Senior Section round-up 17 July - Part I
Posted on 21st July 2021 at 22:12
Green Moor Sports Club returned to the top of the league in Division One as Shiregreen were surprisingly well beaten away at South Kirkby. It was another twist in what has been an exciting title race. Green Moor’s victory came away at Aston Hall 2nds, who will now be looking nervously over their shoulders after bottom side Treeton 2nds gained a resounding win over Wakefield Thornes 2nds on an intriguing Saturday of fixtures.
Aston Hall 2nds v Green Moor
Green Moor chased down a sizeable total to defeat Aston Hall 2nds and return to the summit of the league. It was the home side who won the toss and their batting effort was commendable with 51 (121 balls) from Stan Ashton being the catalyst for a competitive score of 214 all out. He was backed up by a much more quick-fire 45 (44) from Yousaf Ali as Sam Askey ended pick of the bowlers for the visitors with 4-35. Aston Hall’s bowling effort could not quite match that of their batting as James Ward and Ben Simpson wore down the opening bowlers before a brilliant 83 off 68 balls from Wayne Hughes carried them close to victory. There were some nerves towards the end as wickets fell cheaply and the chase made it to the final over, but Jonathan Sanders and Julian Bates took them to the top of the table.
Aston Hall 2 214 (49.2) Stan Ashton 51, Yousaf Ali 45, Sam Askey 4-35
Green Moor 218-7 (49.4) James Ward 33, Ben Simpson 43, Wayne Hughes 83
Green Moor (9pts) beat Aston Hall 2nds (1) by three wickets
Rotherham Town v Upper Haugh
Rotherham Town 2nds thrashed Upper Haugh by nine wickets to move to third in the league, just a win behind second-placed Shiregreen. It was the bowlers who did the damage in the first innings, after the away side had chosen to bat. Dhruv Shahi took four wickets for just five runs as no single Upper Haugh batsman managed to deal with the home side’s attack. The result was a chase well below 100 and one that never really required the Town batsmen to come out of first gear; Wasim Rana getting most of the runs in quick-fire fashion with 40 off 22 balls.
Upper Haugh 69 (22.3) Dhruv Shahi 4-5
Rotherham T 70-1 (8) Wasim Rana 40
Rotherham Town (9pts) beat Upper Haugh (0) by nine wickets
Sheffield United v Darfield
Strugglers Sheffield United succumbed to another loss, which means they now sit level on points with bottom side Treeton 2nds. It was the home side who won the toss and batted first, but they failed to really get any momentum against a good Darfield attack. Mohammed Altaf Khan was the only standout performer with an unbeaten 49 in 59 balls, as Saman Khursheed and Carlton Dickinson took three wickets each. The target, however, was not a simple one, especially as the top order collapsed to leave Darfield 69-5. Number seven Luke Aitken was the one who decided it in the away side’s favour with 67 (66); his third fifty in an impressive season.
Sheffield U 158 (49.5) Mohammed Altaf Khan 49, Saman Khursheed 3-40, Carlton Dickinson 3-49
Darfield 159-8 (44.4) Luke Aitken 67, Mihindukulasuriya Harsha Perera 3-43
Darfield (9pts) beat Sheffield United (2) by two wickets
South Kirkby Colliery v Shiregreen
Shiregeen were on the wrong end of a comprehensive defeat away to mid-table South Kirkby, as they once again lost top spot. The away side won the toss and produced an impressive display when they surprisingly bowled first. Mobashar Ilyas Raja took season-best figures of 6-21 to restrict the home side to just 105 with top scorer, Steve Secker, totting up just 21 runs. It was the batting where everything went wrong for Shiregreen, as a three-pronged South Kirkby bowling attack swept through the order. Philip Howell ended with the best figures of them all as he took 4-7, with an economy of just 1.00, leaving Shiregreen 51 all out.
South Kirkby C 102 (46.5) Mobashar Ilyas Raja 6-21
Shiregreen 51 (26) Ricky Crompton 3-18, Philip Howell 4-7
South Kirkby Colliery (9pts) beat Shiregreen (0) by 51 runs
Treeton 2nds v Wakefield Thornes 2nds
Bottom side Treeton 2nds pulled off a surprising win over Wakefield Thornes 2nds, who started Saturday in fourth place. The hosts were the ones to win the toss and they chose to bat, a decision that paid off as they racked up a big total. They struggled early on at 37-5, with opening bowler James Donnachie doing a lot of the damage for the visitors. But the tail wagged powerfully as numbers seven and eight, Archie Sneath and Sufyan Sayed, both scored fifties after Will Cooper’s 43 (46) at number six. Donnachie ended with 6-58 in a fine display that ended up being in vain as Wakefield Thornes never got near their target. The visitors’ openers both scored measured 30s but no one managed to convert starts into big runs and they ended all out 71 runs short of their hosts.
