Division 5 
 
A thrilling encounter took place in the fifth division. Both teams were bowled out for 124 as Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds tied with Darfield 2nds. Bradfield batted first, being bowled out in 35.5 overs as Carlton Dickinson took 4-25 and Matthew Hurt top-scored just shy of his fifty with 47. A second innings collapse was sparked by a brilliant 6-18 from Bradfield’s Philip Clark. Darfield were 98-4 at one point with Sulaimaan Ahmed scoring a quick-fire 51 from 53 balls, but they could only equal their target in one of the games of the weekend. 
 
There was an impressive bowling display from Rotherham Town 2nds in the only other game of the weekend. They beat Upper Haugh 2nds by 45 runs as they bowled them out for 83 in 32.4 overs. Habil Malik was the standout in the attack as he took 5-9 in 10 overs in a performance where he also removed four of the top five batsmen. Darfield’s tie means they lie 3 points behind leaders Norton Oakes 2nds with Bradfield sitting comfortably in mid-table, a place below Upper Haugh. Rotherham are now second bottom after their first win of the season. 
 
Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds v Darfield 2nds 
Bradfield VF 2 124 (35.5) Paul Garnett 44, Matthew Hurt 47, Carlton Dickinson 4-25 
Darfield 2 124 (37.4) Sulaimaan Ahmed 51, David Palazon 3-23, Philip Clark 6-18 
Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds and Darfield 2nds – match tied (6pts each) 
 
Rotherham Town 2nds v Upper Haugh 2nds 
Rotherham T 2 128-8 (46) Steve Reynolds 4-23, Adam Perry 3-41 
Upper Haugh 2 83 (32.4) Habil Malik 5-9 
Rotherham Town 2nds beat Upper Haugh 2nds (0) by 45 runs 
 
Conisbrough 2nds v Kilnhurst Colliery, Handsworth v Coal Aston 2nds, Penistone 2nds v Norton Oakes 2nds and Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds v Whiston Forge – matches abandoned without a ball bowled (3pts each) 
 
Division 6 
 
A lot more action helped for a more entertaining weekend of cricket in Division 6. Leaders Wombwell main won comfortably to maintain their lead as promotion chasers Doncaster 3rds won as well. Bottom side Wentworth were defeated at Doncaster. Wickersley Old Village and Millhouses Works 2nds were the only fixture not to go ahead at the weekend in the league as teams around them picked up important wins. 
 
Brookhouse v Green Moor Sports Club 2nds 
 
Green Moor Sports Club won the toss and elected to bat. Wicketkeeper Joshua Dixon hit 31 for the away side. A last wicket partnership of 31 helped the side get to a respectable 138 all out in tough conditions. Howard Larne (3-40), Adam Bryant (3-46) and Jasneet Gulati (3-17) all took three wickets apiece. The away side were in debt to opening bowler Joseph White after he took 6-8 off eight overs. After falling to 34-4 in response, the home side failed to recover and were bowled out for 104. 
 
Green Moor 2 138 (39) Joshua Dixon 31, Howard Larne 3-40, Adam Bryant 3-46, Jasneet Gulati 3-17 
Brookhouse 104 (35) Joseph White 6-8 
Green Moor 2nds (9pts) beat Brookhouse (1) by 34 runs 
 
Doncaster Town 3rds v Wentworth 
 
Second placed Doncaster 3rds looked to pile the pressure on early leaders Wombwell Main with victory over bottom side Wentworth. It was Wentworth who won the toss and placed Doncaster into bat. Top order batsmen Ewan Whittaker (65) and Harry Bellwood (48) pushed the home side to an impressive 191-5 after 40 overs. Wentworth lost early wickets and found no set batsmen as nobody hit double figures. They were bowled out for 40 in the space of 32 overs. Max Garbutt returned figures of 3-6 from his 7 overs. 
 
Doncaster T 3 191-5 (40) Ewan Whittaker 65, Harry Bellwood 48 
Wentworth 40 (32.2) Max Garbutt 3-6 
Doncaster Town 3rds (9pts) beat Wentworth (0) by 151 runs 
 
Sheffield United 2nds v Thorncliffe 2nds 
 
After winning the toss and electing to field, Sheffield United 2nds struck second ball leaving Thorncliffe 0-1. However, a solid 73 from Jacob Grubb helped his side to 150-6 off 40 overs. In reply, Sheffield United 2nds batsmen hit Zaki Anjam (25) and Akhtar Khan (27), however it was not enough to see their side over the line as they were bowled out for 135 from 39 overs. Charlie Schofield took 4-43 to help his side win the game. 
 
Thorncliffe 2 150-6 (40) Jacob Grubb 73 
Sheffield United 2 135 (39) Charlie Schofield 4-43 
Thorncliffe 2nds (9pts) beat Sheffield United 2nds (2) by 15 runs 
 
Wombwell Main v Handsworth Junior Sporting Club 2nds 
 
Early league leaders Wombwell Main hosted Handsworth, won the toss and elected to bat first. Daniel Harper hit a brilliant 64 not out after they had lost their first wicket in the first over and then subsided to 27-3. In reply, Handsworth were 49-9 before a last wicket partnership of 27 saw them bowled out for 76. Moniruzzaman Choudhury was the only man to hit double figures with a well-made 37, and Ben Reeves was the stand-out bowler with a four wicket haul, in a comfortable win for the home side. 
 
