Derby delight for struggling Town

Doncaster's Gareth Cox. Picture: Andrew Roe
Doncaster's Gareth Cox. Picture: Andrew Roe
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DONCASTER Town host Hull on Saturday boosted by a brilliant win over high flying rivals Rotherham.

Alex Gosney’s side moved nine points clear of bottom side Sheffield United after they edged a thriller at Clifton Lane - and de-railed the hosts’ faint championship hopes in the process.

Town hope to follow-up only their second league win of a rain-ruined season when fellow strugglers Hull visit Town Field this weekend.

A magnificent knock of 92 from opener Gareth Cox laid the foundations for Sunday’s impressive win at Rotherham, as Doncaster bounced back from a heavy defeat to league leaders Harrogate a day earlier.

Cox faced 159 balls in total and steadfastly anchored Town’s innings while everyone else around him struggled to get to grips with the home side’s attack.

The visitors posted a very attainable 169 all out - but it was not long before Rotherham’s response was in tatters.

Opener James Moorhouse was bowled for nought by Curtis Free and paceman James Stuart, who finished with figures of 5-55, ripped through the middle order to leave Rotherham reeling on 86-8.

Ben Sanderson (40) and James Schofield (33no) added 72 for the ninth wicket to set up a nailbiting finish before last man Oliver Jackson was cleaned up by Stuart with the score on 167.

The victory moved Town up to tenth in the standings, while Rotherham dropped to fifth, well short of unbeaten Harrogate.

n Harrogate’s Vic Craven almost single-handedly destroyed Doncaster on Saturday.

The former Yorkshire all-rounder first showcased his devastating bowling by claiming 6-25.

Doncaster struggled and were all out for 85 from 36.4 overs.

Harrogate suffered an early blow in reply when opener Alexis Twigg went for a duck.

But his replacement Craven finished the job expertly as he hit nine fours and a six on the way to a half century.

David Orange’s 34 did the rest and Harrogate took all eight points.