Yorkshire League: Derby disaster for Doncaster Town

Arms raised Doncaster Town CC 1st XI Simon Widdup celebrates a wicket v Rotherham Town CC 1st XI
Arms raised Doncaster Town CC 1st XI Simon Widdup celebrates a wicket v Rotherham Town CC 1st XI

Doncaster Town were brought back down to earth with a bump following a 161-run defeat at Rotherham Town.

The one-sided nature of the contest at Clifton Lane came as something of a surprise as Doncaster went into the game on the back of four straight wins - taking them to within touching distance of top spot.

But the visitors were second best in all departments and their miserable weekend was then compounded on Sunday by defeat to Harrogate in the League Cup.

Rotherham batted first on Saturday and showed both patience and controlled aggression at the crease to post a very competitive 239-8 from their allotted overs.

Skipper Nathan Smith top scored with 58, Mark Cummins hit 44, former Yorkshire all-rounder Ben Sanderson contributed 31 and James Moorhouse added 30.

Graeme Attenborough was the pick of the Doncaster bowlers with 3-43, while Alex Gosney claimed 2-39.

In reply, Town’s hopes suffered a blow in the second over when Simon Widdup was run out at the non striker’s end when a Felix Odell drive deflected off the hand of bowler Vinnie Ogden and onto the stumps.

Town never really recovered, and slumped to 78 all out in 29.1 overs.

Rhys Mann top scored with 22, while spinner Cummins rounded off an impressive individual display by taking 4-11.

Doncaster, without a game this weekend, dropped to fourth as a result of the defeat, while Rotherham climbed to seventh.

Town then came up short by 62 runs in their Yorkshire League Cup KO quarter final at home to Harrogate.

Ryan Bradshaw (75), Alexis Twigg (45) and Scott Huntley (43) helped Harrogate up to 244-6, with Attenborough’s 2-18 from nine overs the stand-out figures.

Minus Gosney and Stuart Guy, Doncaster were light on batting and were bowled out for 182. Odell (50) and Attenborough (32) top scored.