Championship & Senior Section review - 3/4 July
Posted on 7th July 2021 at 11:18
It’s been a tough season for Whiston – four times sitting and watching the rain while others play – more than any other team – and this week again it enabled others to steal a march on them.
Cleethorpes v Rockingham Colliery
Chief of these was Cleethorpes, where they were able to get in the full game against Rockingham and in so doing take themselves back up to the top of the table. Captain Bill Kirby led from the front with 125 in 147 balls, putting on 73 with Callum Carter (36) for the first wicket and 153 with Sameera Sadamal (77) for the 2nd. Ryan Mann took 3-49 but his colleagues found the going hard (and fast – in all directions) as Cleethorpes amassed 269-4 in their 50 overs. Understandably, Rockingham felt a tad dispirited by all this and even more so when their first four wickets fell for 12 runs to Alex Osmond. However Tony Munyonga (55) and Hamzah Younis (46) pulled things round and took Rockingham to a much more respectable 157 by the time Osmond took his 5th (for 32). Sadamal, having a quieter day, slipped in with 3-55 and two catches.
Cleethorpes 269-4 (50) Bill Kirby 125, Callum Carter 36, Sameera Sadamal 77, Ryan Mann 3-49
Rockingham C 157 (41.5) Tony Munyonga 55, Hamzah Younis 46, Alex Osmond 5-32, Sameera Sadamal 3-55
Cleethorpes (12pts) beat Rockingham Colliery (0) by 112 runs
Houghton Main v Sheffield Collegiate 2nds
Must have been wet round Houghton, but they always try to get the game on and sadly for them, their reward was to lose and enable Collegiate and others to knock them off the top, again. Houghton batted first against the usual parsimonious Collegiate bowling attack. Isaac Parkin bowled 7 overs for 18 and Matt Tyas 9 for 26, but Brent Law managed to pull free and found Ben Fielding uncharacteristically hittable. He scored 80 with nine 4s and three 6s and Luke Ogden (32) supported him, so Houghton managed 182-5 after rain stoppages had reduced them to 39 overs a side. Duckworth Lewis added 17 to this, so Collegiate needed 199 in 39 overs – not an easy task against league-leaders Houghton – but they did so with three overs to spare. Everyone contributed. Michael Goodchild kept things together at the start with 44. Matt Tyas (39* in 26 balls) knocked things apart at the end. Only Imran Khan bowled consistently below the required run-rate and he went for just under four an over. So Collegiate 2nds won by six wickets and move to second in the table – as they have done before at this stage of the season. It will be really interesting to see if they can sustain it through the holiday period, and first team calls. They have a well-balanced side with youth and experience in all departments.
Houghton M 182-5 (39) Brent Law 80, Luke Ogden 32, Tom Eldred 3-33
Sheffield C 2 199-4 (35.5) Michael Goodchild 44, Samuel Meadows 37, Matthew Tyas 39*
Sheffield Collegiate 2nds (12pts) beat Houghton Main (0) by six wickets (DLS method – revised target 199 from 39 overs)
Conisbrough v Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds
Conisbrough and Barnsley similarly managed to squeeze in a rain-interrupted game. Barnsley reached 162-7 in their 28 overs. Zak Jahangir (43) and Callum Honeyman (39) led the way, but it wasn’t easy. Hassan Bin Shahab took 4-46 in nine overs, Buddhika Sanjeewa took 3-38 in eight. DLS meant Conisbrough needed 173 in 28 overs – a challenge but very possible on their small home ground, where Arosh Jonoda famously hit most of his 124 sixes in two seasons. Like Collegiate’s, this was a team performance, with Jonathan Redfern (36) setting the tone and Nathan Smith (47*) making sure they didn’t slip up at the end, which came with five balls remaining and five wickets down. Barnsley literally were on a hiding to nothing – nil point – despite Callum Honeyman getting two in two (both stumpings by Owen Smith) and briefly giving a flicker of hope. Conisbrough continue to move out of danger and Barnsley to sink further into it.
Barnsley WM 2 162-7 (28) Zak Jahangir 43, Callum Honeyman 39, Buddhika Sanjeewa 3-38, Hassan Bin Shahab 4-46
Conisbrough 173-5 (27.1) Jonathan Redfern 36, Nathan Smith 47*
Conisbrough (12pts) beat Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds (0) by five wickets (DLS method – revised target 173 from 28 overs)
Sprotbrough v Oughtibridge War Memorial
Sprotbrough, with their resonant trio, Michael Threapleton, Scott Mantovani and Ashley Langdale, orchestrating another Oughtibridge collapse, completed their win in fine tempo. Joe Boyden top scored for Oughtibridge with 20 and Sam Patel held out even longer, for 17, but the whole team could manage only 113-9 in their 38 overs. Mantovani took 4-33. Sprotbrough required just 25 overs to win by nine wickets – Tom Pepper 30, Richard Belk 46* and Dean Williamson 20*. So Sprotbrough move back to sixth and Oughtibridge remain alone at the bottom.
