Yorkshire League: Doncaster edge past Castleford to go third

Alex Gosney
Alex Gosney

Doncaster Town were singing in the rain after a one wicket win at Castleford took them third in the ECB Yorkshire Premier League.

Alex Gosney’s side have won six of their eight completed league games and are sitting pretty at the halfway stage of the season.

They made the short journey to Castleford on Saturday without impressive young seamer Curtis Free and were met with very damp conditions due to the continuous rain.

The game started 30 minutes later than normal to allow the groundstaff to dry the outfield and the home side were soon in trouble at 74-6, thanks mainly to Free’s replacement Lewis Brown who bowled with pace and accuracy to remove the opening pair.

A fine seventh wicket partnership of 40 between skipper John Randerson (20) and Australian Jarran Cook (35) was the kick start that the hosts needed. Will Simpson contributed 25 as the home side ended on 169 all out from their allotted overs.

Brown bowled magnificently to claim 4-39, while spinner Simon Widdup took 4-42.

In continuous drizzle, Town’s reply got off to a steady start but some good bowling kept Doncaster in check.

With the score at 145-5, and 11 overs left, the rain proved to be too heavy and play was temporarily halted.

And when the game resumed Doncaster lost four quick wickets and were in big trouble at 156-9 with 4.2 overs left.

That was the cue for teenager Bradley Heaps to join Brown at the crease, and the winning boundary was smashed by Brown with four balls to spare. Earlier Stuart Guy made 50 and Gosney 21.

Scarborough are the visitors to Town Field on Saturday (noon).