Rotherham continue to climb table

ECB Yorkshire County Premier League

ROTHERHAM Town climbed to fifth in the early table after securing an emphatic eight-point victory over Driffield Town.

Young Rotherham bowler Nathan Smith was in fine form as he claimed 4-28 in just four overs to help skittle Driffield for 124 in 35 overs.

With Will Cooper taking 2-19 and Ben Sanderson 2-35, Driffield’s hopes of racking up a big score were dashed, with just four of their batsmen reaching double figures.

In reply Rotherham secured victory in quick time, reaching 128-4 in the 26th over.

Stuart Guy scored 55 and Jordan Lowe an unbeaten 27, as they proved too strong for Driffield’s bowlers, the pick of which was Nick Hardgrave with 2-16.

Barnsley beat Sheffield United by nine wickets to secure their first complete win haul of the season.

Yorkshire-contracted Oliver Hannon-Dalby was in fine form for the Shaw Lane side, and took a five wicket haul to help pin back the United challenge.

Batting first, United reached 116-8 in an innings reduced to 30 overs because of the rain.

Tanzeel Ali scored 25 and was the best of their batsmen, while Grant Johnson added 24 and skipper Paul Cummins 23.

As well as Hannon-Dalby’s 5-35, Richard Wilkinson took 2-28 to help restrict their target.

In reply, Simon Widdup and Steven Nuttall did the business, scoring 60 not out and 40 not out respectively to help Barnsley reach a winning score of 121-1 in the 25th over.

Doncaster Town were still looking for their first victory of the season after they were comprehensively beaten by reigning champions York.

Doncaster were all out for just 87 runs in the face of some experienced bowling from champions York.

Just four Doncaster batsmen reached double figures, and the pick of them was Felix Odell who managed 28 runs before being caught.

Daniel Woods was the best of the York bowlers with 4-30, although Tom Pringle was equally efficient with 3-15 and Jake Murphy took 2-19.

In reply, it took York just 16.4 overs to reach a winning total of 91-1, with Duncan Snell scoring 53 and Liam McKendry 29 not out.

Doncaster travel to Cleethorpes this Saturday while Rotherham visit Harrogate and Barnsley host Castleford.