This was the day for one of those accumulator bets! Apart from the top two, all the rest of the games went against form, sometimes substantially so, and the result is a much more interesting league table with opportunity and hope for many of our clubs as they move towards the last nine weeks of the season. 
 
Aston Hall v Cleethorpes 
 
Aston Hall gave top-of-the-table Cleethorpes several anxious moments in their game on Saturday. Nathan Ward (47) and Jared Lovell (73) put on 108 together after a flurry of wickets had the home team 50-4. The Aston tail contributed too and by the end of their 50 overs they had a very respectable 229-8. However, to Cleethorpes it appeared plain sailing. Bill Kirby, who made 125 last week, made another 80 this time and, supported well by Callum Carter (41), Sameera Sadamal (22) and Tom Rollinson (33), took the score to 179-2. Game almost over you might think, but Kirby went, followed soon after by Rollinson and then another three in an inspired spell by Tom Coulson. Suddenly Cleethorpes were 191-7 and looking distinctly seasick. Alex Osmond was still there though, with a runner but a firm hand on the tiller, and he steered them home without further loss. 
 
Aston Hall 229-8 (50) Nathan Ward 47, Jared Lovell 73, Sameera Sadamal 3-58 
Cleethorpes 231-7 (49) Bill Kirby 80, Callum Carter 41, Tom Rollinson 33, Alex Osmond 30*, Tom Coulson 4-44 
Cleethorpes (12pts) beat Aston Hall (2) by three wickets 
 
Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds v Houghton Main 
 
If Collegiate losing to Wath was a surprise, even more so was Houghton Main’s collapse to Barnsley Woolley Miners. Shaw Lane saw a very low-scoring game with first Houghton’s then Barnsley’s bowlers enjoying the conditions. The difference between the two sides was Callum Honeyman’s 41 for Barnsley. Take that away and the scores were almost identical. There were only five other scores in double figures, such was the bowlers’ dominance. Barnsley made 115, the wickets shared between Imran Khan, Michael Bates, Dylan Smythe and Danish Hussain. When Houghton batted, Haider Jahangir took 4-19 and Steve Honeyman took 3-31 and former league-leaders (now 4th) Houghton Main were bowled out for 77 in 27 overs. Not a pleasant day for batsmen. 
 
Barnsley WM 2 115 (30) Callum Honeyman 41, Imran Khan 3-37 
Houghton M 77 (27.2) Steven Honeyman 3-31, Haider Jahangir 4-19 
Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds (12pts) beat Houghton Main (0) by 38 runs 
 
Oughtibridge War Memorial v Warmsworth 
 
Oughtibridge took over from Conisbrough as bottom club in June and have since made the place their own – until Saturday when they took out all their frustration on Warmsworth and brought them down to join them. Mind you, there are still 18 points between them, though you wouldn’t have thought so at Waterside. Warmsworth (no stranger to collapses this year) were 24-0, 53-6, 60 all out. Andrew Haywood made 16, Liam Marshall made 22 and of the other nine players, six made ducks. Zobair Khaliq had the curiously expensive figures of 4-34, Muhammad Asim Khan 3-19. When Oughtibridge went in, Richard Everitt put down anchor (12 in 59 balls) - determined not to mess things up - but Hamzah Ilyas biffed seven fours in an unbeaten 36 to help the home side win by nine wickets in 19 overs. Oughtibridge stay bottom but they’ve shown that they know how to win! 
 
