Championship Division round-up - 24 July
Posted on 27th July 2021 at 18:20
Oughtibridge War Memorial v Cleethorpes
Cleethorpes continued their leadership of the Championship, though not without a few scares against Oughtibridge, who batted first. Richard Everitt (40) and Zobair Khaliq (30) made nonsense of the gulf separating their clubs’ league positions, with a stand of 68 for the first wicket; but it was a struggle from thereonin as Sameera Sadamal (4-47) and Harry Costello (3-25) tightened their grip. Ashley Naseby did his best to resist the pressure and Oughtibridge reached 163, but it should have been a straightforward chase for Cleethorpes. However, at 73-4, with Sadamal and Tom Rollinson both out, it was not looking good, and it got worse. Inderdip Singh and Sam Patel were both bowling well. The score slipped to 121-8, and a major upset was on the cards. Yet, all was not as it might have seemed, because skipper Bill Kirby, having scored 306 runs as opener in his last three innings, had dropped himself down the order for this match and, coming in at no 8, was not your average tail-ender. With Lee Charlton’s support, he proceeded to knock off the 43 runs required without further loss. It was frustrating for Oughtibridge, but their performance against the league-leaders must have encouraged them in their own fight against relegation.
Oughtibridge WM 163 (49.4) Richard Everitt 40, Zobair Khaliq 30, Harry Costello 3-25, Sameeera Sadamal 4-47
Cleethorpes 164-8 (44.4) Tom Rollinson 30, Bill Kirby 34*, Inderdip Singh 3-52, Sam Patel 3-35
Cleethorpes (12pts) beat Oughtibridge War Memorial (4) by two wickets
Sheffield Collegiate 2nds v Whiston Parish Church
It was not a great day for young batters at Abbeydale, although there were several on both sides gracing the field. Joe Norbury and Harry Paver for Whiston didn’t trouble the scorers, and Collegiate 2nds’ many young bloods found it hard to get double figures, but around them the more experienced players enjoyed the opportunity to score heavily. Andy Tomlinson (64) and Gareth Davis (34) put on 84 for Whiston’s first wicket and keeper Patrick Selkirk, who scored 157 in 89 balls in a Sunday league match earlier in the season, but has not had a score in the championship, got his first 50, taking his team to 265-7. Top score for Collegiate was Andy Simpson with 31. Aamir Jamal got his contractual five wickets plus 42 runs, but otherwise the day belonged to young bowlers – Michael Goodchild and Tate Miller for Collegiate and Joe Norbury with 4-45 in 15 for Whiston, who won the game comfortably by 118 runs to stay second in the league.
Whiston PC 265-7 (50) Andrew Tomlinson 64, Gareth Davis 34, Aamir Jamal 42, Lewis Pike 35, Patrick Selkirk 56*, Tate Miller 3-58
Sheffield C 2 147 (38) Andy Simpson 31, Aamir Jamal 5-57, Joe Norbury 4-45
Whiston Parish Church (12pts) beat Sheffield Collegiate 2nds (0) by 118 runs
Aston Hall v Houghton Main
Houghton Main are in the last stages of the National Village Cup, again, bringing great credit to the league and the region. They are also determined to stay with the Championship leaders, just waiting for a slip to sneak in and get promotion. On Saturday, Connor Fisher, who has had a great season, capped it with his first century for the club – 119 nt out in 87 balls, which, with Michael Brown’s 71, took his team to 253-5 against Aston Hall. His opposite number for Aston, Mainak Ray, also top-scored for his side with an unbeaten 76, but his colleagues couldn’t match him and, at one stage Aston were 62-6. Josh Coulson and Johannes Bothma helped bring things round and they ended up with 199 – not that far off – but three run outs didn’t help. So Aston Hall slip to sixth while Houghton stay third, 30 points ahead of Aston, but only eight behind Whiston.
Houghton M 253-5 (50) Michael Brown 71, Connor Fisher 119*
Aston Hall 199 (43.5) Mainak Ray 76, Imran Khan 3-50
Houghton Main (12pts) beat Aston Hall (2) by 54 runs
Wath v Conisbrough
Wath’s rise continues. They’ve now overtaken Aston Hall and are fifth in the league – a long way behind the leaders admittedly, but it’s been a remarkable recovery from a fairly dismal start. On Saturday, Rob Barlow was back to opening and his 89 reminded watchers of the run machine of old. At the other end the new machine, Bradley Williams, hammered a symmetrical 100 runs in 100 balls, taking his season’s average to 52.10 and still no score less than 12, a number which coincidentally was bettered by no-one in the Conisbrough team on Saturday - and only by the openers in the Wath team. Wath made 252-7, with Buddhika Sanjeewa taking 5-55. Conisbrough made 96 (half of which were extras – leg byes made more than any batsman!) and Jack Whitlam took a career-best 6-35. Conisbrough did well in June/early July. Somehow they need to rediscover that magic.
Wath 252-7 (50) Rob Barlow 89, Bradley Williams 100, Buddhika Sanjeewa 5-55
Conisbrough 96 (21.3) Jack Whitlam 6-35, Luke Roddison 3-28
Wath (12pts) beat Conisbrough (0) by 156 runs
Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds v Rockingham Colliery
Things weren’t too dissimilar in the Rockingham innings against Barnsley Woolley Miners. Ben Dalton made 93, Andy Baker 43* and no-one else made more than nine. They totalled 165-6 with Callum Honeyman taking half the wickets. It was enough to win though. Barnsley fought hard but could only reach 155-6, with Honeyman completing a fine day for him, with 50 and three wickets. He and Zak Jahangir (28) put on 59 together, but it was slow going. After 43 overs the score was only 108-4. In 100-speak that’s 0.4 a ball. They then got 47 for two wickets in the next seven overs, nearly tripling the rate - but finished ten short, when they desperately needed a win to take them out of the bottom two. Rockingham stay in mid-table.
Rockingham C 165-6 (50) Ben Dalton 93, Andy Baker 43*, Callum Honeyman 3-51
Barnsley WM 2 155-6 (50) Callum Honeyman 50
Rockingham Colliery (12pts) beat Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds (4) by ten runs
Sprotbrough v Warmsworth
Finally, at Sprotbrough, the home team continued their disappointing run, making only 110 in 40 overs, with Tom Pepper (37), Dean Williamson (23) and Gordon Thomson (28) the only batsmen to score more than five. Lewis Brown took 5-23 in 13 overs and Jake Marshall 3-22 in seven for Warmsworth, who then knocked off the runs without loss in 28 overs, Andrew Haywood making 50 and Rhys Mann 44 - and Warmsworth’s Jekyll and Hyde season continues!
Sprotbrough 110 (40.2) Thomas Pepper 37, Jake Marshall 3-22, Lewis Brown 5-23
Warmsworth 111-0 (28) Andrew Haywood 50*, Rhys Mann 44*
Warmsworth (12pts) beat Sprotbrough (0) by ten wickets
By Richard Storer
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