Doncaster begin to make move

Gareth Cox top-scored for Doncaster Town. Picture: Andrew Roe.
Gareth Cox top-scored for Doncaster Town. Picture: Andrew Roe.


ROCK–bottom Doncaster Town got a much-needed lift with their first complete victory of the season, a four wicker triumph over Yorkshire Academy.

The Academy were all out for just 134 with Doncaster’s bowlers in good form.

James Stuart took 4-34, while Duncan Jones took 2-5 in a cracking 3.5-over spell, and Jonathan Redfern was also in great shape with 2-11 from six overs.

In reply, Doncaster reached a winning 136-6 in the 42nd over.

Gareth Cox scored 42 and Alex Gosney 36no to help the score along.

A victory this weekend over second bottom Hull could see Doncaster move from 14th to eighth in the table, with several teams tightly packed at the bottom.

Rotherham Town’s campaign continued to gather pace as they beat Castleford by six wickets to remain third in the table.

The in-form side beat their rivals convincingly to take eight points.

Batting first, Castleford were all out for 185 with just 2.1 overs remaining.

Youngster Ben Sanderson took 5-33, while Nathan Smith chipped in with 2-22.

In reply, Rotherham reached 188-4 in 44 overs, largely thanks to Jordan Lowe’s unbeaten 95.

For Castleford, Chris Young took 3-35, but it was not enough to stop Rotherham taking a comfortable win.

However, 24 hours later Rotherham came unstuck in the Yorkshire League Knockout Cup when they were beaten by six wickets by Scarborough.

Batting first, Rotherham were all out for 178 in the 50th over, with Gerhardus Rudolph scoring 67.

Scarborough just 40.3 overs to reach a winning score of 179-4.

Barnsley’s hopes for a title challenge were hit as they suffered a five–wicket defeat to Hull.

Batting first, Barnsley scored 172-7 in their 55 overs. But Henri Londt with 64no and Simon Widdup with 50 were their only main contributors, while Matthew Wilkinson was in great form for Hull and took 6-46.

The experienced Richard Wilkinson did his best to salvage something with the ball and took 4-70, but it was not enough to stop Hull recording a much-needed win which they sealed in the 40th over.