League games 
 
Cleethorpes went clear at the top of the Premier Division after a five-wicket win over Elsecar at the Al-Murad Stadium. Samarpit Joshi (111* off 143 balls) helped the hosts to 214-5 after they had been put in to bat, but Tom Keast (72) and Bill Kirby (39) got the visitors off to a fine start in reply, putting on 108 for the first wicket, and they got home with over three overs to spare. Barnsley Woolley Miners gained their first win of the season, over overnight joint-leaders Wakefield Thornes at Field Lane. Put in to bat, the visitors reached 234-5, thanks largely to keeper Owen Smith (82) and Ciaran Stenton (51) who put on 91 for the fourth wicket. The hosts fell seven runs short in reply, despite 111 off 112 balls from keeper Joe Billings, their hopes not being helped by three run outs. Whitley Hall moved up into third place after a ten-wicket demolition of Doncaster Town at Town Fields. Dan Waldron (4-30) took the first four wickets as the hosts were bowled out for 58 after electing to bat first. It then took the visitors just 12.3 overs to pass their target. Cawthorne moved up into the top half of the table after a 46-run win over Appleby Frodingham after deciding to bat first at Brumby Hall. Danish Aziz top-scored with 56 in their 190-9, adding 85 for the fourth wicket with Ben Cliff (38), whilst veteran seamer Paul Hilton took 4-34 for the hosts. Cliff followed up with 4-34 as the Steelmen were bowled out for 144 in the 44th over in reply. Mohammad Khan (146) and Mustafa Hussain (63) put on 137 for the first wicket for Shiregreen as they recorded their first Premier Division win, against Treeton at Washfield Lane. Sana Ullah Khan hammered an unbeaten 50 off 25 balls at the end as they reached 330-7 after being put in to bat, whilst Charlie Bourne took four wickets for the hosts. In reply, Treeton slipped to 79-6 before Steve Foster (40) and Bourne (37) gave them some respectability with an 83-run stand for the seventh wicket. Sana Khan finished with 5-59 as the hosts were all out for 200. The much-anticipated game between last season’s top two, Sheffield Collegiate and Tickhill, was cancelled after a deluge flooded the Abbeydale ground the previous evening. 
 
Vishvaraj Jadeja hit 153 off 121 balls for Championship Division leaders Wickersley Old Village, sharing in a 215-run fourth-wicket stand with Abdul Qayoom (96). The hosts amassed 324-5 after electing to bat first against Doncaster Town 2nds at Northfield Lane. There were three wickets apiece for Dylan Smythe and Mark Cummins as the visitors were bowled out for 108 in reply. Skipper Boeta Beukes played a lone hand for Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds with an unbeaten 71 as they were bowled out for 133 by joint leaders Ackworth at Shaw Lane. Joshua Hen-Boisen hit an unbeaten 73 as the visitors recorded a six-wicket win in the 39th over. Sprotbrough lost ground on the leaders when they fell to a 35-run defeat at the hands of overnight bottom club Wath at Melton Road. Ben Roebuck top-scored in the visitors’ 180 all out after they had chosen to bat first, Akhil Akhil taking 4-21 for the hosts. Hayden Byrne (3-30) led a good all-round bowling performance for the visitors as Sprotbrough were all out for 145 in reply. Whiston Parish Church climbed into fourth place with a fine six-wicket win over Hallam at Church Fields. Sam Drabble took 5-41 as the visitors were all out for 122 after deciding to bat first, then Arman Jaffer (40) top-scored as the hosts eased to their win in the 26th over. Aston Hall were restricted to 155-9 against Rockingham Colliery at Hoyland Common but bowled their hosts out for just 48 in reply, Josh Coulson returning figures of 6-3-8-4. Thirties from George Bartlett and Ben Carrigan helped Sheffield Collegiate to 209-8 after they chose to bat first against Houghton Main at Middlecliffe Lane, and they bowled their hosts out for 148, with three wickets each for Bartlett and Ben Fielding. 
 
