Cricket: Doncaster Town progress delights Ward

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The future looks bright for Doncaster Town, according to their long-serving former secretary Steve Ward.

Town ended their season last weekend with a disappointing 70-run defeat at Harrogate.

But the reverse failed to put a dampener on Doncaster’s most successful campaign for several years.

Town’s fifth place finish in the Yorkshire League is their highest since 2008.

“Doncaster have enjoyed a very satisfying season, not only finishing fifth but also reaching the last 16 of the ECB National Cup and the final of the Yorkshire League’s T20 Cup,” said Ward, now chairman of the ECB Yorkshire Premier League.

“Simon Widdup has had a fabulous season on his return to the club, scoring 1258 league runs and taking 39 league wickets.

“Other notable league performances include James Stuart who scored 595 runs and claimed 50 wickets, Oliver Jackson who took 44 wickets and Gareth Cox who finished with 684 runs.

“Perhaps the most pleasing personal performances have been from unsung wicketkeeper Jamie Harrison. His 30 victims included some awesome catches.

“The future looks bright for Town.”

Harrogate batted first in a 35 overs a side game last weekend, scoring a respectable 184-5.

In reply Alex Gosney’s men were bowled out for 114 in 28 overs. Widdup scored 28 and Gosney 26.