Preview of matches on 29 & 31 May
Posted on 28th May 2021 at 18:29
It is a double weekend for the Premier Division clubs, as there is a full programme for both tomorrow and Bank Holiday Monday. With the promise of some better weather on both days, there is the opportunity for clubs to make a significant difference to their standings. League leaders Wakefield Thornes will hope to pick up maximum points with a home game against Doncaster Town and a trip to Elsecar, neither of whom have started the season well. Appleby Frodingham, in second place, have a slightly harder task as they travel to Tickhill and then Doncaster, but they will do so with confidence. Sheffield Collegiate are at home both days – but with fifth-placed visitors Barnsley Woolley Miners on Saturday and fourth-placed Treeton on Monday, they can justifiably claim to be involved in the match-of-the-day on both days, with good competitive games on the cards. On Saturday, Treeton are at home to a Whitley Hall side that will be hoping to get their season going with a good win. After their difficult trip to Abbeydale on Saturday, Barnsley are at home to Wickersley on Monday in a game that they will hope to win. On Saturday, the two sides without a win, Elsecar and Hallam, will meet at the Al-Murad Stadium with every incentive to get the points.
The top three sides; Houghton Main, Whiston Parish Church and Cleethorpes are all at home to sides in the bottom three, in the shape of Wath, Oughtibridge and Conisbrough respectively, and will be favourites to win based on their league positions – but of course cricket has a habit of producing the unexpected! The other games look on paper to be more evenly balanced, with fourth-placed Collegiate visiting newly-promoted Warmsworth; Barnsley seconds at home to Aston Hall, who will not want to lose further ground on the leaders; and Rockingham hosting Sprotborough.
In Division One, top team Shiregreen will be desperate to get back to winning ways as they travel to fifth-placed Hallam 2nds, with both teams suffering three rain effected weekends in a row. At the bottom of the league, there is an important encounter between 10th and 11th as Rotherham Town host South Kirkby, with the latter still searching for their first win of the season. Third-placed Green Moor Sports Club produced an impressive result last week as they successfully chased down 194 against Sheffield United. They face a tough test this week as they face Upper Haugh, who sit a place below in fourth. The only other team to win last time out, second-placed Wakefield Thornes 2nds, are hoping to close the one-point gap between them and Shiregreen as they travel to Sheffield & Phoenix United. Bottom club Aston Hall 2nds will be fancying their chances on paper as they face ninth-placed Darfield hoping for an elusive first win. Lastly, sixth play eighth with Treeton 2nds travelling to Whitley Hall 2nds, a second win of the season for Treeton would see them leapfrog their opponents.
After another week of abandoned games, teams in Division 2 are looking to get some action and points under their belt. Early leaders Doncaster 2nds take on early strugglers Norton Oakes. Joint leaders Monk Bretton play Sheffield Collegiate 3rd XI which could be tough encounter for both sides. Other fixtures in the division include Thorncliffe travelling to Wickersley Old Village 2nds. Wickersley are looking to get back to winnings ways after defeat to Worsbrough. Frenchvillie Community host Coal Aston whilst Elsecar travel to bottom side Norton Woodseats. Both Frenchville and Elsecar are on 20 points situated eighth and ninth, so a win for other side would see them leapfrog away from each other. Worsbrough Bridge look to carry on from their victory last week as they travel to Thorpe Hesley and High Green.
Oughtibridge 2nds were the standout performers in Division Three last week as they beat Silkstone United by 138 runs for their first win of the season. They host the only team below them, Whiston Parish Church 2nds, looking to carry on their momentum. Whiston, like many teams, have not played in three weeks. Table-toppers Caribbean Sports beat Wath 2nds last week for their fourth win this year and face sixth-placed Tickhill 2nds this time around, looking to keep their six-point gap to second. Penistone and Kexborough did not play last week, cutting them adrift in third and second respectively. They play each other this weekend in what could be a very important game at the end of the season. Elsewhere, eighth plays seventh as Maltby Miners Welfare welcome Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds with both teams looking for a second success of the year. Sprotbrough 2nds will want to carry momentum from their win over Tickhill, they will climb into the top three with a win with one or both of Penistone and Kexborough guaranteed to drop points. Lastly, Wath 2nds play Silkstone United with both teams looking to bounce back from defeat last Saturday.
