Round-up of games played on 20 May
Posted on 23rd May 2023 at 10:27
For the first time this season, there was play, and a result obtained, in all 63 of the scheduled league games. Sadly however, the difficulties with the Play-Cricket service returned, with scoring and live-score issues affecting many games. The League has written to the ECB to draw attention to these issues.
Leaders Tickhill elected to bat first at home to Elsecar and posted 230-7, chiefly thanks to Harry Swindell’s 84. He enjoyed half-century partnerships with Jordan Lowe (30) and Liam Guthrie (49), whilst Muhammed Ilyas took 3-41 for the visitors. Taruwar Kohli provided Elsecar with some hope, but after he was out for 66, Alex Rowland mopped up the tail with 5-38, and the home side recorded a comfortable win. Sheffield Collegiate kept up the pressure in second place with an even more straightforward win, this over Aston Hall at Green Lane. After electing to bat first, in-form Shaaiq Choudhry (79) led the visitors to 209-8, Abdul Faseeh providing support with 38, whilst Hassan Bin Shahab took 4-50 for the home side. Henry Eldred then claimed 5-19 as Aston were bowled out for 71. Whitley Hall are amongst four teams in joint-third place after enjoying a six-wicket win over another of these four, Wakefield Thornes, at Field Lane. After being asked to bat first, Thornes made 164, their innings being held together by Joe Billings (78), whilst there were three wickets each for Biswick Kapala and Callum Bethel. Montcin Hodge (59 not out) held the early order together for the visitors, before being joined by Bethel, whose unbeaten 59 in 45 balls took his side to victory with 16 overs to spare. Ali Jahangir took 4-26 and Jay Smith 3-32 after Hallam had chosen to bat first against Barnsley Woolley Miners at Shaw Lane. Chasing the visitors all out 164, skipper Beck Frostick (79 off 64 balls) led his side to a six-wicket win with 24 overs left. The fourth side in joint-third place are Cleethorpes, who recorded a 61-run win after deciding to bat first against Doncaster Town at Chichester Road. Bill Kirby (75) and James Hubball (45) led them to 203-8, before Mayank Mishra took 3-50 to help them bowl out their visitors for 142, despite thirties from Charlie Kaye and James Dobson. Finally, Treeton earned a first win of the season, by 15 runs over champions Appleby Frodingham at Washfield Lane. Experienced campaigners Steve Foster (58) and skipper Chris Cobb (40) added 65 for the second wicket after the home side were put in to bat, Vinnie Ogden then contributing an unbeaten 34 off 23 balls to their 207-7, whilst Kieran Lindley took 5-78 for the visitors. In reply, a third-wicket partnership of 113 between Jordan Neil (59) and Drew Sylvester (56) appeared to put the visitors on top, but Ogden completed a fine all-round performance with 5-50 to see his side to victory.
