Premier section round-up - 22 May
Posted on 25th May 2021 at 12:05
Nicholas Associates Premier division
Appleby Frodingham v Barnsley Woolley Miners
The match-of-the-day at Brumby Hall between joint leaders Barnsley Woolley Miners and joint third Appleby Frodingham turned out to be a one-sided affair. After home skipper Matt Fowler won the toss and asked the visitors to bat, opening bowler Joe Baker took advantage of bowler-friendly conditions to effectively kill the contest; his three-wicket burst and a run out reduced the visitors to 7-5 in the seventh over. Steve Walters, with a patient 39, saved Barnsley from complete embarrassment but, with Paul Hilton weighing in with four wickets, they were bowled out for just 71. Fowler and Alex Grimes knocked off the runs in comfortable style to give their side a comprehensive win.
Barnsley WM 71 (38.5 overs) Stevie Walters 39, Joe Baker 3-17, Paul Hilton 4-21
Appleby Frodingham 75-0 (16.5) Matt Fowler 37*, Alex Grimes 32*
Appleby Frodingham (12pts) beat Barnsley Woolley Miners (0) by ten wickets
Doncaster Town v Sheffield Collegiate
Sheffield Collegiate inserted home side Doncaster at Town Fields, and proceeded to make run scoring very difficult. Only skipper Bilal Anjam of the top six got into double figures, and from 58-6 the home side were indebted to a seventh-wicket partnership of 59 between the experienced Stuart Guy sand Robert Heyes (29). Opening bowler Robert Shaw led the way for the visitors, snf he received string support from Shaaiwq Choudhry, Luke Shutt and Jamie Carrington, who bagged two wickets each. Collegiate themselves got off to a shaky start and were 47-4, with two wickets for Bilal, before Choudhry and Carrington shared an unbroken 80 run stand to see their side home and move up into third place in the early table.
Doncaster T 126 (50) Bilal Anjam 32, Stuart Guy 31, Robert Shaw 3-27
Sheffield C 127-4 (36) Shaaiq Choudhry 30*, Jamie Carrington 50*
Sheffield Collegiate (12pts) beat Doncaster Town (0) by four wickets
Wickersley Old Village v Wakefield Thornes
Wakefield Thornes were joint-third with Frodingham at the start of play, and enjoyed an equally emphatic win at Wickersley. Having elected to bat, Thornes got off to a fine start with James Wolfenden adding 75 for the first wicket with South African overseas Ryan Boshoff. Jamie Howarth then accelerated the scoring before a third wicket stand of 117 between Boshoff and Matt Jordan completely took the game away from the visitors. Boshoff was fourth out for 134 off 137 balls and Greg Wadworth hit an unbeaten 41 off just 23 to take Thornes to the 300 mark. A difficult task became impossible when Matty Taylor took the first four home wickets with just 46 on the board. Brad Green is also enjoying a fine season, and his 3-24 took him up to 13 wickets for the season, just one behind Baker and Taylor.
Wakefield T 300-4 (50) James Wolfenden 40, Ryan Boshoff 134, Jamie Howarth 34, Matt Jordan 33, Greg Wadsworth 41*
Wickersley OV 129 (37.2) Matt Taylor 5-46, Brad Green 3-24
Wakefield Thornes (12pts) beat Wickersley Old Village (0) by 171 runs
Cawthorne v Treeton, Hallam v Tickhill and Whitley Hall v Elsecar - matches abandoned without a ball bowled (4pts each)
Whiston were rained off on Saturday, to the great delight of the clubs chasing them at the top of the Championship - and Houghton Main and Cleethorpes took their chances with relish.
Oughtibridge War Memorial v Houghton Main
Oughtibridge chose to bat, but it may not have felt a wise choice as Houghton Main’s seamers got to work on a soft pitch. Imran Khan, Michael Bates, Dylan Smythe and Matty Bowering combined to claim ten wickets in 33 overs as Oughtibridge fell apart for 77. Mustafa Hussain resisted longest for 24. In reply, Houghton’s openers fell cheaply but Luke Ogden (24*) and Connor Fisher (31) steered them home in less than half the time – which puts them level on points and joint top with Whiston.
