one for Luke Shutt gave Collegiate the ideal start, leaving Driffield 22-3 in reply.

Although several batsmen made starts, the result was never in doubt and the normally free-scoring hosts were dismissed for 187 in the 50th over.

Shutt bowled ten tight overs to take 3-23, with Olly Pearson returning 3-63 from his 15.

Then, Collegiate made it 14 points over the two matches when they pulled off a superb eight-wicket victory over Scarborough at Abbeydale Park.

Mark Tennant hit 55, Andy Simpson 35 and recently returned Samrat Sharma 38 as the visitors clocked up 221-9.

Oliver Pearson went to the top of the league’s leading wicket takers list when he returned figures of 3-64, with skipper Matt Dixon taking 3-72 from 16 overs.

A second-wicket partnership of 130 between Nick Gaywood (76) and Waterson (89no) then set up the exciting win with eight balls and eight wickets to spare.

Sheffield United, meanwhile, felt the full force of York’s batting quality when the champions visited Bawtry Road, in search of a seventh successive title.

An opening stand of 113 was finally broken by Chamin Weerasinghe, when the debutant bowled Liam McKendry for 57.

A unbroken fourth-wicket partnership followed with younger sibling Ryan McKendry hitting four boundaries and three sixes in a quickfire 66, scored off 51 balls.

Jack Leaning maintained his composure at the other end and cruised to an effortless 119no as York reached 297-3.

Weerasighe took 3-59 from 11 overs.

United have found runs at a premium and, so far, only captain Paul Cummins has troubled the scorers.

Once again, his 88 was well ahead of the next best (Dean Smith, 15).

Tom Pringle bowled 15overs to take 4-34, with fellow spinner Dan Woods taking 4-26 as United were bowled out for a disappointing 153 in the 47th over.

United’s Bank Holiday Monday clash with Castleford at Bawtry Road saw a much-improved batting display.

The result was still the same, however, as their 250-6 was overtaken by the visitors with just one ball remaining.

Mark Cummins hit 13 boundaries on his way to a splendid 117, and Andy Heron (32), Danuka (36) and Paul Cummins (25) all contributed as United posted a challenging total.

Their bowlers struggled with the new legside wide rule, however, and conceded 24 runs from wide balls.

Castleford were well served by David Sharp, 77no, and Neil Smith, 41, who knocked 45 in the final five overs to clinch a narrow five wicket victory.

n Saturday’s fixtures: Barnsley v Sheffield Collegiate, Harrogate v Cleethorpes, Hull v Sheffield United, Rotherham v Castleford, Scarborough v Appleby Frodingham, York v Doncaster, Yorkshire Academy v Driffield.