Round-up of league games played on 19 & 20 August
Posted on 22nd August 2023 at 11:56
Nicholas Associates Premier Division
Leaders Sheffield Collegiate took a big step towards their first Premier League title since 2001, when they beat three-times YSPL champions Wakefield Thornes at Field Lane. Having been put in to bat, Abdul Faseeh (60) and Shaaiq Choudhry (68) led Collegiate to 236-6 before Henry Eldred helped the visitors to a 40-run success with three wickets, despite 41 each from Joe Billings and Matty Taylor. Second-placed Tickhill kept up the pressure at the top with a 62-run win over strugglers Hallam at Alderson Drive. Harry Swindells (62) and keeper Jordan Lowe (77) top-scored as the hosts clocked up 241-9 after deciding to bat first, despite 5-69 by visiting skipper James Smedley. When the visitors replied, Imran Khan took three wickets and they were bowled out for 179. Doncaster Town kept hold of third place despite a narrow defeat at the hands of Elsecar at Town Fields. After being put in to bat, only Bilal Anjam (58) batted with any freedom as the visitors were bowled out for 179, Joe Gallagher taking 4-38. But when the hosts replied, they found batting no easier, as Taruwar Kohli took 4-25 in 14 overs, and fell two short at 177-8, with Jaden Fell (73) and Gallagher (47) their chief run-scorers. Reigning champions Appleby Frodingham recorded a nine-run win away to bottom club Aston Hall at Green Lane. Hassan Bin Shahab dominated the first innings with 8-48 plus a run out, and only the visitors top three, Alex Grimes (47), Drew Silvester (42) and Jordan Neil (48) enabled them to reach 173-9 after they were put in to bat. In reply, Lewis Sansome (39 off 36 balls at the top of the order) got the hosts off to a brisk start, but five wickets fell for 20 and only Johannes Bothma (53) at number eight threatened to take Aston to a much-needed win. However, after he was out they were all out for 164, Matthew Harris taking 4-43. Treeton overtook their opponents Cleethorpes to move back into the top half of the table, with a five-run win at Chichester Road. Steve Foster’s 77 was the match-winning innings after the visitors had elected to bat, helping them to reach 178-6. The hosts lost half their side for 57, and despite the efforts of David Mansfield (49 not out) fell five short on 173-9. Skipper Beck Frostick (52) and Stevie Walters (53) took Barnsley Woolley Miners to 217-9 after they elected to bat first against Whitley Hall at Shaw Lane, despite 5-36 from Biswick Kapala. Three wickets each from spin twins Ali Jahangir and Ollie Jackson then helped the hosts to a 66-run win as the visitors were all out for 151.
The eagerly-awaited meeting of the top two, Cawthorne and Wickersley Old Village, at Dark Lane turned out to be a one-sided affair. Mark Cummins took 4-48 as the hosts were bowled out for 116, after electing to bat first. Harvey Wootton then hit an unbeaten 100 off 57 balls, Cummins playing second fiddle as his side raced to victory without loss of wicket in the 17th over. Doncaster Town 2nds moved up to third after beating bottom side Conisbrough by 60 runs after being put in to bat at Park Road. This was despite the Premier Section’s best bowling figures this season, 9-58, being returned by the hosts’ Buddhika Sanjeewa, and only Bradley Heaps (47) really got to grips with his bowling. Replying to the visitors’ modest 162 all out, the hosts were all out for 102, Sanjeewa himself top-scoring with 41, whilst Kushal Shah took 4-19 for Town. Houghton Main retained fifth place after a low-scoring game at home to Sprotbrough. The hosts were 65-7 after electing to bat first, but Arnav Javagal (38) took them up to 129 all out, whilst Daniel Wright (4-20) was the chief destroyer. When the visitors replied, Vikas Dixit took 5-17 to help bowl them out for 97. Next-to-bottom Wath gave themselves hope with an eight-wicket win over promotion-hopefuls Shiregreen at Moor Road. Rob Barlow (8.4-3-10-5) led the way as the hosts bowled their visitors out for 92, and they reached their target in 28 overs. Skipper Gareth Davis (65) top-scored for Whiston Parish Church as they reached 203-9 after being put in to bat by Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds at Church Fields. In a tense finish, the visitors fell three runs short with just one wicket left, despite the efforts of Jordon Slattery, with 46 not out off 41 balls to add to his three first-innings wickets. At Abbeydale, George Bartlett (79) and Thomas Currie (54 not out) led Sheffield Collegiate 2nds to 176-4 after they decided to bat first, and Bartlett then returned 5-45 as Darfield were all out for 160, last man Jake Marshall top-scoring with an unbeaten 36 after the visitors lost four wickets for seven runs to slump to 107-9.