Houghton Main are now joint Championship leaders after a big win over Conisbrough at Park Road. After electing to bat first, Luke Ellis (40) and skipper Michael Brown (44) put on 62 for the first wicket, before Vikas Dixit took over and hit an unbeaten 117 off 88 balls and shared an 85-run fourth wicket partnership with Adam Wiles (40) as the visitors posted 281-5. Dixit then completed a top-class all-round performance with 7-24, whilst Buddhika Saanjeewa provided spirited resistance with 50 from 26 balls, and the home side were bowled out for 155 in the 34th over. Level with Houghton are Wickersley Old Village, who enjoyed a 32-run win over previous leaders Doncaster Town 2nds, after electing to bat first at Northfield Lane. Skipper Mark Cummins (66) and Vishvaraj Jadeja (78) helped the home side to 225-5, Brad Heaps taking 3-39 for the visitors, and, in reply, Town made 193-6, with Robert Grace top-scoring on 47. Sprotbrough moved up into joint-fourth place after a narrow win away to Sheffield Collegiate 2nds. After electing to bat first, the visitors were indebted to Sadrian Ward (44) as they reached 150, despite George Bartlett (5-43) and Ben Fielding (4-43) sharing nine wickets for Collegiate. Daniel Wright then took 6-38 as the home side were bowled out nine runs short, Thomas Currie top-scoring with 57. Cawthorne missed the chance to go level with the leaders when they fell to a 69-run defeat at home to Shiregreen. Arsalan Mir (58) and Hamzah Younis (52) top-scored as the visitors posted 243, Methushan Thilina taking 4-58 for Cawthorne. Whiston Parish Church moved level with their visitors Darfield after an 87-run victory at Church Fields. Gareth Davis (45) and Danny Kemp (58) dominated the home side’s early innings, and Sam Bowden (38 not out off 28 balls) added a flourish at the end as they reached 233-6; Saman Hursheed being the pick of the home attack with 4-41. In reply, Matt Lambert hit 40 off 40 balls, before becoming one of Harsha Rajapaksha’s victims as the latter continued his good form with 6-47. An 86-run third-wicket stand between William Nicholson (70) and Stevie Walters (43 not out) was the foundation for Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds' 184-5 after they had elected to bat first away to Wath. Steve Nuttall then took 3-12 in eleven overs as the home side were bowled out for 109, only Mark Barnard (33 at the top of the order) showing much resistance.
Leaders Ackworth were made to work hard for their sixth successive win, by two wickets over visitors Oughtibridge War Memorial at the Boot & Shoe ground. Naveed Asif (111) and Hasaru Chiamikara (34) put on 93 for the visitors' third wicket after they elected to bat first, and an unbeaten 71 off 65 balls from Will Cooper lifted them to 281-5. The home side looked dead and buried at 132-8 but George Gillespie joined Shinghi Masakadza (167 not out off 109 balls) and the pair put on an unbeaten league record ninth-wicket stand of 140 to see their side home with two wickets and eight balls to spare. Rockingham Colliery remain 24 points behind the leaders in second place after a nine-run win at home to Upper Haugh. After being put in to bat, the home side reached 147-8, thanks to a patient unbeaten 41 from Jawad Akhtar, who came in at 78-6 after skipper Habil Arshad had taken 4-24. Arshad then contributed 33 at the top of the order for the visitors but their challenge then fell away as Tinashe Muchawaya took 3-48, and they were all out for 138. Coal Aston are third after a 117-run win over Green Moor. Fifties from Jon Trower and Oscar Oborn-Corby, and 49 from skipper Nick Tye, took the home side to 240-6 at Stonelow, before three wickets each from Matthew Stewart and Shaun Trower saw the visitors bowled out for 117, despite 40 from Harry Airstone. Wickersley Old Village 2nds are in fourth place after beating bottom side Rotherham Town by five wickets at Northfield Road. After electing to bat first, the visitors were 86-5 before Shezad Shah (49) and Arslan Tariq (58) put on 98 for the sixth wicket. The last five wickets then fell for ten runs, Adam Whitford and Brady Saunders finishing with three wickets each. James Butler (43) and Liam Heathcote (34) top-scored for the home side as they passed the visitors 194 with five wickets and five overs to spare. One of the day’s tightest finishes came at Baxter Field, where visitors Wakefield Thornes 2nds reached their target of 189 with one wicket and three balls to spare. Earlier, Whitley Hall 2nds' skipper Chris Verity had won the toss and contributed 39 to an 88-run third-wicket stand with Sam Chatterton (45). Freddie Egleston then followed up last week’s heroics with the ball with the visitors’ top score of 46, Junaid Yousaf also making 33, as they edged home despite Liam Bacon’s 5-47. Finally, Aston Hall 2nds cantered to a five-wicket win over Sheffield United at Bawtry Road. Danish Rasheed took 3-45 as the home side made 152 after electing to bat first, before Stan Ashton (57) and Joe Stickland (70) all but secured the win with a second-wicket stand of 130.