In an archetypal top against bottom encounter in Division 1 at Common Lane, leaders Darfield slipped to their first defeat of the season against hitherto winless Warmsworth. Skipper Rhys Mann (62*) led the hosts to 159-7, despite Liam Hague’s 4-32, before Richard Marshall took 7-26 to bowl his side to a 56-run win. Second-placed Conisbrough took advantage of the leaders’ slip to close the gap at the top when they came out on top in a low-scoring encounter against Oughtibridge War Memorial at Waterside Gardens. Josh Whittaker (61) was chiefly responsible for the visitors 147, whilst Hasaru Chaamikara took 4-19 for the hosts. Buddhika Bopityaga (6-27) then proved the match-winner, as the hosts were all out for 91. A third successive win for Rotherham Town has moved them into third place, after Jawad Saleem (86) was mainly responsible for their 175 all out at home to Wakefield Thornes 2nds at Clifton Lane, where they had earlier subsided to 76-7. Edward Fowles took 5-26 for the visitors, who then struggled against Anees Hussain (4-40) and were all out for 116, only George Harrison (48) offering much resistance. Upper Haugh enjoyed a six-wicket win over Whitley Hall 2nds at Baxter Field, that moves them into fourth place. James Smith hit 54 for the hosts after they were put in to bat and reached 176-8, but Samuel Thompson (52) held the visitors’ top order together in reply, before skipper Tommy Hyde (40*) and Ryan Tingle (47*) finished the job with an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 74. Elliot Evans (5-23) and Vineeth Venugopalan (4-24) bowled Aston Hall 2nds out for 120 at Green Lane, but Elsecar 2nds lost six wickets in reaching their target in 41 overs, opener Kieran Higgins holding the innings together with an unbeaten 37. Jack Eggleston (63) helped Wickersley Old Village 2nds to 174 all out against Tickhill 2nds at Alderson Drive, before three wickets each from Connor Snelgrove and Charlie Harrison helped the visitors bowl Tickhill out for 151, despite the efforts of Ibrahim Safi (44). 
 
The experienced Jon Trower (42) top-scored for new Division 2 leaders Coal Aston when they were bowled out for 179 by Thorpe Hesley & High Green at Smithywood Road, Renaldo Brathwaite taking 6-40 for the hosts. Michael Hunter then returned 8-23 in 12.4 overs as Thorpe Hesley were all out for 71 in reply. Sheffield United are just four points behind the leaders after their six-wicket win at home to Treeton 2nds. Ilyas Mohammed took 4-27 as the visitors were bowled out for 139, then skipper Fazil Reza (48) and Mohammed Altaf Khan (55*) settled the contest with a third-wicket stand of 98. Bottom side Oughtibridge War Memorial 2nds got off the mark with an 89-run win over Wath 2nds at Moor Road. Daryl Williams (46) and Sher Khan (52*) were in the runs as the visitors posted an impressive 252-8, then Lahiru Lihinikadu (4-16 in 15 overs) was the star man for Oughtibridge as the hosts were restricted to 163-8 in reply, despite the efforts of skipper Jonathan Plater (49) and Lee Jeffries (42*). Jim Lee (4-15 in ten overs) was instrumental in Hallam 2nds bowling out Hatfield Town at Crimicar for just 62, but the hosts did not have it all their own way in their reply, losing four wickets before passing their modest target. Monk Bretton’s chances of holding on to top spot were washed away by the Friday evening deluge that prevented their game at Penistone from going ahead. 
 
Four of the top sides in Division 3 all won, and are locked together on 32 points. Lee Stewart took 4-32 for Millhouses Works as they successfully defended a modest 146-7 against Bradfield Village Fellowship at the Sands, despite Jonathan Balfour making the highest score of the game with his 52 out of 125 all out for the hosts. Charlie Parkin (61) lifted Cawthorne 2nds from 119-7 to 201-9 at home to Thorncliffe & Wentworth. Liam Carroll then took 4-38 to bowl the hosts to earn a 49-run win. Zarmash Tarakhil (49) and Mark Wilkinson (42) were the main contributors to Worsbrough Bridge’s 170 all out at home to Higham, for whom Harry Bamforth took 4-31. The visitors then got home in a thrilling finish by one wicket with one ball to spare, despite home skipper Liam Hague’s 6-25. Wajih Naqvi took 5-23 for Norton Woodseats, who bowled out Kexborough for 92 at Matthews Lane. Thomas Eyre (33) and Hamzah Shah then added 48 in a crucial fifth wicket to help Woodseats to a four-wicket win after looking in trouble at 37-4. The other game played in the division, at Woolley, produced a good finish. After Alzahat Saleem had helped bowl Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds out for 126, Alex Gough and Ethan Shillito took four wickers each as Caribbean fell six runs short of their target. The game between Sheffield Collegiate 3rds and Nortoin Oakes was cancelled. 
 