Congratulations to Ackworth, who secured promotion to the Premier Section with a 69-run win over second-bottom side Wickersley Old Village 2nds at Northfield Lane. After winning the toss and chosing to bat, the visitors made 270 all out, Shingi Masakadza scoring 137 off 112 balls (eleven 4s and eleven 6s), whilst Ian Wood made 46 and six bowlers shared the wickets. Dale Longfield took 4-38 when the hosts replied, and they were all out for 201, despite Nathan Taylor’s 61. In the race to join Ackworth, Rockingham Colliery are in pole position after their nine-wicket win over Green Moor at Hoyland Common. The visitors won the toss and chose to bat, but were all out for 68 in 35 overs, Richard Skipworth returning figures of 9.4-5-16-5. Rockingham took just seven overs to make the runs and lost only one wicket, Tinashe Muchawaya ending on 50 not out. Oughtibridge War Memorial are 14 points behind Rockingham after comfortably beating relegation-threatened Coal Aston by 101 runs at Stonelow. The visitors won the toss and chose to bat, making 188-9, Will Cooper contributing 45 runs from 42 balls. Coal Aston were then all out for 87 in 36 overs, Tuffail Dar and Sam Patel taking three wickets each. Aston Hall 2nds are level with Oughtibridge after losing to Rotherham Town by 19 runs at Clifton Lane. The hosts won the toss, elected to bat, and reached 161 all out, Matthew Fidler top-scoring with 50 and Tom Coulson taking 4-39. The visitors were then bowled out for 142, despite 65 from Mainak Ray, as Jawad Saleem took 5-19 in 11.1 overs. Wakefield Thornes 2nds are still in touch in fifth place after beating Sheffield United by two wickets at Bawtry Road. The hosts were all out for 124 after being put in to bat; Linal Fonseka making 52 and Brad Green taking the last four wickets to finish with 4-28. Thornes lost eight wickets before passing their target in 33 overs. In a mid-table battle at Baxter Field, Upper Haugh beat Whitley Hall 2nds by six wickets after putting their hosts in to bat and bowling them out for 93, Samuel Thompson taking 5-21. Despite losing four wickets, Upper Haugh took just 17 overs to get the runs, with Connor Sanderson 37 not out off 23 balls.
