Round-up of league games played on 1 & 2 July
Posted on 4th July 2023 at 09:04
It is ‘as you were’ at the top of the Premier Division with wins for the top three sides. Tickhill were put int to bat by Wakefield Thornes at Alderson Drive, where James Stuart (79) got the hosts off to a brisk start, and then Connor Fisher (69) and Ben Mike (53 off 35 balls) added 75 for the fourth wicket. Jawad Akhtar took 5-55 as the hosts were bowled out for 281. Thornes needed a good start, but Imran Khan (4-45) took the first four wickets with just 74 on the board, and although Akhtar (45), Matty Taylor (31) and Imran Mahboob (30 not out) offered middle order resistance, Liam Guthrie (3-43) returned to ensure there was no late challenge, and the visitors were all out for 221. Jaden Fell (59 off 50 balls) ensured that Doncaster Town made a positive start after electing to bat first against Aston Hall. Jack Shutt (71) and George Fisher (46) weighed in with 88 for the third wicket, and Charlie Kaye hit 30 off 17 balls as the hosts amassed 284-7. Niaz Khan took 3-55 for the visitors, who were soon in trouble at 52-6 in their reply. Rob Ward (59) led the resistance, before Adam Clarke (41 not out) put on an unbroken ninth-wicket stand of 70 with Hasan Bin Shahab. But it was not enough, and the visitors closed on 209-8. Jack Timby (101 not out off 111 balls) was the mainstay of Sheffield Collegiate’s 237-5 against Whitley Hall, after they were put in to bat at Baxter Field. He added 80 for the third wicket with Shaaiq Choudhry (59), whilst Biswick Kapala took 3-56 for the hosts. In Whitley’s reply, Matthew Thompson hit 82 off 98 balls, and although they were in a good position when they needed 92 with seven wickets and almost half the overs left, Jamie Carrington (6-41) precipitated a collapse, and the visitors completed a 35-run win. Appleby Frodingham lost ground on the top three when they were surprisingly beaten by Hallam after putting their hosts in to bat at Crimicar. When Matt Harris took 5-34 and the hosts were all out for 130, all looked to be going to plan for the champions, but James Smedley (4-31), Jay Singh (3-16) and Joe Cooper (3-14) combined superbly to bowl the visitors out for just 64, and complete a memorable second successive win for Hallam. Making up the top half of the table are Barnsley Woolley Miners, who enjoyed their day at the seaside, registering a 93-run win over Cleethorpes, who dropped into the bottom half of the table for the first time this season. Sheryaar Ali (62) and Jake Weatherald (88) put on 137 for the second wicket, and, although the rest of the innings was an anti-climax, the visitors reached 223 all out, whilst Mayank Mishra took 3-57 for the hosts. In reply, Cleethorpes were soon 36-4, and although Bill Kirby (40) and skipper Ian Mansfield (50 not out) offered some resistance, Adam Copley (3-40) and Harvey Round (3-25) helped bowl them out for 130. Finally, Elsecar climbed above Whitley Hall into ninth place after a 57-run win over Treeton after they were put in to bat at the Al-Murad Stadium. After Bilal Anjam had made 59 off 63 balls to get the hosts off to a positive start, Tanzeel Ali (46) and Joe Denby (45 off 29 balls) then took them to 246 all out, Vinnie Ogden taking 5-79 for the visitors. Treeton made a poor start against Moin Ashraf (3-61) and Taruwar Kohli (3-33) and were 52-4, and although Sam Drury (30) and Charlie Bourne (45) gave their side some hope, they were left with too much to do, and were all out for 189.
