Cricket: Doncaster Town claim victory at Sheffield Collegiate

James Stuart. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
James Stuart. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

In-form James Stuart impressed with bat and ball again as Doncaster Town won impressively at high-flying Sheffield Collegiate.

Stuart, who has featured for Northamptonshire’s seconds this season, scored 47 when Town batted first and later claimed four wickets in a well deserved 71-run win.

After losing opener Gareth Cox in the first over, Stuart Guy and Simon Widdup put on 135 for the second wicket before Widdup was out for 69, including seven fours and two sixes.

Some steady batting by Guy (51) and Stuart, ably supported by Alex Gosney (17), saw Town reach a respectable 244-9.

In reply, the strong Collegiate opening order had no answer to the pace of Stuart, who took the first four wickets to fall.

At 22-4 the hosts were in disarray and, despite a spirited fightback by ex-Doncaster and Yorkshire star Simon Guy (34), Josh Varley (42) and Luke Shutt (35), the home side had no answer to Town’s attack, with their reply ending on 173.

Stuart finished with 4-49, Ollie Jackson took 3-38, and Ashley Knowles 2-55.

The win saw Town rise to eighth place in what is proving to be a very competitive league this season,

Doncaster have a big weekend coming up.

Saturday sees Yorkshire Academy visit Town Fields (12pm), with Alex Lees, Azeem Rafiq and Matthew Fisher, who recently become the youngest player to play in the County Championship, likely to feature.

Gosney’s men travel to York on Sunday to play the ECB National Champions in the Group Final of the competition. The 45-over game will start at 1pm.