Senior Section round-up for 23 April
Posted on 26th April 2022 at 16:24
A huge win for Darfield took the headlines in Division 1 as they overcame Upper Haugh by 192 runs at School Street. Riecko Parker Cole was the star man, scoring 103 from just 85 balls, well-supported by 78 from Matthew Higgins, as the hosts posted 295-9. Aaron Whitehead did the damage with the ball in the second innings, taking 6-27 as the visitors were removed for 103. In a brilliant finish, Whitley Hall 2nds beat Oughtibridge by a single run at Baxter Field. After setting their visitors a target of 183, despite 5-43 from Arslan Tariq, the home side were made to wait right to the very end for the victory, bowling Oughtibridge out for 182 in 48.4 overs. There was another close encounter at the HSBC Sports Club where Coal Aston successfully chased 206 against Sheffield Collegiate 3rds. Nick Gaywood scored 74 for Collegiate, before fifties from Benjamin Hall and Ben Vandrill took Coal Aston past the target with 5.3 overs to spare. Notably less runs were scored at South Kirkby, where the home side were bowled out for just 59 by Doncaster Town 2nds, who ran out comfortable winners by seven wickets. Elsewhere, Sheffield United chased down 169 for a comfortable six-wicket win at Warmsworth, while Wakefield Thornes 2nds beat Rotherham Town 2nds by 14 runs. The results see Coal Aston, Doncaster Town 2nds, Sheffield United and Wakefield Thornes all with 100% records, with Warmsworth and Sheffield Collegiate 3rds yet to register a point.
Division 2 saw a monster score at Green Lane, where Aston Hall 2nds posted 345-5 in their first innings at home to Caribbean Sports. Jared Lovell was the man with a plan as he smashed 159 off 136 balls to catapult his team to an all but unassailable total. Caribbean were removed for 123 in the second innings, thanks to an all-round team bowling effort, to give the home side the win by 219 runs. Hallam 2nds posted a similarly tough target with 289-6 at Thorpe Hesley & High Green, thanks to 101 off just 96 balls from Alex Coates, which them prevail by 63 runs. Wickersley Old Village 2nds’ 242-8 away at Treeton 2nds gave them a 34-run win, with captain Jack Eggleston scoring 86 from 85 for the victors. Similarly, 76 from Michael Nuttall saw Norton Woodseats beat Monk Bretton by 59 runs on what turned out to be a batsman-dominated day in the division. The only two sides to bowl first and win were Norton Oakes and Penistone, who had home fixtures against Ackworth and Hatfield Town respectively. The former produced an impressive chase to reach a target of 198 with four wickets to spare, while the latter bowled their visitors out for just 131 thanks to 5-31 from Matt Scholey. Luke Cockburn’s 62 from as many balls came in vain for Hatfield, while Scott Jones’ 53 from 67 saw Penistone over the line. Aston Hall 2nds, Norton Woodseats and Wickersley Old Village sit at the top of the division with maximum points, with Caribbean the only side yet to pick up a point.
Compared to Divisions 1 & 2, it was a relatively low-scoring weekend in Division 3. There was, however, an impressive chase from Sprotbrough 2nds away at Kexborough, where the visitors reached their target of 183 with three wickets to spare. Richard Burgess had scored 87 for the home side, before fifties from Callum Marsh and William Rudkin helped Sprotbrough to a fine win. Tickhill 2nds were given a scare at home to Frecheville Community when, after being set a target of 210, the away side came within 11 runs of a win. James Eaton’s 83 from 92 for the hosts proved to be the difference, and fifties from Daniel Kempton and Thomas Duffield were not enough for Frecheville. There was another tight affair at Oughtibridge, where the home club’s second team fell 13 short of their 115 target against Bradfield Village Fellowship. Elsecar had no such problems chasing just 95 at home to Thorncliffe & Wentworth, Kieran Higgins scoring 51 from 95 balls, and they reached the target with the loss of just one wicket. In the other two games to take place in the division, Parkhead won away at Wath 2nds, chasing down 162 with just two wickets remaining, and Whiston Parish Church 2nds lost by 16 runs at home to Worsbrough Bridge. Elsecar, Bradfield and Parkhead sit at the top of the league on maximum points with Thorncliffe & Wentworth the only team on two points at the bottom.
There were a couple of big wins in Division 4 where Higham blew away Rockingham Colliery 2nds to win by 162 runs. After being put into bat, Higham posted 231-4 on their home patch, with Alex Morris scoring 69 and Andrew Wood notching up 65. The home side bowled Rockingham out for just 69, with Joshua Bird taking 5-20 in the second innings. Stocksbridge won almost as convincingly at home to Cawthorne 2nds, comfortably defending 165 to prevail by 82 runs. Liam Grayson scored 66 for the hosts after which four bowlers took two wickets each to seal the deal. Sheffield Collegiate 4ths produced an impressive chase away at Whiston Forge after the home side had set them 201 to win. Chris Stewart scored 63 from 47 balls and Benjamin Hartog 50 from 52 to help their side to the target with four wickets remaining. Elsewhere, it was another tight finish for Maltby Miners Welfare, who successfully defended 158 to win by just three runs at Shiregreen 2nds, where the home side were all out for 155 off the last ball of the innings. There were more comfortable wins for Millhouses Works, at Woolley against Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds, and Handsworth, at home to Silkstone United. Stocksbridge, Millhouses and Sheffield Collegiate sit at the top of the table on 24 points each, with Barnsley Woolley Miners and Silkstone propping up the division.
