Yorkshire League: Doncaster Town come up short against York

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Doncaster Town dropped to fifth in the ECB Yorkshire League after a 68-run defeat at home to York.

The visitors arrived at Town Field on the back of a surprisingly slow start to the season, having won just one of their opening three games.

That was in stark contrast to Doncaster who went into the fixture third in the table with three wins out of four.

However, a disappointing display with the bat from the hosts checked their very promising early season form and helped York gain an important victory.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, York made steady progress thanks to a patient half century from opener Simon Lambert.

Lambert made 57 from 83 balls before being run out by Graeme Attenborough to leave the visitors well positioned on 108-3 to post a big score.

Ryan McKendry (24), Nick Kay (25) and Tom Brooks (21) added valuable runs but Attenborough (3-50) and Lewis Brown (4-45) bowled well to keep York’s total within reach.

The away side were all out for 204 in 55 overs, leaving Doncaster hopeful of securing a fourth win out of five.

However, the hosts got off to a disappointing start when opener Gareth Cox, who scored his maiden Yorkshire League century a week previously, departed for eight.

Fellow opener Felix Odell dug deep, occupying the crease for a patient 16 in an attempt to provide some sort of platform.

But despite 20 from Attenborough, Doncaster’s run chase hung in the balance at 71-5.

Luke Townsend came in at number six and made an excellent 41 from 84 balls but he ultimately ran out of partners as Town stuttered to 136 all out in 45.1 overs.

York’s overseas player Adam Whatley claimed 3-38, while Charlie Elliot, Tom Pringle and Nick Kay each took two wickets to wrap up victory for the visitors.

Doncaster face a double-header this weekend.

They travel to struggling Sheffield Collegiate in the league on Saturday (noon).

Town then visit local rivals Rotherham Town in the Yorkshire League Cup on Sunday (1pm).

n Barnsley are top of the ECB Yorkshire League with four wins out of four after a 140-run destruction of Driffield Town.