Round-up of games played on 16 September
Posted on 18th September 2023 at 07:11
Yorkshire Premier Leagues Championship play-offs – final
Sheffield Collegiate came up against very strong opponents in Woodlands of the Bradford League in the final at New Farnley on Saturday. Having elected to bat first, Collegiate were in trouble from the start, and mustered only 76 against a side bidding for their second successive White Rose title. Muhammad Bilal took 4-38 for Woodlands, whilst keeper Sam Hunt top-scored with 21 for Collegiate. Whilst this was never likely to be a winning score, Collegiate showed fight, and took four Woodlands wickets before the Bradford League side reached their target in the 16th over. Our congratulations go to Woodlands, who join Wakefield Thornes in having won the competition twice, whilst we hope that Collegiate will return stronger next time round.
Sheffield Collegiate 4ths banished any fears of relegation with a very comfortable win over Handsworth Junior SC at Abbeydale. Having been put in to bat, the hosts reached 209 all out, with skipper Lawrie Brennan (84) and keeper Matthew Butler (53) adding 105 for the fifth wicket, whilst Saiful Alam Nury took 4-23 for the visitors. Jack Goodwill (5-22) and Charlie Wall (6-2-8-3) then helped bowl Collegiate to a 150-run victory as Handsworth were all out for 59.
Shiregreen 2nds comprehensively beat Maltby Miners Welfare at Hatfield House Lane to win the Division 5 title. After electing to bat first, the visitors were all out for 63, with Khurram Shazad returning a remarkable 9-4-17-7. The hosts then knocked off the required runs for the loss of just two wickets in the ninth over.
Higham 2nds enjoyed a comfortable win over Handsworth Junior SC 2nds at Royd Lane, in their final match of the campaign. The visitors were all out for 134 after electing to bat first, Steven Bamforth taking 3-23 and Waqas Rashid top-scoring with 33. When the hosts replied, James Lawson (51 not out) shared stands of 66 with keeper Anthony White and an unbeaten 69 with Paul Wroe (37 not out), as they romped home by nine wickets in the 27th over.
There was a narrow win for Millhouses Works 2nds over promoted Warmsworth 2nds at Common Lane, in the final match in Division 7. This means that Millhouses move above Scholes & Harley into the final promotion place. After the visitors were put in to bat, skipper Nick Attrill and keeper John Wood (55) put on 95 for their first wicket, but after that they failed to press on, and were restricted to 157-7. In reply, home skipper Kelvin Defty carried his bat for an unbeaten 51, but after Jonathan Iball (40) had helped him put on 67 for the first wicket, he had little support, and with John Wynn taking 6-34, Warmsworth collapsed from 116-2 to 152 all out.
There were three games in Division 9, including a second versus third clash between Barnby Dun 2nds and Kexborough 2nds at Glass Park. The hosts, having elected to bat first, recovered from 55-7 to 129 all out, thanks to Simon White (48 not out), whilst Ethan Shillito took 3-23. In reply, the visitors were indebted to opener James Stoddart (77 not out) who enabled them to reach their target with four wickets and seven overs to spare, despite Jack Pell’s 4-27. Champions Elsecar 3rds ended their season in style with a 121-run win over Brooklands 2nds at the Al-Murad. Jack Pearson (93) and Ewan Bennett (35) helped them post 189-5 after choosing to bat first, and then William Reavill returned 5-2-4-4 as the visitors were bowled out for 68. This match was notable in that it was the first in the league to be officiated by two women umpires, Wendy Crabtree and Mel Mahmood. Thomas Harte and Dean Somerville took three wickets each for Eden Grove Parklands 2nds to restrict Fishlake 2nds to 111-9 after they had put them in to bat at Pinfold Lane. Bradley Nicholson made 58 in Parklands’ reply, but he played a lone hand, Keith Bee (6-25) taking the first six wickets as the visitors were bowled out for 92.
The final two games of the season will take place next Saturday; in Division 4, Sheffield Collegiate 4ths will host Higham, and in Division 6, Handsworth Junior SC 2nds will play Green Moor 2nds.
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