A win for Bradfield Village Fellowship against Millhouses Works could see them leapfrog Sheffield Collegiate 4ths into top spot. That would only be possible in Collegiate fail to record to a fourth win of the campaign against Mexborough. Fishlake have the opportunity to build on their impressive win on Sunday, when they travel to early strugglers Adwick-Le-Street. Third and fourth placed are involved in what seems an exciting game as Shiregreen and Higham face off. Other fixtures include Hallam 3rds hosting Cawthorne 2nds and Parkhead travelling to Hampole & Skelbrooke.
Only one team took all nine points in Division 5 last week, as Rotherham Town 2nds beat Upper Haugh 2nds by 45 runs. The victory was their first of the season and they face a tough task this weekend as they face third-placed Coal Aston 2nds, who remain unbeaten having missed their last three games. Darfield 2nds, a place above Coal Aston, face Upper Haugh 2nds after their thrilling tied game last week. They are chasing down the leaders, Norton Oakes 2nds, who stayed top by three points despite being halted by the weather. Norton Oakes play Darfield’s opponents of last weekend, Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds, hoping to win to keep their cushion at the top. At the bottom, Conisbrough 2nds are still trying to kickstart their season having missed their last four games. With the up-turn in weather, they will be hopeful of a confidence-boosting first win of the year, as they play host to eighth-placed Penistone 2nds. Fourth-placed Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds and fifth-placed Whiston Forge, level on 27 points with Coal Aston, play Kilnhurst Colliery and Handsworth JSC, respectively. No slip-ups will be wanted as each team seek to gain the advantage in a tight top-five.
The top two go head-to-head in the main event fixture of Division 6. A win for Doncaster 3rds could see them joint at the top of the table with Wombwell Main, with a game in hand on 42 points. The two sides are way ahead of everyone else and it could really sway the way the title goes too. Elsewhere in the division, bottom side Wentworth play Sheffield United 2nds. Wentworth will be looking to pick up their first win of the season. Handsworth host Wickersley Old Village 3rd XI as both teams look to push up the table. Caribbean Sports 2nds also look to pick up their first win with victory over Thorncliffe 2nds. The other fixture in the division is played between Millhouses Works 2nds against Green Moor Sports Club 2nds.
It was a low scoring weekend in Division 7, with batsmen hoping that a few days of dry weather may produce some more batting-friendly wickets. The top three are level on 36 points going into Saturday. The top team, Frecheville Community 2nds, travel to Scholes, and second-placed Sprotbrough are at fifth-placed Worsbrough Bridge 2nds. They will be wanting to put the pressure on Whitley Hall 3rds, who play on Monday. On paper, Sprotbrough have the toughest ask as Frecheville and Worsbrough Bridge play twelfth and thirteenth, respectively. Bottom club, Wath 3rds, will face Fishlake 2nds hoping for an immediate bounce-back from their ten-wicket defeat last time having been bowled out for 55 by Doncaster Town 4ths. Doncaster themselves will be looking to close in on the top three with a win at home to Dearne. The only other team to suffer defeat last Saturday, Higham 2nds, play Houghton Main 2nds, who have not had a result in three games, as seventh play ninth. Finally, Silkstone United 2nds and Harley will be raring to go having been heavily weather-affected in the past three weeks.
Early leaders Monk Bretton 2nd XI look to extend their lead as they play Adwick-Le-Street 2nds especially with second place Mexborough not playing. Brodsworth Main 3rds look to pick up their first points against Eden Grove Parklands 2nds. Rockingham Colliery 3rds play at home to Whiston Forge, whilst their 4ths play at home to Sheffield United 3rds. Third vs fourth play as Upper Haugh travel to Brookhouse. A win for Upper Haugh could see them fly away in third place with a game in hand. The other fixture in the division is Kexborough 2nds hosting Wombwell Main 2nds.
With thanks to Sam Chadwick and Tom Pratt
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