ROTHERHAM Town are just nine points off league leaders York, after a classy seven–wicket win over local rivals Sheffield United at Bawtry Road.
A first defeat of the season for York from Yorkshire Academy boosted Rotherham’s hopes for the title.
Batting first, United were all out for 181 but managed to last until the penultimate over before losing their final wicket.
Ben Percival added 66, but there were no other performances of note with Rotherham’s bowlers in great form.
Youngster Ben Sanderson took 3-44, while England Under-19 ace Gurman Randhawa took 3-42, and William Cooper chipped in with a useful 2-21 from just four overs.
In reply, Rotherham patiently chased the target and finally reached 184-3 in the 47th over.
Gerhardus Rudolph scored 63 while Stuart Guy was unbeaten on 79 to help them to a winning total.
After the disappointment of losing to Hull the previous weekend, Barnsley’s title hopes suffered another knock when they lost narrowly to Appleby Frodingham.
Barnsley had totalled 215-7 in their 55 overs, with Simon Widdup scoring 53, Steve Nuttall 51 and Matthew Wilson 44.
In reply, The Lincolnshire side lost early wickets and were at 19-2 at one stage, but they chased hard and were on 169-4 at one stage. But they lost three wickets to run outs as they pushed hard for victory late in the innings.
However, they hit the winning runs from a boundary off the penultimate ball of the match to leave Barnsley empty-handed.
Oliver Hannon-Dalby with 3-44 was the pick of the Barnsley bowlers.
The following day Barnsley took on leaders York in the Knockout Cup quarter final, but the match was abandoned just over an hour in because of rain and will be replayed this Sunday.
Doncaster Town’s hopes of avoiding the wooden spoon took a knock when they were beaten by fellow strugglers Hull by five wickets.
Good contributions of 62 by James Stuart and 54, from Amitpaul Singh Kundra helped Doncaster reach 189-9 in their innings, with Hull bowler Jack Oughtred doing much of the damage with figures of 4-50.
But Hull reached a winning 191-5 to take victory in the 50th over. Alex Gosney took 2-41 for Doncaster, and James Dobson took 1-4 from a four-over spell, but there was little else to cheer about for bottom of the table Doncaster.
On Saturday Doncaster visit Sheffield Collegiate, Barnsley travel to Harrogate and Rotherham host Appleby Frodingham before meeting Collegiate on Sunday.