Joint leaders Hatfield Town had a big win over Thorpe Hesley & High Green at Carr Side Lane. After deciding to bat first they reached 277-7, Ellis Pattison top-scoring with 58 and Kevin Marshall hitting an unbeaten 51 off 28 balls at number nine. Garvin Serieux (4-96) was the visitors’ most successful bowler. Anthony Garrigan took 3-21 when the visitors replied, and only Stephen Hague (40) provided much resistance as his team were all out for 154. Joint leaders Warmsworth had a straightforward seven-wicket win over Treeton 2nds at Common Lane. After putting their visitors in to bat they bowled them out for 118, with Joe Stringfellow taking 3-27 and Marcus Green 4-29, and James Hobson making 43 for the visitors. Skipper Rhys Mann made an unbeaten 55 as the home side cantered home with seven wickets and 22 overs to spare. Tickhill 2nds are third after a high-scoring win over Elsecar 2nds at the Al-Murad. After deciding to bat first, James Waller (74) and skipper Nick Page (110 not out off 58 balls) led the way as the visitors amassed 270-4. In a spirited response by the home side, Callum Johnson (98) and Matthew Tonks (78) put on 166 for the second wicket, but after that the innings folded against Louis Botha (4-67) and Peter Brewster (3-55), and the last nine wickets fell for 34 as Elsecar fell 26 runs short. Hallam 2nds recorded a big win against Norton Oakes at Crimcar. Jack Snelling (72 not out) and Alex Coates (41) put on 88 for the third wicket in their 206-6, and there were three wickets each for Callum East and Sam Grafton-Walters. Coates then took 3-11 as Oakes were bowled out 135 short for 71. Norton Woodseats gained their first win of the season, by 71 runs at home to Penistone. After being put in to bat, the home side were bowled out for 114, Matt Scholey taking 4-34 for the visitors. David Thorpe then had figures of 14.3-7-16-7 as Penistone were bowled out for 43 in reply. Finally, Sheffield Collegiate 3rds gained a two-wicket win over Parkhead at Eccleshall Road. Having elected to bat first, the home side reached 209-9 thanks to Rohan Ardley (53) and Alex Masterson (49 not out), whilst Shafiullah Shinwari took 5-40 for Collegiate. Shinwari proved the match-winner, with the top score of 51 in the second innings, and with Tom Bradley (33) and Oliver Tyas (42 not out) weighing in, the visitors sneaked home with two wickets and two overs to spare, despite three wickets each from Harry Pollard and Ardley.
The top three at the start of play in Division 3 all won, with leaders Wath 2nds beating Millhouses Works by 41 runs at Millhouses Park. After electing to bat first, the visitors were 30-6, but lower-order resistance took them up to 119, Kelham Bennett contributing 34 at number nine, whilst Eddie Raper (5-19) and Lee Stewart (3-10) put in fine bowling performances for the home side. But with Sam Whitlam taking 6-16 in eleven overs, supported by Stephen Johnson (3-16), Millhouses were bowled out for 70 in reply. Worsbrough Bridge are going well in second place, and they crushed Cawthorne 2nds by 143 runs at Park Road. Alex Littlewood’s unbeaten 82 was the main contribution to the home side’s 173, whilst Callum McCarthy (3-29) and Ryan Bagshaw (4-28) impressed with the ball. But when the visitors replied, Liam Levitt returned 10.4-6-11-6 as they were bowled out for just 30. Monk Bretton held on to third place after a five-wicket win away to Bradfield Village Fellowship. After electing to bat first, home skipper James Shepherd top-scored with 61 and Liam Hague contributed 30 as Bradfield reached 190-9, Steven Honeyman taking 4-55 for the visitors. Danny Taylor (65 not out) and skipper Ashley Clayton (48) then led Monk Bretton to victory with two overs to spare. Stocksbridge moved up to fourth place with a five-run win over Sprotbrough 2nds in a low-scoring game at Melton Road. Nick Graves took 5-22 and Robert Edmundson 3-24 as the visitors were bowled out for 86 after winning the toss and batting first; but then Andrew Hibbert returned 13-8-18-7, with support from Richard Marsden (3-15), as Sprotbrough were bowled out for 81. Kexborough are in fifth place after a 46-run win over Frecheville Community at Silkstone Road. After being put in to bat, the visitors were bowled out for 125, with three wickets each for Jake Kempton and David Ratcliffe, whilst skipper Danny Bowering (54) led the way for the visitors. Thomas Woods then took 4-14 as Frecheville were bowled out for 79. Finally, Oughtibridge War Memorial 2nds decided to bat first at home to Caribbean Sports, and were all out for 133. Bavasuthan Selvanayagam and Dilshan Sukumar both scored 41 for the home side, whilst opening bowlers Rizwan Ishfaq (4-24) and Saad Bashir (3-35) did most of the damage for Caribbean. In reply, Sukumar returned 8-4-8-6 as the visitors were bowled out for 67.