The big game in the division was at Middlecliffe Lane, where Cawthorne leapfrogged overnight division leaders Houghton Main to take a two-point lead at the top. After electing to bat first, Mike Jepps (70) played a captain’s innings for the visitors, and with support from Luke Ogden (33 against his old club) and Amir Shazad (37) took them to 230 all out; Vikas Dixit (4-78) and Danish Hussain (4-29) the most successful bowlers for the hosts. Methushan Thilina (6-63) then proved the match-winner for Cawthorne, whilst skipper Michael Brown (42) and Hussain (32) top-scored for the hosts, who were bowled out for 163. Only two points behind the leaders are Doncaster Town 2nds, who had a two-wicket win over Sprotbrough at Melton Road. The hosts struggled against Joe Gallagher (4-30) and skipper Warren Graca (3-20), and were restricted to 168-9; Thomas Langley (44 not out) helping them recover from 82-7. After Sadrian Ward (3-37) had taken three early wickets, Gallagher (50) then helped Robert Grace (47) add a crucial 80 for the fourth wicket, and the visitors got home with two wickets and seven overs to spare. Wickersley Old Village are joint-third after a high-scoring win over Darfield at School Lane. Vishvaraj Jadeja’s unbeaten 197 off 146 balls (24 fours and six sixes) makes him the League’s top run-scorer this season, and he added 161 for the second wicket with Mark Cummins (64) as the visitors amassed 318-3. In reply, Will Scott made 105 not out off 117 balls, but until Saman Kursheed (51) came in at number eight to help him add 96 for the seventh wicket, he lacked support, and the hosts closed on 223-8. Iftikhar Afzal did most damage to the middle order, with 3-16 in eight overs. Another centurion was Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds’ keeper Ciaran Stenton (123 off 133 balls), who added 200 for his side’s second wicket with Gurnoor Singh (89) in their 266-5 against Shiregreen at Shaw Lane. The visitors made a good fist of a difficult task, falling just six short at 260-7 in their reply. Keeper Bilal Afzal (42), skipper Aslam Hyat (58) and Ibrahim Safi (67 not out) were all amongst the runs, whilst Max Heseltine took 3-32 for the hosts. Whiston Parish Church put bottom club Conisbrough in to bat at Park Road, but after getting half their hosts out for 85, the visitors encountered strong resistance from Hamzah Ilyas (108 off 107 balls), and he had good support from skipper Buddhika Sanjeewa (32) and Scott Lowe (38). Sam Drabble (5-50) and Harsha Rajapaksha (3-78) did most damage for Whiston. In reply, Gareth Davis scored 45 at the top of the order, and Rajapaksha made 89 off 70 balls in the middle, but they fell nine runs short against Aaron Lowe (3-75) and Sanjeewa (4-59). At Abbeydale, half-centuries from Michael Goodchild (51) and Lewis Hogg (52), who came together in a second-wicket stand of 104, enabled Sheffield Collegiate 2nds to compile 191-9 against Wath, for whom Michael Bates and Rob Barlow took three wickets apiece. Tate Miller took 6-36 when the visitors replied, and they were bowled out for 108, James Barnard top-scoring with 38.
Ackworth lost their 100% record to Aston Hall 2nds, who bowled them out for 163 at Green Lane. Henry Renshaw took 5-39 for the hosts, and opener John Wood (48) and Ian Wood (30) were the main run-scorers for the visitors. Mark Barnard (72 not out) and Nasir Omar (59) put on 111 for the third wicket to help their side to a seven-wicket win in 30 overs. Oughtibridge War Memorial dropped from second to fifth after a 111-run defeat against Wakefield Thornes 2nds at Field Lane. Keeper Nicholas England (157 off 158 balls) scored his fourth league century of the season, sharing in an opening stand of 244 with Arsh Gupta (110), as Thornes reached 294-6, Sam Patel and Will Cooper taking three wickets apiece. The visitors were then bowled out for 183, despite the efforts of Naveed Asif (37) and Joseph Boyden (64), whilst the wickets were shared amongst the hosts’ six bowlers. Jon Trower (70) and Jack Hall (66) put on 144 for Coal Aston's first wicket after they were put in to bat by Rotherham Town at Clifton Lane. Benjamin Hall added 55 as the visitors racked up 267-8, whilst Zaheer Mahmood took 4-77 for the hosts. Shaun Trower then took 4-39 as Town were dismissed for 173, Shezad Shah and Ishaq Shenwari top-scoring with 31 each. There was a League record opening partnership at Bawtry Road, where Sheffield United put Rockingham Colliery in to bat, and Harry Grindle (110 not out off 145 balls) and Benjamin Dalton (139 not out off 159 balls) took them to 261-0 in their 50 overs. Richard Skipworth then took 4-44 as the hosts were restricted to 219-9 in reply, Zaki Anjam (61) and Aadam Hussain (53) the main run-scorers. Whitley Hall 2nds held on to sixth place after a 61-run win over Wickersley Old Village 2nds at Northfield Lane. After being put in to bat, the visitors were 77-4 before William Turner (74) and keeper Alfie Bell (56) put on 103 for the fifth wicket. Jack Eggleston took 3-34 as Whitley were bowled out for 262. In their reply, Eggleston top-scored with 61, but only Rob Jones of his team-mates reached 30, and there were three wickets each for Rehan Khan (3-26) and Sam Chatterton (3-42) as the hosts were bowled out for 201. Finally, Upper Haugh had a big win over bottom club Green Moor at Wentworth Road. After Ali Asghar had made 36 at the top of the order, Samuel Thompson (40) and Connor Sanderson (84) put on 122 for the fourth wicket to help the hosts reach 260 all out, whilst Daniel Airstone took 7-66 for the visitors. Habil Arshad then took 7-22 as Green Moor were dismissed for 51 in their reply.
