Senior Section round-up for 11 & 12 June
Posted on 16th June 2022 at 09:46
Division 1 leaders Doncaster Town 2nds maintained their lead at the top of the table with a straightforward win over Wakefield Thornes 2nds at Field Lane. Graeme Attenborough’s 4-15, backed up by 3-26 from Warren Graca, restricted Thornes to 103, after which Robert Grace and George Fisher both recorded unbeaten forties to see the home side to victory inside 19 overs with nine wickets to spare. A brilliant 120 from Kastun Stoute and six wickets from Saman Kursheed helped Darfield get back to winning ways with a 51-run win over Rotherham Town at School Street. Chasing 272 to win, the visitors were 115-6 before Ijaz Riaz provided some resistance with an unbeaten 65 off 57 balls, but it was not enough. Joint third-placed Upper Haugh had a real fight to gain a one-wicket win over Sheffield United at Bawtry Road. United looked well-placed at 80-2, but after Anoop Surendran fell for 55, there was little support for Fazil Reza (60), and Habil Malik (4-42) and Rehan Mir (3-19) bowled the home side out for 172. In reply, Upper Haugh were in trouble at 105-7, three wickets falling to Dinura Gunarwardena, before an unbeaten 64 from Tommy Hyde saw the visitors home. Whitley Hall 2nds kept up with the Rotherham-based side, restricting Warmsworth to 212-7 before Chris Siddall (60) led them to victory by three wickets with four balls to spare. Bottom side Oughtibridge War Memorial hauled themselves level with Warmsworth at the bottom with a four-wicket win at Coal Aston. Jack Hall (56) and Lawrence Browes (40) led the home side to 94-1 before Chaamikara Hewage (4-57) got to work, and they were all out for 173. Forties from Muhammed Naveed Arif and Joe Boyden led the visitors to victory with seven overs and four wickets to spare. Sheffield Collegiate 3rds eased their relegation worries with an 11-run win at home to South Kirkby. Thomas Hancock (46) provided the backbone of the Collegiate innings, with four supporting knocks of 20-plus, whilst Philip Howell took 5-64 for the visitors. Forties from Steve Secker and Adam Rollin put South Kirkby in a decent position, but they were undone by a succession of run outs, and fell eleven short with three wicket left. Doncaster lead the table by 10 from Darfield, with Upper Haugh and Whitley Hall a further 14 behind. At the other end, Oughtibridge and Warmsworth are on 34, eight behind Collegiate.
In Division 2, leaders Wickersley Old Village 2nds lost for the second week running, this time to mid-table Hallam 2nds at Crimicar. The result looked unlikely when Hallam were 43-6 and 113-7, but Matthew Hopkins (63), with support from James Fletcher and Jay Singh, took them up to 198-8, despite 6-32 from Adam Whitford. Adam Bashford and Brady Saunders led the visitors to 139-3, but after that, only Kris Watts (44) provided much resistance and the leaders fell eleven runs short, with James Chetwood taking 4-39. Ackworth came out on top in a low-scoring game at Caribbean Sports to narrow the gap to the leaders. Shingi Masakadza produced the second-best bowling performance in the League this season, 9-24, to shoot the home side out for 54 at Ecclesfield, and although Ackworth struggled in their reply, Amitpaul Kundra’s 21 not out saw them to a five-wicket win. Treeton 2nds remain third after coming out on top in a 457-run thriller against Penistone at Washfield Lane. Adam Hardy (63) and James Hobson (84 not out) took Treeton to 232-9, before Scott Jones (50) and John Williams, with an unbeaten 92 in 117 balls, put on 93 for Penistone’s fourth wicket to put the visitors in a good position. But the home attack, led by Jon Boden (3-49 in 15), held their nerve and gained an important seven-run win. Norton Woodseats kept in touch with the leaders with a hard-fought win over Hatfield at Carr Side Lane. Hatfield were rescued from 88-8 by Kevin Marshall’s 68, and were all out for 169, before Michael Donson’s 58 led the way for Woodseats. The win was not achieved without a wobble however, and they were 120-7 before skipper David Armitage led them home with an unbeaten 28. Bottom club Monk Bretton fell to a three-wicket defeat at Green Lane against Aston Hall 2nds. Yousaf Ali (7-47) was chiefly responsible for bowling the visitors out for 181, before half-centuries from Joe Fletcher and Thomas Moss saw the home side to victory with five wickets and 23 balls to spare. In the other game, Norton Oakes maintained their position just inside the top half with a comfortable 74 run win over Thorpe Hesley & High Green at Smithywood Road. Wickersley lead from Ackworth by four points, Treeton are a further eight behind on 80 with Woodseats on 74; Monk Bretton have 26 at the bottom, with Caribbean on 30 and Thorpe Hesley six points further ahead.