Warmsworth confirmed their return to Division 1 with a four-wicket win over bottom club Norton Woodseats at Common Lane. Woodseats won the toss, elected to bat and made 181 for 6, Elliot Metcalfe contributing 41 not out from 33 balls. In their reply, the hosts reached 184 for 6 with one over to spare, thanks to Andrew Haywood (68) and Rhys Mann (52 not out). Tickhill 2nds are 12 points behind the leaders in second, and they beat fourth-placed Hallam 2nds at Crimicar by 19 runs. Put in to bat, the visitors were all out for 185, Nathaniel Wilkes scoring 46, whilst Nick Cooper and Alex Coates took three wickets each. In reply, the hosts were all out for 166, Jack Unwin scoring 62 and Neil Conchie taking 4-41 for the victors. Elsecar 2nds, 14 points clear of the field in third, beat relegation-threatened Penistone by nine wickets at the Al Murad Stadium. Put in to bat, Penistone were all out for 109, with Enzo Campagna, Andrew Ivill and Daniel Lister taking three wickets each. In their reply, the hosts passed their target for the loss of one wicket in 31 overs, thanks to Kieran Higgins (51) and Callum Johnson (49 not out). Thorpe Hesley & High Green still have an outside chance of promotion after beating Treeton 2nds by seven wickets at Washfield Lane. The visitors won the toss, chose to bowl, and bowled Treeton out for 137, Alex Sunderland taking 5-37. Thorpe Hesley then lost three wickets in knocking off the required runs in the 31st over, opener Daniel Naylor carrying his bat for an unbeaten 27 off 90 balls. Sixth-placed Hatfield Town beat Sheffield Collegiate 3rds, just six points behind them at start of play, by 21 runs at Carr Side Lane. Having won the toss and chosen to bat, the hosts were all out for 147, Rizwan Ishfaq taking 5-30. In reply Collegiate were all out for 126, Aaron Horsfield (4-42) and Connah Pattison (4-21) the chief destroyers. Finally, just outside the relegation places, Norton Oakes leap-frogged Parkhead after beating them by 33 runs at Eccleshall Road. Having won the toss and chosen to field, Oakes were all out for 117, Daniel Baldwin making 42 and Harry Pollard taking 7-45. The hosts were then 84 all out in 19 overs, Louis Marven scoring 40, whilst Callum East, Reuben Bagge and Daniel Baldwin took three wickets apiece.
Monk Bretton confirmed their promotion by beating Millhouses Works by three wickets at Millhouses Park. After winning the toss and choosing to field first, the visitors restricted Millhouses to 129-8, a total boosted by Joe Morgan’s 32 not out off 23 balls at number ten, whilst Ryan Howarth took 4-38. Bretton reached their target for the loss of seven wickets in 41 overs, largely thanks to Luke Bullingham’s 37, whilst Morgan followed up his first innings efforts with 5-35. At Park Road, fourth-placed Worsbrough Bridge boosted their own promotion chances and dented Wath 2nds’ hopes of catching the leaders, when they beat the second-placed club by eight runs. The visitors won the toss, chose to field and bowled Worsbrough out for 169, skipper Alex Littlewood carrying his bat for 95 before being last out with three balls left, Kelham Bennett, Sam Whitlam and Mark Barlow taking three wickets each. Wath were then restricted to 161-8 in reply, Jack Whitlam (66) and Sam Whitlam (42) the main contributors, whilst Liam Levitt took 4-20 in 13 overs for the victors. Oughtibridge War Memorial 2nds occupy the third promotion place after beating second-bottom Frecheville Community by 63 runs at Waterside Gardens. After being put in to bat, the hosts were all out for 179, Marcus Burley making 50 in 52 balls and Aadil Hassan taking 4-37. It was more than enough, as the visitors were all out for 116, Azahat Saleem taking 6-29 in 13 overs, whilst Adam Ramsden top-scored with 40. Cawthorne 2nds maintained their slim promotion hopes by beating Caribbean Sports by three wickets at the Common. After being asked to bat first, the hosts were all out for 154, Ahmed Kabir taking 4-60. Cawthorne passed their target in the 41st over for the loss of seven wickets, Spencer Wiles seeing them home with an unbeaten 50. Tenth-placed Kexborough pulled themselves within six points of safety by beating the club immediately above them, Sprotbrough 2nds, at Melton Road by eight wickets. Put in to bat, the hosts were all out for 89, with Neil Hinchliffe taking 4-7. Hinchliffe then scored 39 as the visitors scored the required runs in the 27th over. Bradfield Village Fellowship beat bottom club Stocksbridge at the Sands. The visitors were all out for 142 after being asked to bat first, Jack Newton scoring 51 and Hennie Swart returning figures of 8.5-3-15-6. Bradfield then lost eight wickets in scoring the required runs in the 43rd over, Swart (46) and Jonathan Balfour (57) putting on 101 for the sixth wicket to rescue them from 22-5.
