Premier Division - 29 May 
 
Wakefield Thornes v Doncaster Town 
 
Leaders Wakefield Thornes were made to fight all the way by Doncaster, who have still just the one win so far this season. After being put in to bat, Thornes looked in a good position at 94-1, but when Joe Gallagher dismissed Byron Boshoff, five wickets fell for the addition of 32 runs. Only a 47-run eighth-wicket partnership between Matty Taylor (23) and Imran Mahboob (22) took Thornes to a competitive score. Bilal Anjam and James Ward added 57 for Doncaster’s third wicket, but Brad Green sparked a collapse to 127-7. Only a spirited eighth-wicket stand of 29 between Usama Mir and Ben Stoves (21 not out) kept the visitors hopes alive, before Matty Taylor returned to the attack to claim two late wickets and see his side home. 
 
Wakefield T 183 (49.2) Bryon Boshoff 39, Usama Mir 3-48, Joe Gallagher 3-48 
Doncaster T 170 (43.5) Bilal Anjam 37, Usama Mir 34, Matty Taylor 3-28, Brad Green 4-55 
Wakefield Thornes (12pts) beat Doncaster Town (4) by 13 runs 
 
Tickhill v Appleby Frodingham 
 
Tickhill’s decision to ask their visitors to bat first at Alderson Drive backfired. After Hugh Teasdale had taken two early wickets to reduce Frodingham to 23-2, Alex Grimes and Kieran Lindley added 147 for the third wicket. Grimes, the division’s leading run-scorer, went on to complete a fine century, his 104 coming off 133 balls, as the visitors posted a formidable score. Tickhill’s innings never got going, and Joe Baker’s devastating five-wicket opening burst reduced them to 39-7. Only Teasdale (13) reached double figures as the Steelmen completed a resounding victory to keep within two points of Thornes at the top. 
 
Appleby Frodingham 234-4 (50) Alex Grimes 104, Kieran Lindley 54, Hugh Teasdale 3-76 
Tickhill 64 (25.3) Joe Baker 5-12, Jordan Cook 3-9 
Appleby Frodingham (12pts) beat Tickhill (0) by 170 runs 
 
Sheffield Collegiate v Barnsley Woolley Miners 
 
Collegiate elected to bat first at Abbeydale, and after losing Dan Priestley with just three runs on the board, Sam Hunt’s fine half-century helped them to 101-2. But after Hunt was dismissed by Ali Jahangir, the innings foundered against the slow bowlers – the last seven wickets falling for just 33 as Boeta Buekes claimed his league career-best. Jon Trower (27) and Harpreet Singh (22) took the visitors to 53-1, before both were dismissed by Shaaiq Choudhry, and the last nine wiickets fell for 42 runs. Choudhry took six wickets to see his side home to a comfortable win that consolidated their third place in the table. 
 
Sheffield C 170 (49.5) Sam Hunt 66, Shaaiq Choudhry 42, Boeta Beukes 5-23 
Barnsley WM 95 (42.3) Jamie Carrington 3-21, Shaaiq Choudhry 6-19 
Sheffield Collegiate (12pts) beat Barnsley Woolley Miners (0) by 75 runs 
 
Treeton v Whitley Hall 
 
Whitley Hall asked fourth-placed Treeton to bat first at Washfield Lane, and were rewarded when Dan Waldron took two early wickets. But Steve Foster once again provided the backbone of his side’s innings, and they reached a promising 146-3 before Sam Woodcock dismissed home skipper Sam Drury. From that point, Treeton lost seven wickets for 29 runs and were bowled out for 175 - but it was still a competitive score on a pitch that was not easy to score on. Matt Cartwright (23) and Alex Fletcher (25) put on 50 for the visitors’ first wicket, after which the experienced Neil Longhurst took over and steered his side home with a patient unbeaten 40 - receiving valuable support from Danial Rafiq (27) and Sam Woodcock (17 not out). 
 
Treeton 175 (50) Steve Foster 79, Viraj Bhosale 30, Dan Waldron 4-20 
Whitley Hall 176-7 (45.1) Neil Longhurst 40*, Liam Johnson 4-44 
Whitley Hall (12pts) beat Treeton (2) by three wickets 
 
Cawthorne v Wickersley Old Village 
 
In a reduced overs game at Dark Lane, visitors Wickersley were given first use of a damp pitch. After they lost two early wickets, ‘Johnny’ Younis and Shanaal Nathan came together in a third-wicket stand of 56, and at 80-2 they had given the innings a platform. But both were then dismissed by Aaron Feroz and wickets fell at regular intervals until the innings closed at 162-8. After Alex Morris had given the home side a positive start with 27 off 41 balls, Michael Jepps and Taruwar Kohli laid the foundations for the win with a stand of 55. Kohli was run out for 26 and Liam Wiles followed quickly after, but skipper Steve Nuttall joined Jepps, and the pair added 59 to take their side to the brink of victory. 
 