Oughtibridge WM 113-9 (38) Scott Mantovani 4-33,
Sprotbrough 113-1 (25.1) Thomas Pepper 30, Richard Belk 46*
Sprotbrough (12pts) beat Oughtibridge War Memorial (0) by nine wickets (DLS method – revised target 112 from 38 overs)
The other two games were not started:
Warmsworth v Whiston Parish Church
Match abandoned without a ball bowled (4pts each)
Wath v Aston Hall
Match cancelled for Covid reasons – no points awarded (league positions to be determined on an average points basis)
So Whiston drop to third, six points behind Cleethorpes and level with Collegiate. Aston Hall stay fifth, Wath eighth and Warmsworth tenth, ten points ahead of Barnsley 2nds.
A rain hit weekend saw Green Moor stay four points ahead of Shiregreen at the top of the table. Shiregeen’s win was an impressive result against high-fliers Wakefield Thornes 2nds, as both teams managed to avoid the rain. Green Moor’s win was at Treeton 2nds, who stayed bottom, with the gap to eleventh widening as Hallam 2nds gained three points from an abandonment. Another abandonment at South Kirkby meant Upper Haugh fell behind in the race for promotion, with their chances already dwindling. All the sides who reached a result competed in 30 over games in an effort to dodge the rain.
Rotherham Town v Sheffield United
Rotherham Town moved up to third as they beat the weather and beat Sheffield United. Town chose to field first as the game was reduced to 30 overs per team. It was a case of starts with no substance for the away side as six players made it to double figures with no fifties registered. Mohammed Khan starred for the hosts as he took four wickets, but United will have felt confident about a decent score amid weather disruption. Thanks to Talha Talha at the top of the order, however, the target was made light work of as, backed up by 38 (42 balls) from Rahim Karim and 33 (34) from Dhruv Shahi, he scored 70* (66) to take them to the win with 4.4 overs left.
Sheffield U 147-9 (30) Mohammed Altaf Khan 34, Mohammed Khan 4-23
Rotherham T 148-4 (25.2) Rahim Karim 38, Talha Talha 70*, Dhruv Shahi 33
Rotherham Town (9pts) beat Sheffield United (0) by six wickets
Treeton 2nds v Green Moor
Green Moor stayed top with a solid win away to bottom side Treeton 2nds. In another game reduced to 30 overs, the away side won the toss and chose to bat first, with Chris Matthewman scoring his second fifty of the season on his way to 79* (91) at the top of the order. His innings was the all-important anchor as Wayne Hughes was the next top-scorer with 31 (19). Green Moor ended the innings with just four victims taken, as they posted an imposing total. But for a ninth-wicket partnership of 38, which was too little too late, the away side’s bowling attack kept Treeton shackled with regular wickets. Joseph White and Jonathan Sanders both took 3-17 and proved to be the key, also having the best economies in the attack.
Green Moor 169-4 (30) Chris Matthewman 79*, Wayne Hughes 31
Treeton 2 145-9 (30) Joseph White 3-17, Jonathan Sanders 3-17
Green Moor (9pts) beat Treeton 2nds (1) by 24 runs
Wakefield Thornes 2nds v Shiregreen
Shiregreen pulled off a convincing result against Wakefield Thornes 2nds, who started the day in third. The hosts put their visitors in to bat with rain disruption predicted. Shiregreen, however, did not let that distract them as all six batsmen made it into double figures. Without a fifty being registered, they accumulated a six-an-over 180-4 which proved to be too much of a challenge for their hosts. Kieran Donnachie, it appeared, was on a one-man crusade in the second innings as his 62 (66) made up more than half of the home side’s total. The rest of the order were blown away as Mobashar Ilyas Raja took season-best figures of 6-35, with only the last two batsmen in the order also making it to double figures.
