Round-up of action from the league games on 15/16 July
Posted on 18th July 2023 at 11:25
The majority of the league programme was wiped out as heavy rain swept across our region.
Nicholas Associates Premier Division
There was play in only three games, all of which were subsequently abandoned due to the rain. Leaders Doncaster Town were put in to bat by Appleby Frodingham at Town Fields, where, after a rain-break, their innings was reduced to 40 overs, in which they made 187-8. Caleb Jewell (69) and Charlie Kaye (35) added 63 for the fourth wicket to rescue them from 21-3, before James Keast hit an unbeaten 40 The visitors were 2-1 in the third over when play was curtailed. At Alderson Drive, Treeton were put in to bat and reached 173-5 in 48 overs, and Tickhill were 34-2 in the eighth over when play was abandoned. Barnsley Woolley Miners were 42-2 in the seventh over then their game at home to Aston Hall was abandoned. The games between Cleethorpes and Wakefield Thornes, Elsecar and Sheffield Collegiate, and Hallam and Whitley Hall were all abandoned without a ball bowled.
There was also play in just three games in the Championship Division, with leaders Cawthorne in a tricky position against Whiston Parish Church when their game at Church Fields was abandoned. Liam Wiles (4-22) and Methushan Thilina (4-12) had bowled the hosts out for 88, but Harsha Rajapaksha (3-30) and Joe Norbury (4-20) had the visitors at 50-7 in the 16th over, needing an adjusted 92 in 40 overs, when the rain returned. Wath made 131-9 in 35 overs against Conisbrough at Park Road, after being 40-6, thanks to a sixth-wicket stand of 78 between Patrick Selkirk (40) and Jack Whitlam (33). Scott Lowe took 3-15 and Aaron Lowe 5-39 for the hosts who were only able to reach 17-0 in five overs in reply. Shiregreen were all out for 181 after being asked to bat first by Sprotbrough at Melton Road. Haroon Tariq (44) and skipper Aslam Hayat (30) were the top scorers for the visitors, whilst Joe Toole took 4-64 and Umar Ali 3-44 for the hosts, who were unable to reply due to the rain. There was no play at all in the games between Darfield and Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds, Houghton Main and Wickersley Old Village, and Sheffield Collegiate 2nds and Doncaster Town 2nds.
Leaders Ackworth put Sheffield United in to bat at Bawtry Road, where Zaki Anjam (53) and Fazil Reza (46) put on 103 for the first wicket for the hosts. They were then pegged back to 171-7 in 38 overs and the visitors were 6-1 in the second over in reply when the game was abandoned. Rockingham Colliery made 213-6 in 40 overs after being asked to bat first by Wickersley Old Village 2nds at Northfield Lane. Hedar Rasool (55 not out) put on 101 with skipper Andy Baker (67) for the fifth wicket and then Tinashe Muchawaya hit 39 off 21 balls. The hosts were 31-1 in the eighth over in reply when the game was abandoned. Rotherham Town reached 179-9 in 40 overs after deciding to bat first against Oughtibridge War Memorial at Clifton Lane. Bilal Hanif (53) and Asjad Shah (39) put on 77 for their third wicket and Sam Patel took 4-56 and Hasaru Chasamikara 3-51 for the visitors, who were 16-1 after seven overs in reply when the rain returned. Wakefield Thornes 2nds reached 125-6 in 30 overs after being asked to bat first by Upper Haugh at Field Lane, mainly thanks to Jonathan Scott (59 not out). Only 4.3 overs were possible at Green Lane, where visitors Green Moor were 12-0 in the fifth over against Aston Hall 2nds when the game was abandoned. There was no play at all in the game between Whitley Hall 2nds and Coal Aston.
One result in Division 2 at Carr Side Lane saw Hatfield Town move up to fifth place after a five-wicket win over Norton Woodseats in a game reduced to 30 overs a side. Daniel Loughlin (37) and David Armitage (32 not out) helped the visitors to 160-6, before keeper Paul Davies (41) and Luke Cockburn (43) led the hosts to victory with eleven balls to spare, despite Aamir Ashfaque’s 3-46. Leaders Warmsworth made 149-8 in 30 overs after being put in to bat by Hallam 2nds at Common Lane. Bruce Jaftha made 32 for the hosts, whilst Noah Murphy took 3-33 for the visitors, whose reply was restricted to one ball, which was a wide. Penistone made 146-6 in 35 overs against Treeton 2nds after being put in to bat at Northfield Lane. Chris Walmsley made 39 and Paul Dalton 39 not out for the visitors, whilst Ali Shah took 3-40 for the hosts, who were in trouble at 47-5 when rain curtailed play after 13 overs of the second innings. Paul Dalton had taken 3-22 for Penistone. Parkhead against Elsecar 2nds, Sheffield Collegiate 3rds against Norton Oakes and Thorpe Hesley & High Green against Tickhill 2nds were all abandoned without a ball bowled.
There was play in only one game in Division 3, at Millhouses Park, where Millhouses Works reached 156-5 in a 25-over game against Sprotbrough 2nds, Noah Ellis top scoring with an unbeaten 52. The visitors received only one over in their reply, after which they were 5-0 when the game was abandoned. There was no play at all in the games between Caribbean Sports and Kexborough; Cawthorne 2nds and Stocksbridge; Oughtibridge War Memorial 2nds and Bradfield Village Fellowship; Wath 2nds and Monk Bretton; and Worsbrough Bridge and Frecheville Community.