Warmsworth 60 (27) Muhammed Asim Khan 3-19, Zobair Khaliq 4-34 
Oughtibridge WM 61-1 (19) Hamzah Ilyas 36* 
Oughtibridge War Memorial (12pts) beat Warmsworth (0) by nine wickets 
 
Sheffield Collegiate 2nds v Wath 
 
Collegiate 2nds have been the form team recently – but then so have Wath (on the quiet). They inserted Collegiate at Abbeydale and, apart from Ed and Robbie McKenna who, between them, held up one end for most of the innings, they winkled away the wickets at the other. Rob Barlow took 4-45 and Collegiate were all out for 144. Of course Collegiate can bowl a bit too, but Bradley Williams (30) and Max Bettson-Burnett (37) kept them at bay, reaching 89 before they lost their 3rd wicket. The door was prised open and Tom Eldred snatched three wickets. Bettson-Burnett forced it back, till the score reached 125, when Eldred got him too and helped Tate Miller snaffle the rest – except Wath had kept back Ainsley Swallow and his experienced shoulders pushed the last wicket partnership to 16 precious runs and the win by one wicket. Collegiate drop to third. Wath meanwhile move up to 6th courtesy of their win and also the new average-points calculation after Wath’s previous game against Aston Hall had to be cancelled because of Covid self-isolation. 
 
Sheffield C 2 144 (49.4) Robbie McKenna 38, Rob Barlow 4-45 
Wath 147-9 (31.2) Bradley Williams 30, Max Bettson-Burnett 37, Tom Eldred 5-35 
Wath (12pts) beat Sheffield Collegiate 2nds (4) by one wicket 
 
Sprotbrough v Conisbrough 
 
Conisbrough deserve great credit for the way they have pulled themselves up from the bottom. In the last six weeks they have won four games and transformed their season. They’re now only one win and four points behind Sprotbrough, their victims on Saturday. Nathan Smith made 95 and he’s been central to Conisbrough’s improvement, having scored nothing less than 25 in all innings, Saturday and Sunday, in the same period. He was in when the first wicket fell for five and out only four balls before the end of the innings. With Danyaal Latif’s support he took Conisbrough to 193-9. Then Hassan Bin Shahab demolished Sprotbrough with 5-19 in ten overs. Tom Pepper was first out with 18 when the score was 27 and no-one scored more. Sprotbrough were bowled out for 85 and Conisbrough had won by 80 runs (the DLS target was 165). It’s only fair to observe that on the Sunday, the two clubs played each other again in the semi-final of the Whitworth Cup and this time it was Sprotbrough who won, by 136 runs. Honours even – but it’s Sprotbrough who are in the Cup Final, playing Aston Hall (who beat Whiston by four runs in a thriller)! 
 
Conisbrough 193-9 (50) Nathan Smith 95, Danyaal Latif 31, Scott Mantovani 5-51, Gordon Thomson 3-36 
Sprotbrough 85 (27.4) Buddhika Sanjeewa 3-35, Hassan Bin Shahab 5-19 
Conisbrough (12pts) beat Sprotbrough (0) by 80 runs (DLS target 166 in 30 overs) 
 
Whiston Parish Church v Rockingham Colliery 
 
Whiston moved back into the second promotion slot with another Tommo experience at Church Fields. Andy Tomlinson had made 115 against Rockingham in April; this time he made 152 (his third hundred this season), put on 133 for the first wicket with Gareth Davis (45), and 87 for the third with Harry Paver (35). Despite rattling through everyone else (with no-one scoring more than three) Rockingham couldn’t shift Tomlinson till the penultimate over, by which time Whiston had the best part of 262-8. Nazakat Khan finally got him out; he also got Aamir Jamal for a duck and scored an unbeaten 43 when Rockingham eventually batted. Trouble was, no-one else got more than 13 and Jamal took 5-23 in ten, Danny Kemp got 3-18, and Rockingham were all out for 92. They must be hoping Whiston get promoted! 
 
Whiston PC 262-8 (50) Andrew Tomlinson 152, Gareth Davis 45, Harry Paver 35, Nazakat Khan 4-83 
Rockingham C 92 (34.2) Nazakat Khan 43*, Aamir Jamal 5-23 
Whiston Parish Church (12pts) beat Rockingham Colliery (0) by 170 runs 
 
By Richard Storer 
 
 
 
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