Wickersley OV 162-8 (42 overs) Shahjahan Younis 34, Shanaal Nathan 34, Aaron Feroz 4-46 
Cawthorne 163-4 (41.4) Michael Jepps 57, Steven Nuttall 38* 
Cawthorne (12pts) beat Wickersley Old Village (0) by six wickets 
 
Elsecar v Hallam 
 
In the battle of the bottom two, the home side came out comfortably on top at the Al Murad Stadium after being asked to bat first by visitors Hallam. In difficult conditions, wickets fell regularly, with Joe Cooper taking the first three. Elsecar did well to recover from 52-5 to reach a challenging 177. The visitors struggled throughout their innings - Moin Ashraf paving the way for Elsecar’s first win of the season with a fine spell. 
 
Elsecar 177 (49.3) Hasnat Yousaf 33, Oliver Blackburn 33, Joe Cooper 4-40 
Hallam 99 (36.4) Moin Ashraf 4-21, Joe Denby 3-22 
Elsecar (12pts) beat Hallam (0) by 78 runs 
 
Premier Division - 31 May 
 
Elsecar v Wakefield Thornes 
 
Elsecar completed an excellent Bank Holiday weekend by shocking leaders Wakefield Thornes at the Al Murad. Thornes, who decided to bat first, were soon in trouble at 23-4, with a couple of wickets apiece for Saqib Hussain and Moin Ashraf. Faisal Irfan (20) and Greg Wadsworth (22) affected a partial recovery, but Ashraf dismissed both to make it 71-6. Matty Taylor’s unbeaten 46 off 66 balls, assisted by Imran Mahboob (21), gave Thornes something to bowl at, and they were dismissed in the final over for 157. After an early wicket had fallen, the experienced pair of skipper Peter Hadfield and Ian Swallow added 55 for the home side, but seven wickets then fell for the addition of 43 and Elsecar were still 44 short of victory. But Oliver Blackburn and Joe Denby then came together in an unbroken ninth wicket stand that saw their side to a great win. 
 
Wakefield T 157 (49.5) Matty Taylor 46, Moin Ashraf 6-39, Saqib Hussain 3-43 
Elsecar 160-8 (46.1) Peter Hadfield 49, Oliver Blackburn 34*, Daanyaal Ahmed 3-27 
Elsecar (12pts) beat Wakefield Thornes (4) by two wickets 
 
Doncaster Town v Appleby Frodingham 
 
Appleby Frodingham took advantage of Wakefield Thornes’ defeat to leapfrog them into top position. But it was by no means as straightforward as they had hoped after dismissing the home side at Town Fields for 106. Jamir Iffill took two early wickets to help reduce Doncaster to 41-4 after they had elected to bat first. James Ward then provided the main resistance as Kieran Lindley ran through the lower order. Facing a modest target, the visitors reached 46 for the loss of only one wicket before wickets started to tumble, and there were still 34 needed when the ninth-wicket pair came together. But Liam Grimes (17 not out) and Matthew Harris (18 not out) batted with maturity and composure to see their side to a valuable win. 
 
Doncaster T 106 (42.4) James Ward 33, Kieran Lindley 4-35 
Appleby Frodingham 109-8 (44.4) Bilal Anjam 4-39, Usama Mir 3-36 
Appleby Frodingham (12pts) beat Doncaster Town (4) by two wickets 
 
Sheffield Collegiate v Treeton 
 
The home side completed a highly-satisfactory weekend with a hard-fought win over top four challengers Treeton at Abbeydale. Having decided to bat first, Collegiate lost a couple of quick wickets before Shaaiq Choudhry (19) joined Dan Priestley in a third-wicket stand of 51. Wickets then fell regularly with slow bowlers Will Street and Liam Johnson doing the damage, but Josh White (20) and Henry Eldred helped the home side to a competitive score on a pitch that gave the bowlers some help. Treeton also lost a couple of early wickets, but Chris Cobb, with a patient 39 off 104 balls, steadied the ship. Cobb’s dismissal at 117-5 was the turning point, and four wickets then fell for 13 runs. Street (19 not out) added 28 for the ninth wicket with Andrew Joburns but time ran out with the visitors just six short of victory. 
 
Sheffield C 164 (50) Dan Priestley 33, Henry Eldred 30, Will Street 3-23, Liam Johnson 3-31 
Treeton 159-9 (50) Chris Cobb 39, Sam Drury 30, Henry Eldred 3-23 
Sheffield Collegiate (12pts) beat Treeton (4) by five runs 
 
Barnsley Woolley Miners v Wickersley Old Village 
 
After deciding to bat first, Adam Bashford (13) and Nathan Taylor (10) added 31 for Wickersley’s first wicket before both were dismissed by Harpreet Singh. After that, everything went downhill very quickly for the visitors, and only Shahjahan Younis (22) saved them from further humiliation. Harpreet finished with a remarkable 6-12 in 15 overs, and followed up with an unbeaten 30 off 22 balls, as Barnsley knocked off the runs with ease. 
 