Unbeaten Division 2 leaders Warmsworth tied their game against Parkhead at Common Lane. Rohan Ardley top-scored with 36 after the visitors had chosen to bat first and were all out for 124, Lewis Brown taking 6-36 for the hosts. In reply, the leaders were 64-6 before Liam Cottam (36) took them to the brink of victory, being ninth out with eight wanted. With the scores level, Paul Green was caught off Chris Turner (4-62) going for the winning hit. Harry Pollard took the bowling honours with 5-36. Tickhill 2nds are now joint-top after a big win away to Norton Oakes. Peter Mawdsley (58) and skipper Nick Page (54) helped their side to 160-5, before James Waller hit 81 off 68 balls to take them up to 300 all out. Callum East (4-77) and Iwan Hutchings (3-42) were the most successful bowlers. Opener Joshua Cross made 36 in Oakes’ reply before becoming the third victim of Louis Botha (3-37) at 65-3, and when four wickets then fell for seven runs there was no way back for the hosts, who were all out for 117. Elsecar 2nds were beaten by Treeton 2nds at Washfield Road and are now 36 points adrift of the leaders in third place. Bilal Imtiaz (59) got the hosts off to a good start, sharing a 75-run opening stand with Adam Hardy, before keeper James Hobson (75 not out) and skipper Ryan Hardy (42 not out) put on an unbroken 89-run fifth wicket stand to take their side to 237-4. When the visitors replied, Jon Boden (4-32) helped reduce them to 89-6 before Christopher Pedler (34) raised hopes, but Liam Curtis (3-26) mopped up the tail and they were all out for 151. At Smithywood Road, prolific run-scorer Mateo Boulogne (85) led Thorpe Hesley & High Green to 239-8 against Norton Woodseats, despite Shazad Hussain’s 5-40. The latter also top-scored with 71 when the visitors replied, whilst Hafeez Ali (4-27) and Garvin Serieux (4-53) did most of the damage as Woodseats were bowled out for 212. Hallam 2nds are up to fifth after a very convincing win over Hatfield Town at Carr Side Lane. After choosing to bat first, Jamie Stone (35) and skipper Nick Cooper (37) put on 52 for the first wicket, but the hosts bowled themselves right back in to the game at 127-7 before William Coates (61) and Arjith Ravi (41 not out) added 112 for the eighth wicket to take the visitors to 249-9. When Hatfield replied, only Alec Elliott (63 not out) had much answer to the Hallam attack, and Cooper (4-36) took the honours as they were bowled out for 167. Bottom club Penistone gained a much-needed 12 points by beating Sheffield Collegiate 3rds at Abbeydale. Having been put in to bat, the hosts were in deep trouble at 51-7 and rallied only briefly before being all out for 109. Chris Walmsley took 4-24 and Matt Scholey 3-17 for the visitors. Connor Smythe (40) then led the way to a Penistone win by seven wickets in 26 overs.
