Cleethorpes v Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds 
 
Bill Kirby is in a rich vein of form. After a disappointing start to the season he has scored 125, 80 and now 101 in his last three innings. All things come to he who waits – though they’re not usually that good! He has led Cleethorpes from the front to the top of the Championship and with Tom Rollinson (40) and colleagues, set Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds 222-7 to overcome. They had a go. Oliver Bennett made 56, but most others perished in their teens. Matthew Owen took three wickets but the damage was done by others (Sadamal and Charlton) who pegged back the rate and stopped them from scoring. Three run outs showed their frustration Barnsley ended on 177-9 and Cleethorpes move 14 points clear at the top. 
 
Cleethorpes 222-7 (50) Bill Kirby 101, Tom Rollinson 40, Steven Honeyman 3-40 
Barnsley WM 2 (50) 177-9 (50) Oliver Bennett 56, Matthew Owen 3-53 
Cleethorpes (12pts) beat Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds (2) by 45 runs 
 
Houghton Main v Whiston Parish Church 
 
Houghton have had a tough time recently, after being league-leaders themselves only a few weeks ago, while Whiston have been lording it with astonishing batting and bowling feats. This week, opener and captain, Gareth Davis, put himself down the order at no 8, giving others a chance. Just as well he did, because Whiston really needed him. Houghton scored 209-8 in their 50 overs, with Danish Hussain (50) and Luke Ogden (46) taking their partners through. Joe Norbury and Harry Paver took five of the wickets, bowling 15 overs each, while Aamir Jamal had a disappointing day by his standards taking 2-58 in 13 and scoring only 8. By contrast, Michael Bates for Houghton had one of his better days, taking 6-65, with only Lewis Pike (35) out of the first seven Whiston batsmen, making a significant score. Whiston also managed to present Houghton with ten penalty runs, so their target became 219, which at 163-9 seemed somewhat remote. But Gareth Davis conducted a stirring rearguard action, shielding Jack Ward from most of the bowling and putting on 43 until he took a fateful single mid over and Ward was toppled by Danish Hussain. Whiston were 13 runs short (three without the penalty runs) and 15 balls still to bowl. So a fine unbeaten 64 from Davis but much gnashing of teeth in the Whiston camp as they slipped further behind Cleethorpes, and Houghton Main moved back up to third. 
 
Houghton M 219-8 (50) Luke Ogden 46, Danish Hussain 50, Harry Paver 3-61 
Whiston PC 206 (47.3) Lewis Pike 35, Gareth Davis 64*, Imran Khan 3-50, Michael Bates 6-65 
Houghton Main (12pts) beat Whiston Parish Church (4) by 13 runs 
 
Rockingham Colliery v Sheffield Collegiate 2nds 
 
The Whiston result should have been good news for Collegiate 2nds as they pegged Rockingham Colliery back to 161-9, with Matt Tyas and 16-year old Tate Miller, literally having a hand in eight of the wickets, as catcher or bowler. For Miller (4-44) this was only his second game for the 2s having had an excellent season for the thirds and U18s, taking over 50 wickets at 9.65. Hamzah Younis (54) and Ben Dalton (43) made the bulk of Rockingham’s runs, but it didn’t look to be enough, especially when Adam Burkinshaw and Michael Goodchild put on 40 for the first wicket. Then Richard Skipworth applied a tourniquet – 2-20 in 12 overs and Nazakat Khan took 3-42 in 14. Josh White made 26 and Rockingham supplied 23 extras, but no-one else broke 20, so Collegiate ended on 145-9, 16 short but managing 4 batting points. The win and 12 points takes Rockingham up to seventh in the table. 
 
