Cricket: Doncaster Town roll back the years in ECB Club Championship

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History could be about to repeat itself.

Because 15 years on from the club’s famous victory at Lord’s, Doncaster Town are now just three more wins away from another appearance in the final of the ECB Club Championship.

Bath, Doncaster’s opponents at the home of cricket in 1998, have also reached the last 16 of the competition.

And fate could well be on Town’s side, after the weather played a major part in Sunday’s sensational win at reigning national champions York.

Alex Gosney’s men are scheduled to host either South Northumberland or Blaydon, both of the North East Premier League, on July 14 for a place in the quarter finals.

That prospect seemed a long shot when Town batted first and were left reeling on 28-5, before Ashley Knowles (27), Amit Kundra (25) and James Dobson (22) led the recovery.

And against all odds Doncaster’s 136 from 43.3 overs edged them home on net run rate by the narrowest of margins.

Thanks to some excellent bowling and fielding, including 3-35 from player coach Simon Widdup, York were left stranded on 87-4 from 29 overs when the rain came - meaning Doncaster’s players and travelling fans could celebrate a famous win.

Town are enjoying one of their best seasons in recent years and moved up to sixth in the Yorkshire League with a convincing eight wicket win at home to Yorkshire Academy on Saturday.

The visitors included Will Rhodes, Ryan Gibson, Ben Coad and Matthew Fisher in their side, all of whom have featured in Yorkshire’s first team this season.

But they were no match for Doncaster’s youngsters as James Stuart (3-15) and Curtis Free (2-15) helped skittle the Academy for 109.

Widdup was unbeaten on 64 when Town cantered home in just 23 overs.

n Town have been drawn against Sheffield Collegiate in T20 finals day at Scarborough on July 21. York meet Driffield in the other semi-final.