In the battle of the top two clubs, Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds beat Thorncliffe & Wentworth by 21 runs at Thorncliffe, and now lead the table by 12 points. Put in to bat, the visitors posted a total of 140 all out in 42 overs, Joshua Hartfield scoring 58 not out and James Brown taking 4-28. In the hosts’ reply, Benjamin Bentley took 4-26 as they were all out for 119. Wombwell Main remain in third place after beating Silkstone United by four wickets at the Auction House Stadium. The visitors were all out for 141 after being asked to bat first, Robert Wade scoring 44 and Majid Aziz taking 4-32. In their reply, Adam Wallace scored 51 for the hosts to help them reach their target in 43.1 overs for the loss of six wickets. Six points behind Wombwell, Higham are very much in the promotion race, after beating bottom club Barnby Dun by seven wickets at Royd Lane. After being put in to bat, the visitors were all out for 120 in 33 overs, Joseph Dixon scoring 55 off 50 balls in the middle order, whilst Joseph Green took 5-37. An unbroken fourth-wicket partnership of 60 between George Deegan (45 not out) and Mac Mahmood (30 not out) then saw the hosts home by seven wickets in the 32nd over. Doncaster Town 3rds are only a couple of points further back, and they beat relegation-threatened Sheffield Collegiate 4ths by six wickets at Abbeydale. Having chosen to bat first, the hosts were 132 all out, Chris Stewart making 70, whilst Christian Dobson and Oliver Booth took three wickets each. The visitors lost four wickets in passing their target with two overs to spare, with Benjamin Taylor unbeaten on 60. Handsworth Junior Sporting Club put Rockingham Colliery 2nds in to bat at Oliver’s Mount and bowled them out for 68, the wickets being shared by five bowlers. The hosts then lost six wickets in reaching their modest target, thanks to Waqas Ali, who was 41 not out. At Wentworth Road, Upper Haugh 2nds put Whiston Parish Church 2nds in to bat and bowled them out for 160. Mussa Chaudry and Matthew Cope made 55 each and the wickets were shared by six bowlers, Andrew Lintin taking 3-0 off eight balls. In reply, the hosts took 41 overs to make 161 for the loss of five wickets, Josh Heenan scoring 42.
There are new leaders in Division 5, where Conisbrough 2nds took advantage of another slip-up by Hallam by beating relegation-threatened Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds by three wickets at Smithywood Road to move six points clear. Having been put in to bat, the hosts were all out for 109, opener Conn Crawford (59) being the only player to reach double figures, before being out at 103-8, as Liam Stainthorpe took 4-43. The visitors were then indebted to another opener, Stuart Coleman, who made 53 before being out with only two runs wanted, as they reached their target with nine overs left. Maltby Miners Welfare chose to bat first against Hallam 3rds at Muglet Lane, and reached 141-7 in 46 overs, with Stephen Arrowsmith 49 not out; Jim Lee and Nick Watson Jones taking three wickets each for the visitors. Chasing this modest target, Hallam were then all out for 131, despite Vineet Vajpayee’s 43, whilst Gary Porter took three wickets for the winners. Shiregreen 2nds moved up to third with a very convincing win over fifth-placed Fishlake at the Common. Put in to bat, they amassed 236 all out, opener Malik Jamshed making 115 and keeper Torick Akram 53, whilst Keith Bee took 5-76. Facing this daunting target, Fishlake lost their top five cheaply and were all out for 111, Muhammad Sarfraz taking three wickets. Darfield 2nds are fourth after beating next-to-bottom Sheffield United 2nds by four wickets at School Lane. United were all out for 130 after being asked to bat first, Evan Todd, Jordan Watson and Naveed Shah taking three wickets each. Darfield reached their target in 32 overs for the loss of six wickets, Josh Care making 49 and Aydin Talib taking 4-43. In mid-table, Coal Aston 2nds beat Whiston Forge by 22 runs at Guilthwaite Hill. Having been put in to bat, the visitors posted 227-7, Zac Trower (64 off 50 balls) and Brett Pickford (70) putting on 96 for the first wicket. In reply, the hosts were 66-5 before Cade Darwin (47 off 40 balls) and Mark Traquair (45 in 45 balls) pulled them back into the game. But when these two had gone, the task proved too much, and with Laurence Pickford and Richard Timms taking three wickets each, Forge were restricted to 205-8. Second-bottom side Penistone 2nds kept their survival hopes alive with a five-wicket win over Rotherham Town 2nds at Queen Street. Put in to bat, the visitors made 126-6, opener Omar Waine unbeaten on 54, before the hosts knocked off the required runs for five wickets in 40 overs, opener Sam Lee making 40.