Oughtibridge WM 77 (33.2) Dylan Smythe 3-20
Houghton Main 78-3 (15) Connor Fisher 31
Houghton Main (12pts) beat Oughtibridge War Memorial (0) by seven wickets
Sprotbrough v Cleethorpes
Cleethorpes were inserted by Sprotbrough but it didn’t pay off. Cleethorpes batted with tenacity. Their top and middle order made Sprotbrough fight for wickets. It was slow progress but by the time Gordon Thomson (4-27) cleaned up the tail, Cleethorpes had made a total to bowl at. 158 is not a lot but on a difficult May pitch, it proved enough. Sprotbrough started really well. Tom Pepper (35) and Richard Belk put on 66 for the first wicket, but they went almost together and then five of the next six got ducks as Sprotbrough collapsed to 80-7. Ash Ward (37) did his best to retrieve things and put on 55 with the tail, but at 135 it was all over. Alex Osmond took 5-25 and Sameera Sadamal 4-32 and Cleethorpes moved to within two points of the leaders.
Cleethorpes 158 (49.4) Callum Carter 39, Alex Osmond 36, Paul Wookey 3-44, Gordon Thomson 4-27
Sprotbrough 135 (47.4) Thomas Pepper 35, Ash Ward 37, Alex Osmond 5-25, Sameera Sadamal 4-32
Cleethorpes (12pts) beat Sprotbrough (2) by 23 runs
Aston Hall v Rockingham Colliery
Aston Hall missed their chance to stay with the leaders and Rockingham hauled themselves off the bottom, with a really encouraging performance at Aston.
Joe Stickland had a great game – 79 runs and two of the three Rockingham wickets to fall. He batted for almost two and a half hours, where none of his colleagues made more than 19, and enabled Aston Hall to finish on 161-8. It should have been enough in the conditions, but Rockingham were equally determined not to succumb. Great concentration by Mikey Denton (38) and Ben Dalton (47) produced an opening stand of 78 and when Dalton was out at 106, Hamzah Younis came in and biffed 44* in 35 balls to banish the tension and win the match for Rockingham with five overs to spare.
Aston Hall 161-8 (50) Joe Stickland 79, Nazakat Khan 3-37
Rockingham C 162-3 (44.5) Mikey Denton 38, Ben Dalton 47, Hamzah Younis 44*
Rockingham Colliery (12pts) beat Aston Hall (0) by seven wickets
Wath v Warmsworth
Warmsworth also took the opportunity to move up the table, but it was a struggle. Wath put them in and bowled them out for 144, the last six wickets falling for 14 runs. Liam Marshall’s 66 earlier had given them hope, though Rob Barlow’s 5-42 and Jack Whitlam’s 4-22 left Wath in the stronger position at the interval. A positive start and a flurry of fours from Bradley Williams took Wath to 58-1 in reply, but with Williams gone for 24 and opener James Barnard retiring injured, Warmsworth came back with six wickets for 38. At 96-7, Wath seemed doomed, but Barnard returned and with Jory Bannister added nearly 40 runs to take them within eleven runs of victory. Then Richard Marshall bowled Bannister for 38 and Barnard couldn’t shield the last two, so Wath were all out for 135 and Marshall had 5-39 in 14 overs. What a game!
Warmsworth 144 (47.3) Liam Marshall 66, Rob Barlow 5-42, Jack Whitlam 4-22
Wath 135 (47.3) James Barnard 45*, Jory Bannister 38, Richard Marshall 5-39
Warmsworth (12pts) beat Wath (4) by nine runs
Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds v Whiston Parish Church and Sheffield Collegiate 2nds v Conisbrough – matches abandoned without a ball bowled (4pts each)
So, with Whiston, Houghton and Cleethorpes separated by two points at the top and eight points ahead of the pack, the championship is getting interesting, and everyone bar Conisbrough has at least one win. All we need now is some warmer weather and firmer pitches to play on.
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