Skipper sets the right example as United move off the bottom

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A superb seventeen over spell by skipper Matt Dixon set Sheffield Collegiate up for a comfortable victory over Barnsley at Abbeydale Park.

Dixon’s spell yielded 6-67, which saw Collegiate restrict Barnsley to a modest 189-9.

They passed that target easily, with six wickets and 18 overs in hand.

Barnsley skipper Steve Nuttall broke a finger in the pre-match warm up, and stand-in captain Jason Booth won the toss and elected to bat.

He perhaps regretted his decision, however, when leading run scorer Jonathon Trower was caught at the wicket by Simon Guy off promising seamer Luke Shutt without scoring.

Booth himself soon followed for 10, trapped lbw by the same bowler, and as Dixon began to weave his magic, wickets fell quickly to leave Barnsley struggling.

The reliable Matt Wilson held the innings together with a dogged 56 until he was caught by Shutt off Dixon, leaving the visitors 138-8.

Nathan Firn took over the anchor role and, together with Matt Rushforth (23no) and Ben Jenkinson (8no) put on 50 for the eighth and ninth wickets.

Firn was eventually caught by Guy off Matt Moroney for 46 and the innings ended with Barnsley 189-9.

The ever-improving Shutt bowled 13 accurate overs to take 2-36, and Dixon’s haul took him to 44 wickets for the season.

Collegiate got off to a good start with an opening stand of 41, before Nick Gaywood went for 22 and Jacob Waterson was also caught at the wicket by Jake Malkin for 21.

But that was to be Barnsley’s final success, as Guy joined opener Ashton Blakey and within 24 overs the match was over.

Guy scored 61no from 52 balls, leaving Blakey 59no.

Sheffield United moved off the foot of the table when they took two hard-fought points from their high-scoring clash with Hull at Bawtry Road.

Despite their lowly position, they have suffered only four outright defeats and this was yet another occasion when United failed narrowly to chase down a big score .

Hull elected to bat first on a perfect pitch with plenty of bounce and, although United made early inroads to see the visitors at 31-2, burly Pete Shally played some fine shots and quickly racked up 66.

David Barrick hit 70 and Tom Appleyard 82 as the pair took a liking to the conditions, putting on 110 for the third wicket as Hull raced to 265-6.

That was even without the talented teenager Vikas Dixit, who has returned to India after his holiday in England spent smashing runs and taking wickets.He certainly could be one to watch out for!

United gave a second outing to 15 years old left arm seamer Jack Roberts and the youngster took his chance, returning decent figures of 2-40 from nine accurate overs.

Mark Cummins bowled 14 overs to take 2-66 before he opened the innings with his brother Paul, after Hull closed on 265-6.

Paul was first out for 28 before a partnership of 90 between Ben Percival (35) and Mark set United on track.

Despite Mark’s magnificent 128no, including 13 boundaries, time ran out and United were left on 243-7.

This Saturday, Rotherham play Collegiate and United host Driffield. On Sunday, Collegiate travel to Scarborough and United go to Castleford.

Table: York 113 points, YCA 106, Harrogate 91, Driffield 78, Scarborough 68, Collegiate 66, Doncaster 65, App Frod 56, Cleethorpes 54, Barnsley 45, Hull 42, Rotherham 31, United 26, Castleford 25