It’s stay as you are at the top of the YCSPL Championship, but there were some fantastic performances to go with the weather. 
 
Cleethorpes v Sheffield Collegiate 2nds 
 
Feted as the match of the day, this game lived up to its billing with strong performances on both sides and a finish that confirms Cleethorpes as championship contenders. Collegiate batted first and found Harry Costello and Sameera Sadamal challenging as they stuttered to 53-4, but Matt Tyas (64) and Robbie McKenna pulled the team around with a stand of 97, leaving the last few overs for Andy Simpson and Ed McKenna to bring up the 200 with several lusty blows. The highest score all season against Collegiate’s accurate attack has been 205, so they must have been fairly pleased with 202-6, but Cleethorpes’ Bill Kirby and Callum Carter built a steady opening stand of 58 and set the stage for 71* from Sameera Sadamal who shepherded the middle order to their target, even as George Bartlett nibbled away at it. Bartlett had 3-28 in seven as Sadamal hit the winning run with six wickets down and two overs left. So Cleethorpes cling on, two points behind the leaders and ten from their nearest challengers. 
 
Sheffield C 2 202-6 (50) Matt Tyas 64, Sameera Sadamal 3-46 
Cleethorpes 203-6 (47.2) Callum Carter 42, Sameera Sadamal 71, George Bartlett 3-28 
Cleethorpes (12pts) beat Sheffield Collegiate 2nds (2) by four wickets 
 
Houghton Main v Warmsworth 
 
Warmsworth have had an erratic season so far, so it was always going to be a struggle against league-leaders Houghton Main especially after they lost the toss. Umair Tariq, Houghton’s no 1, delighted with the opportunity, made 101 in 121 balls, sharing an opening partnership of 54 with Brent Law and 132 with Connor Fisher (53). Fisher and Matty Bowering (48) then upped the tempo to finish on 285-7. Warmsworth however have Andrew Haywood and he relished the situation as much as Tariq, making 119 in 142 balls. Surely, this would be Warmsworth’s day?! Sadly the next nearest batsman made 16 and seven made three or less. Michael Bates, Imran Khan and Matty Bowering took eight of the wickets, and Houghton bowled Warmsworth out for 175. Haywood himself was eighth out on 169. The gulf between the top teams in the Championship and the rest couldn’t be more vividly demonstrated and Houghton remain top. 
 
Houghton Main 285-7 (50) Umair Tariq 101, Connor Fisher 53, Matty Bowering 48, Richard Marshall 3-93, Ryan Pearson 3-58 
Warmsworth 175 (48.5) Andrew Hayward 119, Imran Khan 3-23, Matty Bowering 3-23 
Houghton Main (12pts) beat Warmsworth (0) by 110 runs 
 
Whiston Parish Church v Wath 
 
The same could be said of Whiston v Wath. I said after last week’s surprise loss that wounded Whiston would be looking to re-assert themselves at home to Wath – and so they did. 335-8, the season’s biggest score so far, with 163 in 108 balls by Aamir Jamal (though take that out and it would not have been so impressive). Nos 9 and 10 (Lewis Sansome and Dale Stanley) got 43* and 21* when Wath were on their knees, but the next nearest was Danny Kemp’s 20. Alex Roebuck stuck at it to take four wickets. Wath themselves had a good go and made 238 Bradley Williams made 67 and Ainsley Swallow 59. They were 183-2 at one stage, before it fell apart, Andy Tomlinson taking 5-23 in six overs. So Whiston stay in touch, ten points behind the leaders. 
 
Whiston PC 335-8 (50) Aamir Jamal 163, Lewis Sansome 43*, Alex Roebuck 4-81 
Wath 238 (43.2) James Barnard 36, Bradley Williams 67, Ainsley Swallow 59, Andrew Tomlinson 5-23 
Whiston Parish Church (12pts) beat Wath (2) by 97 runs 
 
Aston Hall v Oughtibridge War Memorial 
 
Meanwhile, amongst mere mortals, Aston Hall are creeping back up and are just four points behind Whiston. Joe Stickland was back to form with 67* and 3-11. Oughtibridge battled out 141, with the top five all making starts but no-one bettering Ashley Naseby’s 21. Adam Clarke took 4-36 in all but 15 overs. There was then nearly a shock, as the bottom club had Aston 8-3 and 54-4, Maseb Asim Khan and Zobair Khaliq taking two each, but then, as Oughtibridge attacked, scenting they were only two wickets from the tail, Stickland got going and with Rob Ward (33*), the fours flowed, as they put on 69 in an unbroken stand to claim the victory for five down in just 28 overs. 
 
Oughtibridge WM 141 (46.3) Adam Clark 4-36, Joe Stickland 3-11 
Aston Hall 142-5 (28) Joe Stickland 67*, Rob Ward 33* 
Aston Hall (12pts) beat Oughtibridge War Memorial (0) by five wickets 
 
Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds v Sprotbrough 
 
Sprotbrough had another great team effort at Shaw Lane, where Tom Pepper made 64 and with good support from Gordon Thomson (36) and Daniel Wright (42) and several others, they made 230, using all but five balls of their 50 overs. By contrast, Barnsley advanced in fits and starts – score, 0, score, 0, score, 0. Tom Whittaker did best with 41 and Haider Jahangir tried to keep things going with 37*, but it wasn’t enough to hold back Matthew Webb, Asley Langdale and Scott Mantovani, back together this week, taking all eight Barnsley wickets between them for 165 – well short. 
 
Sprotbrough 230 (49.1) Thomas Pepper 64, Gordon Thomson 36, Daniel Wright 42, Steven Honeyman 6-71 
Barnsley WM 2 165-8 (50) Thomas Whittaker 41, Haider Jahangir 37*, Ashley Langdale 3-58, Matthew Webb 3-32 
Sprotbrough (12pts) beat Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds (2) by 65 runs 
 
Rockingham Colliery v Conisbrough 
 
Rockingham batted first at home to Conisbrough and concentrated hard to get 196-6, keeping out Buddhika Sanjeewa who took 4-58. Ben Dalton put down the sheet anchor with 54 in 132 balls and supported by Nazakat Khan (46 in 70) hauled Rockingham back from 18-2 to 123-3, where it all threatened to collapse, before John Ashton (32*) and Andy Baker (30*) saw them out of the mire and into a respectable total. Conisbrough likewise had Jonathan Redfern to hold them together at the start, with 59, and they battled on to 153-5 but the last forty runs, with time ebbing away, proved beyond them and they subsided to 174 with just an over left. Nazakat Khan and the experience of Richard Skipworth with four wickets each won the day for Rockingham, but at least Conisbrough got two precious batting points, to get them nearly out of the relegation zone, but not quite. 
 
Rockingham C 196-6 (50) Ben Dalton 54, Nazakat Khan 46, John Ashton 32*, Andy Baker 30*, Buddhika Sanjeewa 4-58 
Conisbrough 174 (49) Jonathan Redfern 59, Nazakat Khan 4-43, Richard Skipworth 4-32 
Rockingham Colliery (12pts) beat Conisbrough (2) by 22 runs 
 
Next Saturday, undoubtedly the place to be is Chichester Road, Cleethorpes, where no 2 play Houghton Main, no1, and Whiston will be hoping they don’t mess up at Conisbrough where with such a delightful, but very small ground, the sixes may flow, and, if they do, they have every chance of overtaking the losers. 
 
By Richard Storer 
 
 
 
 
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