YORKSHIRE youngster Gurman Rhandhawa had Doncaster Town in a spin as the Town Field men collapsed to a third straight league defeat at home to Rotherham on Monday.
Town looked poised to bounce back from a 36-run loss at Scarborough on Saturday when they restricted Rotherham to 184-9 and teenage openers Felix Odell (29) and Gareth Cox (40) got the run chase off to a solid start.
But slow left armer Rhandhawa had other ideas.
He got rid of Cox after the openers shared a stand of 77, before tearing through Town’s order to finish with magnificent figures of 7-45 and leave Doncaster 28 runs short.
Nick Morley’s men could count themselves unlucky to lose at Scarborough, where Alex Gosney’s superb knock of 73, got them within touching distance of the hosts’ imposing total of 261.
But they’ll still be scratching their heads now wondering how they managed to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against their local rivals.
Jonathan Redfern, another left arm spinner, was Doncaster’s star with the ball as Town limited the visitors to 184 from 55 overs, thanks mainly to 62 from opener James Moorhouse.
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