President's Trophy first round - 24 April
Posted on 27th April 2022 at 09:30
Two Division 4 sides met at Dark Lane, where last year’s runners-up, Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds were knocked out by Cawthorne 2nds. Having decided to bat first, the visitors slipped to 123-7 before Ian Norton (46 off 26 balls) gave them some respectability and something to bowl at. Chasing 186 to win, Nick Lowe and Thom Macrow added 58 for the third wicket before Archie Greaves took over with an unbeaten 68 off 42 balls to see his side home by two wickets, despite a fine eight-over spell of 3-25 from William Chapman.
In another battle between two fourth division sides, Whiston Forge asked hosts Shiregreen 2nds to bat first, but were prevented from taking advantage by a second-wicket stand between Daniel Currie (70) and skipper Nazam Mohammad (62), that enabled the home side to post a competitive 208-5. After Shoukat Ali took the first of his three wickets early on, Cade Darwin (28) and Daniel Ingram (42 off 46 balls) took the fight to the home side, but the later batsmen were unable to maintain the momentum and the visitors fell 21 short.
The game at Wentworth Road was notable in that fifth division Upper Haugh 2nds knocked out fourth division Rockingham Colliery 2nds. The result had not looked likely at tea, when after deckiding to bat first, Upper Haugh were bowled out for 135 with two and a half overs to spare, largely thanks to Ryan Mann (3-23) and Elliot Kay (4-21). But Rockingham never recovered from Steve Perry’s opening spell (3-16) and Cameron Armin weighed in with 3-20 to give the home side a comfortable 61-run win. Christopher Pearson, whose 26 was joint top score of the game, finished the game by bowling a double-wicket maiden.
In a game between two division 5 sides at St Peter's Drive, an unbroken 80-run seventh-wicket stand between Edward Ide (32*) and James Fletcher (40*) took Hallam 3rds from 115-6 to a respectable 195-6 after they had elected to bat first. But after Stuart Coleman (67 off 71 balls) and Toby Humphries (60*) had put on 92 for the first wicket, Conisbrough 2nds cantered home by eight wickets.
After asking the visitors to bat first, Darfield 2nds restricted Wombwell Main to 122-8 in another all-Division 5 game at School Lane. Kye Jay Kitching bowled a miserly eight-over spell of 3-19 and only Thomas Goldsby-West (54) got to grips with the bowling for the visitors. Arsalan Khalid saw the home side home by five wickets with an unbeaten 62.
The gap between Divisions 3 and 5 was exposed at Parkhead, where the home side took full advantage of electing to bat first against Mexborough Athletic. Alex Masterson’s aggressive 74 off 42 balls enabled his side to rack up 247-6 before the visitors were swept aside for just 65, with three wickets each for Hashim Mahroof and James Speck.
Division 5 Doncaster Town 3rds elected to bat first at Stocksbridge and owed their 161-9 in no small part to Ewan Whittaker (72), as Joe Hibbert (3-22 in eight) led the way in a tight bowling performance by the Division 4 side. Ben Cherry’s unbeaten 68 anchored the home side’s innings whilst Jack Newton’s brisk unbeaten 42 took Stocksbridge to comprehensive eight-wicket win with eight overs to spare.
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