Thorncliffe & Wentworth moved up to joint top of Division 4 with a six-wicket win over Doncaster Town 3rds at Lound Side. They restricted the visitors to 140-7 after they had decided to bat first, Max Garbutt top-scoring with an unbeaten 33. Darren Schofield (53) then led his side to victory with 3.4 overs to spare. Whiston Parish Church 2nds remain level on points at the top despite losing their unbeaten record to Sheffield Collegiate 3rds at Abbeydale. The home side elected to bat first and were all out for 111, with Aura Kent taking 5-22. But three wickets each for Sonny Owens and Lawrie Brennan then saw the visitors dismissed for 100. Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds moved into third place with a two-wicket win over Barnby Dun at Kirk Sandall. Opener Henry Cutts top-scored for the home side after they decided to bat first and were bowled out for 130, Max Heseltine taking 4-35 for the visitors. Freddie Egginton then scored 34 as the Woolley side edged home with two wickets and two balls to spare. After beating Wombwell Main by 23 runs in a high-scoring game at Royd Lane, Higham have moved into fifth place, 12 points behind the leaders. Openers Lliam Dickinson (48) and Glen Burden (67) got the home side off to a strong start, whilst George Deegan contributed 36 and Alex Morris 54 in their 253-6. Andrew Wood then took 4-34 as Wombwell were bowled out for 230, despite 61 each from Michael Donson and skipper Richard Batty, and 37 from Majid Aziz. Rockingham Colliery 2nds elected to bat first against Upper Haugh 2nds at Wentworth Road, and with David Plummer taking 4-24 and Oliver Cunningham 3-33, were all out for 125. Enzo Campagna (6-21) and Benjamin Shore (3-16) then bowled the home side out for 82. Finally, in a very one-sided game at Oliver’s Mount, Silkstone United were bowled out for 62 by Handsworth Junior SC after deciding to bat first. Abdullah Asad took 3-12, whilst wicket-keeper Luke Heath top-scored with 31 for the visitors. The home side then made light work of their target, cruising to a ten-wicket win in the thirteenth over.
Conisbrough 2nds consolidated their lead at the top of the table with another straightforward win, this time over Rotherham Town 2nds at Clifton Lane. They put the home side in to bat and bowled them out for 68, Liam Stainforth taking 3-20, before knocking off the required runs for the loss of one wicket in the 24th over, with Toby Humphries 35 not out. Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds kept in touch in second place with a 37-run home win over Sheffield United 2nds. Skipper Iain MacDonald made 35 out of 152 after winning the toss and electing to bat, whilst Tawqeer Hussain (3-32) and Hasan Yasin (4-29) did the damage for the visitors. Matthew Bradley Green then took 5-17 as United were bowled out for 115. A huge win for Darfield 2nds over Hallam 3rds at School Lane moves them up into join third in the table. Ashley Potter (131 off 127 balls) and Josh Care (89 off 79) added 191 for the second wicket as the home side made 287-5 after deciding to bat first. Jack Waldron then took 3-28 as the visitors, for whom Alex Davis made 34, were bowled out for 85. Level in third place are Fishlake, who won by 29 runs at Maltby Miners Welfare. Josh Yeaman made 47 after the visitors were put in to bat and were bowled out for 112, Jordan Beighton amongst the wickets again with 5-31. Frederick Stevens (4-35) and Richard Copley (4-18) then bowled the hosts out for 83. There was a comprehensive win for Whiston Forge after they asked Penistone 2nds to bat first at Queen Street. Josh Cooke (4-34) and Andy Smith (3-44) led the way as the home side were dismissed for 126, despite 44 from opener Robert Armitage. Adam Purshouse was the unbeaten with 74 off 48 balls as Forge won with eight wickets and 26 overs to spare. Finally, Shiregreen 2nds had a comfortable 83-run win over Coal Aston 2nds at Hatfield House Lane. The home side elected to bat first and posted 193-8, Zeeshan Ahmed contributing 36 and Muhammad Ali hitting an unbeaten 46 off 41 balls at number nine. The wickets were then shared by all six bowlers as the visitors were dismissed for 110.