Treeton 2 249 (50) Will Cooper 43, Archie Sneath 50, Sufyan Sayed 54, James Donnachie 6-58
Wakefield T 2 178 (44.4) Joe Cuthbertson 30, Kamran Hussain 31, Jawad Akhtar 32, Jon Boden 3-48
Treeton 2nds (9pts) beat Wakefield Thornes 2nds (1) by 71 runs
Whitley Hall 2nds v Hallam 2nds
Whitley Hall 2nds coasted to victory over Hallam 2nds to move above Wakefield Thornes 2nds into fourth place. Hallam elected to bat first when they won the toss, a decision which was not backed up, as they were dismissed just short of 100. Only three visiting batsmen made into double figures, none of those making it to 20, as wickets were shared between five Whitley Hall bowlers. The home side made light work of the modest chase, making it to the target with just two wickets down. Sam Chatterton top-scored as he clattered 32 unbeaten runs in just 13 balls, to see his side home in just 13.5 overs.
Hallam 2 94 (33.3) Jim Tasker 3-14
Whitley Hall 2 96-2 (13.5) Sam Chatterton 32*
Whitley Hall 2nds (9pts) beat Hallam 2nds (0) by eight wickets
Doncaster Town 2nds v Thorncliffe
Doncaster made no mistakes as they cruised past Thorncliffe by nine wickets. Thorncliffe batted first and were disappointing as only three players passed double figures. Their innings finished on 117 all out with Graeme Attenborough taking 4-33 for the league leaders. Doncaster only needed 22.5 overs to gain their victory, as Jack Woodiwiss hit an unbeaten half century and captain Warren Graca 29.
Thorncliffe 117 (41.5) Jason Clark 30, Graeme Attenborough 4-33
Doncaster T 2 118-1 (22.5) Jack Woodiwiss 59*
Doncaster Town 2nds (9pts) beat Thorncliffe (0) by nine wickets
Monk Bretton v Elsecar 2nds
The shock of the week came as bottom of the league Elsecar 2nds squeezed past promotion-hunting Monk Bretton by eight runs. Half-centuries from Andrew Ivill and Richard Stump, and 40 from Harrison Hayes, helped Elsecar set an imposing total of 223 all out after being 113-5. Top performers for Bretton were opening bowler Ashley Clayton, who took 4-63 and Jenson Hayes (3-31). The home side’s innings started well and at 150-4, it looked like a walk in the park, but Stump took three wickets and Matthew Tonks 4-42 to change the game. Clayton was 36 not out but his team fell short by eight runs.
Elsecar 2 223 (47.3) Richard Stump 62, Andrew Ivill 67, Harrison Hayes 40, Ashley Clayton 4-63, Jenson Hayes 3-31
Monk Bretton 215 (49.2) Daniel Taylor 37, Daniel Bryning 40, Ashley Clayton 36*, Richard Stump 3-53, Matthew Tonks 4-42
Elsecar 2nds (9pts) beat Monk Bretton (2) by eight runs
Sheffield Collegiate 3rds v Frecheville Community
529 runs were scored at Abbeydale Sports club as Sheffield Collegiate 3rds beat Frecheville Community by 53 runs. Veteran opener Nick Gaywood hit his third century of the season for the home side, supported by thirties from Lewis Hogg, Chris Stewart and Jonathan Udall as they posted a mammoth 291-3. It was a day for opening batsmen as Frecheville’s Adam Ramsden hit 73; whilst Michael Donson and Tom Powell just missed out on half centuries. The visitors were well set at 220-4, but then lost six wickets for 18 runs in a spectacular collapse.
Sheffield C 3 291-3 (50) Nick Gaywood 144, Lewis Hogg 37, Chris Stewart 33*, Jonathan Udall 33*
Frecheville C 238 (46.5) Adam Ramsden 73, Michael Donson 47, Tom Powell 45, Mansoor Shinwari 4-46
Sheffield Collegiate 3rds (9pts) beat Frecheville Community (1) by 53 runs
Thorpe Hesley & High Green v Norton Woodseats
Norton Woodseats climbed out of the relegation zone with an impressive 46-run victory against Thorpe Hesley & High Green. Woodseats won the toss and batted first, Ashley Reynolds taking brilliant 5-55 and Richard Taylor 3-35, to restrict them to 181, which was an achievable target in 50 overs. Joshua Cross hit a well-made 43 and David Armitage 40 for the visitors. In reply, Iain Macdonald hit 38 and Jack Myers 25 but lacked support as the home side were bowled out for 135. Cross finished a fine personal performance by taking three wickets and Aamir Ashfaque impressed with 5-43.
