The Championship teams, hopeful with the spring sunshine that this will be the year they get promoted to the Premier division, began with runs, wickets and enthusiasm and none more so than 2019’s two relegated clubs, Aston Hall and Cleethorpes, who gave notice that they intend to power their way back. 
 
Aston Hall v Wath 
 
Aston Hall overcame a solid 208-5 from Wath. It was great to see Ainsley Swallow, returning after a few of seasons out of the game, making 57 and James Barnard 43. But it wasn’t enough to contain Aston Hall who overtook their score with six wickets and four overs to spare, Rob Ward leading the way with 64. Rob Barlow, as ever, gave Wath hope with three wickets in quick succession, but Nathan Ward (44*) and Dean Smith (45*) sealed the gap and mounted their own unbroken partnership of 95 to win the game. 
 
Wath 208-5 (50 overs) James Barnard 43, Ainsley Swallow 57 
Aston Hall 209-4 (46.1) Rob Ward 64, Nathan Ward 44*, Dean Smith 45*, Rob Barlow 3-57 
Aston Hall (12pts) beat Wath (0) by six wickets 
 
Rockingham Colliery v Cleethorpes 
 
Cleethorpes simply overpowered Rockingham who also batted first but just couldn’t get going, especially against Alex Osmond, who took 4-25 in 15 overs -half of them maidens. Harry Grindle batted through for an unbeaten 55 and Mikey Denton enlivened things with 33, but overall Rockingham could only make 149 which Cleethorpes motored past in 29 overs with Sameera Sadamal (49) and Tom Rollinson (44*) enjoying 16 fours between them. 
 
Rockingham Colliery 149-4 (49.4) Harry Grindle 55*, Mikey Denton 33, Lee Charlton 3-39, Alex Osmond 4-25 
Cleethorpes 153-3 (29.3) Sameera Sadamal 49, Tom Rollinson 44* 
Cleethorpes (12pts) beat Rockingham Colliery (0) by seven wickets 
 
Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds v Conisbrough 
 
In a tightly fought game at Shaw Lane, newly promoted Barnsley 2nds battled to 173-8 against Conisbrough. Oliver Bennett (40) and Callum Honeyman (35) shored up the middle order against a determined bowling attack led by Hassan Bin Shahab and Jack Roberts, who took all the wickets between them. Conisbrough started promisingly with James Doran smashing 62 off 46 balls (with 50 in boundaries) and were 130-3, just 43 from their target. A short while later they found themselves 131-7 thanks to the wiles of the ageless Haider Jahangir. Hassan Bin Shahab (20*) and Aaron Whitehead tried their best to get them over the line but Conisbrough were all out 169, just four short with six overs left, Callum Honeyman completing a significant all round performance with 5-62. 
 
Barnsley WM 2 173-8 (50) Oliver Bennett 40, Callum Honeyman 35, Jack Roberts 4-57, Hassan Bin Shahab 4-32 
Conisbrough 169 (43.2) James Dorn 62, Callum Honeyman 5-62, Haider Jahangir 3-37 
Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds (12pts) beat Conisborough (4) by four runs 
 
Sheffield Collegiate 2nds v Houghton Main 
 
The other second team, Sheffield Collegiate, let Houghton Main get away from them. After Tom Eldred had taken four wickets to reduce Houghton to 111-7, Yousaf Rehman struck a powerful 50 and with Simon Ward (36), put on 81 for the eighth wicket, so the final score was 195-9. Not to be outdone, Collegiate struggled to 116-9 in the face of Imran Khan’s 5-42, before Ben Fielding (47*) and Mansoor Shinwari put on an unbeaten partnership of 58, ending on 174-9 in a topsy turvy game. 
 
Houghton Main 195-9 (50) Michael Brown 36, Yousaf Rehman 50, Simon Ward 36, Tom Eldred 4-64 
Sheffield Collegiate 2nds 174-9 (50) Ben Fielding 47*, Imran Khan 5-42 
Houghton Main (12pts) beat Sheffield Collegiate 2nds (2) by 21 runs 
 
Whiston Parish Church v Warmsworth 
 
Warmsworth must have been wondering whether they really wanted promotion after a mauling by Whiston at Church Fields. Andy Tomlinson struck the umpteenth 100 of his career (with 21 fours!) to take Whiston to 281-9. Warmsworth captain Lewis Brown took 6-64, which was quite outstanding in the circumstances but, with the stuffing knocked out of them, his team had no spirit left to counter Mussa Chaudhry, Danny Kemp and Scott Cunningham, who bowled them out for 77, all but one bowled or LBW. Whiston, on their day, are capable of doing this to anyone. Warmsworth will recover. 
 
Whiston PC 281-9 (50) Andrew Tomlinson 119, Daniel Kemp 32, Lewis Brown 6-64 
Warmsworth 77 (29.5) Daniel Kemp 3-9, Mussa Chudhry 4-24 
Whiston Parish Church (12pts) beat Warmsworth (0) by 204 runs 
 
Oughtibridge War Memorial v Sprotborough 
 
Sprotbrough also were on song in beating Oughtibridge. They scored 266 all out, with 40s from Gordon Thomson, Ash Ward and Matthew Webb (and 46 contributed in wides by Oughtibridge!). Zeeshan Karamat and Ashley Naseby took seven wickets between them. Oughtibridge started positively in the chase and passed 100 with only three down, Richard Everitt making 40, but it was a struggle from then on and they ended 165 all out with Matthew Webb and Gordon Thomson completing strong all-round performances by taking three wickets each. 
 
Sprotborough 266 (50) Alex Rudkin 36, Gordon Thomson 45, Ash Ward 44, Matthew Webb 42, Zeeshan Karamat 4-63, Ashley Naseby 3-15 
Oughtibridge WM 165 (43) Richard Everitt 40, Matthew Webb 3-43, Gordon Thomson 3-53 
Sprotborough (12pts) beat Oughtibridge War Memorial (0) by 101 runs 
 
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