Yorkshire Premier Leagues Championship play-offs – semi-final 
Sheffield Collegiate beat YPLN champions Castleford at Saville Park by 47 runs to reach next week’s final against Woodlands of the Bradford League. Having elected to bat first, Collegiate reached 87-2 before Castleford legend David Wainwright took his third wicket to remove Shaaiq Choudhry for 30 – which was to prove the highest innings in the game. Despite Eddie Morrison’s 5-59, the visitors then got their score up to 160 all out. In Castleford’s reply, Robert Shaw (3-14) soon had the hosts in trouble at 22-3 with three early wickets, and just when Australian batsman Brayden Clark looked like taking control, Choudhry (3-30) took three quick wickets to reduce ‘Cas’ to 59-6. Tate Miller (3-15) then wrapped matters up as the host were all out for 113. 
Championship division 
The battle between the two contenders for the final promotion spot saw Shiregreen secure a four-wicket home win over Wickersley Old Village at Hatfield House Lane. Having elected to bat first, Mark Cummins and Johnny Younis (45) had to rescue the visitors from 6-2 with a stand of 60, but it was slow going against accurate bowling. Both were eventually dismissed by Ibrahim Safi (3-48) and Wickersley finally reached 164-9. Mustafa Hussain (31) and keeper Bilal Afzal (47) put on 85 to give the hosts a solid foundation, and although there was a middle-order wobble, Shiregreen secured their place in the Premier Division in 2024 with 12 overs to spare. Methushan Thilina (6-35) was chiefly responsible for champions Cawthorne dismissing relegated Darfield for 121, before skipper Mike Jepps (51 not out) saw his side to a six-wicket win in the 24th over. Houghton Main finish in third place after Danish Hussain (68 not out off 25 balls with six 6s and four 4s) helped them to recover from 55-5 chasing 135 to beat Whiston Parish Church at Middlecliffe Lane. This was after Dylan Smithe (4-67) and Vikas Dixit (3-21) dismissed the visitors for 134, Danny Kemp top-scoring with 51. Despite a 51-run defeat to Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds at Shaw Lane, Doncaster Town 2nds have enjoyed a good first season in the Championship, finishing in fifth place. Freddie Chapman (47) and Gurnoor Singh (34) got the hosts off to a fine start with an opening stand of 90 upon which skipper Jordan Slattery capitalised with 64 off 65 balls, as the hosts reached 222 all out, whilst Kushal Shah took three wickets for the visitors. Joshua Bird then took 3-21 as Town were all out for 145. Bottom side Conisbrough recorded only their third win of the season, by 57 runs against Sheffield Collegiate 2nds at Park Road. Rafy Sharpe (4-39) took three early wickets and the hosts were 78-5 before Danyaal Latif (70) and Buddhika Sanjeewa (69) came together to add 114 for the sixth wicket, before being all out for 263 in the last over. Chasing a DLS-revised target of 232 in 34 overs, Collegiate were all out for 174, Mark Hickman (46) and keeper Andy Simpson (42) top-scoring, whilst four bowlers shared the wickets. Wath ended a disappointing season on a bright note, with a fourth successive win, this time by seven wickets against Sprotbrough at Melton Road. Rob Barlow took 5-20 as the hosts were bowled out for 120, only opener Harry Graham (48) providing much resistance, before Barlow completed a fine all-round game with an unbeaten 44 opening the innings, and receiving good support from Harrison Knowles (44) as the visitors won with seven wickets and 23 overs to spare. 
