Driffield inflict Collegiate’s first defeat

Sheffield Collegiate slipped to their first defeat of the season at Kings Mill Road when, without three top order batsmen, they failed to reach Driffield’s target of 211-9.

The home team lost two early wickets after electing to bat and although Sam Drury hit 49 they were reduced to 174-9. Johnny Anderson was then joined by Ollie Ezard and the pair put on an unbroken stand of 37 to somewhat spoil Collegiate’s tea time.

Jason Fisher ended with 3-79 and it was a memorable day for 13-year-old left arm spinner Olly Pearson who took a wicket with his second ball in Yorkshire Premier League cricket.

Collegiate, without the Root brothers and prolific Ed McKenna, started steadily with Charlie Wall, Alex Patmore and Nick Gaywood all getting into the 20s.

Driffield captain Dave Brent then changed the game when he took the wickets of Jason Fisher, Chris Stewart and Will Street in consecutive balls leaving the Collegiate reply in tatters. Riaz Richards top scored with 49 but he was out in the final over with the score on 185 to rob them of a point.

Sandiacre set a daunting 269-7 off their 45 overs in the ECB National Knock Out played last Sunday and although Billy Root hit an outstanding 101 Collegiate were bowled out for 253 in 43.2 overs.

United, with Nick Beneke out with a broken hand and several other regulars missing, were no match for leaders York at yet another windy Bawtry Road day.

A second wicket partnership of 123 set the stage for a big score but United saw a glimmer of hope when Liam McKendry 76 and Andy Tute 57 both fell with the score on 151. This proved to be false and several balls were lost in the woods as the score rattled along to 291 all out in the last over.

Unusually all 10 wickets fell to catches with keeper Joe Tetley taking four. Reece Shutt bowled well to take 5-70 from 11 overs.

United could hardly have got off to a worse start, the first five batsmen all back in the pavilion and only 29 on the tins. The lower order recovered some scoreboard, Grant Johnson 25, Ollie Law 25, Shutt 22 and Ali Jahangir 25no helped to take the all-out score to 129.

Paul Cummins was phlegmatic in defeat: “Five players short, we knew it was going to be a hard day against York. Reece (Shutt) bowled really well especially in his second spell and I am chuffed with Ali(Jahangir), Zaf (Ali) and Joe (Tetley). We’ve got to hold it together, we need a win.”

“I know we can still win six or seven matches,” he added. “Doncaster would be a good place to start as my Dad spent several years at Town Fields.”

After United visit Doncaster on Saturday they are at Cleethorpes on Monday. Collegiate, who entertain YCA and Harrogate, will be without skipper Matt Dixon on the Bank Holiday as he to captain an MCC side on a tour to Corfu.

Sunday sees the inaugural ECB National T20 Club Knock Out with United staging the South Yorkshire Group.

Doncaster play United at Bawtry Road at 10.00am, Rotherham face Collegiate at 1.00pm with the final at 4.00pm. The winners from each group match then meet to find the YPL representative at the area final.