Elsecar 2nds go marching on in Division 3, but they only just held on to their 100% record against Wath 2nds at the Al Murad. After the home side were put in to bat, Matthew Tonks (55) held the top order together, before invaluable 20s from Jack Robinson, Jason Meadows and Lewis Meadows helped them to 166 all out – Stephen Johnson, Scott Hibbett and Mark Barlow taking three wickets apiece for the visitors. It was a remarkable game for Hibbett, who followed up with 121 from 75 balls for the visitors – but there was just no-one to support him, and Shaun Pedler tore through the rest of the order with 7-47. The next highest score was 15, no-one else reached double figures, and fittingly, Pedler took the last wicket with just four wanted. It was more straightforward for second-placed Tickhill 2nds. They restricted Oughtibridge 2nds to 215-8 at Waterside Gardens, despite half-centuries from Mazar Sharif and Ismaeel Akram, before James Eaton (75) and Nick Page (42 not out) saw their side home with four wickets and four overs to spare. Dilshan Luxman Sukumar took all six Tickhill wickets to fall. Parkhead kept place in third place, with a 40-run win at Frecheville Community, that owed much to a 92-run seventh wicket stand between shipper Chris Turner (62) and Parwan Ali (46), which rescued them from 96-6 and helped them reach 209-8. Todd Saxelby maintained his good form for Frecheville, but his 78 was not enough to prevent their 40-run defeat. Fourth-placed Sprotbrough 2nds crushed Thorncliffe & Wentworth by 152 runs at Lound Side; Scott Sykes’ 73 was the major contribution to their 203-8, before Matthew Webb (6-31) and Joe Toole (4-6) bowled the home side out for 51. The bottom two both lost, but Whiston Parish Church 2nds put up a good fight at home to Kexborough, failing by just 12 to chase down 190. A half-century from Richard Burgess saw Kexborough well-placed at 88-2, but they subsided to 113-6 before thirties from Lewis Bray and Thava Nig helped them to 190, whilst Jack Moran, 4-34 in 13 overs, was the pick of the Whiston attack. Mussa Choudhry, with an unbeaten 37, battled valiantly for the home side but ran out of partners, whilst Robert Mynett (5-51) was the winners’ most successful bowler. Worsbrough Bridge were dismissed for 79 by Bradfield Village Fellowship, Tim Pearce, with 5-14 in 13 overs, producing an outstanding bowling spell to set up his side’s seven-wicket win. Elsecar lead the table by 22 points from Tickhill, who are two ahead of Parkhead and eight clear of Sprotbrough. At the bottom, Whiston have 22 points, four behind Worsbrough Bridge and a further two behind Oughtibridge and Thorncliffe & Wentworth.
Several League records fell in an amazing Division 4 game at Oliver’s Mount, where Handsworth Junior Sporting Club beat bottom club Whiston Forge by 103 runs. Waqas Ali hammered a new record 264 not out off 132 balls, with 25 fours and 19 sixes, sharing a new record partnership of 262 for the third wicket with Omer Mohammad Rashid (80) – this after the pair came together at 4-2. Facing an insurmountable 398-5, Whiston were far from disgraced, as Kristian Lee-Green (112 off 101 balls) and Steve Cowles (80 not out off 85 balls) led them to 295-3. The match aggregate of 693 is another League record.