Shiregreen 180-4 (30) Marshall Zeeshan 41, Hammad Usman 40, Naseer Nahaim 33*
Wakefield T 2 122 (28.3) Kieran Donnachie 62, Sarfraz Ali 3-37, Mobashar Ilyas Raja 6-35
Shiregreen (9pts) beat Wakefield Thornes 2nds (0) by 58 runs
Aston Hall 2nds v Hallam 2nds, South Kirkby Colliery v Upper Haugh and Whitley Hall 2nds v Darfield - all games abandoned without a ball bowled (3pts each)
Wickersley Old Village 2nds v Norton Woodseats
Norton Woodseats shocked Wickersley Old Village 2nds- this weekend with a seven-wicket victory away from home. In a 26-over game, Wickersley batted first and posted a fantastic 190-4, mostly thanks to 79 not out from Jonathan Allan and a half-century from Rob Jones. 190 seemed a total that would be hard to chase down, however James Eyre had a different answer, as he took to the home side's bowling attack by hitting 104 not out. Daniel Turner also hit 40 also as Woodseats knocked the total off in 25.1 overs.
Wickersley OV 2 190-4 (26) Jonathan Allan 79*, Rob Jones 53
Norton Woodseats 193-3 (25.1) James Eyre 104*, Daniel Turner 40
Norton Woodseats (9pts) beat Wickersley Old Village 2nds (0) by seven wickets
Worsbrough Bridge v Coal Aston
Worsbrough Bridge beat Coal Aston this weekend by 29 runs to push themselves away from the bottom of the table. Alex Littlewood hit 34 as Worsbrough made 148-8 from 30 overs, Elliot Tye taking 5-35. Coal Aston never really got going as they went from 27-3 to 119-9 in their 30 overs. Three Worsborough bowlers took two wickets each as no batsmen made a score over 25.
Worsbrough B 148-8 (30) Alex Littlewood 34, Eliot Tye 5-35
Coal Aston 119-8 (30)
Worsbrough Bridge (9pts) beat Coal Aston (1) by 29 runs
Monk Bretton v Frecheville Community, Norton Oakes v Elsecar 2nds, Sheffield Collegiate 3rds v Doncaster Town 2nds and Thorpe Hesley & High Green v Thorncliffe – all games abandoned without a ball bowled (3pts each)
Division 3 took a massive hit this weekend as a mixture of rain and Covid meant that only one game was completed. Games cancelled due to Covid will be regarded as null and void, and league positions decided on an average points basis. There was, however, a good win for Oughtibridge 2nds at home to Kexborough as the home side’s gap to Penistone in fourth narrowed to a single point. Oughtibridge’s second game of the weekend, on Sunday, fell foul of the weather before it reached the halfway point.
Oughtibridge War Memorial 2nds v Kexborough
Oughtibridge pulled off an impressive final over win over third-placed Kexborough in the only game played in the division. Bowling first, the home side struggled to break up partnerships with Richard Burgess’ 46 and Lewis Bray’s 39 helping the visitors to a competitive 151-7. Bray contributed again in the second innings with 3-33, but 43 and 33 from Richard Everitt and Adil Nasim respectively at the top of the order set the hosts well on their way. Himanshu Bhalla and Herbinder Singh Lali were there at the end to get Oughtibridge over the line with just four balls to spare.
Kexborough 151-7 (30) Richard Burgess 46, Lewis Bray 39, Kazam Hussain 4-30
Oughtibridge WM 2 155-6 (29.2) Richard Everitt 43, Adil Nasim 33, Lewis Bray 3-33
Oughtibridge War Memorial 2nds (9pts) beat Kexborough (1) by four wickets
Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds v Caribbean Sports Club, Rockingham Colliery 2nds v Silkstone United – games abandoned without a ball bowled (3pts each)
Maltby Miners Welfare v Sprotbrough 2nds, Penistone v Wath 2nds, and Whiston Parish Church 2nds v Tickhill 2nds - matches cancelled for Covid reasons – no points awarded (league positions to be determined on an average points basis)
Oughtibridge War Memorial 2nds v Sprotbrough 2nds (played Sunday)
Oughtibridge WM 2 188-8 (40.4 overs) Richard Everitt 51, Himanshu Bhalla 79. Joe Toole 4-21
Sprotbrough 2 did not bat
Oughtibridge War Memorial 2nds and Sprotbrough 2nds – match abandoned due to rain (3pts each)
Parkhead v Millhouses Works
Parkhead added to Millhouses Works recent problems as they beat the travelling side by 73 runs. Parkhead batted first and posted 207-7 from 40 overs. Oliver Harrison hit 50, Christian Millard 41, Jordan Thompson 49, and James Speck 29, as they set a strong total. Millhouses were 40-1 when they lost John Woods for 31 but they fell quickly to 74-9 as Ian Davis took 5-27. Eddie Raper hit 22 and Sohail Mumtaz hit 28* as the last partnership lasted 60 runs but it was not enough as Millhouses were bowled out for 134 in 30.5 overs.
