Cricket: Widdup century gets Doncaster Town off to a flier

Simon Widdup
Simon Widdup

A brilliant unbeaten century from the ever-reliable Simon Widdup guided Doncaster Town to a stunning opening day win at Scarborough.

Widdup scored over 1000 runs on his return to Doncaster last season to help the club to their highest Yorkshire League finish since 2008.

And the former Yorkshire opener started the new campaign where he left off, carrying his bat for 103 from 159 balls to seal an impressive four wicket win for Alex Gosney’s men.

Scarborough are tipped to be among the Premier Legaue frontrunners again this term and made steady progress with the bat after winning the toss and electing to set Town a target.

Home skipper Andrew Simpson hit a composed 69 and Chris Grey contributed 73 towards a total of 222-9 from their allotted 55 overs.

Curtis Free shone with the ball, snaring 5-29 from 11 overs, while Gosney also chipped in with three wickets to keep the home side within range.

In good batting conditions, Doncaster knew they would be in contention if they remained calm and composed at the crease - and that is exactly what Widdup did.

He was aided by valuable contributions from James Stuart (25), Felix Odell (21) and Graeme Attenborough (20).

But the star of the show was Widdup, who oozed class throughout his match-winning knock. The Scarborough bowling had no answer to his stroke play, patience and experience.

Doncaster surpassed Scarborough’s score with eight balls to spare.

Town entertain Rotherham in the Yorkshire League on Saturday (12pm) and travel to Beverley Town on Sunday in the ECB National Knockout (1pm).