The Division's leaders Millhouses Works put last week’s surprise defeat behind them when they recorded a 21-run victory over challengers Cawthorne at Dark Lane. There were five twenties and thirties in the visitors’ 186 all out, and Ryan Gibson took 4-30 for the home side. Kade Fletcher single-handedly led Cawthorne’s response, running out of partners at 165, having carried his bat for an unbeaten 95. Lee Stewart (4-14) and Eisa Hussain (3-25) did the damage for Millhouses. Stocksbridge survived a scare at home to strugglers Shiregreen 2nds to leapfrog Cawthorne and Sheffield Collegiate 4ths into second place. The visitors were 52-7, four of those wickets falling to Jake Vickers, before Marshall Zeeshan (43) lifted them to 124 all out in the 25th over. In reply, by contrast, Matthew Price (42) and Jack Newton (54) took Stocksbridge to 116-2 in reply, before Zeeshan Ahmad (5-27) precipitated a collapse – six wickets falling for seven runs before the home side stumbled over the line with just two wickets left. Collegiate lost by 16 runs to Rockingham Colliery 2nds at Hoyland Common. Unbeaten half-centuries from Lucas Slatter and Richard Skipworth lifted the Colliery from 76-5 to 184-5, and despite reaching 113-1 through the efforts of Charlie Wall (39) and Chris Stewart (56), the visitors were unable to push on for the win – Slatter following up his batting efforts with 3-27. A straightforward nine-wicket success for Higham over Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds at Woolley lifted them above their hosts and into fifth place – just eight points behind second-placed Stocksbridge. The home side failed to recover from an early four-wicket burst from Joshua Bird, that had them 29-4, and a target of 111 proved no obstacle for the visitors – George Deegan was again amongst the runs with an unbeaten half-century in an unbroken second-wicket stand of 97 with Andrew Wood (37 not out). Elsewhere, a resounding 150-run home win for Silkstone United over Maltby Miners Welfare saw them leapfrog their visitors into ninth place. The highlight of the win was a fourth-wicket stand of 109 between Luke Whitmore (90 off 79 balls) and Jakob Taylor (70 not out off 45), which set them on their way to 248-6 – Taylor following up with 4-38 as Maltby were all out for 98. Millhouses lead the table on 88 points, 12 ahead of Stocksbridge, who are two ahead of Cawthorne and have six more than Collegiate; at the bottom Whiston Forge have 32, four behind Shiregreen, and Maltby are eight ahead of Shiregreen.
There was another eight-wicket win for leaders Wombwell Main in Division 5, this time at home to Sheffield University Staff, which saw them open an eight-point lead over Upper Haugh 2nds at the top of the table. There were four wickets each for Richard Wilkinson and Joe Armitage as the visitors were dismissed for 160, after Chiraag Pandya (62) and Rhodri Thomas (44) had taken them to 104-0. Wilkinson then completed another fine all-round performance with an unbeaten 81 in 92 balls, to steer his side home by eight wickets. Upper Haugh enjoyed a 34-run win at Wentworth Road over Doncaster Town 3rds, who had started the game in second place. Three wickets each for Kirk Bennett and Harry Zuurbier restricted the hosts to 124-9, before Tim Whitehouse (31) and Cameron Armin took them to 165 with a crucial last wicket stand of 41. In reply, the visitors were never really in the hunt against Ayden Dawson (4-21) and Armin (3-41) and ended on 131-9. Fishlake maintained their promotion push with a 49-run win away to bottom club Norton Oakes. Ben Metcalfe (59) was the main contributor to the visitors’ 205, and he followed up with three wickets as Oakes were dismissed for 156, despite half-centuries from Dan Morley and Jack Dickinson. Mexborough Athletic remain in the bottom two after a 50-run defeat away to Rotherham Town 2nds. Matthew Fidler (55) led the way in the early part of the home side’s innings, before skipper Ben King-Smith set about the bowling with 95 off 63 balls. Ian Hubery (47) and Kripal Singh (71) provided the main resistance for the visitors, but they had little support, and the last four wickets fell for 12 runs as Mexborough were bowled out for 163. Elsewhere, Darfield 2nds had a 29-run win away against Conisbrough 2nds; and Coal Aston 2nds had an eight-wicket win over Hallam 3rds at Sandygate. Wombwell lead the table by ten points from Upper Haugh, with Fishlake two points behind, and Doncaster a further six in arrears; at the bottom, Norton Oakes have four points, Mexborough are ten points ahead of them, and these two train the field by 26.