Division 1 
Rockingham Colliery duly got the win they needed to clinch promotion back to the Championship, by 43 runs away to Aston Hall 2nds. Opener Harry Grindle (85) held the top order together as they slumped to 48-4 against Henry Renshaw (5-42). Thirties from skipper Andy Baker and Tinashe Muchawaya took them to 201-8, a total that the visitors never really looked like threatening, despite opener Ali Ahmed’s 45, and they were all out for 158. Richard Skipworth and Jawad Akhtar each took three wickets. Oughtibridge War Memorial needed to win and Rockingham to lose if they were to clinch second place. They did their bit with a resounding win over Green Moor at Hill Top Lane. Joseph Boyden (128 not out off 127 balls) led the way, with good support from Richard Everitt (55) and Will Cooper (61), as the visitors amassed 307-4. Mohammed Asim Khan (3-39) and Sam Patel (5-25) then bowled out the hosts for 99. In an extraordinary game at Wentworth Road, Habil Arshad took 9-17 in 9.4 overs as champions Ackworth were bowled out for 41 by Upper Haugh after choosing to bat first. Luke Townsend (4-15) and Dale Longfield (6-17) then bowled the hosts out for just 34 in 8.4 overs. In the fight to avoid relegation, Coal Aston lost to Wakefield Thornes 2nds in a run fest at Field Lane and are relegated. Jon Trower (93), well supported by Benjamin Hall (58) and keeper Nick Tye (50), led the visitors to 317-6, but with keeper Nicholas England scoring his fifth century of the season (146) and Brad Green contributing 40 not out off 26 balls at the end, the hosts claimed a three wicket win with ten balls to spare. The visitors finished level with Rotherham Town, who had earlier lost at home to Whitley Hall 2nds, but have won fewer games. Jack Myers took 4-28 for the visitors as Town were bowled out for 118 after choosing to bat first. Thirties from Charlie Taylor, Sam Chatterton and Alfie Bell then took Whitley past their target with eight wickets and 25 overs to spare. Sheffield United’s relegation was also confirmed after they lost by three wickets away to Wickersley Old Village 2nds. Three wickets each for David Mace and Jack Eggleston restricted the visitors to 131 all out, and although the visitors’ bowlers, notably Musa Altaf (4-38), fought hard, in the end Brady Saunders’s 45 proved decisive and his side won with three wickets and 12 overs to spare. 
Division 2 
The final promotion place was decided when Elsecar 2nds beat Sheffield Collegiate 3rds by six wickets at Abbeydale, thereby clinching third spot. Veteran campaigners Nick Gaywood (39) and Charlie Wall (58) led the way for the hosts as they posted 168-8, Daniel Laister taking 4-45 for the visitors, before Kieran Higgins (57) and Callum Johnson (37) laid the foundation for Elsecar’s win with an opening stand of 80. That result confirmed Collegiates’ relegation, and joining them in division 3 will be Norton Oakes and Norton Woodseats, who met at Oakes Park. Woodseats were restricted to 132-9 after being put in to bat, but Aamir Ashfaque then took 5-18 in 15 overs as Oakes were bowled out for 106 in reply. The result enabled Woodseats to leapfrog their hosts, but wins for Penistone and Treeton 2nds still condemned both to the drop. Treeton 2nds ensured their safety with a big win over Parkhead at Washfield Lane, keeper Andrew Sneath (47), Adam Hardy (68), and skipper Ryan Hardy (45) helping them to 263-5, before Ali Shah (5-29) led the way as the visitors were bowled out for 114, despite opener Harry Pollard’s 55. Opener Sam Lee (48) and Chris Walmsley (68) helped Penistone to 183-7 after they chose to bat first against Tickhill 2nds at Alderson Drive. In reply, home skipper Nick Page was in the runs again with 55, but Walmsley completed an excellent all-round game with 6-37 to give his side a 36-run win. Noah Murphy took 5-41 as Hallam 2nds bowled out Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds for 113 at Smithywood Road. Opener Jamie Stone (56) then led the way as the visitors raced to victory by eight wickets in the 17th over. Finally, Bruce Jaftha took 5-32 for champions Warmsworth at Common Lane to help them bowl Hatfield Town out for 118 after they had chosen to bat first. Aaron Horsfield (4-14) then took four quick wickets to help reduce the hosts to 51-6, before Jaftha (44 not out) and keeper Paul Green (34 not out) took them to victory by six wickets in the 29th over. 