Wickersley OV 65 (42.3 overs) Harpreet Singh Bhatia 6-12, Ali Jahangir 3-2 
Barnsley WM 66-1 (12.3) Harpreet Singh Bhatia 30* 
Barnsley Woolley Miners (12pts) beat Wickersley Old Village (0) by nine wickets 
 
Hallam v Whitley Hall 
 
The highest scoring match of the weekend in the division saw Whitley Hall put in to bat at Crimicar. Neither side had really gained the ascendancy when James Brown came in at 134-6, but the talented all-rounder hit an unbeaten 65 off 77 balls to put his side on top. Sam Woodcock (36 not out off 25 balls) lent valuable support in an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 70, to set Hallam a formidable target of 255. When Joe Cooper and Romir Singh were together in a third-wicket stand of 65, the home side looked to have a glimmer of hope, but after Woodcock dismissed Singh, wickets started to fall regularly. Jack Snelling put on an unbeaten 40 with Charlie Bourne for the eighth wicket, but his side fell well short in the end. 
 
Whitley Hall 254-7 (50) James Brown 65*, Sam Woodcock 36*, Charlie Bourne 3-60 
Hallam 224-7 (50) Joe Cooper 44, Romir Singh 35, Nick Dymock 30, Jack Snelling 47* 
Whitley Hall (12pts) beat Hallam (2) by 27 runs 
 
Tickhill v Cawthorne 
At Alderson Drive, the home side elected to bat first, and after the loss of Mark Cummins with only two runs on the board, Ross Diver and Joe Billings put them in a strong position with a stand of 84. An unbeaten 57 off 74 balls from Chris Wood kept up the momentum as Tickhill posted a competitive 185-5. Alex Morris and Taruwar Kohli added 55 for the visitors’ second wicket, but after that the innings slipped to 105-7, with slow bowlers Cummins and skipper Alex Rowland doing the damage. Kohli then received support from Josh Holling (11), and the two put on 53 for the eighth wicket. But when Kohli departed for a brilliant 88, Cawthorne’s hopes went with him, and the last two wickets fell quickly. 
 
Tickhill 185-5 (50) Ross Diver 37, Joe Billings 62, Christopher Wood 57, Josh Holling 3-45 
Cawthorne 163 (47.4) Alex Morris 39, Taruwar Kohli 88, Mark Cummins 3-30, Alex Rowland 4-37 
Tickhill (12pts) beat Cawthorne (2) by 22 runs 
 
Championship division - 29 May 
 
The eagerly anticipated return of the sun brought some deceptive pitches – a hot crust on top of a damp ground - and strong performances from the clubs at the top of the YCSPL Championship 
 
Whiston Parish Church v Oughtibridge War Memorial 
 
Whiston, playing like champions, although they hadn’t completed a cricket match since May 1st, were irresistible at Church Fields. Oughtibridge certainly found things very tough, losing a wicket in the first over then slowly building a score through Mustafa Hussain and Joe Boyden, till they became the first two of Joe Norbury’s four wickets as the innings became a struggle. After 50 overs they had reached just 135-8 and it was Whiston’s turn and, like the sun coming out, the whole aspect of the game changed. Andy Tomlinson (76*) and Gareth Davis (50*) breezed along to win without losing a wicket and the game was over with 23 overs unused. 
 
Oughtibridge WM 135-8 (50) Mustafa Hussain 31, Joseph Boyden 31, Joe Norbury 4-39 
Whiston PC 136-0 (27.3) Andrew Tomlinson 76*, Gareth Davis 50* 
Whiston Parish Church (12pts) beat Oughtibridge War Memorial (0) by ten wickets 
 
Houghton Main v Wath 
 
Houghton Main, who were Whiston’s previous victims all those weeks ago, have recovered from that setback, and getting in games when others were rained off, have pulled themselves back level with their conquerors. And so it continued on Saturday. They bowled Wath out for 145, Matty Bowering taking 4-37 and Luke Ogden snaffling three catches and a run out. Only Ainsley Swallow (49) played a substantial innings, though Rob Barlow (28) had taken them to 50 before the 2nd wicket fell. Houghton however found it just as tough and in almost a mirror image of Wath’s innings they got themselves over the line with only two wickets and four overs remaining. Luke Ogden played the anchor role with 45, while Rob Barlow and Bradley Williams (three wickets each) almost stole it for Wath. 
 