Division 6 leaders Sheffield United were involved in a very low scoring game at the Sands against Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds. After being dismissed for 87 in the first innings, United must have feared the worst, but with Safiullah Stanikzai taking 4-18 they dismissed Bradfield for just 54. Penistone 2nds and Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds are locked together in second place, both enjoying successful afternoons. Penistone had the easier passage, an eight-wicket win at home to Handsworth 2nds, where they bowled the visitors out for 120, wicket-keeper Saiful Alam Nury scoring 61 of these off 69 balls; then knocking off the required runs with eight wickets and over seven overs to spare. Thorpe Hesley had to work harder for their success, struggling to 125 at Hooton Pagnell against Sprotbrough 3rds, for whom in-form Nick Graves took 5-34; before bowling out the home side for 101 – Callum Gray taking 4-18. The most emphatic win in the division came at Ecclesfield, where Whitley Hall made 171 before bowling bottom club Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths out for just 33. Ben Gillott (48) held the top of the home side’s order together and Joe Chatterton (39) provided impetus lower down, whilst Finlay Parker-Wake took 5-39 for the visitors. But Barnsley had no answer to Charlie Wragg, who took 5-4 in six overs to leave their innings in tatters at 13-7. On Sunday, mid-table Wickersley Old Village 3rds romped to a five-wicket win over lowly Caribbean Sports 2nds at Northfield Road. Half-centuries from Hamzah Hussain and Basharat Ali led Caribbean to 234-9, but Matthew Whitford (68) and Richard Berry (80) added 133 for the home side’s second wicket to set them on their way to the win. Sheffield United lead the table on 84 points, 12 ahead of Penistone and Thorpe Hesley, who are now 16 clear of the field; whilst Barnsley are on 14 at the bottom, four behind Caribbean and a further 22 behind Handsworth in ninth.
In Division 7, leaders Brookhouse completed a comprehensive win over lowly Monk Bretton 2nds at the Castle Ground. Tharindu Perera took the first four wickets as the home side were dismissed for 91, before Wasim Kazi (30 not out) and Jonathan Kirk (59 not out) knocked off the runs for the loss of no wicket in the 16th over. Higham 2nds, in second place, had an equally convincing win at home to Eden Grove Parklands, scoring 222-7 and recording a 144-run victory. Harry Bamforth (75) and Michael Dixon (53) gave Higham the advantage, despite Tony Singh’s 4-38; Steven Bamforth then took 7-16 to reduce Eden Grove from 46-0 to 78 all out. Ackworth 2nds retained their grip on third spot with a six-wicket win over Frecheville Community 2nds at the Boot & Shoe ground. Half-centuries from Simon Haley and Edward Shepherd led the visitors to 205 all out, a total that would have been greater but for four run outs; Morgan Whelan (80 off 86 balls) then set the home side on their way to a comfortable success. Warmsworth 2nds remain in fourth place, increasing the gap between them and the team they beat, Harley 2nds, to 24 points. Joe Stringfellow (4-26) led the way as Warmsworth dismissed the home side for 129, and knocked off the required runs for the loss of four wickets with six overs to spare. Elsewhere, Millhouses Works 2nds beat bottom club Thorncliffe & Wentworth by 130 runs at Millhouses Park. Sharaz Hussain (96 off 96 balls) set his side on the way, and Amir Riaz piled on the runs at the end with an unbeaten 47 off 29 balls; before Riaz (3-33) and Jon Wynn (4-29) restricted Thorncliffe to 136-8. Brookhouse lead the division by eight points from Higham, with Ackworth four points behind them; Thorncliffe & Wentworth have just six points at the bottom, Monk Bretton are six ahead of them, and then there is a gap of 26 points to the rest.