Division 3 
There was a last day escape from relegation for Kexborough, courtesy of their win over bottom club Stocksbridge at Bracken Moor, coupled with defeats for Frecheville and Sprotbrough. Thava Nig (3-38) helped the visitors bowl Stocksbridge out for 149, despite Jack Murfin’s 77, before Richard Burgess (52) helped them to a six-wicket win with eight overs left. Frecheville Community put up a good show away to champions Monk Bretton before going down by 25 runs. The hosts were indebted to Steven Honeyman’s unbeaten 52 off 53 balls from number nine for their 178-9. Ben Shirt Clarkson (37) then top scored as middle-order resistance took the visitors to 126-4 in their reply. In the end, Craig Heppenstall’s 4-43 was decisive, and they were all out for 153. Kelham Bennett (5-25) led the way as Wath 2nds bowled Sprotbrough 2nds out for 93 at Moor Road, but the hosts did not have matters all their own way in reply, Scott Mantovani taking three wickets, before opener Arsalan Khalid steered them to a five-wicket victory with an unbeaten 39. Cawthorne 2nds moved up into fourth place with a very comfortable win over Bradfield Village Fellowship at Dark Lane. Harry Sullivan (66) and Luke Aitken (45) helped them to 213-9, Elliot Hallam taking 4-41 for the visitors. Charlie Parkin (5-51) and Lewis Skelly (3-21) were then the chief destroyers as Bradfield were bowled out for 80 in reply. Millhouses Works had the better of their mid-table encounter with Caribbean Sports at the Common. The visitors posted 174 all out, despite Waqas Mahroof’s 6-32, and then used nine bowlers as they bowled their hosts out for 151. The one outstanding fixture in the division, between Worsbrough Bridge and Oughtibridge War Memorial 2nds next Saturday, will decide which of the two takes the third promotion place. 
Division 4 
Thorncliffe & Wentworth confirmed their promotion with a six-wicket win over Rockingham Colliery 2nds at Hoyland Common. Skipper Jack Pearson (4-10 in 7.5 overs) and Michael Gilmour (3-35) helped them bowl their hosts out for 117, before Pearson was unbeaten on 41 as they passed their target in 41 overs. Wombwell Main currently occupy the third promotion place after beating Upper Haugh 2nds by five wickets at the Auction House Stadium. Richard Wilkinson led the way for the hosts with 5-39 and Gurvinder Singh top-scored for the visitors with 59, as they were bowled out for 158. Jonathan Scaife then dropped anchor with 39 off 85 balls to ensure the hosts did not falter after losing two early wickets. After beating Handsworth Junior SC 2nds by eight wickets at Royd Lane, Higham will oust Wombwell from the promotion places if they beat Handsworth in the return postponed match next Saturday. Ben Wood took 5-26 as the visitors were bowled out for 150, despite the efforts of Saiful Alam Nury (46) and Waqas Ali (42). Alex Morris (97 not out off 95 balls) then saw his side home in the 32nd over. At the other end of the table, both Barnby Dun and Sheffield Collegiate 4ths are both relegated after yesterday’s defeats. Mussa Chaudhry (61) helped Whiston Parish Church 2nds to 184-9 against Barnby Dun, who were then bowled out for 65, with George Jenkinson (4-21) and Chaudhry (3-16) amongst the wickets. Skipper Antony Miller (47) top-scored as Sheffield Collegiate 4ths posted 179-9 against fellow relegation-battlers Silkstone United at Barnsley Road, Will Clegg taking 4-30 for the hosts. In reply, keeper Luke Heath (61) and Oliver Thomas (42) rescued their side from 54-4 with a fifth-wicket stand of 74, all four wickets having fallen to Arun Joshi (6-31), before Kevin Taylor and Christopher Barraclough put on an unbeaten 22 for the last wicket to win the game for Silkstone with one wicket and four overs left. Champions Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds were unable to finish their season in style when rain halted their bid to overhaul Doncaster Town 3rds‘ 202-4 at 9-0 in the fifth over. Earlier, Harry Bellwood hit an unbeaten 90 for the hosts. In next week’s outstanding game, a win for Higham will see them promoted, whilst a win for Handsworth will see them escape relegation at the expense of Whiston PC 2nds. 
