Nicholas Associates Premier Division round-up - 31 July
Posted on 1st August 2021 at 12:25
Cawthorne v Whitley Hall
Acting skipper Neil Longhurst vindicated his decision to ask Cawthorne to bat first, by producing a devastating spell that resulted in the home side collapsing from 66-2 to 98 all out. His 8-20 in 8.4 overs represents the best bowling return in the division so far this season. The visitors were left with a straightforward task which they completed in the 24th over, thanks to a second-wicket stand between Matt Cartwright and Danial Rafiq, whose 51 came off just 32 balls. It was Whitley’s first win since 3 July and effectively banishes any lingering concerns about their getting dragged into a relegation battle, which is where Cawthorne now find themselves.
Cawthorne 98 (42.4) Taruwar Kohli 35, Neil Longhurst 8-20
Whitley Hall 99-4 (23.3) Matt Cartwright 33*, Danial Rafiq 51
Whitley Hall (12pts) beat Cawthorne (0) by six wickets
Elsecar v Barnsley Woolley Miners
Another stand-in skipper who played a huge part in his side’s win was Barnsley’s Beck Frostick. His unbeaten 60 off 78 balls pulled the visitors back from the brink when, almost single-handedly, he took them from 116-8 to 170-9 in their 50 overs after they were put in to bat. Earlier, another top-class spell from Moin Ashraf had the Griffins in trouble, whilst Harpreet Singh Bhatia had responded in positive vein with 42 off 43 balls. Then Harpreet turned destroyer, and after Jay Smith had removed Sam Shaw with no runs on the board, he took five wickets for five runs in a devastating burst. Ali Jahangir then weighed in with a couple of wickets, and Elsecar were out of the contest at 45-9. Callum Higgins and Saqib Hussain (23) then put on 85 for the last wicket to raise hopes of a miracle, but these were dashed when Oliver Jackson bowled Higgins with nine overs left. Elsecar missed the chance to leapfrog their neighbours, and the Shaw Lane side are 18 points clear in fourth place.
Barnsley WM 170-9 (50) Harpreet Singh Bhatia 42, Beck Frostick 60*, Moin Ashraf 5-26
Elsecar 130 (41) Callum Higgins 64, Harpreet Singh Bhatia 5-20
Barnsley Woolley Miners (12pts) beat Elsecar (2) by 40 runs
Sheffield Collegiate v Tickhill
Tickhill slumped to 38-7 after being put in to bat at Abbeydale. Only an unbeaten 27 from Mustafa Hussain prevented an even worse calamity, whilst Shaaiq Choudhry, who took 4-17 in eleven overs, led the way with the ball. After losing Dan Priestley early, Luke Shutt and Jacob Waterson (17) added 40 for the second wicket to ensure a simple win for their side, who remain in third place. Tickhill, who came into the game on the back of three straight wins, remain comfortable in seventh place.
Tickhill 68 (33) Shaaiq Choudhry 4-17
Sheffield C 70-2 (16.5) Luke Shutt 31
Sheffield Collegiate (12pts) beat Tickhill (0) by eight wickets
Treeton v Doncaster Town
Treeton elected to bat first at Washfield Road, and Viraj Bhosale spearheaded Treeton’s assault on the Doncaster attack. After an opening stand of 60 with Steve Foster, he added 89 for the third wicket with Chris Cobb to take his side to 194-2. After that, aggressive cameos from Jack Simmonite (21 in 13 balls) and Abid Younas (21 not out in 11) took their side to a formidable score. Graeme Attenborough was the most successful visiting bowler with a five-wicket spell. Attenborough was soon out in the visitors’ reply, but Stuart Guy (24) then helped Bilal Anjam to add 62 for the second wicket. After Foster removed Guy, Bilal soon followed, and thereafter Liam Johnson took over with a spell of 6-13 in under seven overs to help his side cruise to a victory that means they remain in second place, 18 points behind the leaders and two ahead of Collegiate.
Treeton 277-8 (50) Viraj Bhosale 105, Steve Foster 31, Chris Cobb 43, Charlie Kaye 3-65, Graeme Attenborough 5-67
Doncaster Town 123 (37.3) Bilal Anjam 38, Liam Johnson 6-13
Treeton (12pts) beat Doncaster Town (0) by 154 runs
Wakefield Thornes v Hallam
A second successive victory for Hallam has dragged them to within two points of Cawthorne in tenth place, and the battle to avoid relegation is now very much on. The win had not looked likely when Thornes, having elected to bat, had reached 131-1, as their top three all passed 40. But after that, only Matty Taylor reached double figures as Robert Heyes and Harnan Puni claimed three wickets each. Alex Hughes again got Hallam off to a decent start, and they reached 124-2 before he fell to Brad Green. A wobble then reduced the visitors to 130-5, but Jamie Stone added 41 with Robert Heyes for the sixth wicket to steady the ship, and he stayed firm as two more wickets fell before Charlie Bourne arrived to finish the job with an unbeaten 16 in 12 balls. Hallam gained a priceless win with two wickets and five balls to spare.
Wakefield T 218-8 (50) Byron Boshoff 58, Kieran Donnachie 55, Matt Jordan 51, Matty Taylor 30*, Robert Heyes 3-48, Harnan Puni 3-49
Hallam 222-8 (49.1) Alex Hughes 54, Romir Singh 30, Jamie Stone 498, Daanyaal Ahmed 3-58
Hallam (12pts) beat Wakefield Thornes (4) by two wickets
Wickersley Old Village v Appleby Frodingham
Leaders Appleby Frodingham won the toss and restricted their hosts to 225-7 – a decent enough score but not overly daunting at Northfield Road. From 55-3 the home side recovered with a 98-run fourth-wicket stand between Nathan Taylor and Isaac William Spencer-Jones. Shanaal Nathan and Ifkikhar Afzal then weighed in with quick 20s before Paul Hilton dismissed Spencer-Jones with one ball left. Even the most optimistic Frodingham supporter could not have predicted the ruthless ease with which openers Matt Fowler (140* off 116 balls) and Alex Grimes chased down their target, and their side remain 18 points clear at the top, whilst Wickersley are now 28 points adrift of safety.
Wickersley OV 224-7 (50) Nathan Taylor 45, Isaac Spencer-Jones 71
Appleby Frodingham 225-0 (34) Matt Fowler 140*, Alex Grimes 75*
Appleby Frodingham (12pts) beat Wickersley Old Village (0) by ten wickets
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