The two leaders in Division 3 both won to maintain their big lead over the rest. Monk Bretton had a straightforward win over Stocksbridge at the Castle Ground, where the visitors were bowled out for 101 after choosing to bat first. Steven Honeyman (3-23) and Dominic Fell (3-39) were the chief wicket-takers before Luke Bullingham (62 not out) and Chris Schofield (34 not out) took the hosts to a ten-wicket win in the 20th over. Wath 2nds’ win over Kexborough at Moor Road was equally convincing in the end, although they had to survive a scare when they were 56-7 after being put in to bat. Robert Mynett (3-57) and Adam Robinson (5-22) did the early damage, but Mark Barlow (72) and Stephen Johnson (43) rescued the hosts with an eighth-wicket stand of 96, and took their side to 169-9. When the visitors’ replied, Barlow took 3-27 and Sam Whitlam 3-25, and they were all out for 94. The chasing pack can only keep winning and hope the leaders slip up, and the next three clubs in the table all did that. Cawthorne 2nds bowled Frecheville Community out for 130 at Dark Lane, with Lewis Skelly taking 3-13, before skipper Ryan Bagshaw (36) and Callum McCarthy (39) led them to a seven-wicket win with 17 overs to spare. Keeper Richard Everitt (37) and Aryan Singh (70) got Oughtibridge War Memorial 2nds off to a good start against Millhouses Works at Waterside Gardens with a stand of 55; Singh then added 83 with Adil Nasim (49) for the third wicket and 76 with Sharukh Khan (50) for the fourth; and the home side posted 231-5. With Peter Chamberlain making 33, Callum Simpson 56 and Noah Ellis 34, the visitors reached 152-4 in reply, but five wickets then fell for 23 and they were all out for 196. Dilshan Sukumar took 4-61 and Azahat Saleem 3-58. Worsbrough Bridge had a very comfortable win over Bradfield Village Fellowship at Park Road. Skipper Alex Littlewood (59) rescued the hosts from 36-3 before Mark Wilkinson (52 not out) and Liam Levitt (62 off 20 balls with four fours and seven sixes) blasted a quickfire 81 for the sixth wicket and helped the hosts to 236-7. Levitt completed a remarkable game with 6-50 and Liam Hague took 3-52 as the visitors were bowled out for 109, of which Harrison Lee made an unbeaten 44. Finally, at the Common, Caribbean Sports bowled Sprotbrough 2nds out for 149, which would have been much worse but for keeper Daniel Swales (53) and Michael Threapleton (40), who added 63 for the eighth wicket. Saad Bashir (4-23) and Waqas Mahroof (3-42) did most of the damage for the hosts. Mazar Sharif (36) and Andre Jackson (59 not out) then put on 73 for Caribbean’s second wicket to set up their seven-wicket win in the 39th over.
Leaders Thorncliffe & Wentworth were pushed hard by Wombwell Main at the Auction House Stadium before recording a 12-run win. At one stage the visitors were 125-8, but Thomas Brown (31) and a last wicket stand of 35 between Charlie Schofield and Callum Pearce took them up to 183, whilst Majid Aziz was the outstanding performer for the hosts with 7-54. It was a similar story in the second innings as the hosts slumped to 101-8, but skipper Richard Batty (41 at number 9) took his side to just 12 runs short of their target, whilst Jack Pearson took 6-53 for Thorncliffe. Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds put Rockingham Colliery 2nds in to bat at Hoyland Common, and once they had broken the second wicket stand of 109 between Tyler Jowitt (64) and Joe Evans (53), they gained the ascendency and restricted their hosts to 189-9, skipper Alex Gough taking 5-38. Gough (36), Alfie Gosney (36) and Anthony Godley (61 not out off 45 balls) then took their side to a five-wicket win with 14 balls to spare. Visitors Sheffield Collegiate 4ths clocked up a respectable 200-6 against Handsworth Junior SC at Oliver’s Mount; Charlie Wall (36), Ben Jackson (71) and keeper Matthew Butler (31 not out) the top-scorers for the visitors. But when Handsworth replied, Waqas Ali (50) and Mahmood Hussain (49) put on 96 for the second wicket and Mohammed Fiaz (41) and Mirza Ali (37 not out) 70 for the fourth, as the hosts won with six wickets and five overs to spare. Doncaster Town 3rds are level with