Yorkshire League: Cowan, 52, comes out of retirement but Doncaster Town lose to Harrogate

Nick Cowan, pictured in 1998, came out of retirement to play for Doncaster Town on Saturday.
Nick Cowan, pictured in 1998, came out of retirement to play for Doncaster Town on Saturday.

Former first team captain Nick Cowan came out of retirement but failed to prevent Doncaster Town losing by 128 runs at home to Harrogate.

Cowan, 52, last played in the Yorkshire League back in 2003.

But he rolled back the years on Saturday by clean bowling Harrogate’s number five batsman David Foster and finishing with very respectable figures of 1-36 from ten overs.

Graeme Attenborough and Luke Townsend claimed the other nine wickets between them.

Attenborough was chief destroyer, finishing with 6-43 from 17 overs, while Townsend finished with 3-63.

George Ross (41) and Tom Geeson-Brown (40no) top scored for the visitors as they closed on 230 all out in 54.4 overs.

It looked a big ask for Doncaster and it turned out to be just that as only four Town batsmen reached double figures.

Opener Felix Odell top scored with 25 and hepled get the reply off to a steady start.

But the loss of three wickets for just two runs quickly turned the tide and Doncaster were unable to put any significant partnerships together, closing on 102 all out in 41.2 overs.

Harrogate youngster Sam Davies finished with sensational figures of 5-10 from 7.2 overs.

Cowan’s return to the crease with the bat was an unhappy one as he failed to trouble the scorers.