At the Hobson Bowl, Andy Shore (46) top-scored for Division 4 leaders Rockingham Colliery against Frecheville Community, for whom Adam Buckle returned figures of 9-4-10-4. Shore then completed a fine all-round performance with 4-12 as the hosts were dismissed for 68 in reply. Upper Haugh 2nds kept in touch with the leaders after a hard-fought two-wicket win over Stocksbridge at Wentworth Road. Ayden Dawson took 4-24 as the visitors were bowled out for 151, then opener Christopher Pearson (52) gave the hosts a solid platform in their reply. Fida Mohammed (5-23) helped restrict Sheffield Collegiate 4ths to 132-9 at Hatfield House Lane, Richard Mathewson top-scoring with 43 for the visitors, and in reply third-placed Shiregreen 2nds sneaked past their target with one wicket and three balls to spare. Wombwell Main moved into the top four with a three-wicket win over Hallam 3rds at Sandygate. Three wickets each for Tom Peck and Richard Wilkinson helped bowl the hosts out for 104, before Thomas Goldsby-West grafted his way to 35 to take his side within sight of victory. Keeper Robbie Graves (64) and skipper Thomas Langley (71) put on 135 for the second wicket for Sprotbrough 2nds as they reached 207 all out against Conisbrough 2nds at Park Road. In the hosts’ reply, Liam Stainthorpe hit 93 off 42 balls, adding to his four wickets in the first innings, to take his side to the brink of their two-wicket win, after they had been faltering at 133-7. Opener Alfie Pierson’s unbeaten 73, along with 48 from Michael Clarke-Linney took Doncaster Town 3rds to 198-8 against Silkstone United at Hill House, despite Christopher Barraclough taking 4-35 for the visitors. Joe Woodiwiss took 5-25 in the visitors’ reply, and they were all out for 124. 
 
Barnby Dun are 12 points clear at the top of Division 5 after a comfortable win over Whiston Forge at Guilthwaite Hill. Jay Horne (46 at number nine) gave the bowlers something to bowl at as he rescued the visitors from 88-8 to reach 149 all out, whilst Mark Daly took 5-43 for the hosts. When Forge replied, Ciaran McCarthy took 5-13 in 11 overs, and they were all out for 53. There was a high-scoring win for second-placed Ackworth 2nds at home to Rotherham Town 2nds. Keeper Dave Harris (50) and skipper James Clarke (56) both reached half-centuries for the hosts in their 265-7, then Finlay Martin took 4-30 as they recorded a 59-run success, despite a fourth-wicket partnership of 98 between Danish Rasheed (62) and Shadab Ahmed (54) for the visitors. Sheffield University Staff have made a fine start to their campaign, this time beating Darfield 2nds by 79 runs at School Lane. Bhavika Koliyabandara (42) and BalaMurali Poddar (43) gave them a good start with an opening stand of 83, then John Bannister hit an unbeaten 57 off 42 balls to take the visitors to 212-5. When the hosts replied, keeper Jonny Spurr (52) held the early order together, sharing a sixth-wicket stand of 65 with Warren Bird (39) but the visitors prevailed by 79 runs, with three wickets each for Siddharth Patwardhan and Dave Hadley. Fishlake lost ground at the top after a 53-run defeat at home to Whiston Parish Church 2nds. Mussa Chaudhry (52) helped the visitors to 144 all out, then took 4-13 as the hosts were bowled out for 91 in reply. Coal Aston 2nds had a resounding 143-run win over Wickersley Old Village 3rds at Stonelow. Richard Mintoft (48) and Zac Trower (65) put on 113 for the first wicket, then Eliot Tye added an unbeaten 42 to take them to 204-7. Richard Timms then took 4-10 as the visitors were bowled out for 61 in reply. Philip Fletcher (49) was the top-scorer in Maltby Miners Welfare’s 186-7 against Handsworth Júnior SC at Muglet Lane. All five of the hosts’ bowlers then took wickets as the visitors were bowled out for 123 in reply, skipper Monir Choudhury providing most resistance with 47. 
 