Handsworth in third place, and they had a 39-run win over Whiston Parish Church 2nds at Church Fields. After being put in to bat, the visitors reached 187-7, thanks mainly to Jack Zuurbier (44) and Jak Hotchkiss (64), whilst Aura Kent took 4-44 for the hosts. Benjamin Taylor then returned figures of 7-4-12-4 as Whiston were all out for 148 in reply, Mussa Chaudhry top-scoring with 64. At Royd Lane, Andrew Wood (59), keeper George Deegan (37) and Alex Morris (63 not out) took Higham to 229-5 against Upper Haugh 2nds. Gareth Kilburn then took 5-43 and Andrew Wood 3-51 as the visitors were all out for 215, of which Josh Heenan (65) and Gurvinder Singh (56) made 98 in a third-wicket stand, and William Adams contributed 31 from number eight. Finally, two of the sides fighting to avoid relegation, Silkstone United and Barnby Dun, met at Barnsley Road, where the hosts asked their visitors to bat, and bowled them out for 156. Christopher Barraclough (5-36) took five of the first six wickets to fall as Barnby Dun slid to 61-8, before James Brooks (52 at number nine) and James Copley added 70 for the ninth wicket to give themselves something to bowl at. Silkstone did not find it easy, but a fifth wicket stand of 67 between skipper Jakob Taylor (75) and Finlay Allen (37) settled the game in their favour, and they reached their target with four wickets and two overs to spare.
Division 5’s overnight leaders Conisbrough 2nds suffered only their second defeat of the season. After asking their hosts, Fishlake, to bat first and bowling them out for 136, largely thanks to Craig Jackson (3-23) and Liam Stainthorpe (3-42), they would have felt confident, but James Yeaman (4-19) and Frederick Stevens (6-15) shot them out for 35 – not a single visiting batsman reaching double figures. Conisbrough’s defeat opened the way for Hallam 3rds to take over at the top of the table after beating Sheffield United 2nds at Sandygate. Moneeb Ahmed (69) and Nathan Rao (54) added 111 for the fourth wicket to rescue their side from 24-3 and Neil Stewart contributed 64 off 49 balls to take them to 257-6. Only when Khizer Rafiq and Hasan Yasin (45) were adding 67 for the fourth wicket did the visitors threaten, but when they were parted, five wickets fell for 38 and they were finally all out for 227. Coal Aston 2nds are fourth after a very comfortable win over Rotherham Town 2nds at Stonelow. Edward Rabjohn took 6-20 to help bowl the visitors out for 111 after they had chosen to bat first. Zac Trower then hit an unbeaten 79 off 47 balls as his side charged to victory in the 16th over with eight wickets to spare. Shiregreen 2nds moved up to fifth after beating Darfield 2nds by 62 runs at the Common. After being put in to bat, the hosts reached 245-7 thanks to a third-wicket stand of 162 between skipper Nazam Mohammed (96) and Zeeshan Ahmed (82), whilst Declan Dickinson took 5-62 for the visitors. When Darfield replied, skipper Jordan Watson made 46 and Jack Waldron 31, but they lost wickets too regularly against a varied attack and were restricted to 183-8. A remarkable game at Queen Street saw two hat-tricks, one for each side, and Maltby Miners Welfare picked up a valuable 12 points in their battle to avoid relegation. They asked Penistone 2nds to bat first, and Liam Woodward returned the League’s best bowling of the season with 9-22 in 9.5 overs, including a hat-trick, as the hosts were all out for 95. Paul Pendle and keeper Callum Fuller (41) put on 66 for the visitors’ first wicket in reply, but although Marcus Hoyland caused them a stutter when he also took a hat-trick in his 4-33, they still reached their target with five wickets to spare in the 21st over. Skipper Iain MacDonald (65) and Stephen Hague (79 not out) put on 130 for Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds’ second wicket in their 198-3 against Whiston Forge at Guilthwaite Hill, Matthew Beevers (3-63) taking all three wickets to fall. But Robert Horton (34) and Sam Cooper (45) put on 65 for the hosts’ second wicket and keeper Cade Darwin contributed 40, as they reached their target with two wickets and 15 balls to spare, Andy Barlow taking 3-49 for the visitors.
