This week the contest between the top overseas professionals pitted them against each other in the same match, as Whiston played Cleethorpes. The result meant the top three reshuffled again and Houghton Main moved back to the top. 
 
Whiston Parish Church v Cleethorpes 
 
Probably Andy Tomlinson and Joe Norbury felt disappointed when they both got out in their twenties, after putting on an opening stand of 47 for Whiston. They would have known how important the match was, and felt that they’d missed a chance to build a big score and give their team a fighting chance against the league leaders, Cleethorpes. They weren’t to know that it was already the most significant stand of the match, by 33 runs, and would prove to be the difference between the two sides. The rest was a procession. Sameera Sadamal came on to bowl and took five Whiston wickets for 19, with Alex Osmond (4-38), bowling them all out for 96. Osmond even got the renowned Aamir Jamal, who had scored 259 runs for once out in his last two innings, lbw for 0 in four balls. How they must have celebrated. But when Cleethorpes batted, the procession continued. Jamal opened, keen to get revenge, and in 14 overs took 7-46 (including Sadamal for 12). Joe Norbury at the other end took 3-15 and Cleethorpes were bowled out for 62 – not even close. So Cleethorpes, who were ten points clear last week are now third. Whiston are two points above them, in second place. 
 
Whiston PC 96 (36.1) Alex Osmond 4-38, Sameera Sadamal 5-19 
Cleethorpes 62 (27.2) Aamir Jamal 7-46, Joe Norbury 3-15 
Whiston Parish Church (12pts) beat Cleethorpes (0) by 34 runs 
 
Rockingham Colliery v Houghton Main 
 
And Houghton Main are top again – level with Whiston. They scored 236 -6 in a very different game against Rockingham. Connor Fisher got an unbeaten 70, holding the innings together while Matty Bowering smashed 73 in 48 balls. Rockingham’s reply was remarkable. Both openers fell for ducks, then Tony Munyonga scored exactly 100 and Nazakat Khan exactly 50, putting on 115 together, after which no-one else made more than 7. Bowering took 4-51, Imran Khan 3-41 and Rockingham, all out for 197 still had seven overs left – to get 30 runs. If one other person had stayed with Munyonga they would have won. 
 
Houghton M 236-6 (50) Connor Fisher 70*, Yousaf Rehman 30, Matty Bowering 73 
Rockingham C 197 (42.2) Tony Munyonga 100, Nazakat Khan 50, imran Khan 3-41, Matty Bowering 4-51 
Houghton Main (12pts) beat Rockingham Colliery (2) by 39 runs 
 
Aston Hall v Conisbrough 
 
Aston Hall now had a chance to move up amongst the leaders. A win would have put them two points behind Cleethorpes and they were playing Conisbrough, who have not had a great season so far. But they blew it. They bowled well enough. Conisbrough were all out for 139. Tom Coulson took 4-30 and Adam Clarke 3-40. Conisbrough had been 57-6, but Joe Farmer (30) and Buddhika Sanjeewa (34), pulled them round to more than double their score. Still, on form, Aston should have got the runs comfortably, even after losing Joe Stickland third ball. Ali Ahmed (35) and Nathan Ward (28) took the score to 63-2 but then Hassan Bin Shahab got going, taking 7-48 in 14 overs and Aston ended up 14 runs short, after losing their last three wickets for one run. Conisbrough move level with Barnsley 2nds and could haul themselves out of the relegation zone next match. 
 