Wombwell Main 126-5 (35) Daniel Harper 64* 
Handsworth JSC 2 77 (32.5) Mohammed Fiaz 37*, Ben Reeves 4-7, Richard Wilkinson 3-17, Thomas Goldsby-West 3-31 
Wombwell Main (9pts) beat Handsworth 2nds (0) by 49 runs 
 
Wickersley Old Village 3rds v Millhouses Works 2nds match abandoned without a ball bowled (3pts each) 
 
Division 7 
 
Bowling dominated Division 7 as none of the four sides to bat reached three figures in their innings. Warmsworth 2nds seemed to be in trouble as they were bowled out for 97 after being put in to bat by Higham 2nds. Steven Bamforth took 5-22 for Higham while Andy Matthews top-scored with 30. Higham, however, were skittled just three runs away from their target. Marcus Green and Mark Shanks took 4 each for Warmsworth as they took their first 9 points of the season. 
 
The other game was an even lower scoring encounter with Doncaster Town 4ths dominating Wath 3rds, the league’s bottom side. Tom Biltcliffe was the pick of the bowlers with 4-9 in 7 overs as Doncaster dismissed Wath for just 55. Openers Joe Horrocks and Oliver Cheesewright made light work of the total with 26 and 28 runs respectively as Doncaster won by 10 wickets. Town now sit in fourth, with Warmsworth second bottom, leaving Wath the only team in the division without a win. 
 
Frecheville Community 2nds and Sprotbrough 2nds leapfrog Whitley Hall 3rds at the top of the league with their abandonments, as Whitley Hall did not have a fixture. 
 
Warmsworth 2nds v Higham 2nds 
Warmsworth 2 97 (39.1) Andy Matthews 30, Thomas Swift 4-14, Steven Bamforth 5-22 
Higham 2  94 (39.2) Paul Wroe 36, Marcus Green 4-18, Mark Shanks 4-22 
Warmsworth 2nds (9pts) beat Higham 2nds (2) by three runs 
 
Wath 3rds v Doncaster Town 4ths 
Wath 3 55 (34.3) Tom Biltcliffe 4-9 
Doncaster T 4 56-0 (13) 
Doncaster Town 4ths (9pts) beat Wath 3rds (0) by ten wickets 
 
Dearne v Frecheville Community 2nds, Harley v Scholes, Houghton Main 2nds v Fishlake 2ndsSprotbrough 3rds v Silkstone United 2nds  – matches abandoned without a ball bowled (3pts each) 
 
Division 8 
 
Monk Bretton lead the way in division 8 after a dramatic victory against other promotion chasers Brookhouse who sit in fourth position. However, Mexborough, who have a game in hand over Monk Bretton, stay in second place after victory over Eden Grove Parklands. Brodsworth Main 3rds sit bottom of the table after not playing one game this season with Adwick-Le-Street 2nds sitting above them after having had both their fixtures rained off. 
Mexborough Athletic 2nds v Eden Grove Parklands 2nds 
 
Mexborough Athletic 2nds v Eden Grove Parklands 2nds 
 
In a low scoring encounter, second placed Mexborough Athletic 2nd XI reduced the away side to 92/8 after their 40 overs. Wicket-keeper Kevin Roberts hit 47 for Eden Grove Parklands in the only standout performance with the bat. Jonathan Guest took 3-20. In reply, Mexborough batsmen John Chantry (21) and Ghazanfar Hussain (16) saw the hosts home with the loss of 6 wickets. 
 
Eden Grove Parklands 2 92-8 (40) Russ Donald 47, Jonathan Guest 3-20 
Mexborough A 2 96-6 (30.4) Craig Taylor 4-28 
Mexborough Athletic 2nds (9pts) beat Eden Grove Parklands 2nds (1) by four wickets 
 
Monk Bretton 2nds v Brookhouse 2nds 
 
Another low scoring encounter occurred at Monk Bretton as they took on Brookhouse 2nds. League leaders Monk Bretton elected to bat first and found themselves 27-3. The 50 came up for the home side in 24 overs. Only 29 runs were added in the next 16 overs as they finished on 79-9. Stephen Dawson took 5-15. A total which Brookhouse thought they could chase down and put pressure on the top of the division. When Brookhouse reached their 50 after 22 overs they were 4 wickets down needing 30 runs with 6 wickets in hand. However, they lost them 6 wickets for 22 runs and fell short by 8 runs (72 all out). Andy Taylor took 4-16 and Mike Ashworth 3-10 for the winning side. 
 
Monk Bretton 2 79-9 (40) Stephen Dawson 5-15 
Brookhouse 2 72 (30.4) Andy Taylor 4-16, Mike Ashworth 3-10 
Monk Bretton 2nds (9pts) beat Brookhouse 2nds (2) by seven runs 
 
Upper Haugh 3rds v Sheffield United 3rds 
 
After winning the toss and electing to bat, many could say that Sheffield United 3rds made a very bad call. Upper Haugh 3rds hit 192/9 after their 40 overs. This was largely down to lower order contributions from captain Tim Whitehouse (57) and Paul Armin (27). Opening bowler Danny Allwood took 4-30 for the travelling side in which was their only bright light in a very hard day. This was due to a batting performance which saw them skittled for 37 in 30 overs. Cameron Armin took 4-7 off 10 overs. 
 
Upper Haugh 3 192-9 (40) Tim Whitehouse 57*, Danny Allwood 4-30 
Sheffield U 3 37 (30) Cameron Armin 4-7 
Upper Haugh 3rds (9pts) beat Sheffield United 3rds (0) by 155 runs 
 
Adwick-le-Street 2nds v Rockingham Colliery 3rdsBrodsworth Main 3rds v Wombwell Main 2nds and Whiston Forge 2nds v Rockingham Colliery 4thsmatches abandoned without a ball bowled (3pts each) 
 
 
by Sam Chadwick & Tom Pratt 
 
 
 
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