Town rooted to the bottom

Doncaster's James Stewart reaches his 50 with a sweeping four. Picture: Andrew Roe
Doncaster's James Stewart reaches his 50 with a sweeping four. Picture: Andrew Roe

DONCASTER Town were put to the sword at Sheffield Collegiate and remain rooted to the bottom of the table.

Skipper Nick Morley handed starts to teenagers Curtis Free and Aiden Hall after last weekend’s disappointing home defeat to Hull.

But Town’s youthful attack was dispatched to all parts of Abbeydale Park as Collegiate ran out comfortable 70-run winners.

Morley won the toss and elected to field first in cloudy conditions.

But his side were quickly on the back foot as the hosts’ top order got into their stride and kept the scoreboard ticking at a rapid rate.

Opener Nick Gaywood made 30 before Alex Patmore (67), William Root (58) and Ed McKenna (78no) took a liking to Doncaster’s attack.

A late rally from Charlie Wall, who struck 32 off as many balls, saw the hosts rattle up 296-6 from their allotted overs.

In reply it was almost an impossible task for a side short on confidence.

But Town’s talismen again came to the fore as Doncaster refused to simply lie down and be beaten.

Opener Gareth Cox - Doncaster’s most consistent performer with the bat this season - could hold his head up high again after reaching 50.

And James Stuart, fresh from his 62 against Hull, also made a half century as Town tried in vain to overturn the hosts’ huge score.

Doncaster closed on 226-9 - short by 70 runs.

Morley’s men will hope to put their disappointing league form to one side on Sunday when they make the trip to Scarborough for the finals day of the Yorkshire League T20 competition.

Town face Hull (1pm) in the semi-finals with the winners meeting either Harrogate or York in the 4pm final.

Before that they must concentrate their efforts on an important league fixture with Driffield at Town Field on Saturday (noon).

Driffield are currently just one point above Doncaster in the Yorkshire League standings.

Rivals Rotherham Town went top of the table on Sunday with a victory over Collegiate.