Millhouses Works 2nds hold on to their lead at the top of Division 6 despite falling to a six-wicket defeat at home to Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds. Kiran Shahi took 5-21 as the hosts were bowled out for 73, and the visitors overhauled their target with ten overs to spare. Mexborough Athletic are now just two points behind the leaders after a 19-run win against Sheffield United 2nds, in which the bowlers were on top at the Beecroft Estates ground. Travis Bachus took 4-28 as the hosts were bowled out for 125, but Brandon Cooke was the man for Athletic with 5-39 in the visitors’ reply. Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds are one of three clubs eight points behind the leaders after a six-wicket win over Higham 2nds at Royd Lane. Callum Gray took 4-19 for the visitors as they bowled Higham out for 128, then Iain MacDonald’s 70 dominated their reply as they coasted to victory in the 27th over. Hatfield Town 2nds are level with Thorpe Hesley after a 58-run win over Warmsworth 2nds at Carr Side Lane. Carl Walton made 46 out of the hosts’ 117 all out after they were put in to bat, then the visitors were bowled out for 59, with Alex Brown taking three wickets for no runs in three overs. Penistone 2nds enjoyed a 100-run win over Caribbean Sports 2nds at the Common, thirties from Robert Armitage and Michael Brown helping them to 160-6, before three wickets each from Nathan Barker and Charlie Tippett helped them bowl their hosts out for just 60 in reply. A very tight game at Baxter Field on Sunday saw Handsworth Junior SC 2nds hold on for a four-run win over Whitley Hall 3rds. Hamza Hussain scored 41 out of the visitors’ 120 all out, Joe Webster taking 4-28 for the hosts, then Majid Hussain took 4-19 to help bowl Handsworth to victory. 
 
Brookhouse won for the third time in succession and now lead Division 7 by eight points. Jasneet Gulati took 4-16 as they bowled Norton Oakes out for 98 at Rose Lane, a score that would have been significantly worse without Tom Bassindale’s 41. Gulati completed another excellent all-round game with an unbeaten 41 to steer them to a three-wicket win with 11 overs to spare. Les Harris took 4-23 for second-placed Stocksbridge 2nds to help them bowl Houghton Main 2nds out for 66 at Bracken Moor, and the hosts then strolled to an eight-wicket win in the 24th over. Scholes & Harley moved into the top half of the table by beating Green Moor at Hill Top Lane by seven wickets. Ben Wathen took 5-10 as the hosts were bowled out for 114, then an unbeaten 74 from Tom Wade took the visitors to victory in the 31st over. An unbeaten 48 from Craig Wilkes took Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths into the top four after they had restricted Sprotbrough 3rds to 107-9 at Bullcroft, and they eased past their target with six wickets and over six overs to spare. There was a big win for Upper Haugh 3rds, for whom Oliver Cunningham (56) and Mubeen Kazmi (49) added 83 for the firth wicket to help them to 178-9. Tom Burns then took 5-4 in five overs as Eden Grove Parklands were bowled out for 36 in reply. Adwick-le-Street made 125-8 at home to Doncaster Town 4ths, with skipper Nick Bisby unbeaten on 91 and no-one else reaching double figures. Finley Truman (42) and Laura Sheiwe (31) then put on 71 for the third wicket to see their side to victory for the loss of five wickets with seven balls to spare. 
 
Overnight Division 8 leaders Hallam 4ths were bowled out for 135 by Wombwell Main 2nds at the Auction House Stadium, Adam Prosser top-scoring with 46 and Ben Reeves taking 4-20 for the hosts, who then completed a four-wicket win in the 36th over. Barnby Dun 2nds took advantage of the leaders’ slip to move joint top after a comfortable win over Worsbrough Bridge 2nds at Glass Park. Opener Ethan Gurnhill (47) and skipper James Copley (43) were the top scorers in the hosts’ 192-9, whilst Kevin Sherif took 6-35 for the visitors. Copley then took 4-20 as Bridge were all out for 107, despite a hard-hit 58 from skipper Darren Newton. Kexborough 2nds kept pace with the leaders after a six-wicket win over Norton Woodseats 2nds at Bence Lane. After bowling their visitors out for 100, the hosts passed their target in the 33rd over, with Matty Woods unbeaten on 39. One of five clubs tucked in just behind the leaders in joint fourth place are Parkhead 2nds, who bowled Elsecar 3rds out for 58 at Ecclesall Road, Mubasher Ali taking 4-8 in 7.1 overs, and then knocked off their modest target for the loss of one wicket in the 11th over. Monk Bretton 2nds had a similarly straightforward win; after four bowlers shared the wickets when they bowled Frecheville Community 2nds out for 44 at the Castle Ground, they passed their target for the loss of three wickets in the tenth over. The game between Rockingham Colliery 3rds and Mexborough Athletic 2nds was cancelled. 
 