Leaders Ackworth 2nds got back to winning ways with a five-wicket win over Whitley Hall 3rds to leapfrog their visitors back to the top of the table. Charlie Wragg (36), skipper Nelson Windle (45) and Harry Taylor (31) were in then runs for the visitors as they reached 153-7, but an unbeaten 53 from Kevin Booth gave the hosts a five-wicket win with 13 overs in hand. Third-placed Sheffield University Staff bowled close neighbours Norton Oakes 2nds out for 61 at Warminster Road, thanks to Liam Gray (3-18) and Aden Biddle (4-15). Chiraag Pandya was unbeaten on 32 when the Staff passed their target for the loss of two wickets in 14 overs. Waqar Hussain (55) and Saiful Alam Nury (70 not out) helped Handsworth Junior SC 2nds to 216-9 against Mexborough Athletic at the Beecroft Estates ground, skipper Tommy Hyde taking 3-29 for the hosts. Hyde then made 92 in Athletic’s reply, sharing stands of 69 with Elliot Hunt (31) for the first wicket and 121 with Kripal Singh (63) for the second, as his side recorded a seven-wicket win in just 31 overs to move into fourth place. At Thorncliffe, Wickersley Old Village 3rds were restricted to 127-4 in their 40 overs by Caribbean Sports 2nds. Opener Adam Bashford made 46 for the hosts, but they were 74-4 when Samuel Heathcote and Darren Pugh (31 not out) came together in an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 53 to give them something to bowl at. But it was nowhere near enough, and Shabaz Qadeer (58 not out) and Hasan Ali (36 not out) enjoyed an unbroken third wicket stand of 81 to steer their side to an eight-wicket win in the 26th over. Higham 2nds put Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds in to bat at the Sands and bowled them out for 138, five bowlers sharing the wickets and David Fearnley (34) and skipper Craig Shepherd (31) top-scoring for the hosts. Michael Dixon (30), keeper Anthony White (57 not out) and Paul Wroe (36 not out) were all in the runs when the visitors eased home by nine wickets in the 35th over. Finally, Brookhouse posted an impressive 231-4 against Green Moor 2nds at Hill Top Lane, Matthew Green (67) dominating the first part of the innings before skipper Thomas Snow (38 not out) and John Pinkos (62 not out) applied acceleration, whilst Jake Sharp took 3-46 for the hosts. Thomas Green took 3-37 to help the visitors restrict Green Moor to 134-9 in reply, a score that would have been much worse but for Nick Peace’s unbeaten 53 at number seven.
Leaders Hatfield Town 2nds lost their unbeaten record in Division 7 in spectacular style. Their hosts, Millhouses Works 2nds, posted 198-4 with skipper Nick Atrill (39) and John Woods (51) putting on 92 for the first wicket and Kieran Mallett (33 not out) and Amir Riaz (37 not out) an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 67. Carl Walton took 3-35 for the visitors, who were then shot out for 35 by Joe Endacott (5-12) and Zach Belfield (3-0 off seven balls). Stocksbridge 2nds moved up to second after a hard-fought win over Sprotbrough 3rds at Bracken Moor. Skipper Robbie Graves (41) top-scored in the visitors’ 135-8, but his side found runs hard to come by against a tight attack in which Rowan Brearley took 3-39 and Callum Haywood conceded only eleven runs in ten overs. The hosts did not find run-scoring any easier, and were 55-5 before keeper Matt Hague (31) and the lower order took them to victory by two wickets in the 35th over, Dan Clarke taking 3-31 for the visitors. Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths had a big win over Mexborough Athletic 2nds at Woolley, skipper Craig Wilkes (76) leading from the front and Harveer Batth (43) and Richard Ledger (45 not out) taking them to 205-5; Tony Singh (3-28) and Harry Egginton (3-7) then helped bowl the visitors out for 102, of which skipper Charlie Whitehead made 37. Relegation-threatened Frecheville Community 2nds had an invaluable win over mid-table Scholes & Harley at the Hobson Bowl. Having been put in to bat, the hosts’ 153-6 owed a great deal to a second-wicket stand of 120 between skipper Ben Shirt Clarkson (58) and Louis Fairest (66), whilst Jamie Oliver took 4-16 in nine overs for the visitors. In their reply, Scholes were bowled out just five runs short of their target. Abid Dad (3-30) and Adam Gibson (4-33) were the chief destroyers, whilst Callum Sverdloff top-scored with 39 for the visitors. Houghton Main 2nds are in sixth place after a four-wicket win away to Eden Grove Parklands. Bradley Nicholson (34) and Ashley Grace (42) helped the hosts to 80-1, but Adil Muhammed then took 4-34 to help bowl them out for 141. Kye Jay Kitching (49) top-scored in the visitors’ reply, and they reached their target for the loss of six wickets in the 36th over, Ithshaam Akram taking 3-28 for the hosts.
