Cricket: Double delight for Doncaster Town

Doncaster Town CC.  Back l/r James Stuart, Christopher Jeeves, Curtis Free, Graeme Attenborough, Simon Widdup and Stuart Guy.  Front l/r Felix ODell, Jamie Harrison, Alex Gosney, Charlie Allen and Ryan Capstick.   Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Doncaster Town CC. Back l/r James Stuart, Christopher Jeeves, Curtis Free, Graeme Attenborough, Simon Widdup and Stuart Guy. Front l/r Felix ODell, Jamie Harrison, Alex Gosney, Charlie Allen and Ryan Capstick. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

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The momentum has swung in Doncaster Town’s favour after the side secured two vital victories at the weekend - one which sees them one step closer to cup glory.

Alex Gosney’s men have now won seven out of their last eight in all competitions to see them fifth in the Yorkshire ECB Premier League and into the second round of the Yorkshire League KO Cup.

Their winning start began on Saturday when Town took the trip across to North Lincolnshire to face Appleby Frodingham for a tricky league match.

App-Frod have had a habit of making things difficult for Town during previous encounters.

But Doncaster took the initiative early on as Gosney won the toss and invited the home team to bat - with the hosts struggled against tight bowling from the Town skipper, Graeme Attenborough and Simon Widdup.

The pressure soon took its toll as the innings ended on 123, thanks to Felix Odell’s impressive 3 for 24, Attenborough’s 2 for 12 display and Curtis Free’s 2 for 31.

Only Kieran Lindley, 33, shone with the bat as the home side looked to stifle Doncaster’s batsmen in response.

And the hosts did just that as their bowlers made things very difficult for Town who looked in trouble at 65 for 5.

However, Rhys Mann and Gosney steadied the ship for the visitors, taking the score to 127 for 5, as they both scored 30 not out.

Earlier, Widdup made a valuable 37 as Doncaster boasted 127-5 for eight points to see them in fifth in the table.

A day later, Town travelled to South Yorkshire rivals Sheffield Collegiate for the first round of the KO Cup, collecting a strong win by 20 runs.

Town batted first and amassed 216 for 8 in their 45 overs thanks - in the main - to Stuart Guy’s 53, Odell’s 51 alongside 26 and 23 from Mann and Gosney respectively.

Luke Shutt was the pick of the bowling, collecting 3 for 36 for Collegiate.

In reply, Sheffield were 45 for 5 at one stage, but rallied towards a respectable 196 all out, thanks to some good bowling by Free (3 for 39), Lewis Brown’s 2 for 10, and Brad Heaps’ 2 for 29.

Andy Simpson top scored for the hosts with 71 not out and youngster Oliver Pearson picked up 28 before being caught by Charlie Allen off Odell’s bowling.

* Town will entertain Harrogate in the next round - a date is to be arranged.

Meanwhile, Saturday sees Town entertain Harrogate in the league, noon start.

Derbyshire Premier League side Chesterfield visit Town Field on Sunday in the ECB National Club Championship’s group final, for a 1pm start.