United slip to bottom of table as Collegiate seal first win in three

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Despite another improved display at Bawtry Road, results elsewhere conspired against Sheffield United and they have now slipped to the foot of the Yorkshire League table.

In United’s game against Yorkshire Academy, a superb innings of 121 by Will Rhodes gave the Academy the perfect base after they decided to take first use of another fine batting pitch.

An opening partnership of 79 between Collegiate junior Elliot Callis, 37, and Jonathon Tattersall, 42, in only 14 overs saw the YCA pass the 100 mark inside 21 overs as the ball went to all parts of the quick outfield.

Running between the wickets was excellent and only half of the eventual massive total of 322 -8 came from boundaries.

First teamer Steve Patterson, recovering from injury, batted at number four and hit 56 before he was caught by Saqib off Waqas.

Mark Cummins bowled 17 overs to take a creditable 3-67 and was easily the most inexpensive of the United attackers.

Brother Paul Cummins returned 2-88 from his 17 overs, and Waqas added 2-55 from 7.

An opening stand took United to 61 before the wicket of Mark Cummins fell, but Paul and Helgard Prinsloo added a further 52 before the South African was caught for 25.

Danuka Hettiarachchi, now looking in good form after a series of injuries, then put together a fine innings of 42, from 39 balls including seven boundaries and a six, as United crept towards the 226 required to secure a point.

This eventually came with the last pair of Waqas (16no) and Saqib (8no) at the wicket.

YCA used nine bowlers in their attempts to dislodge the tail, and all nine batsman were caught out.

But Hull’s shock win at Barnsley and Rotherham’s six points at home to Scarborough confined United to bottom place.

Over at Scunthorpe, Collegiate recovered from successive defeats to take the full eight points from in-form Appleby Frodingham, although another middle order batting collapse could have led to defeat.

The Collegiate openers were both back in the pavilion with just 26 on the board, but two good partnerships took the score to 182-3 in the 48th over.

Jacob Waterson played the anchor role, hitting a patient 65, with Simon Guy adding 50 and Tom Lister scoring 38 before the innings collapsed and Collegiate were all out in the final over for 214.

The home team’s response was a disaster and the top three were all dismissed by the excellent Luke Shutt with the score on a paltry 26.

Further wickets fell at regular intervals as Appleby were rolled over for 128 in the 42nd over, Collegiate running out winners by 86 runs.

Shutt finished with a creditable 4-26.

York skipper Dan Woods became the first bowler to take all ten wickets in an innings since Collegiate stalwart Bill Croft achieved the feat in 1987, when he returned 10-42 at Castleford .

The final wicket came two balls from the end of Woods’ allocated seventeenth over.

Fixtures: Doncaster v Barnsley, Harrogate v App Frod, Hull v Cleethorpes, Scarborough v Castleford, Collegiate v Driffield, York v United, YCA v Rotherham.