In Division 9, leaders Silkstone United 2nds had their game at home to Dearne cancelled, and Thorncliffe & Wentworth 2nds seized the chance to move within two points of the leaders with an overwhelming ten-wicket win over Fishlake 2nds at Wentworth. The visitors were bowled out for 31, with no-one reaching double figure, and Callum Pearce taking 4-8 in seven overs for the hosts, who passed their meagre target for the loss of no wicket in four overs. Whiston Forge 2nds conceded their game away to Brookhouse 2nds. On Sunday, Wath 3rds had a 76-run win over Eden Grove Parklands 2nds at Moor Road. Skipper Joe Dickinson (44) set the hosts on their way to 133-6 and Tilly Thomas took 4-26 as the visitors were bowled out for 57. 
 
Sunday cup-ties 
 
In the K3 Dental Cup, Doncaster Town enjoyed a dramatic win at Sheriff Hutton Bridge. After George Cowan (3-35) helped them restrict the hosts to 198-7, Jonathan Redfern (45*) steered the visitors to victory with just two wickets and eight balls to spare after they had been 106-6. At Field Lane, Joe Billings made 59 for Wakefield Thornes against Shiregreen, before Dylan Hurst (81*) and Matty Taylor (49*) put on an unbroken 130 for the fifth wicket to take them to 280-4. In their reply, Sana Ullah Khan made 41 for the visitors, but they were never really in the hunt and Niall Lovatt’s 4-53 helped Thornes bowl them out for 208. 
 
In the Whitworth Cup, 2023 finalists Sheffield Collegiate 2nds beat Ackworth by 104 runs after Benjamin Carrigan (66) and Thomas Currie (62*) had helped them to 227 all out at Ackworth. Only Mohammed Khan (54) offered much resistance for the hosts, who were bowled out for 123 in reply, Ben Fielding taking 4-18. Dylan Smythe took 4-33 for Wickersley Old Village to help them restrict Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds to 165-9 at Shaw Lane, Lucas Slatter contributing an unbeaten 44 for the hosts, before Vishvaraj Jadeja’s unbeaten 94 took the visitors to a six wicket win in the 28th over. Fifties from Joe Farmer and Nathan Chadburn helped Conisbrough to 269-7 at home to Oughtibridge War Memorial, and then Buddhika Bopitiyaga took 6-14 in 5.5 overs as the visitors were all out for 152. Darfield restricted Doncaster Town 2nds to 161-9 at School Lane, before the hosts’ keeper Jabari Mills hit an unbeaten 52 off 21 balls to fire his team to an eight-wicket win in just 17.1 overs. George Harrison was the mainstay of Wakefield Thornes 2nds’ 214 all out against Houghton Main at Middlecliffe Lane, Zaki Anjam taking 6-37 for the hosts; then Zia Ahmed hit an unbeaten 77 as Houghton passed their target with four wickets to spare. Lasith Lakshan hit an unbeaten 96 in vain for Rockingham Colliery at Green Lane, Mainak Ray (90) helping Aston Hall to pass the visitors’ 221-5 with five wickets and five balls to spare. Harry Graham (51) and George Thompson (82 off 45 balls) were the chief contributors to Sprotbroughs’ 227-9 against Wath, for whom skipper Rob Barlow took 5-29. Barlow then made 46 in the visitors’ reply, but the rest of the batting fell away against the hosts’ attack, in which Joe Toole took 5-26. In a very high-scoring game at Church Fields, skipper Danny Kemp (82*) and Aman Jaffer (141) put on 213 for Whiston Parish Churchs’ third wicket in their 310-3 against Hallam. Forties from Romir Singh and skipper Edward Burch, and 67 from Joe Cooper at number eight, kept the visitors in the hunt, but ultimately they fell just four runs short of their daunting target. Tom Bolland took four wickets for Whiston. 
 
In the Mick Savage Trophy, Monk Bretton were all out for 128 against Hatfield Town at Carr Side Lane and keeper Paul Davies scored 47 in the hosts five-wicket win, despite Scott Latimer’s 4-24. Conditions prevented any play between Wickersley Old Village and Penistone at Northfield Lane, and the visitors won on a coin toss. 
Photo courtesy of John Hobson 
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