Division 5 
Hallam 3rds secured promotion after beating Rotherham Town 2nds by 151 runs at Sandygate. Put in to bat, the hosts reached 277-8, Moneeb Ahmed making 64 and Nathan Rao 55, whilst George Tester took 6-24 in five overs for the visitors, for whom ten players bowled. In reply, Rotherham were all out for 126, Rao completing a fine game with 5-12. Shiregreen 2nds take the third promotion spot after beating Penistone 2nds by nine wickets at Queen Street. After electing to bat, the hosts were all out for 26 in 14 overs, Malik Jamshed returning a remarkable 7.2-3-12-7. The visitors wrapped up the win in the fifth over, for the loss of one wicket, and will take the divisional championship if they beat Maltby next Saturday. Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds’ relegation was confirmed when they lost to Fishlake by seven wickets at Pinfold Lane. Asked to bat first, the visitors were all out for 122, Liam Leckenby top-scoring with 38, and Richard Copley taking 5-20. In reply, the hosts recovered from 30-3, thanks to Harry Smith (53 not out) and Charlie Metcalfe (45 not out), who put on an unbroken partnership of 93 for the fourth wicket. There was an upset at Bawtry Road, where bottom side Sheffield United 2nds beat champions Conisbrough 2nds by 29 runs. Asked to bat first, Sheffield United were all out for 100, Tom Humphries and Liam Stainthorpe taking three wickets each; but in reply, the visitors were all out for 71, Tawqeer Hussain returning an outstanding 6.3-2-10-7. In mid-table, Coal Aston 2nds beat Darfield 2nds by seven wickets at Stonelow. Choosing to bat first, Darfield were all out for 79, Richards Timms and Ethan Kenworthy taking three wickets each, before Richard Mintoft hit 44 not out as the hosts passed their target in the 17th over. Whiston Forge beat Maltby Miners Welfare by 35 runs at Guilthwaite Hill. After being put in to bat, the hosts were all out for 132, Gary Porter taking 5-49, before the visitors were restricted to 97-9, of which Philip Fletcher scored 44, and Andy Smith took 4-21. 
Division 6 
Wickersley Old Village 3rds confirmed their promotion by beating Brookhouse, who were relegated as a result, at Thorncliffe. Electing to bat first, the visitors were all out for 96, Ben Richardson taking 4-25, before Wickersley scored the required runs for the loss of four wickets in the 29th over, with Brooklyn Whitmill unbeaten on 47. The game between Ackworth 2nds and Norton Oakes 2nds at the Boot & Shoe ground was abandoned when Norton Oakes were 99-8 chasing 220 to win. Earlier, Andrew O’Grady (72) and Rehan Kiriella (96) had put on 149 for the hosts’ first wickets, as they reached 219-5, and Tom McIntyre then took 4-25 in the visitors’ reply. As a result, Ackworth are promoted and Norton Oakes relegated. Mexborough Athletic beat Caribbean Sports 2nds by 46 runs at the Beecroft Estates ground. After choosing to bat first, the hosts reached 172-8 with Tommy Hyde scoring 83 not out, before the visitors were all out for 126, Hamzah Hussain scoring 50 and James Beresford taking 5-44. At the Sands, Whitley Hall 3rds rattled up 258-6 after being put in to bat by Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds, Matthew Brown (52) and Nelson Windle (49) leading the way. In reply, the hosts reached 228-6, Paul Garnett (62) and Harrison Lee (62 in 29 balls) top-scoring. Green Moor 2nds conceded their match with Sheffield University Staff, who are now crowned divisional champions. 
