Dramatic Finish As Castleford And Barnsley Tie
There was a dramatic finish to the Castleford-Barnsley match when Jason Pitcher scored a single off the last ball to claim four points for Castleford, as David Markham reports.
Visitors Barnsley totalled a challenging 249-5 with Matthew Wilson 70 not out, Jason Booth 64 and Steve Nuttall 55 not out all; scoring half centuries.
However, Castleford stayed on course in pursuit of their target led by Andrew Chadwick with 66 before Pitcher claimed a share of the points at 249-9.
Another superb batting display by York enabled the leaders to crushing 179-run win at Appleby Frodingham. Nick Kay scored 72 not out, Andrew Tute 64, Oliver Hairs 63 and Alex Collins 46 as York declared on 320-6 before dismissing Frodinbgham for 141 with leg spinner Tom Pringle taking 4-32 and Kay (3-23) and Ryan McKendry (3-32) each taking three wickets.
Second placed Rotherham kept their title hopes alive with a five wicket win against Harrogate thanks to a five all-round performance from Nathan Smith. Smith took 5-37 as Rotherham totalled 197 and then scored 58, sharing a fifth wicket stand of 130 with Jordan Lowe (84 not out). James Tatterstall top scored for Harrogate with 58 while Alexis Twigg made 42.
A superb second wicket stand of 188 between Alex Patmore with 119 not out and William Root 110 laid the foundations for Sheffield Collegiate's 145-run win against Hull. Thanks to these two batsmen, Collegiate totalled 294-4 before bowling out Hull for 149 with Matthew Dixon taking 4-57 and Will Street 3-44.
Yorkshire Academy gained an eight wicket win against Driffield after dismissing them for 169. Jamie Nesfield made 50 and Nick Hardgrave 40 for Driffield, but their efforts were not enough as the Academy raced to victory in 37 overs with George Ross making 82 not out and Jonathon Tattersall 51 not out.
Doncaster crashed to a seven wicket defeat against Cleethorpes after being bowled out for a mere 107. Alex Osmond did the damage taking 6-19 and then Rory Osmond led Cleethorpes to victory with 62 not out.
Scarborough captain Piet Rinki turned in match winning bowling performance as Sheffield United slid to a 77-run defeat. Andrew Simpson top scored with 122 as Scarborough totalled 227-5 before they bowled out United for 150 with Rinki taking 7-35.
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