Sheffield University Staff moved to the top of the division with an 84-run win over Caribbean Sports 2nds at Warminster Road. Put in to bat, the Staff were all out for an underwhelming 125, Wilbert Whyte taking 4-12, before bowling their visitors out for just 41, Aden Biddle returning 7-2-6-3. Third-placed Wickersley Old Village 3rds narrowed the gap between themselves and Ackworth 2nds to four points, after a two-wicket win at the Boot & Shoe ground. Ackworth reached 146-9 after electing to bat first, Kevin Booth making 58 and David Harris 41, whilst Jonathan Allan and Ben Richardson took three wickets apiece for the visitors. Rob Jones (66 not out) then led Wickersley to victory in 39 overs despite the efforts of Arran Taylor (4-23) and James Clarke (4-48). Fourth-placed Mexborough Athletic are still in the hunt after beating Norton Oakes 2nds by 37 runs at Oakes Park. Put in to bat, the visitors were all out for 116, Nelson Stephen taking 3-18 in ten overs, before Tommy Hyde took 4-25 as the hosts were all out for 79. There was an invaluable win for Brookhouse over Handsworth Junior Sporting Club 2nds in the relegation battle at Rose Lane. Electing to bat first, the hosts made 123 all out, opener Joe Yellott top-scoring with 52, whilst Monir Choudhury took 4-31. Tharindu Perera then took 5-17 as the visitors were all out for 94, skipper Choudhury the only player to reach double figures with 59. Bottom side Green Moor 2nds beat Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds, who are not yet safe in eighth, by three wickets at Common Lane. Asked to bat first, the visitors made 151-9, keeper Paul Garnett making 62 and Matthew Scrivner taking 4-9 in seven overs. Skipper Alex Schofield then hit 96 not out to take his side to victory in the 39th over with three wickets to spare.
On Sunday, Higham 2nds kept their promotion hopes alive with a two-wicket win over Whitley Hall 3rds at Baxter Field. Put in to bat, the hosts were all out for 119, Steven Bamforth taking 4-14. In reply, the visitors squeezed home with two wickets and 17 balls to spare, despite Charlie Wragg’s 4-15.
Runaway leaders Hatfield Town 2nds beat Sprotbrough 3rds by two wickets at Hooton Pagnell. The hosts were 128 all out after being put in to bat, Andrew Decent taking 4-16. Decent (52 not out) then rescued Hatfield from 56-6 in their reply, and they won with nine overs to spare. Second-placed Millhouses Works 2nds beat bottom side Mexborough Athletic 2nds by 117 runs at the Beecroft Estates ground. Choosing to bat first, the visitors posted 207-8, James Evans top-scoring with 40. Jon Wynn then returned 5-1-8-4 and Zach Belfield 7-6-1-3 as the hosts were bundled out for 90. Scholes & Harley moved above Warmsworth 2nds into third place after beating them by eight wickets at Scholes. Asked to bat first, Warmsworth were restricted to 82-8 by a tidy all-round bowling performance. The hosts then needed just 20 overs to reach their target, Lewis Varley making 43. Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths kept their promotion hopes alive by beating Houghton Main 2nds by 34 runs at Woolley. Put in to bat, the hosts were all out for 113, Stephen Dixon making 53 off 57 balls, whilst Safi Gul Mala returned 10-3-18-6. The visitors were then all out for 79 in 17 overs, as Adrianna Darlow returned an impressive 4.1-3-2-5 and Steven Dixon took 4-30, whilst Kye Jay Kitching made 47 off 39 balls. Eden Grove Parklands worsened Frecheville Community 2nds relegation plight when they beat them the Hobson Bowl. The visitors were all out for 109 after choosing to bat, Ijaz Khan scoring 41, and Tom Wilson taking 3-22. Frecheville were then dismissed for 95 in reply, Anthony Shenton taking 4-34.
