Academy stage top-class bowling displays to breeze past Doncaster

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YORKSHIRE ACADEMY moved to within a point of second-placed Rotherham Town after an eight-wicket breeze at Doncaster Town on Bank Holiday Monday.

Splendid bowling from Jared Warner (5-27) and Matthew Waite (4-23) helped decimate Doncaster for just 69.

The academy then eased home at 71-2, with Elliot Callis (38) top-scoring.

Callis had earlier provided a meaty contribution in Saturday’s five-wicket triumph over Sheffield Collegiate (218), hitting an impressive 83 in the academy’s total of 219-5.

York (251) were turned over in a high-scoring affair against fourth-placed Barnsley (252-6) on Monday.

In the runs for York, who are now down to sixth place, were Adam Whatley (65), Ryan McKendry (57) and Simon Lambert (56), with Lambert and McKendry following up with three wickets apiece, but to no avail.

Ex-Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq top-scored with 47 for Barnsley.

York (185-1) fared better two days earlier, with Lambert (92no), Ryan McKendry (6-38) and Tom Pringle (4-54) helping them thrash rock-bottom Sheffield United (183).

Castleford (183) showed fight before going down to Rotherham (184-8) on Monday, with Dominic Sharp hitting an excellent 87 in a losing cause.

Freddie Collins (4-18) was the pick of the Cas bowlers.

Saturday’s action saw leaders Harrogate (134-4) see off Cas (133).

Prolific batting has put Gate at the top of the table, but it was tight bowling that kept them there, with Sam Davies (3-25) the pick with an impressive set of figures as they restricted Cas to 133.

For once the leaders had a poor start, struggling at 33-4, but Jack Potter (48no) and David Foster (53no) clinched victory for the St George’s Road outfit.