Norton Woodseats 181-9 (50) David Armitage 40, Joshua Cross 43, Richard Taylor 3-35, Ashley Reynolds 5-55
Thorpe Hesley & High Green 135 (33.3) Iain MacDonald 38, Joshua Cross 3-32, Aamir Ashfaque 5-43
Norton Woodseats (9pts) beat Thorpe Hesley & High Green (1) by 46 runs
Wickersley Old Village 2nds v Coal Aston
Coal Aston now sit one place below the promotion places as they beat Wickersley Old Village by six wickets. Wickersley batted first and were struggling at 113-6, before number eight batsman Sahil Saxena hit a brilliant 43 to propel his side to 210-8 after 50 overs. Benjamin Hall and Daniel Hemingway took three wickets apiece for Coal Aston. Jack Hall then stole the show with 123 not out in 126 balls, including 16 fours and one six, to carry his side to their target in 43.2 overs.
Wickersley OV 2 210-8 (50) Jonathan Allan 36, Sahil Saxena 43, Benjamin Hall 3-55, Daniel Hemingway 3-61
Coal Aston 214-4 (43.2) Jack Hall 123*
Coal Aston (9pts) beat Wickersley Old Village 2nds (0) by six wickets
Worsbrough Bridge v Norton Oakes
Norton Oakes’ troubles continued as they were beaten by Worsbrough Bridge by 58 runs. Extras were a problem for Oakes, with 42 contributiong to Worsbrough’s 227, in which skipper Alex Littlewood made a fine half-century, whilst Iwan Hutching picked up five wickets and Reuben Bagge three. Norton’s reply could not have gone much worse as they fell to 62-7, leaving the game all but finished. But Josh Thompson never gave up, and his 71 at number nine helped his side reach 169, still 58 short. Mark Wilkinson and Liam Hague starred with the ball for the home side.
Worsbrough Bridge 227 (49.1) Shak Jamil 40, Alex Littlewood 59, Reuben Bagge 3-47, Iwan Hutchings 5-44
Norton Oakes 169 (40) Josh Thompson 71, Liam Hague 3-50, Mark Wilkinson 4-64
Worsbrough Bridge (9pts) beat Norton Oakes (1) by 58 runs
Caribbean comfortably won on Saturday to stay top of Division Three; their win came against Maltby Miners Welfare, who remain glued to the foot of the table. This came on a weekend where Sprotbrough 2nds did not play due to Covid. Elsewhere, Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds gained an important win over Silkstone United to move away from trouble and within just six points of their opponents.
Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds v Silkstone United
Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds pulled off an important result to keep them afloat near the bottom, as they moved within a win of Silkstone United. It was the away side who batted first and reached a very good total, with both Robert Wade and Jacob Taylor posting scores of 88. Their total, however, was not enough as the hosts chased it down with 1.2 overs remaining. William Chapman was star of the show as he scored a brilliant unbeaten 114, and was backed up by 61 from brother Freddie.
Silkstone United 234-7 (46) Robert Wade 88, Jacob Taylor 88, Callum Bailey 3-35
Barnsley WM 3 237-5 (44.4) Alex Gough 34, Freddie Chapman 61, William Chapman 114*
Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds (9pts) beat Silkstone United (0) by five wickets
Maltby Miners Welfare v Caribbean Sports Club
Caribbean Sports had a comprehensive win over Maltby Miners Welfare to open a sizable gap at the top of the league. They lost the toss and were asked to bowl, but soon started to make inroads into the home side’s batting order. Only three bowlers were used as Maltby collapsed to a miserable score and all of them contributed to the wickets column. Arslan Tariq yet again took the plaudits as he took 5-24 to come away with the best figures. The chase was never going to challenge Caribbean as opener Andre Jackson ended with 40 not out, to ensure they made it to victory with 26 overs and nine wickets remaining.
Maltby MW 73 (32.4) Hussnain Hussain 3-26, Arslan Tariq 5-24
Caribbean SC 77-1 (20) Andre Jackson 40*, Haroon Tariq 32
Caribbean Sports Club (9pts) beat Maltby Miners Welfare (0) by nine wickets
Oughtibridge War Memorial 2nds v Wath 2nds
Wath 2nds cemented fifth place with a highly convincing victory over an Oughtibridge 2nds side they would have expected more of a fight from. Matthew Hays was the star man as the away side batted first, and his 69 at the top of the order carried them to a competitive total. He was helped by useful cameos from Ryan Tingle and Mason Bannister as well as 33 not out from Gavin Roebuck at number nine to finish the innings off nicely. The target was achievable for the hosts, but a remarkable eight ducks saw them collapse to just 85 all out in reply. Stephen Johnson ended with season-best figures of 6-28 in a brilliant individual effort.
