York take initiative after beating Town

YORK overcame closest challengers Rotherham Town in a one-sided top-of-the-table contest at Clifton Lane.

Rotherham were struggling at 45-5 before Gareth Purshouse and Gurman Randhawa put on 50 for the sixth wicket. That gave the innings some respectability but Town were dismissed for 156 in 52 overs, spinner Dan Woods taking 4-56 and seamer Jake Murphy continuing his good form with 3-32.

York won by eight wickets, Duncan Snell and Liam McKendry sharing an opening partnership of 113. Snell made 69, including 10 fours and three sixes, McKendry unbeaten on 53.

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All-rounder Alex Osmond saw third placed Cleethorpes to a nine-wicket triumph at Hull. Not content with spinning his way to 6-64 in 18.3 overs, Osmond then made an unbeaten 59, slamming eight fours and two sixes. Hull were bowled out for 198 in 53.3 overs, Cleethorpes taking 41.4 overs to march to victory. Bill Kirby and Eddie Carlton had an opening partnership of 85, Kirby top-scoring with 77 not out.Scarborough continued their winning ways with a seven-wicket success at Sheffield Collegiate who were hustled out for a mere 117 in 35.1 overs, Piet Rinke taking 3-29 and wicket-keeper Mark Tennant held six catches. Matt Moroney, 14, top-scored with 38. Tennant and Darren Harland had a third-wicket stand of 80 for Scarborough.

Appleby Frodingham ended a run of three defeats with a five-wicket home win over bottom club Doncaster Town who were restricted to 192-7. James Pickersgill led the chase with an undefeated 44.

Former England batsman Anthony McGrath struck 10 fours and four sixes in a 107 for Yorkshire Academy but Castleford were victorious by five wickets. David Wainwright was the Cas hero, taking 5-59 and smashing an undefeated century.

Simon Widdup took five wickets for Barnsley who included five 18-year-olds in their victory over Driffield Town. Alexis Twigg got Harrogate back to winning ways with a fine 85 in his side’s five-wicket win over Sheffield United.