Doncaster Town target Premier Division title

Doncaster Town have got their sights set on becoming the first ever champions of the newly-formed Yorkshire Cricket Southern Premier League.

Thursday, 15th April 2021, 10:44 am
Usama Mir, furthest right, pictured in action for Karachi Kings, has signed for Doncaster Town. Photo: ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images
Usama Mir, furthest right, pictured in action for Karachi Kings, has signed for Doncaster Town. Photo: ASIF HASSAN/AFP via Getty Images

The competition was formed over the winter following a merger of the ECB Yorkshire South Premier League and the South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League.

Town, captained by former Yorkshire youngster Bilal Anjam, start their Premier Division season at Whitley Hall on Saturday in a repeat of last season’s Jack Bland Trophy final.

Doncaster won a Yorkshire League title for only the second time in their history in 2019 and were beaten finalists in the culmination of last year’s truncated competition.

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Pakistan leg-spinner Usama Mir, who has played for Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League, will add variation to the bowling attack and some power hitting from the lower order.

Rhys Mann has rejoined the Town Field club from Ackworth and bowler Joel Gunn has been recruited from Wath, while all-rounder Duncan Heath has departed.

“The first team are fielding a very strong side and will be looking to win the league this season,” said Town’s development officer Ryan Marsh.

"The second and third teams both made it to the Covid finals last year with the seconds winning their title. Both have strong sides and will be hoping to achieve promotion. The fourth team is very junior based and will be hoping to stay in the division.

"As a club we are trying to grow our women's section for both hard ball and soft ball cricket and bring girls through the junior section to help achieve this. The women were undefeated last year and won the South Yorkshire League.

"The junior section is focused on developing young talent on a Friday night. We’re offering the All Stars programme again from May 7 at 5pm. We are always looking for new juniors to join and all abilities are welcome.”