Yorkshire ECB: Academy beat the rain and Town

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The weather wreaked havoc on the Yorkshire ECB Premier League on both Monday and Saturday, with all six Monday fixtures being abandoned either before or during play, writes ANDY DONLEY.

Leaders Yorkshire Academy strengthened their position at the top of the table thanks to a huge score batting first against Rotherham Town,

Opener Eliot Calis scored 139, and Joshua Shaw smashed 75 off 62 balls, as Yorkshire posted 312 off their 55 overs.

Rotherham’s batsmen struggled to keep up with the rate in response, and they finished their innings on 
214-8, losing by 98 runs.

The Academy’s Monday fixture against Doncaster Town was abandoned in the 16th over, with Town promisingly poised on 58-0.

York kept the pressure on the league-leaders through a pair of victories on Saturday and Sunday.

Nick Kay (72) and Charlie Elliot (62 not-out) top scored in York’s 313-6 against Scarborough on Saturday, for whom Darren Harland, pictured, hit 96 in a failing effort.

York then chased down Castleford’s total of 167 on the Sunday, although they nearly conspired to lose, with number 11 Chris Burn coming to the crease with his side struggling on 157-9.

York’s third fixture of the bank holiday weekend against Sheffield United was called off before a ball had been bowled.

Castleford’s Saturday fixture against Sheffield Collegiate was a match that will either be remembered for top-class bowling, or rank-awful batting. Sheffield only managed to post 78 batting first, with Cas’ Jarran Cook taking 3-25, before the hosts found a way to lose the tie, capitulating to 51 all out.

They were the only results over the three days, with Harrogate seeing both of their games fall foul to the torrential rain.

Ralph Middlebrook.

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