Billy Root makes Yorkshire League history with double ton as Sheffield Collegiate hammer Doncaster Town

Billy Root of Sheffield Collegiate CC 1st XI leaves the field after hitting 218 not out  in the game v Doncaster Town CC 1st XI
Billy Root of Sheffield Collegiate CC 1st XI leaves the field after hitting 218 not out in the game v Doncaster Town CC 1st XI

Billy Root had Yorkshire League officials thumbing through their record books after his remarkable double century helped Sheffield Collegiate hammer Doncaster Town by 233 runs.

Root, the younger brother of England batsman Joe who has recently signed a summer deal with Nottinghamshire, hit 22 fours and seven sixes as he finished unbeaten on 218, out of Collegiate’s 400-5.

Simon Guy, up against his brother Stuart, also hit 92 for Collegiate, who then bowled out Town for just 167 in the 44th over.

Graeme Attenborough hit 37 and Stuart added 35, with Matt Lee taking 4-46, and captain Matt Dixon chipping in with 3-28.

Matthew Head managed to take two wickets from his five-over spell for Town.

Root’s 218* is the highest individual score in the Yorkshire League since online records began back in 2001.

Gary Ballance, now also in England’s Test side, hit 236* for Yorkshire’s Academy in a Yorkshire League Knockout Cup game in in 2009 - ironically, against Collegiate. Joe, who opened the batting with Ballance, hit 85 and Billy then scored 18 for Collegiate - before being dismissed by his older brother!

To complete the family theme, father Matt hit 34 of Collegiate’s 202-8!

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In 2008, Daniel Wilson hit 214 for York against Castleford and Simon Lambert, also of York, was unbeaten on 209 against Cleethorpes last June.

Elsewhere, Archie Ogden hit an unbeaten 68 to help Rotherham Town beat South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley by six wickets at Shaw Lane.

Batting first, Barnsley were all out in the last over for 184. James Brown scored 57 and Zohaib Ahmad added 43, but their total always looked vulnerable with Ben Sanderson having taken 4-59.

Rotherham did what was needed as Patrick Castledon also managed to score 36 not out as himself and Ogden saw the game out to record a win by six wickets.

Overseas ace Jaco Scholtz had an impressive innings for Sheffield United, hitting 60 runs, but it was not enough to secure victory for the home side against a talented Yorkshire Academy side.

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Elliot Callis and Mosun Hussain both hit 39 runs, with Callis managing to hit seven fours. The Academy did enough to secure victory in the 31st over, winning by eight wickets.

James Exley took both Academy wickets, but it was not enough for Sheffield United who remain bottom of the league.

See Friday’s Grass Roots for more pictures and a full report from Collegiate v Doncaster.