With Division 8 leaders Hatfield Town 2nds not in action, the second versus third clash of Doncaster Town 4ths and Stocksbridge 2nds was the match-of-the-day in the division. The teams did not disappoint, with the visitors being dismissed for 169, and then restricting Town to 160-7 to record a tense nine-run win and move above them into second place. Opener James Lowe (36) held the Stocksbridge innings together after the next three batsmen were all dismissed for ducks, and Chris Lowe (47) ensured that his efforts were not in vain – Tom Biltcliffe (3-35) was the most successful bowler for the visitors; four batsmen got into the 20s for Doncaster, but no-one could build on their start, and Chris Lowe’s 3-35 was crucial for the winners. Fourth-placed Worsbrough Bridge 2nds were involved in the division’s tightest finish of the day. Batting first at Pinfold Lane against bottom club Fishlake 2nds they made a modest 127, despite Robert Kennedy (48) and Tom Lunn (26) putting on 79 for the first wicket. Against Jeff Dinsdale (4-19) and Dominic Johnson (5-30) they then lost ten wickets for 48. But Lunn then proved the match-winner for Worsbrough with 5-36 from his ten overs, and the last man was run out in the penultimate over, attempting a run that would have tied the scores. Houghton Main 2nds move into fifth spot after an 18-run win over Scholes, Yousaf Rehman (71) setting them on their way to 184-8, despite 5-52 from Matthew Holmes. In reply, Ian Couldwell was sixth out for 76, but he lacked support against Bilal Hussain and Wahab Khan, who took three wickets each, and his team closed on 166-7. Wath 3rds climbed out of the bottom two with an impressive four-wicket win away to Rockingham Colliery 3rds, for whom Dave Smith carried his bat for an unbeaten 106 out of 198-9. Gavin Roebuck took 4-50 for Wath, for whom half-centuries for Joe Dickinson and Thomas Jenkinson proved decisive. Finally, Dearne slipped into the bottom two after losing at home to Silkstone United 2nds. The home side were all out for 82, Sean Pitt taking 6-24, and the visitors won by four wickets with over 15 overs to spare. Hatfield lead the table by ten points from Stocksbridge, with Doncaster six points behind them, and Worsbrough Bridge a further two behind Doncaster; Fishlake are on 14 at the bottom, with Dearne on 28 and Wath on 30.
Division 9 leaders Whiston Forge 2nds had a straightforward ten-wicket win over Sheffield United 3rds at Guilthwaite Hill. Stephen Reaney carried his bat for 39 out of the visitors 82, whilst Connor MacLeod took 3-23; David Foote (43 not out) and Gareth Haigh (31 not out) then knocked off the runs for Forge in quick time. The game between Eden Grove Parklands and Adwick-le-Street was abandoned when senior Adwick player Paul Bishop was taken ill at tea. We are happy to report that he is now back at home and recovering, and we wish him all the best. No decision has yet been taken on the game, in which Luke Bishop (83) and Nick Bisby (85) shared a second-wicket stand of 132 as their side reached 219-4 in their 40 overs. Upper Haugh 3rds moved into second place in the division with an eight-wicket win over Kexborough 2nds, for whom number ten batsman Andrew Greaves’ 35 not out rescued them from further embarrassment, whilst Shaun Cristinacce and Gurvinder Singh saw visitors Upper Haugh home with almost half the overs to spare. Wombwell Main 2nds closed the gap on fourth-placed Hampole & Skelbrooke with a nine-wicket win over them at Robin Hood’s Well; the visitors’ George Butterfield scoring 50 as his side chased down 98 to win with nine wickets and 16 overs to spare. Elsewhere, there was another one-run win, this time at Rose Lane, where Brookhouse dismissed visitors Rockingham Colliery 4ths for 86, but were then themselves bowled out two runs short of victory.
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