Rotherham win again but lose ground on York


ROTHERHAM Town’s title tilt continued on Sunday when they beat South Yorkshire rivals Barnsley by four wickets.

But second-placed Rotherham only took six points from the win, leaving them six points adrift of leaders York at the top of the table.

Batting first, Barnsley totalled 213-8 in their 55 overs, managing to hang on to their final two wickets to deny Rotherham the chance of an eight-point haul.

Simon Widdup was their top-scorer, the former Yorkshire opening batsman scoring 56, while his fellow opener Matthew Wilson was not so lucky and scored just 13 before falling victim to Nathan Smith’s bowling and being caught behind by Gareth Purshouse.

The middle order did reasonably well, with talented junior Daniel Rafiq scoring 41 and Steve Nuttall adding 27, while there were 29 extras from some wayward bowling from Rotherham.

England Under-19 ace Gurman Randhawa was the pick of the bowlers and ended up with 4-60, while junior Oliver Jackson took 3-62.

In reply, Rotherham reached a winning 214-6 in the 49th over with some consistent batting performances throughout the innings.

Openers James Moorhouse and Gerhardus Rudolph scored 31 and 32 respectively, while Gareth Purshouse was the top-scorer with 54.

Randhawa was unbeaten on 39 which helped the score tick over nicely towards victory.

For Barnsley, Oliver Hannon-Dalby took 3-60 and Simon Widdup 2-48, but they couldn’t stop Rotherham taking victory.