Rotherham go second


ROTHERHAM Town battled to a two-wicket win over Hull which saw them climb to second in the table.

While Ben Sanderson scored 68 not out, it was a good all-round team performance which eventually saw off the challenge of strugglers Hull, but it proved harder work than planned.

Second bottom of the table, Hull proved stubborn and ended their 45 overs on 161-7 with Rotherham junior Nathan Smith taking 2-46.

Chris Grey scored 61 and Dominic Rhodes 56 for Hull, to help ensure they held on to their last few wickets to deny Rotherham a maximum eight-point haul.

For Rotherham, Sanderson’s 68 not out was largely responsible for their win, with only three other batsmen reaching double figures with Stuart Guy’s 27 the best of those. David Barrick took 3-63 for Hull and Tom Dimaline 2-31, but it was not enough to stop Rotherham reaching their target.

The following day, Rotherham Town lost out to Sheffield Collegiate in the Yorkshire League’s new T20 competition.

They were all out for 74 with James Moorhouse top-scoring with 30, while Collegiate made short work of reaching 78-1 to win by nine wickets.

A good knock of 73 from Steve Nuttall helped underpin Barnsley’s victory over Cleethorpes which sees them climb to third.

Barnsley leap-frogged Cleethorpes on the back of the win, but will be rueing their inability to bowl out the Lincolnshire side which would’ve given them enough points to go second.

Batting first, Barnsley totalled 191-8 with Nuttall making the lion’s share of the runs, while Simon Widdup added 24, Richard Wilkinson 20 and Henri Londt 20 not out.

In reply, Cleethorpes reached 148-8 at the end of their 55 overs.

Wilkinson took 4-43 and Simon Widdup 3-15, but they couldn’t dislodge the final two batsmen and to secure the eight points on offer.

On Sunday Barnsley were beaten by eight wickets by Harrogate in the T20 League.

The Shaw Lane side were all out for 110, and although Richard Wilkinson took 2-24, he could not stop Harrogate reaching a winning 111-2.

Doncaster Town suffered a three wicket defeat to a Sheffield United side inspired by junior Adam Thorpe.

Thorpe captured 4-25 as Town’s innings ended on 179 all out.

Skipper Nick Morley claimed 4-44 for Doncaster but it was not enough as United reached the target with 14 balls remaining and seven wickets down.

Town enjoyed the winning feeling in Sunday’s T20 competition with a 39 run win over Sheffield United.

Doncaster totalled 139-6 in their 20 overs, with Amitpaul Singh Kundra scoring 33.

In reply, United’s innings ended on 100-9 because of an injury. James Dobson took 4-11 for Doncaster, while James Watson added 3-29 to help dismiss United.