Doncaster Town set the early Premier League pace

James Stuart has started the season impressively with bat and ball for Doncaster Town.
James Stuart has started the season impressively with bat and ball for Doncaster Town.

Doncaster Town won comfortably at rivals Barnsley to become the early leaders of the ECB Yorkshire South Premier League.

However, Luke Townsend’s men suffered their first defeat of the season on Monday when Appleby Frodingham knocked them out of the Yorkshire League KO Cup.

Fresh from their morale-boosting win over Harrogate in the ECB National Club Championship, Town made the short journey to Shaw Lane in confident mood. And that showed in the field as Doncaster reduced Barnsley to 145 all out in 49.2 overs.

Only opener Jonathon Trower (59) showed any resistance as paceman James Stuart collected 3-24 and spinner Duncan Heath claimed 4-36.

The total posed few problems for Town. Stuart continued his impressive start to the season with 58 and Heath made 42 as the visitors coasted to an eight wicket win.

Doncaster, having posted 220-7 from 40 overs, would have fancied their chances of continuing their winning run at the halfway stage of their cup clash at Appleby Frodingham. Ali Waqas top scored with 57 and Townsend made an unbeaten 31.

However, Appleby showed good spirit to chase down their target for the loss of eight wickets with just eight balls remaining. Kieran Lindley (98) and Matt Fowler (58) anchored the innings, while Curtis Free took 3-67.

Town host Sheffield Collegiate on Saturday and are at home to Hanging Heaton in the ECB National Club Championship on Sunday.