Doncaster Town up to third in ECB Yorkshire South Premier League

James Ward
James Ward

Doncaster Town moved up to third in the ECB Yorkshire South Premier League by beating Aston Hall by six runs, writes Paul Goodwin.

Luke Townsend’s side are getting used to close finishes.

The previous week they held their nerve to secure a final over win at Woodhouse Grange to reach the last 16 of the ECB National Club Championship.

And on Saturday they were pushed all the way by an Aston Hall side currently languishing in the drop zone.

Town won the toss and elected to bat but things did not go to plan as they were reduced to 45-4.

Like he was at Woodhouse, James Ward was then involved in a match-winning partnership.

He and Jack Shutt put on 103 runs for the fifth wicket, with both men hitting eight fours before being removed for 61.

Alex Gosney (22) again added vital runs late on as Town closed on 214-9 from their 50 overs.

Tom Coulson took 6-64 for the visitors, while Johannes Bothma claimed 3-39.

In reply Aston Hall were immediately on the back foot as they were reduced to 22-3.

But Awais Zia hit 88 to get his side within range of victory before becoming the eighth wicket to fall with the scoreboard on 153.

Tailender Adam Clarke then proceeded to smash 39 off 36 balls before he was ran out by Ward with his team still six runs short.

James Stuart finished with figures of 4-43 from 12 overs.

Town, whose target before the season started was to finish in the top four, travel to Whiston Parish Church on Saturday.

n Mark Dickinson smashed 59 not out off 50 balls to guide Doncaster Town’s second string to a much-needed win at fellow SYL Division Three strugglers Barnsley Woolley Miners C.

Warren Graca earlier claimed 4-25 and Joseph Colley took 3-39 to restrict the hosts to 172 all out.

Town were up against it at 79-6 but Dickinson and George Fisher (29no) saw them to a four wicket win.

Doncaster remain two points from safety.