Upper Haugh 2nds scored 284 on their home pitch, where they defeated Norton Oakes 2nds by 124 runs. Several useful batting cameos backed up an 82 from captain Christopher Pearson in the first innings, before 4-40 from Oliver Cunningham helped bowl the away side out for 160. On the opposite end of the spectrum, Sheffield University Staff were bowled out for just 61 at home to Rotherham Town 2nds. Luke Thornton took 8-37 for the visitors to all but win the game. The chase wasn’t straightforward, but Rotherham met their target with four wickets to spare. Conisbrough 2nds put on a similarly impressive bowling display, removing their hosts, Hallam 3rds, for just 88 runs before winning with six wickets to spare. Liam Stainthorpe was the star man, taking 5-24. There was another sizeable total at Stonelow, where Coal Aston 2nds beat Mexborough Athletic by 149 runs. Richard Mintoft scored 61 from 85 balls as the home side posted an unassailable score of 259-4. In the division’s other games, Doncaster Town 2nds successfully defended 206 at home to Darfield 2nds and Wombwell Main comfortably chased down 126 at home to Fishlake. Coal Aston, Doncaster, Upper Haugh and Wombwell have 100% records after the second weekend, with Mexborough, Norton Oakes and Hallam yet to register a point.
Comprehensive wins were the flavour of the week in Division 6. Caribbean Sports 2nds were well beaten at home to Handsworth JSC 2nds, with the away side posting a handsome 257, before bowling their hosts out for 130. The visitors’ total came courtesy of 82 from Waqar Hussain and 73 from Saiful Alam Nury, who shared a large second wicket stand. Wickersley Old Village 3rds will have feared the worst after their first innings, as they were bowled out for 89 at home to Whitley Hall 3rds. A miraculous bowling display, however, saw the away side fall 32 runs short. Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths posted just 93 all out at Sheffield United 2nds but had no similar fortune, as the hosts made it home with eight wickets remaining. Hasan Yasin took 5-10 for United in a match-winning performance. Carrying on the theme of the weekend, Penistone 2nds were beaten by 72 runs away at Green Moor 2nds, while Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds easily chased 149 to win by seven wickets at home to Sprotbrough 3rds. Results meant that Green Moor went clear at the top as the only team with a 100% record, with Sprotbrough 3rds being the only side yet to pick up a point.
It was a good weekend all around for Higham, as their second team convincingly overcame Frecheville Community 2nds at the Hobson Bowl. The away side posted 194, thanks to 86 from 83 balls from Paul Wroe, who was supported by 51 from Tom McInerney. Higham removed their hosts for just 74, thanks to wickets from six different bowlers. Mexborough Athletic 2nds’ victory at home to Monk Bretton 2nds was perhaps even more emphatic. After being put into bat, they set their visitors 239 to win, Saqib Mumtaz scoring 54 before Elliot Hunt smashed 69 from just 36 balls to put their side into a strong position. Mumtaz was then one of four bowlers to take two wickets as Monk Bretton were restricted to 117-9. Another large winning margin came at Wentworth, where Thorncliffe & Wentworth 2nds were well beaten by Brookhouse. After bowling out the home side for just 90 runs, Brookhouse made it to the target with nine wickets to spare. Elsewhere, Ackworth 2nds won with 62 runs to spare at home to Warmsworth 2nds and Harley chased down 143 with three wickets left when they visited Millhouses Works 2nds. The results mean that Higham and Ackworth sit at the top of the table with two wins from two, whilst Millhouses, Eden Grove Parklands and Thorncliffe & Wentworth are without a single point.
Two huge winnings margins took the plaudits in Division 8, where Doncaster Town 4ths and Hatfield Town 2nds won by 154 and 135 runs respectively. Doncaster were put into bat by their hosts, Fishlake 2nds, and went on to score 206-9 in 40 overs. Gareth Horrocks hit exactly 50 before Ryan Alahakon racked up 61 from 95 balls. Their bowling performance was just as impressive, and Fishlake were removed for just 52 thanks to wickets from five different bowlers. Hatfield’s win came at home to Scholes and was rather like Doncaster’s. Andy Cutts scored 53 before Paul Davies hit 57 from 45, with both being usurped by a brilliant 78 in just 53 balls from Sharafat Hussain in the hosts’ total of 223-4. Scholes were subsequently bowled out for just 88, with Josh Platt’s 5-32 another of several top performances. The other two games to take place featured impressive chases. Worsbrough Bridge 2nds reached their target of 177 at home to Wath 3rds with three wickets to spare; while Dearne strolled to 150 against Rockingham Colliery 3rds with eight wickets and 13 overs remaining, courtesy of Luke Copley’s impressive 73 from 64 balls. Hatfield and Worsbrough Bridge top the division with maximum points, with Silkstone United 2nds propping up the standings.
Adwick-le-Street took the headlines in Division 9, where they beat Hampole & Skelbrooke by 141 runs on their home ground. 88 from Nick Bisby and 50 from just 21 balls from Carl Newbold saw the hosts to 191, before a fine bowling effort saw them remove their visitors for just 50 runs. A much more thrilling encounter occurred at Brookhouse 2nds, who lost to Kexborough by a single run. After being posted 128 to win, the home side looked set for the win at 107-5, but a late flurry of wickets saw them fall agonisingly short. Elsewhere, Whiston Forge 2nds swept aside Eden Grove Parklands 2nds, bowling them out for 53 after scoring 138 in the first innings. Wombwell Main 2nds also picked up a win at Upper Haugh 3rds by 23 runs. On Sunday, Rockingham Colliery's fourth team beat Sheffield United 3rds by 86 runs. After posting 172, the Colliery side bowled their visitors out for 86, with five bowlers picking up wickets. Adwick-le-Street, Whiston Forge and Kexborough maintain their 100% records at the top of the league with Sheffield United and Eden Grove Parklands still looking for their first points.
by Sam Chadwick
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