Rockingham C 161-9 (50) Ben Dalton 43, Hamzah Younis 54, Tate Miller 4-44 
Sheffield C 2 145-9 (50) Nazakat Khan 3-42 
Rockingham Colliery (12pts) beat Sheffield Collegiate 2nds (4) by 16 runs 
 
Warmsworth v Aston Hall 
 
Liam Marshall has struggled to get going for Warmsworth this season. He’s had five scores in the 30’s but only once gone on to a fifty, until Saturday, when he broke right away with 111 not out in 140 balls. That Warmsworth only totalled 183-5, shows the importance of his innings and the inspiration it gave to his bowlers to stick at their task. The name Marshall continued to dominate the match, but, when Aston Hall batted, it was Richard who took 3-36 and Jake who took 3-40 either side of a fine innings of 59 from Jared Lovell. Liam himself caught two of them and Aston could not maintain their mid-innings momentum, and after a really hopeful seventh wicket partnership of 49 between Lovell and Josh Coulson, they fell back to 167 all out – sixteen behind with two overs to play. So Marshall Aid saves Warmsworth, helping them move above Barnsley and out of the relegation zone, for now. 
 
Warmsworth 183-5 (50) Liam Marshall 111*, Paul Green 30* 
Aston Hall 167 (48) Jared Lovell 59, Jake Marshall 3-40, Richard Marshall 3-36, Limar Pierce 3-47 
Warmsworth (12pts) beat Aston Hall (4) by 16 runs 
 
Wath v Sprotbrough 
 
Wath had another of their inspired days on Saturday when everything goes right and you can’t understand why they were languishing near the bottom of the table in the first months of the season. Now it’s all go at Moor Road. Bradley Williams (78) made his 4th score above 60 in a remarkable season that has seen him score in double figures every innings ,and Ainsley Swallow made 48, his contribution being no less significant in Wath’s transformation. It has certainly taken the pressure off Rob Barlow who has been able to move down the order and enjoy his bowling – 3-23 in 15 on Saturday. Wath made 231-9. Sprotbrough were brushed away by the new brooms of Wath for 134, with Alex Roebuck taking 4-57 and 16-year old Harrison Knowles 2-9. Wath are now sixth and Sprotbrough slip to eighth. 
 
Wath 231-9 (50) Bradley Williams 78, Ainsley Swallow 48, Jack Whitlam 36, Ashley Langdale 3-58, Gordon Thomson 3-70 
Sprotbrough 134 (45.4) Alex Roebuck 4-57, Rob Barlow 3-23 
Wath (12pts) beat Sprotbrough (0) by 97 runs 
 
Conisbrough v Oughtibridge War Memorial 
 
Conisbrough have staged a great recovery in the last month or so, at Oughtibridge’s expense. But on Saturday, the tables were turned and Oughtibridge, fresh from their famous win over Warmsworth last week, continued where they left off, to beat Conisbrough (just) and get themselves within touching distance of Barnsley. They still have hope of a dramatic rescue act that will keep them in the Championship. It didn’t start well though! Buddikha Sanjeewa and Hassan Bin Shahab took four wickets each for Conisbrough. Only Hamzah Ilyas (30), Inderdip Singh (40) and Sam Patel (22) and extras (33) got in double figures. Oughtibridge were all out for 153 in 35 overs. Conisbrough started well, were 53-1, but then lost three more to Inderdip Singh. Joss Whittaker and Buddhika Sanjeewa pulled them round,s and at 128-6 just needed 26 to win with twenty or more overs remaining. Sam Patel was given a bowl and in ten balls took 4-10 and the game was over, Oughtibridge winning by 14 runs. They’re still bottom but a win next week could take them above Barnsley and within six points of Warmsworth and safety. Conisbrough’s four batting points meanwhile take them up to joint eighth with Sprotbrough. 
 
Oughtibridge WM 153 (35.1) Hamzah Ilyas 30, Inderdip Singh 40, Buddhika Sanjeewa 4-27, Hassan Bin Shahab 4-43 
Conisbrough 139 (32.4) Muhammad Asim Khan 3-34, Inderdip Singh 3-39, Sam Patel 4-10 
Oughtibridge War Memorial (12pts) beat Conisbrough (4) by 14 runs 
 
Next week, Whiston visit Collegiate, Houghton Main are at Aston Hall and Oughtibridge entertain Cleethorpes. 
 
By Richard Storer 
 
 
 
 
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