Yorkshire League: Runs galore in the cup as Billy Root cracks another ton in Sheffield Collegiate’s 314-run rout of Sheffield United

Billy Root
Billy Root

Sheffield Collegiate reached the semi finals of the Yorkshire Premier League KO Cup with an amazing batting performance, which saw Sheffield United beaten by 314 runs at Abbeydale Park.

It was not only the biggest winning margin in the history of the League but a new record for the highest total, beating the 419-1 set by United in 1999.

Tom Dunn and Dan Priestley set the ball rolling by putting on 165, before Dunn was out for 100 - scored off just 66 balls.

Priestley, son of former wicketkeeper/batsman Neil who was a leading performer for Collegiate in the 1990s, hit 76 before Bill Root slammed 138 from 72 balls, including 14 boundaries and nine sixes, to set a new record of 441-7.

Unsurprisingly, United never made a serious challenge and were dismissed for 127, with Priestley taking 4-29.

Jon Trower scored 101 from 51 balls as Barnsley beat Hull (131-9) by 10 wickets, Doncaster (324-9) narrowly failed to reach York’s 339-6 and YCA beat Appleby Frodingham by 55 runs.

n Rotherham Town retain their narrow lead atop the ECB Yorkshire Premier League table, just a point above Barnsley - who got the better of early season pacesetters Harrogate to open up an eight point gap, with York a further six behind in fourth.

Appleby Frodingham won the toss at Clifton Lane and chose to bat first, and were given a steady start of 52 by their openers. But after Matt Morland was dismissed for 14, the innings quickly disintegrated and the visitors were all out in the 44th over for a paltry 127 - which could have been even worse had not Duncan Heath hit 10 boundaries in a valiant 80.

Left arm spinner Mark Cummins was Rotherham’s main wicket taker with 5-22,paceman Ben Sanderson returned 3-34 off 13 aggresive overs and Vinnie Ogden 2-38 from nine. In reply Town, after losing two quick wickets, had little difficulty reaching the target in 31 overs with six wickets in hand. Tony Del Borrello hit eight boundaries in an excellent 65no.

Barnsley pulled off a superb five-wicket victory Harrogate, where the hosts elected to bat after winning the toss. Chris Ryan hit 44 and James Potter was left unbeaten on 40 as they were bowled out in the final over for a solid 252. Ali Jahangir led the Barnsley bowlers, taking 5-50, with Azeem Rafiq grabbing 3-56.

Matt Wilson, 39, gave the visitors a sound start but it was left to Zohaib (77no) and Dan Rafiq (74) to secure an important victory in the 45th to keep up their serious championship challenge.

Doncaster slipped to another home defeat when, after being bowled out for 168, visitors Driffield reached the required target in the 31st over with eight wickets in hand, Sam Drury hitting 82no and George Drury 35no.

Sheffield Collegiate were well beaten at Abbeydale Park when, after winning the toss they were shot out for 130 in 32 overs. Visitors York had no difficulty knocking off the arrears in 32 overs. Simon Lambert scored 72no and Ryan McKendry 41, adding to his bowling return of 4-30.

A fantastic display of clean hitting by Andy Simpson was the difference in the two teams at Chanderlands Ave as Hull ran out winners by seven-wickets over a shell shocked Sheffield United, who had recovered from 171-8 to set a reasonable target of 252 all out.

Jayakody hit 33, reliable Jaco Scholtz added 67 and Luqman Asad (42) shared a ninth-wicket stand of 54 with Jack Roberts (29).

In the home reply, Simpson immediately took control and smashed the ball to all parts, hitting 18 boundaries and six sixes in a magnificent knock of 143no.

And with Chris Gray adding 61, Hull moved off the foot of the table.

n Fixtures: App Frod v Doncaster, Barnsley v Collegiate, Castleford v York, Driffield v Hull, United v Cleethorpes, YCA v Rotherham.

n Sunday, T20 Finals at Doncaster Town Fields : 10am York v Barnsley, 1pm: Harrogate v Cleethorpes, Final at 4pm.