Yorkshire League: Doncaster Town come up short against Yorkshire Academy

Alex Gosney
Alex Gosney

Doncaster Town lost by 35 runs to Yorkshire Academy in their league opener.

Town restricted the Headingley youngsters to 158 all out but the Town Field men fell short in their run chase.

Both teams showed several changes from last season but for different reasons.

Town welcomed back opening batsman Gareth Cox after a spell in Australia and all-rounder Luke Townsend following his spell at Elsecar.

The Academy were missing a handful of regulars due to England under 19s call-ups, while 17-year-old seamer Matthew Fisher was preparing to make his full Yorkshire debut against Nottinghamshire.

Elliott Callis, the Academy skipper, won the toss and decided to bat first but he soon lost his wicket to his opposite number Alex Gosney.

Some fine bowling by off-spinner Townsend (3-59) and the evergreen Graeme Attenborough (3-36) restricted the youngsters to 158 all out in 52.1 overs.

Ben Ainsley (36), Edward Barnes (29) and Danesh Hussain (28) top scored for the visitors.

In reply, Doncaster’s chase got off to an inauspicious start when Cox was dismissed without scoring.

Stuart Guy led the fightback but when he was removed for 37 the home side’s tail wilted, as Doncaster collapsed from 75-3 to 123 all out.

Only Guy, Felix Odell and Gosney reached double figures.

Barnes capped an excellent all-round display by snaring 4-28, while James Logan chipped in with 2-26.

The home side were encouraged by a superb display behind the stumps by young wicketkeeper Sonny Day-Tennant, who claimed four victims in only his second Yorkshire League game.

Town travel to local rivals Rotherham Town on Saturday (noon).

On Sunday, Gosney’s side entertain Central Yorkshire League side Townville in the ECB National Cup (1pm).