Parkhead 207-7 (40) Oliver Harrison 50, Christian Millard 41, Jordan Thompson 49
Millhouses W 134 (30.5) John Woods 31, Ian Davis 5-27
Parkhead (9pts) beat Millhouses Works (0) by 73 runs
Hallam 3rds v Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths, Hampole & Skelbrooke v Mexborough Athletic and Shiregreen 2nds v Bradfield Village Fellowship – all games abandoned without a ball bowled (3pts each)
Cawthorne 2nds v Sheffield Collegiate 4ths and Higham v Fishlake - matches cancelled for Covid reasons – no points awarded (league positions to be determined on an average points basis)
Only one game reached a result in Division 5 as Upper Haugh 2nds took advantage of washouts as they moved up to second. Conisbrough 2nds stayed bottom as they were the only team to take less than three points on Saturday. It’s Whiston Forge who stay top of the tree, with a narrowed eight-point gap to Upper Haugh.
Upper Haugh 2nds v Conisbrough 2nds
One of the few games across the divisions to not be reduced to thirty overs saw Upper Haugh 2nds pull off a closely-fought win against basement team Conisbrough 2nds. It was the away side who won the toss and started well with a 68-run partnership for the first wicket. Andy Judge was the star for Upper Haugh as he took 5-25 but runs were leaked as cameos further down the order, including 15 from number eleven Craig Jackson, took Conisbrough to a competitive total. The home side will have worried when both openers were removed by Nathan Chadburn relatively cheaply, but 45 from Steve Reynolds settled the innings. Three 20s from Jack Pemberton, Chris Pearson and Andy Judge in the lower order pushed the hosts closer before Oliver Cunningham and Lewis Pursglove just about got them over the line.
Conisbrough 2 196 (41.5) Stuart Coleman 34, James Doran 31, Nathan Chadburn 30, Chris Pearson 3-63, Andy Judge 5-25
Upper Haugh 2 199-8 (46.3) Steve Reynolds 45, Nathan Chadburn 3-48
Upper Haugh 2nds (9pts) beat Conisbrough 2nds (2) by two wickets
Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds v Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds, Coal Aston 2nds v Kilnhurst Colliery, Darfield 2nds v Norton Oakes 2nds, Handsworth Junior Sporting Club v Penistone 2nds and Whiston Forge v Rotherham Town 2nds – all games abandoned without a ball bowled (3pts each)
Thorncliffe 2nds v Wentworth
Wentworth produced a brilliant bowling performance to thrash Thorncliffe 2nds by seven wickets.Wentworth restricted the away side to 87, with Yousuf Ghani top scoring with 25 down the order. The Wentworth batsmen went about their business quickly, chasing down the total in 22 overs as opener Callum Ratcliffe led the way with an unbeaten 52.
Thorncliffe 2 87-8 (30)
Wentworth 88-3 (22.2) Callum Ratcliffe 52*
Wentworth (9pts) beat Thorncliffe 2nds (0) by seven wickets
Brookhouse v Doncaster Town 3rds, Caribbean Sports Club 2nds v Wombwell Main, Green Moor 2nds v Handsworth Junior Sporting Club 2nds and Sheffield United 2nds v Wickersley Old Village 3rds – all games abandoned without a ball bowled (3pts each)
A miraculous tally of three results were reached in Division 7, including the clash near the top of the table at The Hobson Bowl. It was Sprotbrough 3rds who came out on top against Frecheville Community 2nds to close the gap to the top to eleven points as they sit in second. Whitley Hall 3rds still sit at the summit, despite an abandonment at Scholes and Harley moved clear of Frecheville into third. At the bottom, Wath 3rds remain stranded after their match at home to Houghton Main 2nds was cancelled.
Doncaster Town 4ths v Warmsworth 2nds
Warmsworth 2nds emphatically won at Doncaster Town 4ths to move into sixth, level on points with their opponents. After winning the toss, they chose to put the home side into bat and Town were dominated from the start as Jonathan Iball and Alan Rouane each took season-best figures of 5-16 and 4-29 to bowl them out for just 60. In fact, only an unbeaten 23 from Jack Henshaw prevented the score from being even worse. Warmsworth reached the target with relative ease as Kevin Pearson ended with 27*.
