Yorkshire League round-up: Rotherham Town move up up to second as ex-Yorkshire star Azeem Rafiq shines for Barnsley

Azeem Rafiq took four wickets for Barnsley
Azeem Rafiq took four wickets for Barnsley

Rotherham Town stepped up to second in the Solly Sports Yorkshire Premier Cricket League when they beat leaders Harrogate at St George’s Road on Saturday.

Batting first, Rotherham reached 248 all out in their innings with opening batsman James Moorhouse scoring 73 before he was caught, and with Anthony del Borello adding 69 they posted a good target. In reply, Harrogate never really settled into a routine as Rotherham’s bowlers caused all sorts of problems.

Will Street took 4-30 and Ben Sanderson 4-36 to help skittle the league leaders for 154, with only George Ross on 50 scoring a significant sum.

The win leaves Rotherham just four points behind their rivals for the title.

Barnsley lie third after beating the Yorkshire Academy - but they had to settle for six points after not quite managing to bowl out the visitors to Shaw Lane.

The Academy lasted the whole 55-over innings which ended on 199-9, with Mosun Hussain scoring 44 and Ben Lewis-Ainsley 34.

The star with the ball for Barnsley was Azeem Rafiq who took 4-51, while Anthony Scully and Zohaib Ahmad also did well, taking 2-34 and 2-59 respectively.

In reply, it took Barnsley just 39.4 overs to reach a winning total of 203-2. Opening pair Jonathan Trower and James Brown did much of the damage with 90 and 42 respectively, while Ahmad proved useful with the bat too, and finished on 42 not out.

Sheffield United bagged an easy eight-point win over Driffield, taking victory by 178 runs.

United reached 298-5 in their innings, with Jaco Scholtz scoring 79 and Lesroy Weekes 62 not out, while Bilal Anjam and Sam Woodcock also made good contributions with 45 and 33 not out respectively.

In reply, Driffield were all out for just 120. Junior James Exley took 4-24 and fellow youngster Luqman Asad added 3-16 to help end the match in Driffield’s 29th over.

At Abbeydale, Sheffield Collegiate lost out by 103 runs to Castleford.

Josh Varley took 3-25 and there were two wickets each for Luke Shutt and Matt Lee, but it wasn’t enough to stop Castleford scoring 277-8 in their 55 overs.

In reply, Collegiate struggled to find a rhythm and were all out for 174. Simon Guy scored 64 and Varley was unbeaten on 35, but it wasn’t enough to avoid defeat.

Doncaster Town also suffered an eight-point defeat, but they lost by just 16 runs at Cleethorpes.

Andy Ellis took 4-47 and Luke Townsend 3-63 as Doncaster did their best to hold Cleethorpes at bay, but their innings ended on 208 all out in the 49th over.

Doncaster lost their first wicket with just one run on the board, but they added another 120 runs before the second wicket fell.

However, the wickets kept tumbling and they were all out for 192, just short of the target.

Opener Gareth Cox scored 81 and Charlie Allen added 64, but it wasn’t enough for victory as no other batsman scored over 13.