Rotherham go fourth after Harrogate win


IN form Rotherham Town moved up to fourth in the table with a fine victory over Harrogate.

Rotherham totalled an impressive 287-6 in their 55 overs, with Stuart Guy in fine form and scoring 115, while Gerhardus Rudolph added 77 to help the score along.

Other good contributions came from opener James Moorhouse with 34, and club junior Ben Sanderson who scored 32no.

Sam Biker took four wickets for Harrogate, but they proved costly as he conceded 110 runs in the process.

In reply, Harrogate’s innings ended on 198-8, well short of the target set by Rotherham, who will have been somewhat disappointed to not bowl them out.

England and Yorkshire Seconds spinner Gurman Randhawa showed his class once again with a haul of 3-33 with the ball while club junior Oliver Jackson claimed 3-67.

Barnsley also had to settle for six points after failing to skittle Castleford.

Batting first, Castleford scored 140-8 in their 55 overs, with Richard Wilkinson being in fine form for Barnsley, taking 6-44.

And in reply Barnsley reached a winning 143-4 in the final over after a patient innings.

Opening bat Simon Widdup was unbeaten on 63, while captain Jason Booth also did well, scoring 42.

Doncaster suffered a bad weekend, losing out in both the league and the knockout cup last weekend.

In the match with Harrogate, reduced to 40 overs a side, Doncaster totalled 178-9 in their innings with Amitpaul Singh Kundra scoring 41, while Gareth Cox added 34.

In reply, Harrogate reached a winning 181-5 in the 31st over, with Alexis Twigg scoring 50 and Vic Craven 43. For Doncaster, Shahid Khan took 3-48, but it was not enough to avoid defeat.

Half centuries from Gareth Cox and Alex Gosney were not enough for Doncaster who suffered a nine-wicket defeat to Cleethorpes.

Cox scored 57 and Gosney 50 towards their total of 194-9 but Cleethorpes sealed victory with one wicket lost.