Division 7 
Warmsworth 2nds confirmed their promotion in style, beating champions Hatfield Town 2nds by seven wickets at Carr Side Lane. Winning the toss and batting, the hosts were all out for 125, Andy Cutts top-scoring with 37 not out, whilst Joe Stringfellow and Daron Underwood took three wickets each. Opener Andy Matthews made 37 as the visitors knocked off the runs in 30 overs. In a mid-table battle, Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths beat Stocksbridge 2nds by 13 runs at Woolley. After choosing to bat first, the hosts reached 171-8; Stocksbridge were then all out for 158, Chris Ogley top-scoring with 46 and Firoz Ghafori taking 4-46. The two bottom clubs, Frecheville Community 2nds and Mexborough Athletic 2nds, who are both relegated, met at the Hobson Bowl, where the visitors, who elected to bat first, were all out for 51, Abid Dad taking 5-30. The hosts needed only 12.1 overs to score the required runs, for the loss of two wickets. The game between Eden Grove Parklands and Sprotbrough 3rds at Eden Grove was abandoned when the visitors were 58-4, chasing 139 to win. Earlier, keeper Simon Trott made 58 out of his side’s 138-9, and there were three wickets each for Dan Clarke and Eric Brown, whilst Savneet Singh Sudan had made 38 of the visitors’ reply. Houghton Main 2nds conceded their game with Millhouses Works 2nds
Division 8 
Adwick-le-Street have taken the final promotion place after beating promoted Doncaster Town 4ths by eight wickets at Adwick Park. The visitors were 138-9 after being put in to bat, Alfie Gudgin making 45. Opener Luke Bishop made 59 and Nick Bisby 56 not out as Adwick reached their target in then 30th over. Champions Upper Haugh 3rds beat Worsbrough Bridge 2nds at Park Road by 45 runs. The visitors were all out for 168, skipper Tim Whitehouse making 45 and Mubeen Kazmi 48, whilst Jackson Taylor took 7-37. In reply, the hosts were all out for 123, Adam Perry taking 5-12. Monk Bretton 2nds beat Norton Woodseats 2nds by 45 runs at Matthews Lane. Asked to bat first, Monk Bretton were all out for 143, opener Ben Davis making 53, whilst Taza Gul Mughal took 4-19 and Aman Hussain 3-14. In reply, Woodseats were all out for 98, Andy Taylor and Colin Deakin taking three wickets apiece. Finally, Rockingham Colliery 3rds beat relegated Silkstone United 2nds by 172 runs at Stainborough. Steve Taylor made 53 off 37 balls for the hosts, sharing an eighth-wicket stand of 81 with Maiya Charlesworth (38 not out), in his sides’ 204-9. Simon Grindle then took 3-4 in three overs as the visitors were bowled out for 32. 
Division 9 
Promoted Barnby Dun 2nds beat Fishlake 2nds by nine wickets at Glass Park after the visitors were all out for 104, of which Jack Blenkin scored 50 and James Copley took 5-28. Barnby Dun needed only 14 overs to get the runs required for the loss of one wicket, with Dale Lattimore (54 not out) putting on 82 in an unbroken second-wicket stand with Michael Fell. Another promoted side, Kexborough 2nds did not fare so well, being bowled out by fourth-placed Dearne for 76 at Bence Lane, Paul Rollinson and Jamie McTaggart taking three wickets each. Andrew Greaves then took 5-25 when the visitors replied, but they still got home by four wickets in the 24th over. Scholes & Harley 2nds beat Eden Grove Parklands 2nds by 33 runs at Scholes after being all out for 154, Chris Williams making 58 whilst Kieran Marklew and Thomas Harte took three wickets apiece. In reply, the visitors were all out for 121, Neil Hemming taking 4-26 and Ben Wathen 3-24. Connor McLeod took 4-17 as Whiston Forge 2nds bowled Brookhouse 2nds out for 96 at Rose Lane; Jawad Khan (3-21) and Raju Reddy (6-34) then making the visitors fight every inch of the way as they won by just one wicket in 26 overs. 
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