Cricket: Doncaster Town bow out of National Club Championship

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Doncaster Town suffered a narrow three wicket defeat to Chesterfield in the last 32 of the Royal London National Club Championship.

Alex Gosney’s side saw off Beverley, Driffield and Treeton in the earlier rounds but their road to Lord’s was blocked in Sunday’s entertaining regional final.

Derbyshire Premier League outfit Chestefield reached their target of 208 with just three balls to spare to set up a trip to York in the last 16.

Opener Felix Odell (46), Stuart Guy (52), Gosney (31) and Rhys Mann (29) all made valuable contributions when Doncaster batted first and reached 207-6 from their 45 overs.

In reply the visitors lost early wickets before a fine third wicket partnership of 126 between Drage Thompson (65) and Matthew Fletcher (58) put the visitors in control.

Odell removed Thompson to spark a late flurry of wickets but Chesterfield held their nerve to cross the finish line in the final over.

Doncaster, meanwhile, went fourth in the ECB Yorkshire Premier League with a superb seven wicket win at home to high flying Harrogate on Saturday.

Harrogate were in trouble at 137-8 but an unbroken stand of 64 between Tom Geeson Brown (34no) and Ben Bartlett (28no) saw their total escalate to a respectable 201-8.

Leg spinner Odell was the star with the ball, claiming 5-56 from 12 overs.

In-form Odell (63) then put on 109 for the third wicket with Graeme Attenborough (84no) to take the game away from the visitors.