Leaders Upper Haugh 3rds had a comfortable win over strugglers Silkstone United 2nds at Barnsley Road. Having chosen to bat first, the hosts were all out for 84, opener Daniel Walker scoring 44 of those, whilst the wickets were shared by five bowlers. Upper Haugh took just 15 overs to reach their target for the loss of three wickets, with Michael Linney unbeaten on 40. Second-placed Doncaster Town 4ths kept their promotion bid on track by beating Rockingham Colliery 3rds by 32 runs at Finningley. Asked to bat first, the hosts made 164-8, Ryan Capstick (55) and Joe Horrocks (59) enjoying an opening partnership of 117, after which Ryan Whitehouse took 5-17. The visitors were restricted to 132-6 in reply, opener James Armitage making 46. In the battle for the third promotion spot, Wombwell Main 2nds beat Adwick-le-Street by five wickets at Adwick Park. After being asked to bat first, Adwick made 162-6, with Nick Bisby making 53 runs and Liam Bishop 51 not out, whilst Chris Ferris took 3-24. The visitors then passed their target with 15 balls to spare, Tom James hitting 64 off 52 balls. Norton Woodseats 2nds beat bottom side Thorncliffe & Wentworth 2nds by 26 runs at Matthews Lane after asking them to bat and bowling them out for 83, Tom Swift (4-17) and Callum Pearce (4-19) doing most of the damage. In reply, the visitors were all out for 57, Taza Gul Mughal and Taha Sjid taking three wickets each. Wath 3rds gave themselves a slim chance of survival by beating Monk Bretton 2nds by two wickets at the Castle ground. The hosts were bowled out for 78 after being put in to bat, Ollie Wainwright making 37, and George Seddon, Lee Jeffries and Harrison Roebuck taking three wickets each. In their reply, Wath struggled against Chris Wainwright (6-19), and were grateful for Gavin Roebuck’s 44 to get them over the line.
On Sunday, Wombwell Main 2nds completed a very successful weekend, heaping more misery on Wath 3rds, whom they hammered by 161 runs at Moor Road. Adam Wallace led the way with 114 after the visitors had chosen to bat first and piled up 230-6. Four bowlers then shared the wickets as the hosts were bundled out for 69.
Leaders Elsecar 3rds consolidated their position at the top by beating Fishlake 2nds by nine wickets at Pinfold Lane. Having chosen to bat, the hosts were all out for 74, opener Matt Windass contributing 41 of those, whilst Jack Pearson jnr took 5-27. Elsecar then needed only 14.2 overs to romp to victory, Joe Pearson making 43 not out. Second-placed Kexborough 2nds beat Scholes & Harley 2nds by 60 runs at Bence Lane. Having decided to bat first, the hosts were all out for 167, Ethan Shillito making 76 with ten 4s and three 6s, and Neil Hemming taking 5-58. In reply, the visitors were all out for 107, despite Ian Couldwell’s 54, Dale Shillito and Alan Potter taking three wickets each. Whiston Forge 2nds conceded their game with Eden Grove Parklands 2nds, and Dearne against Brookhouse 2nds was cancelled.
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