Wath 2 199-8 (46) Matthew Hays 69, Gavin Roebuck 33*, Rafiullah Ahmad 3-32
Oughtibridge WM 2 85 (30.4) Kazam Hussain 37, Stephen Johnson 6-28, Mark Wilson 3-22
Wath 2nds (9pts) beat Oughtibridge War Memorial 2nds (0) by 114 runs
Penistone v Tickhill 2nds
Penistone 2nds beat mid-table Tickhill 2nds to move level on points with Sprotbrough 2nds in second. It was the away side who chose to bat first but failed to post an imposing total as they fell well short of par. Nick Page, with 48 off 51 balls, played a lone hand as no other batter registered over 20. All five bowlers took at least one wicket for the hosts with Matt Scholey taking the honours with 4-28 from 13 overs. The total was still one that needed chasing, and Penistone’s top order delivered with an opening stand of 83 between Scott Jones and Tom Reid. Jones top-scoring with 59 (63) to make sure of the victory with eight wickets remaining.
Tickhill 2 140 (43.5) Nick Page 48, Matt Scholey 4-28, Paul Dalton 3-19
Penistone 141-2 (27.5) Tom Reid 31, Scott Jones 59
Penistone (9pts) beat Tickhill 2nds (0) by eight wickets
Whiston Parish Church 2nds v Rockingham Colliery 2nds
Rockingham Colliery 2nds remained second bottom after another loss, this time away to Whiston Parish Church 2nds. They made the decision to bat first and were reduced to 87-8 in an innings that could have been much worse than it was. Cameos from Elliot Kay (16*) and Ben Shore (12) at ten and eleven after skipper Christopher Dixon had top-scored with 35 gave them something to defend. But 52 from opener Richard Daughtrey set the tone for Whiston’s chase as they made it with four wickets and 14 overs to spare. There were three wickets for Matthew Cox, but Richard Spurr got them over the line with an important unbeaten 29.
Rockingham C 2 147 (45.4) Christopher Dixon 35, Jack Moran 3-33
Whiston PC 2 148-6 (32) Richard Aughtrey 52, Matthew Cox 3-43
Whiston Parish Church 2nds (9pts) beat Rockingham Colliery 2nds (1) by four wickets
Sprotbrough 2nds v Kexborough – match cancelled due to Covid (null & void)
Cawthorne 2nds v Millhouses Works
Cawthorne 2nds' win over Millhouses Works has left them third in the league. Kade Fletcher led the way with a fine 73, supported by 26 from Thom Macrow, and Cawthorne reached a respectable 173-7. Millhouses’ response never looked likely to threaten the hosts, despite the contributions of George Henderson (31), Harvey Amos (26) and John Woods (25), and Millhouses were all out 135 in 42 overs.
Cawthorne 2 173-7 (46) Kade Fletcher 73
Millhouses Works 135 (42) George Henderson 31
Cawthorne 2nds (9pts) beat Millhouses Works (1) by 38 runs
Parkhead v Higham
Parkhead reached top spot in the league after beating Higham. Harry Pollard and Christian Millard led a great recovery after they had elected to bat first and four wickets had fallen cheaply, and captain Chris Turner weighed in with 36 late on. Ben Jones removed both openers, whilst Ben Wood and George Deagan put in economical spells. Deegan top-scored in the visitors’ reply, with support from Andrew Wood, but Chris Turner’s impressive 5-26 helped his side to a comfortable win.
Parkhead 241-7 (46) Christian Millard 67, Harry Pollard 76*, Chris Turner 36, Ben Jones 3-62
Higham 183 (39.4) Andrew Wood 31, George Deegan 67, Chris Turner 5-26
Parkhead (9pts) beat Higham (1) by 58 runs
Shiregreen 2nds v Mexborough Athletic
A close game took place at Shiregreen, with the home team winning by a single wicket. A tremendous bowling display by the home side, with 4-22 from Afzaal Ahmad and 5-33 from Akhtar Khan, saw the visitors bowled out for 126. Shiregreen Captain Nazam Mohammed almost single-handedly led his side to victory in the 34th over with a fine unbeaten 66. Opening bowlers Jamie Lomas and Scott Harris were the pick of the Mexborough attack.
Mexborough A 126 (45.2) Afzal Ahmad 4-22, Akhtar Khan 5-33
Shiregreen 2 129-9 (33.3) Nazam Mohammad 66*, Jamie Lomas 3-33, Scott Harris 4-51
Shiregreen 2nds (9pts) beat Mexborough Athletic (2) by one wicket
Bradfield Village Fellowship v Fishlake and Hampole & Skelbrooke v Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths – matches cancelled due to Covid (null & void)
By Sam Chadwick & Tom Pratt
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