Doncaster T 4 60 (22.4) Alan Rouane 4-29, Jonathan Iball 5-16
Warmsworth 2 61-4 (16.2)
Warmsworth 2nds (9pts) beat Doncaster Town 4ths (0) by six wickets
Fishlake 2nds v Worsbrough Bridge 2nds
A brilliant innings from Robert Stubbings took Worsbrough Bridge 2nds to an important victory near the bottom of the table. His score of 120 not out (129 balls) was by far the biggest score of the innings after the away side were put into bat by Fishlake 2nds. Callum Bentley’s 10 (53) was the longest anyone batted with Stubbings as he scored two-thirds of the visitors’ total on their way to 174-6. The target never seemed in sight for the home side as 4-27 from Ethan Sefton ensured they were bowled out well under 100. The other six were taken by Jessica White, Christopher Batley and John Hubery who took two apiece.
Worsbrough Bridge 2 174-6 (40) Robert Stubbings 120*, Dylan Sisman 4-54
Fishlake 2 85 (36) Ethan Sefton 4-27
Worsbrough Bridge 2nds (9pts) beat Fishlake 2nds (0) by 89 runs
Frecheville Community 2nds v Sprotbrough 3rds
A big win for Sprotbrough 3rds saw them move nine points clear of their opponents in second and within eleven points of Whitley Hall 3rds in first. The away side won the toss and elected to bat in a game reduced to 20 overs a side. Callum Marsh was the man to make the difference at the top of the order with 50 (45) on their way to a solid 129-6. Frecheville's runs in the second innings were shared around, and they got relatively close to the total, but wickets were lost too regularly with no one reaching 20. Four Sprotbrough bowlers took wickets, with the best figures of 4-10 coming from Harry Gateley ,as the hosts were bowled out within the 20 overs.
Sprotbrough 3 129-6 (20) Callum Marsh 50
Frecheville C 2 108 (19) Jacob Swales 3-30, Harry Gateley 4-10
Sprotbrough 3rds (9pts) beat Frecheville Community 2nds (1) by 21 runs
Harley v Dearne, Scholes v Whitley Hall 3rds and Wath 3rds v Houghton Main 2nds – all games abandoned without a ball bowled (3pts each)
Silkstone United 2nds v Higham 2nds - match cancelled for Covid reasons – no points awarded (league positions to be determined on an average points basis)
Kexborough 2nds v Monk Bretton 2nds
Monk Bretton 2nds stayed top of the division with a five-wicket away win at Kexborough 2nds. Scott Shillito hit 40 in the only standout performance for Kexborough, as Jenson Hayes took 5-15 and Colin Deakin 3-11 restricted the home to 97-9 from 24 overs. Bretton batsmen Steve Brewester hit 28 not out to see his side over the line in 20.5 overs.
Kexborough 2 97-9 (24) Scott Shillito 40, Colin Deakin 3-11, Jenson Hayes 5-15
Monk Bretton 2 98-5 (20.5)
Monk Bretton 2nds (9pts) beat Kexborough 2nds (0) by five wickets
Mexborough Athletic 2nds v Whiston Forge 2nds
Mexborough 2nd XI jumped into third with a seven-wicket win over Whiston Forge 2nds. Whiston skipper Liam Alcock hit 35 as they slid from 80-2 to 106-9 in their 35 overs, Jonathan Bradley doing the damage with 4-27. Saqib Mumtaz produced a fantastic batting performance to smash 71 from 42 balls as Mexborough chased down their total in 13.2 overs.
Whiston F 2 111-9 (35) Lim Alcock 35, Jonathan Bradley 4-27
Mexborough A 2 113-3 (13.2) Saqib Mumtaz 71*
Mexborough Athletic 2nds (9pts) beat Whiston Forge 2nds (0) by seven wickets
Wombwell Main 2nds v Upper Haugh 3rds
Upper Haugh 3rds are only two points behind Bretton with a game in hand, after beating Wombwell Main 2nds by six wickets. Wombwell batted first and limped to 72-9 after 25 overs, as Ayden Dawson starred with 3-24. Upper Haugh made easy work of the target, which they knocked in 11.1 overs. Seth Adams hit 26 for the away side.
Wombwell M 2 72-9 (25) Ayden Dawson 3-24
Upper Haugh 3 75-4 (11.1)
Upper Haugh 3rds (9pts) beat Wombwell Main 2nds (0) by six wickets
Eden Grove Parklands 2nds v Adwick-le-Street 2nds and Sheffield United 3rds v Rockingham Colliery 3rds - games abandoned without a ball bowled (3pts each)
By Richard Storer, Sam Chadwick & Tom Pratt
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