The league stretched still further on Saturday. There are now 70 points separating the top and bottom clubs as we move towards the last game of the first half of the season. In the top of the table clash, Cleethorpes defeated Houghton Main and go ten points clear – but there’s a long way still to go. 
 
Cleethorpes v Houghton Main 
 
Houghton Main were undone by Cleethorpes’ overseas Sameera Sadamal who took 4-44, slicing through Houghton’s middle order. He then made 55* to steer Cleethorpes to a comfortable six wicket win, with 13 overs still to play. Houghton, who’ve been so consistent this season, never really got going. Six players got to double figures, but the most was Yousaf Rehman’s 24, and there was a smack of desperation in that, with two fours and two sixes in 21 balls. Alex Osmond (3-27) supported Sadamal to bowl Houghton out for 124 in 44 overs. There was a wobble at the start of Cleethorpes’ innings as Imran Khan and Michael Bates bowled long spells to try to find a way through. Bates took 3-63 but there was little joy at the other end once Sadamal got going, first with Tom Rollinson (27), then Alex Osmond (24*) and the total was reached very comfortably in the 37th over 
 
Houghton Main 124 (44) Alex Osmond 3-27, Sameera Sadamal 4-44 
Cleethorpes 125-4 (36.5) Sameera Sadamal 55* 
Cleethorpes (12pts) beat Houghton Main (0) by six wickets 
 
Conisbrough v Whiston Parish Church 
 
Conisbrough did well against Whiston, making 203 in a solid team performance, but again, nobody really capitalised on a good start. Josh Whittaker’s 46 was the most. Still that was one more than Whiston’s best (Joe Norbury made 45 to go with his 4-54) until Aamir Jamal got going. Jamal blasted 163 in 108 balls last week. This week he was more subdued – just 96* in 66 balls (74 of them in boundaries) and he only took three wickets. Whiston therefore moved on rapidly to their target, which, like Cleethorpes, they achieved for four down with 13 overs to spare. Maybe the league championship should be decided in a single wicket competition between the overseas pros on Cleethorpes’ sands. Now there’s a holiday attraction. 
 
Conisbrough 203 (46) Josh Whittaker 46, Aamir Jamal 3-63, Joe Norbury 4-54 
Whiston PC 205-4 (36.2) Joe Norbury 45, Danny Kemp 30, Aamir Jamal 96* 
Whiston Parish Church (12pts) beat Conisbrough (0) by six wickets 
 
Sprotbrough v Aston Hall 
 
Meanwhile, amongst mere mortals, Aston Hall moved up just behind Whiston with another positive team performance, restricting the strong Sprotbrough batsmen to 146-8 (six of which were caught by keeper Nathan Ward, which must be a record for the new league!). Tom Coulson took 3-25 in ten. For Sprotbrough, four players got into their 20s - Dean Williamson, Daniel Wright, Ben Lyons and Ashley Langdale - but none advanced beyond that. By contrast Joe Stickland made 69*, with 12 fours in 94 balls and with Nathan Ward (24) and Mainak Ray (22*) overtook Sprotbrough’s total for four down in 32 overs. 
 
Sprotbrough 146-8 (50) Tom Coulson 3-25 
Aston Hall 147-4 (32.1) Joe Stickland 69* 
Aston Hall (12pts) beat Sprotbrough (0) by six wickets 
 
Oughtibridge War Memorial v Sheffield Collegiate 2nds 
 
Collegiate 2nds, boosted by Josh White’s return to the ranks, put a sizeable total together against Oughtibridge. White made 57 while early wickets fell at the other end, before Matt Tyas (45) and Ed McKenna (53) marshalled the middle order to reach 239-9, their highest of the season. Oughtibridge found things a little more difficult, apart that is from Ashley Naseby who made 78* in 90 balls and would still be batting if he hadn’t run out of partners. However only numbers 10 and 11 of the rest made double figures. Oughtibridge were 19-5 and 31-7 but thanks to Naseby reached 137. Matt Tyas took 4-24 in eleven overs but remarkably the wicket-keeping record of six catches in an innings achieved by Nathan Ward of Aston Hall earlier in the afternoon, was equalled by Andy Simpson of Collegiate! It must be catching. 
 
Collegiate 2 239-9 (50) Joshua White 57, Matt Tyas 45, Ed McKenna 53, Zobair Khaliq 3-51 
Oughtibridge WM 137 (38.3) Ashley Naseby 78*, Matt Tyas 4-24 
Sheffield Collegiate 2nds (12pts) beat Oughtibridge War Memorial (0) by 102 runs 
 
Warmsworth v Rockingham Colliery 
 
Warmsworth have had a difficult season but started brightly against Rockingham. Liam Marshall made 33, Andrew Haywood 28 and they were 120-4 at one stage, until Nazakat Khan got going for Rockingham. He took 5-42 including Haywood and much of the tail, leaving Warmsworth all out for 157. Rockingham, as often, built their reply round the rock of Ben Dalton, who made 58 in 106 balls which allowed Hamzah Younis (32) and Tony Munyonga (20) to push the score along around him and overtake Warmsworth for five down in 38 overs. It takes Rockingham to 6th in the table, some way behind the leaders but going firmly in the right direction. 
 
Warmsworth 157 (43.2) Liam Marshall 33, Nazakat Khan 5-42, Tony Munyonga 3-17 
Rockingham C 159-5 (38.3) Ben Dalton 58, Hamzah Younis 32 
Rockingham Colliery (12pts) beat Warmsworth (0) by five wickets 
 
Wath v Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds 
 
Waths' Rob Barlow, who has already taken 31 league and cup wickets this season got another 5-35 against Barnsley 2nds, and with Shawn Hopkins (3-36) reduced Barnsley from 108-3 to 129 all out. Oliver Bennett made 48 but the last six batsmen failed to make double figures. Wath proceeded to canter to a long-awaited win with Bradley Williams 43* and James Barnard run out for 50 just before the end. It takes Wath clear of the relegation zone for the moment. They look such a good team when things go well together. 
 
Barnsley WM 2 129 (45.5) Oliver Bennett 48, Rob Barlow 5-35, Shawn Hopkins 3-36 
Wath 131-2 (29.3) James Barnard 50, Bradley Williams 43* 
Wath (12pts) beat Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds (0) by eight wickets 
 
By Richard Storer 
 
 
 
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