Whitley Hall 3rds retained their an eight-point lead at the top of the table after a three-wicket win over Handsworth Junior SC 2nds at Wentworth. They bowled the visitors out for 103 after asking them to bat first, Zayan Khan taking 4-14 whilst Charlie Wragg and Matthew Brown took three wickets each. In Whitley’s reply, Wragg was their match-winner with 52 off 63 balls at the top of the order, whilst Monir Choudhury took 3-14 as the home side passed their target with 15 overs to spare. Second at the start of play, Sheffield University Staff dropped to sixth after a six-wicket home defeat to Ackworth 2nds, who in turn moved into second place. The home side’s decision to bat first backfired as Finlay Martin (4-18) and Rajinder Kundra (3-3) helped bowl them out for 50. When the visitors slipped to 19-4 there was a glimmer of hope for the home side, but there were no further alarms as Ackworth eased home with 17 overs to spare. Mexborough Athletic move into third place after a 15-run win away to Brookhouse. After electing to bat first, the visitors were restricted 112-8 in their 40 overs, but with James Beresford taking 6-19 in his ten overs, the hosts were bowled out for 97, Tommy Hyde weighing in with 3-33. Wickersley Old Village 3rds consolidated their top-half place with a six-wicket win away to Green Moor 2nds. Brooklyn Whitmill took 4-5 in six overs to help the visitors vindicate their decision to bat first as Green Moor were dismissed for 70. Wickersley wrapped up victory in the 16th over, despite James Chrisopherson’s 3-13. Caribbean Sports 2nds beat Higham 2nds by four wickets at the Common. The visitors were restricted to 165-8 after electing to bat first, opener Richard Heeley (48) and Robert McInerney (32) the main contributors, whilst Mustafah Azan took 4-42. In reply, an unbeaten 30 from Hasan Ali, supported by Hamzah Hussain’s 30, was sufficient to see the hosts to victory with six overs to spare. Finally, Norton Oakes 2nds gained their first win of the season, by four wickets at home to Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds, after putting the visitors in to bat. Carl Fairhurst was the chief destroyer with 4-37 as the visitors were restricted to 151-8, Paul Garnett top-scoring with 54.
Hatfield Town 2nds remain top of Division 7 after a 102-run win away to second-placed Scholes & Harley. Having been asked to bat first, the visitors made 158-7, with Carl Walton (53) and Gareth Stent (30) leading the way. The home side were never in contention, and were all out for 56 in the 21st over, Alex Brown and Craig Pattison picking up three wickets each. Warmsworth 2nds moved in to joint-second place after a six-wicket win away to Houghton Main 2nds. The home side made 184-5 after electing to bat first, thanks to an unbeaten 77 from Matt Thornton, supported by Carl Trickett (31). Andy Matthews (51) and Kelvin Defty (82) got the visitors off to a fine start in reply, putting on 112 for the first wicket, and they eased home with six wickets and seven balls to spare. Frecheville Community 2nds were put in to bat by Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths at Woolley. Lee Ford, with 55 off 62 balls at number eight, helped them to 133, Steve Dixon claiming 3-23 for the home side, before Aadil Hasan (4-17) and Adam Gibson (5-17) bowled the visitors to victory, the home side being all out for 66. Stocksbridge 2nds racked up 196-7 after being put in to bat by Eden Grove Parklands at Bracken Moor, with 46 from keeper David Smith at the top of the order, and James Hague (49) and Steve Perry (33) capitalising in the middle. Rowan Brearley took 3-30 as Parklands struggled in their reply, with only late order resistance taking them up to 116-9 in the end.