Wath 145 (47.3) Ainsley Swallow 49, Dylan Smythe 3-45, Matty Bowering 4-37 
Houghton Main 146-8 (45.5) Luke Ogden 45, Bradley Williams 3-38, Rob Barlow 3-38 
Houghton Main (12pts) beat Wath (4) by two wickets 
 
Cleethorpes v Conisbrough 
 
Third club, Cleethorpes, just two points behind the joint-leaders, enjoyed a much more comfortable victory over Conisbrough, who have yet to win this season. Tom Rollinson, coming in at 15-2, stayed around for the rest of the innings, walking off undefeated with 101, and thanks to big partnerships with Bill Kirby, Alex Osmond and Edd Lumby, steered Cleethorpes to 216-8, which proved more than enough to beat Conisbrough. Naveed Shah (39) and Will Scott made a hopeful start but Sameera Sadamal took 5-48 to bowl them out for 130 and win the game. 
 
Cleethorpes 216-8 (50) Tom Rollinson 101*, Alex Osmond 32, Buddhika Sanjeewa 4-65 
Conisbrough 130 (45.4) Naveed Shah 39, Alex Osmond 3-29, Sameera Sadamal 5-48 
Cleethorpes (12pts) beat Conisbrough (0) by 86 runs 
 
Warmsworth v Sheffield Collegiate 2nds 
 
Sheffield Collegiate 2nds remain the best of the rest, after beating Warmsworth at Common Lane. However, they found it hard to keep going once they’d got in. Six batsmen scored between 22 and 34 against tight bowling, especially from Ryan Pearson (3-31 from 15 overs). Collegiate made 163-7 - not a big score – but for the second time this season, Warmsworth completely imploded. The last time was the first match of the season when they lost to Whiston by 204 runs. They’ve since had two good wins and seemed to have recovered their composure, but on Saturday it all fell apart, as they were bowled out for 39. Several players batted almost as long as their Collegiate counterparts, but just couldn’t get the ball away. No-one made double figures and apart from Isaac Parkin with 3-17, none of the Collegiate bowlers conceded more than 8. Ben Fielding, as ever, was the pick with 4.3 overs, 3 maidens, 4 wickets for 2 runs. 39 in 29.3 overs suggests some seriously accurate bowling. 
 
Collegiate 2 163-7 (50) Robbie McKenna 30, Andy Simpson 34, Ryan Pearson 3-31 
Warmsworth 39 (29.3) Isaac Parkin 3-17, Ben Fielding 4-2 
Sheffield Collegiate 2nds (12pts) beat Warmsworth (0) by 124 runs 
 
Rockingham Colliery v Sprotbrough 
 
Sprotbrough moved up behind Collegiate with a nervy, five run win over Rockingham. Richard Belk held them together with 51 in 128 balls, but the Rockingham bowlers conceded little. Nazakat Khan took 4-49 but it was Richard Skipworth with just 17 conceded off 11 overs who set the tone. Rockingham’s batsmen however could fare no better, their first five going down for 58 and their last five for 41. What nearly won it for them though was a stand of 43 in the middle by John Ashton (36) and Harry Grindle and a last wicket partnership of 20 by Ryan Mann and Richard Skipworth. In fact, with seven balls to go and six runs to win, it took a run out by Ashley Langdale (added to his 4-48) to separate the sides. 
 
Sprotbrough 147-7 (50) Thomas Pepper 35, Richard Belk 51, Nazakat Khan 4-49 
Rockingham C 142 (48.5) John Ashton 36, Michael Threapleton 3-26, Ashley Langdale 4-48 
Sprotbrough (12pts) beat Rockingham Colliery (4) by five runs 
 
Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds v Aston Hall 
 
Aston Hall started the season brightly and haven’t completely lost their sparkle, with a solid team effort against Barnsley 2nds. All but three got double figures, with number six, Mainak Ray top-scoring with 38 and number ten, Adam Clarke, making 26 (with three 6s). In fact Clarke and Tom Coulson put on nearly 40 for the last wicket. 164 was more than they might have hoped for when 67-5. Barnsley, by contrast, had only Oliver Bennett (43) and extras (12) getting more than 7. With no-one to rescue them once Bennett was out, Barnsley collapsed for 86. Johannes Bothma took 5-17 and five other bowlers took a wicket each as team Aston won by 78 runs. 
 
Aston Hall 164 (49.5) Mainak Ray 38, Steven Honeyman 3-40 
Barnsley WM 2 86 (44.1) Oliver Bennett 43, Johannes Bothma 5-17 
Aston Hall (12pts) beat Barnsley Woolley Miners 2nds (0) by 78 runs 
 
Next week Aston Hall entertain Whiston and they‘ll need all of their team effort to keep Whiston from moving on. Houghton Main are at Sprotbrough which could be a really testing match. Cleethorpes are at Wath and if Wath play at their best, that too could be one to watch. Let’s hope the weather stays fine. 
 
 
 
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