Second-placed Thorncliffe & Wentworth had Upper Haugh 2nds in trouble at 34-5 after 11 overs at Wentworth Road, where James Brown had taken 4-15, when rain ended play. Barnby Dun made 117-7 in 30 overs against Handsworth Junior SC at Oliver’s Mount, where Muneeb Khatana had taken 3-25, but the hosts were unable to start their reply due to rain. The games between Higham and Sheffield Collegiate 4ths; Rockingham Colliery 2nds and Whiston Parish Church 2nds; Silkstone United and Doncaster Town 3rds; and Wombwell Main and Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds were all abandoned without a ball bowled.
Maltby Miners Welfare put Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds in to bat and restricted them to 83-8 in 25 overs at Muglet Lane. Gary Porter took 3-20 for the hosts, for whom keeper Callum Fuller hit an unbeaten 58 as they raced to a nine-wicket win in the 17th over. The remaining games, between Coal Aston 2nds and Sheffield United 2nds; Fishlake and Hallam 3rds; Penistone 2nds and Darfield 2nds; Shiregreen 2nds and Rotherham Town 2nds; and Whiston Forge and Conisbrough 2nds were all abandoned without a ball bowled.
Whitley Hall 3rds were put in to bat by Norton Oakes 2nds at Oakes Park and reached 153-8 in 30 overs. Oakes were 22-1 after six overs when rain curtailed play. Brookhouse reached 103-5 in 30 overs after being put in to bat by Sheffield University Staff at Warminster Road. Only four balls were possible in the hosts’ reply, in which they reached 3-0. Handsworth Junior SC 2nds made 141-5 in 24 overs against Wickersley Old Village 3rds at Thorncliffe, keeper Iftequar Mohammed making 52 and Junaid Javaid 33 not out, before play was abandoned. There was no play at all in the games between Ackworth 2nds and Higham 2nds; Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds and Mexborough Athletic; and Green Moor 2nds and Caribbean Sports 2nds.
Eden Grove Parklands had leaders Hatfield Town 2nds in a bit of trouble when, after being put in to bat, they made 144-7 in 30 overs and had their visitors 42-4 in 16 overs in reply when the game was abandoned. Keeper Ashley Grace made 34 for the hosts, whilst Carl Walton took 3-15 for the visitors. Skipper Kelvin Defty (31) and Martin Spaven (30) led Warmsworth 2nds to 131-8 in 30 overs against Frecheville Community 2nds at the Hobson Bowl, despite Adam Gibson’s 5-18 for the hosts. Frecheville were 0-1 after four overs in their reply when the game was abandoned. Scholes & Harley made 111-3 in 25 overs after being asked to bat first by Mexborough Athletic 2nds at the Beecroft Estates ground. Skipper Sam Lowery (43) and Aidan Shaw (30 not out) top-scored for the visitors before rain prevented any play in the second innings. There was no play in the games between Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths and Sprotbrough 3rds; and Stocksbridge 2nds and Houghton Main 2nds.
On Sunday, Millhouses Works 2nds made 163-7 against Sprotbrough 3rds at Melton Road. Skipper Nick Attrill made 35 and there were 30s apiece from Jack Roper and Alexander Kentfield, whilst Eric Brown took 6-22 for the hosts. In reply, Sprotbrough were all out for 113, Asif Raja (4-25) and Jon Wynn (3-9) doing most damage for the visitors.
Doncaster Town 4ths were able to narrow the gap to the leaders after asking Wombwell Main 2nds to bat first at Finningley and restricting them to 97-9 in 40 overs, Ankit Patel taking 4-11. Ryan Capstick was then 45 not out as the hosts cantered to a seven-wicket win in the 16th over. At the Castle Ground, visitors Silkstone United 2nds made 114-6 in 24 overs after being put in to bat by Monk Bretton 2nds, with skipper Luke Heath making 64. The hosts’ reply was cut short in the fourth over, when they were 16-0. The games between Norton Woodseats 2nds and Upper Haugh 3rds; Rockingham Colliery 3rds and Wath 3rds; and Thorncliffe & Wentworth 2nds and Worsborough Bridge 2nds were all abandoned without a ball being bowled.
At Bence Lane, Kexborough 2nds elected to bat first against Eden Grove Parklands 2nds and opener Ethan Shillito made 56 of his side’s 77 all out – the next highest score being five. Graham Langford took 5-22 and Kieran Marklew 3-14. When the visitors replied, Shillito completed a remarkable all-round performance with 4-21 and Andrew Greaves took 4-15, as Eden Grove were bowled out for 64. At Glass Park, second-placed Barnby Dun 2nds were put in to bat by Whiston Forge 2nds and were all out for 180. Openers Paul Dykes (50) and Lee McMahon (39) put on 90 for the first wicket, whilst Scott Biddles (3-15) and Richard Ellis (4-13) were amongst the wickets for the visitors. Whiston’s reply was cut short by the rain at 28-2 in the 11th over. It was a similar story at Furlong Road, where Dearne made 181-5 in 25 overs against Fishlake 2nds, chiefly thanks to opener Robert Houghton (69) and John Buckle (32), but the visitors were 27-2 after seven overs when rain ended play. There was no play at Scholes, where Scholes & Harley 2nds should have entertained leaders Elsecar 3rds.
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