Conisbrough 139 (48.2) Joe Farmer 30, Buddhika Sanjeewa 34, Tom Coulson 4-30, Adam Clarke 3-40 
Aston Hall 125 (38.1) Ali Ahmed 35, Hassan Bin Shahab 7-48 
Conisbrough (12pts) beat  Aston Hall (2) by 14 runs 
 
Sheffield Collegiate 2nds v Sprotbrough 
 
And it was Collegiate 2nds who took their chances and now move up to within eight points of Houghton Main at the top. That they did so is thanks to their abiding virtues of tight bowling and accomplished home-grown young batsmen. Ben Fielding took 4-36 and Tom Eldred 2-31, both in 15 overs. Sprotbrough found it hard to get the ball away. Daniel Wright made 37 in 68 balls, Richard Belk 23 in 66, while wickets fell at the other end and three players were run out trying to break the stranglehold. Sprotbrough were all out for 142, but came back strongly. Scott Mantovani tore into the Collegiate early order and had them 2-2, then 48-4, but that was it. Michael Goodchild, who had batted on calmly while partners disappeared from the other end, went on to make an unbeaten 60 in 117 balls, while Matt Tyas made 59 not out in half the time, and together they scored the 95 needed to win the game. 
 
Sprotbrough 142 (50) Daniel Wright 37, Ben Fielding 4-36 
Sheffield C 2 143-4 (40.3) Michael Goodchild 60*, Matt Tyas 59*, Scott Mantovani 3-28 
Sheffield Collegiate 2nds (12pts) beat Sprotbrough (0) by six wickets 
 
Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds v Warmsworth 
 
Barnsley 2nds meanwhile dropped into danger after a fascinating game against Warmsworth,that ebbed and flowed, and was won and lost on the very last ball. Barnsley batted first and had a good opening stand of 43, before getting tied up by Limar Pierce who took 3-26 in 15 overs. They were 73-4 and 108-5, but Callum Honeyman (52*) and Andrew Clayton (19) put on 61 together and pulled them round to 170-6 by the end of the 50 overs. Liam Marshall made a bright 35 at the start of Warmsworth’s reply, but wickets were falling and they were 51-5 at one stage. However, Limar Pierce put on successive fifty partnerships, firstly with Kelvin Defty (17), and then with Paul Green (29). At 159-7, Pierce was still there, but he was caught off Steve Honeyman for 72 with four to win and just two balls of the last over to go. Enter skipper Lewis Brown – one for a sighter and, with two to win and the field in, four off the last ball. Job done. 
 
Barnsley WM 2 170-6 (50) Callum Honeyman 52*, Limar Pierce 3-26 
Warmsworth 173-8 (50) Liam Marshall 35, Limar Pierce 72 
Warmsworth (12pts) beat Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds (4) by two wickets 
 
Oughtibridge War Memorial v Wath 
 
Oughtibridge produced a much better batting performance this week, making 191-8, with Hamzah Ilyas contributing 47 before being unfortunately run out; whilst Ashley Naseby and Shahrukh Khan both made 30s. Sadly, none of them were able to take their score on, but it was still a good total, especially with Rob Barlow and Ainsley Swallow both missing for Wath. Wath though have been batting with much more confidence in recent matches, and they worked through their task with scarcely a ruffle. Successive partnerships of 32, 39, 47 and 60 for the four wickets that fell, won the game with more than eight overs still to bowl. Luke Roddison top scored with 66 and Jack Whitlam led the final chase with an unbeaten 41. Shahrukh Khan took 3-45 in eleven. 
Wath move up to eighth, just behind Sprotbrough and Rockingham, while Oughtibridge are now 22 points adrift at the bottom. 
 
Oughtibridge WM 191-8 (50) Hamzah Ilyas 47, Ashley Naseby 35, Shahrukh Khan 34, Shawn Hopkins 3-61 
Wath 196-4 (41.3) Luke Roddison 66, Jack Whitlam 41*, Shahrukh Khan 3-45 
Wath (12pts) beat Oughtibridge War Memorial (0) by six wickets 
 
League leaders Houghton Main v Collegiate 2nds will be the game to watch next week. They could swap places if Collegiate win, but don’t expect Cleethorpes and Whiston to stand idly by. Cleethorpes play Rockingham and Whiston are at Warmsworth and both will be looking to take full advantage, whatever the score. 
 
By Richard Storer 
 
 
 
 
 
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