A fourth victory of the season for Upper Haugh 3rds, this time by four wickets away to Wombwell Main 2nds, saw them maintain their four-point lead at the top of the table. After electing to bat, the home side were restricted to 140-9, skipper Martin Jowitt-Pickering top-scoring with 38, before William Adams (63) and Gurvinder Singh (48 not out) helped the visitors recover from 39-5 to win with 15 overs to spare. Billy Smith took 3-44 for the home side. Worsbrough Bridge 2nds keep up the pressure in second, after recording a five-wicket win away to Silkstone United 2nds. Lewis Wilkinson took 4-21 to help restrict the home side to 103-9 after they had elected to bat, Andrew Gibbins (32) top-scoring for Silkstone. Keeper Robert Kennedy (47) the held the visitors’ innings together whilst Joe Green took 3-32, and they coasted home with five wickets and 16 overs to spare. Monk Bretton 2nds closed the gap on third-placed Rockingham Colliery 3rds after beating them by five wickets at the Castle Ground. Colin Deakin took 5-55 whilst Stuart Phillis (50) and skipper Stephen Bell (31 not out) took the visitors to 164-7 after they decided to bat first. Keeper Ollie Wainwright then contributed an unbeaten 68 at the top of the order to anchor his side’s run-chase, which was achieved with one ball to spare. Adwick-le-Street have not made the start they might have hoped for in this division, but they got their campaign up-and-running with a 58-run success over Norton Woodseats 2nds at Adwick Park. Liam Bishop (63) and Carl Newbold (31) were the principal contributors to the home side’s 164-8 after they elected to bat first, Eddie O’Neill taking 4-29 for the visitors, before three wickets each for Newbold and Matthew Eades helped dismiss Woodseats for 106. Finally, 60 off 57 balls from Ankit Patel helped set up Doncaster Town 4ths' 66-run win over Thorncliffe and Wentworth 2nds at Finningley. The home side reached 168-6 after choosing to bat first, then bowled out their visitors for 102, with the wickets shared by seven bowlers, and Aaron Whittaker scoring 41 in a losing cause.
The now joint-leaders Elsecar 3rds enjoyed a nine-wicket win away to Eden Grove Parklands 2nds on a day of low scores in Division 9. Molly Whittaker took 5-15 for the visitors, with support from Freddie Rowbottom (3-23), as they bowled Parklands out for 65 after they had decided to bat first. Alfie Gibson (31 not out) and Ewen Bennett then enjoyed an unbroken second wicket stand of 67 inside 12 overs as Town coasted home. There was an even more emphatic win for joint top Barnby Dun 2nds, who beat Kexborough 2nds by ten wickets at Bence Lane. Nick Ashton (4-7) and Joe Harris (3-10) did the damage as the home side were shot out for 42. Connor Turford (41) played virtually a lone hand as Dearne were dismissed for 75 at home to Scholes & Hartley 2nds, Hasan Ali (4-9) and David Bell (3-9) the main destroyers. Skipper Aiden Shaw (33 not out) then put on an unbroken 50-run partnership with Chris Williams to see his side home by eight wickets with 21 overs to spare. The only game in the division to see three-figure scores was at Pinfold Lane, where Brookhouse 2nds, put in to bat by Fishlake 2nds, reached 118-6, opener Joe Yellott carrying his bat for an unbeaten 46. But Jacob Meehan then hit an unbeaten 67 to see the home side to victory with eight wickets and 17 overs in hand.
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