Nicholas Associates Premier division 
 
On a day when more poor weather meant that only two results were achieved in the Premier Section, Appleby Frodingham and Treeton took advantage of the misfortune of others to move within two points of unbeaten Premier division leaders Barnsley Woolley Miners and Wakefield Thornes. 
 
Appleby Frodingham v Wickersley Old Village 
 
Visitors Wickersley elected to bat first at Brumby Hall, and were restricted to a modest total by some tight bowling from the home side. Matthew Burton (19) and Nathan Taylor got the Wickersley innings off to decent start, adding 43 for the first wicket before Kieran Lindley made the breakthrough. Matthew Harris took 2-17 in eleven overs, and there were also two wickets each for Joe Baker, Paul Hilton and Lindley. ‘Johnny’ Younis then held the innings together with a patient 31 off 93 balls, before being bowled by Baker at 135-6. The result was not in much doubt after Matt Fowler and Alex Grimes (26) put on 67 for the first wicket, despite Frodingham slipping to 100-4 after losing three wickets, two to Connor Snelgrove, for the addition of one run. After that, Lindley and Jack Harrison (29*) saw them home with wickets and overs to spare. 
 
Wickersley OV 160-8 (50 overs) Nathan Taylor 32, Shahjahan Younis 31 
Appleby Frodingham 163-4 (37) Matt Fowler 49, Kieran Lindley 33* 
Appleby Frodingham (12pts) beat Wickersley Old Village (0) by six wickets 
 
Barnsley Woolley Miners v Elsecar 
 
Elsecar 8-0 (2.3) 
Barnsley WM did not bat 
Barnsley Woolley Miners & Elsecar – match abandoned (4pts each) 
 
Doncaster Town v Treeton 
 
The home side were put in to bat by Treeton and, with Steve Foster taking four of the first six wickets and Vinnie Ogden (2-32) weighing in with too more, were reduced to 46-6. Only skipper Bilal Anjam (21 in 47 balls) of the top order threatened to build a score, and Joe Gallagher (24) provided resistance lower down before becoming one of Liam Johnson’s victims, as he mopped up the tail. Treeton did not find batting easy either, but Viraj Bhosale’s unbeaten 42 off 61 balls saw his side to a comfortable victory. 
 
Doncaster T 92 (27.1) Steve Foster 4-25, Liam Johnson 3-16 
Treeton 93-5 (26) Viraj Bhosale 42* 
Treeton (12pts) beat Doncaster Town (0) by five wickets 
 
Tickhill v Sheffield Collegiate 
 
Visitors Collegiate won the toss and asked Tickhill to bat at Alderson Drive. Ross Diver, with an unbeaten 68 off 80 balls, dominated the innings, which was reduced to 32 overs due to the weather. Diver received support from Joe Billings (24) in a stand of 66 for the third wicket. Only one over was possible in Collegiate’s reply before rain caused the game to be abandoned. 
 
Tickhill 134-4 (32) Ross Diver 68* 
Sheffield C 3-0 (1) 
Tickhill & Sheffield Collegiate – match abandoned (4pts each) 
 
Hallam v Wakefield Thornes and Whitley Hall v Cawthorne were both abandoned without a ball bowled (4pts each) 
 
Championship division 
 
There were no results in the Championship, again. Everyone had to settle for four points for cancellations, just as they did last week – but at least this week the rain held off a little longer in some parts and there was play in four games. 
 
Conisbrough v Houghton Main 
 
At Conisbrough, the home team won the toss and fielded – always a sure sign of the weather conditions – but, despite an early wicket, Houghton Main, toughed it out and a 50 partnership between Luke Ogden and Connor Fisher for the third wicket, gave them hope of even better things. This was before Hassan Bin Shahab was thrown the ball. In seven overs he took six wickets for just 20 runs and Houghton subsided to 142-9 in 36 overs – as the rain came down and ended play. 
 
Houghton Main 142-9 (36) Hassan Bin Shahab 6-20 
Conisbrough did not bat 
Conisbrough & Houghton Main – match abandoned (4pts each) 
 
Sprotbrough v Whiston Parish Church 
 
It was almost identical at Sprotbrough, where league-leaders Whiston won the toss and fielded, hoping to roll Sprotbrough over and chase a small total before the rain came, but stout work by the later order, particularly Tom Kaye (31) and Ash Ward (21) pulled Sprotbrough back from 66-4 to 152 all out. Scott Cunningham, with only his second five-for in nine years, took 5-34 in nine overs. Alas it was all in vain as Whiston could only manage three overs of their reply. 
 
Sprotbrough 152 (41.3) Tom Kaye 31, Scott Cunningham 5-34 
Whiston PC 8-0 (3.3) 
Sprotbrough & Whiston Parish Church – match abandoned (4pts each) 
 
Warmsworth v Cleethorpes 
 
Cleethorpes really want to catch Whiston and overtake them and, unsurprisingly, when they won the toss at Warmsworth, they too fielded and Warmsworth struggled. Liam Marshall (39) and Ryan Pearson (33) put on 71 for the third wicket, but the rest managed just 50 between them as Alex Osmond took 5-25 in 14 overs and Harry Costello 4-36 in 10. Crucially though, Warmsworth used up 44 overs and like Sprotbrough and Whiston before them. Cleethorpes barely got started on their reply. 
 
Warmsworth 121 (44.2) Liam Marshall 39, Ryan Pearson 33, Alex Osmond 5-25, Harry Costello 4-36 
Cleethorpes 7-0 (6) 
Warmsworth & Cleethorpes – match abandoned (4pts each) 
 
Wath v Rockingham Colliery 
 
By contrast, Wath, put in by Rockingham, celebrated their opportunity to bat and Rob Barlow (36) and James Barnard (56*) had an opening stand of 73 and with Ainsley Swallow just getting going, they were enjoying a breezy 112-2 when their afternoon was curtailed. Rockingham’s captain, Andy Baker, had used five bowlers trying to find a breakthrough and might have been relieved when the first raindrops fell because, bottom club that they are, at least they got some cancellation points and didn’t fall further behind the pack. 
 
Wath 112-2 (32.1) James Barnard 56*, Rob Barlow 36 
Rockingham Colliery did not bat 
Wath & Rockingham Colliery – match abandoned (4pts each) 
 
Oughtibridge War Memorial v Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds and Sheffield Collegiate 2nds v Aston Hall were both abandoned without a ball bowled (4pts each) 
 
So next week we’ll be exactly where we were three weeks ago, with Whiston eight points (less than one win) ahead of a chasing pack of six clubs separated by four points. Any one of them could catch up with Whiston in one game, with Barnsley 2nds having first crack next week at Church Fields. Well worth a trip – if it’s sunny. 
 
 
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