BEN JENKINSON’S pace bowling saw Sheffield United gain their first league win of the season at the expense of Scarborough at North Marine Road.
United seemed destined for another defeat when they were bowled out for 150 in the 48th over, No 9 Johnny Whiteoak top-scoring with 26 and Theo Smith leading the wicket-takers with 4-25 from 10 overs. But Scarborough had no answer to Jenkinson, who took 5-12 from seven blistering overs, and were ousted for 98 in 31 overs.
Rotherham spinner Mark Cummins took 4-11 in 5.1 overs in a 161-run victory over Doncaster.
Rotherham totalled 239-8 in their 55 overs, captain Nathan Smith setting the lead with 58 and Cummins assisting with 44. Cummins then showed his prowess with the ball and Doncaster were sent back for 78 in the 30th over.
Leaders Yorkshire Academy needed an undefeated 119 from Ryan Gibson to guide them to a five-wicket victory at Driffield, who had their own century-maker in Nick Hardgrave.
Driffield totalled 214 in 55 overs, Hardgrave making 106, including 12 fours and two sixes, but the Academy romped home in 37.1 overs thanks to Gibson.
York replaced Doncaster in second place after winning by 110 runs at Appleby Frodingham. Brothers Ryan and Liam McKendry hit half-centuries and spinner Daniel Woods took 5-34 in 13 overs.
Steve Nuttall played a captain’s innings for Barnsley, who won by 71 runs at Harrogate. Nuttall’s 91 contained 12 fours and a six, he and Matthew Wilson adding 70 for the fourth wicket.
Opener Will Simpson made 65 and Liam Hyde took 5-35 in Castleford’s four-wicket victory against Cleethorpes, for who openers Bill Kirby and Harry Warwick put on 117.