Cricket: Doncaster seek home comfort

Doncaster Town v Rotherham Town Twenty 20 cricket. James Stuart. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D0743MB

Doncaster Town v Rotherham Town Twenty 20 cricket. James Stuart. Picture: Malcolm Billingham D0743MB

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Doncaster Town hope to kick-start their season with a home double-header against Hull and Yorkshire Academy this weekend.

Simon Widdup’s century was the highlight of Saturday’s seven wicket defeat at York who proved to be too strong for Alex Gosney’s men.

But Town will hope to build on their victory at home to Rotherham last time out at Town Field when Hull visit on Saturday.

Yorkshire Academy are the visitors to Town Field on Sunday in the ECB Premier League Knockout Cup.

Player coach Widdup held Doncaster’s innings together at Clifton Park, facing 152 balls for his 101.

James Stuart also struck a fine 71 as seven Doncaster batsmen failed to reach double figures but Town still managed to post a respectable 221-8 from their 55 overs.

The target posed few problems, however, for the reigning champions and current league leaders.

Leg spinner Ashley Knowles claimed 2-79 but York coasted to victory inside 37 overs, Jack Leaning top scoring with 50.

Town’s second round tie in the ECB National Knockout competition at home to Wickersley Old Village on Sunday fell victim to the weather.