ECB: Town turn up heat on leaders

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SCARBOROUGH Had no answers to Doncaster Town who moved second in the Yorkshire ECB Premier League on Saturday with a nine-wicket win in one of only three games played.

Whilst the Grand Depart took centre stage around the Harrogate and Leeds region, Doncaster skittled Scarborough for just 116 with Simon Widdup’s spell of 4-22 supported by Alex Gosney’s 3-20.

The knocks of Kunwar Bansil, pictured, and Darren Harland who hit 21 and 22 respectively were the best it got for third-bottom Scarborough.

Title-chasing Doncaster then raced to 117-1 as a first-wicket partnership of 78 between Felix Odell (49no) and Widdup (40) laid the foundation for victory.

Stuart Guy also weighed in with an unbeaten 17 to put Doncaster just two points behind leaders Yorkshire Academy who were not in action and who have a game in hand. York – another side not in action – are three points further back in third and also with a game in hand.

Barnsley moved three points behind York in fourth with Saturday’s 22-run win at home to Appleby Frodingham.

The hosts posted a target of 204 thanks largely to the efforts of Zohaib Ahmad with 64 and opener Jonathon Trower with 45.

Paul Hilton, with 4-39, was Appleby’s best bowler.

Eighth-placed Appleby then made a decent fist of the run chase as opener Duncan Heath cracked 81 but James Wainman (3-38) removed the danger man and the visitors were eventually dismissed for 182 with Nathan Firn also taking 4-35.

In the day’s only other game played, Driffield Town picked up a seven-wicket win at struggling Sheffield United. United’s target of 157 was overhauled by Driffield as they made 158-3. Driffield sit sixth after the victory with United remaining bottom of the pile and 16 points adrift of second-bottom Castleford.

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