Upper Haugh 3rds increased their lead at the top of Division 8 to 30 points after a nine-wicket win over Rockingham Colliery 3rds at Stainborough. They put the hosts in to bat and bowled them out for 60 with Joe Platts taking 4-14 and Lucas Hawke 4-7, before knocking off the required runs for the loss of one wicket in the 13th over. Adwick-le-Street are up to joint-third after beating Monk Bretton 2nds at Adwick Park. Carl Newbold took 3-48 as the visitors were bowled out for 155 after choosing to bat first, Jenson Hayes (45) and James Wainwright (44) their main run-scorers. Luke Bishop (77) then led the hosts to a five-wicket win with an over to spare. Wombwell Main 2nds remain level with Adwick after beating bottom side Thorncliffe & Wentworth 2nds at Wentworth. Skipper Joseph Smedley (52) and Anupa Piyadigamage (37) were the main run-scorers as the hosts reached 171 all out, whilst Henry Skelton took 4-56 for the visitors. In reply, Wombwell slipped to 112-7 as Garry Dawber took 4-20, but skipper Rob Owen and Adam Carnall (35 not out) came together in an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 60 to see them to victory with three wickets and three overs to spare. Finally, in a relegation battle at Matthews Lane, Norton Woodseats 2nds overcame Silkstone United 2nds by three wickets. After choosing to bat first, the visitors were all out for 127, with Sheril Philip taking 6-23. In reply, Woodseats were 11-3, but keeper Nehdi Naqvi (39) and Abu-Bakr Rasool put on a crucial fourth wicket stand of 79 to set their side up for a four-wicket win in the 34th over.
Kexborough 2nds had a comfortable win over Whiston Forge 2nds at Bence Lane after being put in to bat and posting 217-6. James McNair was their top-scorer with 83 not out and he had good support from Alfie Holmes (38). Charlie McNicholas then took 3-21 as the visitors were bowled out for 133, Ritish Sasikumar contributing 36. Fourth-placed Fishlake 2nds missed an opportunity to close the gap on the leaders when they were beaten by Brookhouse 2nds in a thriller at Rose Lane. The hosts were put in to bat and bowled out for 136, a total that was only made possible by Jawad Khan scoring an unbeaten 50 at number nine. Keith Bee (3-20) and Jeff Dinsdale (4-27) did most of the damage for the visitors. But when Fishlake batted, they too made a poor start, losing three early wickets to Khan, then rallied through Devon Slack (37), before collapsing against Stuart Stubbins (5-28) to lose by one run. There was a short game at Scholes, where Scholes & Harley 2nds put Dearne in to bat and bowled them out for 25, thanks mainly to Hasan Ali (3-8) and Betty Bell (3-12), before knocking off the required runs for the loss of one wicket in the fourth over. On Sunday, Elsecar 3rds extended their unbeaten record when they beat Eden Grove Parklands 2nds at the Al-Murad. Joe Pearson (7.3-3-8-4) and Ewan Bennett (7-3-8-3) helped them bowl the visitors out for 73, and before the same two combined to knock off the required runs without loss in the eighth over – Pearson finishing unbeaten on 30 and Bennett on 44.
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