Division 5 
 
It was an unfortunate weekend for Thorpe Hesley & High Green as they lost ground to top team Whiston Forge following an abandonment. Results meant that the gap to the top is now nine points, although Rotherham Town 2nds missed out on the chance to make up ground in third place with a surprising loss at home to strugglers Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds. Conisbrough were the latest team to drop to the bottom as they were thrashed by fellow strugglers Coal Aston 2nds. 
 
Conisbrough 2nds v Coal Aston 2nds 
 
Coal Aston 2nds pulled off a massive win at the bottom of the league to leave them within touching distance of mid-table. It turned out to be emphatic as they won the toss and elected to bat. Runs were shared with highlights being a very quickfire 44 (14 balls) from Richard Mintoft, 48 (47) from Junaid Abbas and a top score of 63 (73) from Brett Pickford at number five. The 243-9 the away side posted was especially good considering they were reduced to 34-3 at one point. Laurence Pickford was the pick of the bowlers as Conisbrough struggled in reply, taking 4-55 to ensure the home side never got anywhere near their target. 
 
Conisbrough 2 243-9 (46) Richard Mintoft 44, Brett Pickford 63, Junaid Abbas 48, Craig Jackson 4-75 
Coal Aston 2 135 (29.1) Laurence Pickford 4-55 
Conisbrough 2nds (9pts) beat Coal Aston 2nds (0) by 108 runs 
 
Kilnhurst Colliery v Darfield 2nds 
 
Kilnhurst Colliery stayed in the thick of it at the bottom of the league as they failed to chase down a modest total at home to Darfield 2nds. Their day started well as they backed up their decision to field at the toss with a very good collective bowling display. Stephen Butler was the leader of the pack of five bowlers, in which all took at least one victim, ending with 4-35. The day got even better as the home side’s openers shared 86 for the first wicket, with Robert Horton scoring 50 (96) before both were removed by Kye Kitching. Then came a collapse in which not a single batsman got double figures as Thomas Taylor ended with figures of 6-14 from 9.5 overs, leaving the hosts wondering what went wrong. 
 
Darfield 2 158 (35.5) Johnny Spurr 43, Jordan Watson 71, Stephen Butler 4-35 
Kilnhurst C 138 (45.5) David Plummer 30, Robert Horton 50, Thomas Taylor 6-14 
Darfield 2nds (9pts) beat Kilnhurst Colliery (1) by 20 runs 
 
Norton Oakes 2nds v Whiston Forge 
 
Whiston Forge took full advantage of results (or lack of results) elsewhere to increase their lead at the top against fourth-placed Norton Oakes 2nds. It was the away side who batted first and will have felt that they fell below par with the total they were limited to by their hosts. Steve Cowles top scored with what turned out to be an important unbeaten 48 (48). The chase from Norton Oakes lacked any substance until Jack Dickinson’s 49 (56) put them in with a fighting chance, but wickets fell too often to mount their challenge. The four-pronged Whiston Forge attack proved their worth with two apiece for Sameer Sarwary, Billy Cullumbine and Michael Raleigh, and 3-43 for Adam Purshouse, taking them to victory. 
 
Whiston F 160-8 (46) John Wagstaff 32, Robert Bateman 38, Steve Cowles 48*, Shaun Trower 3-35 
Norton Oakes 2 139 (43.3) Jack Dickinson 49, Adam Purshouse 3-43 
Whiston Forge (9pts) beat Norton Oakes 2nds (1) by 21 runs 
 
Penistone 2nds v Upper Haugh 2nds 
 
It was a complete thrashing as Penistone blew Upper Haugh 2nds out of the water to move further away from trouble. Upper Haugh were doomed from the start as they were 0-1 within the first over and never recovered. Only Steve Reynolds made it above ten in a catastrophic innings in which Marcus Hoyland took the plaudits, as he took 5-3 in an astonishing four over spell. The away side did take two scalps, but the target was never going to be an issue for a Penistone side that now sit in the mid-table safety of eighth. Meanwhile, Upper Haugh will be disappointed as they were cut adrift from the top of the league with a performance they will want to forget. 
 
Upper Haugh 2 36 (22) William Tyas 3-14, Marcus Hoyland 5-3 
Penistone 2 40-2 (11.5) 
Penistone 2nds (9pts) beat Upper Haugh 2nds (0) by eight wickets 
 
Rotherham Town 2nds v Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds 
 
Rotherham Town 2nds lost ground in the race for promotion as they fell victim to a struggling Bradfield Village Fellowship side. The latter chose to bat first at the Clifton Lane Sports Ground and posted what seemed like a well below-par total. Only six wickets fell in the away side’s innings but scoring was slow, as shown by the top score of 48 from Ben Bower, which took 106 balls. It turned out to be just as difficult for the home side, however, as Bradfield’s bowling attack proved even more measly than their counterparts. Cameron Ronksley was the pick of the bowlers as he took a stifling 4-25 in 13 overs to leave the home side 22 runs short with two wickets remaining. 
 
Bradfield VF 2 127-6 (46) Ben Bower 48, Sa Karim 3-29 
Rotherham T 2 105-8 (46) Matthew Fidler 41, Cameron Ronksley 4-25, J Mabe 3-21 
Bradfield Village Fellowship 2nds (9pts) beat Rotherham Town 2nds (1) by 22 runs 
 
Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds v Handsworth Junior Sporting Club 
 
Unfortunately, this match was abandoned due to a serious facial injury to a Thorpe Hesley player. Before that, visitors had put themselves in a strong position with a penetrative bowling performance, in which Nadeem Akhtar was outstanding. With good support from Majid Hussain, the Handsworth bowlers restricted the home side to a modest 109, in which, apart from Sam Drabble, only Mohammad Kousar (17) and Alex Sunderland (20) reached doble figures. Handsworth were moving serenely to a handsome win when the injury occurred as the Thorpe Hesley player was attempting a catch. 
 
Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2 109 (42) Sam Drabble 39, Nadeem Akhtar 4-21, Majid Hussain 3-20 
Handsworth JSC 67-0 (12.3) Waqas Ali 44* 
Thorpe Hesley & High Green 2nds and Handsworth Junior Sporting Club – match abandoned (3pts each) 
 
Division 6 
 
Doncaster Town 3rds v Caribbean Sports Club 2nds 
 
Doncaster 3rds stayed top after a comprehensive seven-wicket win over Caribbean Sports 2nd XI. Charlie Graham took 4-14 as Caribbean were bowled out for 79, with Zaryab Hussain top-scoring with 26. Mark Lockwood and Jak Hotchkiss (27 not out) led the way as Doncaster made easy work of the target. 
 
Caribbean SC 2 79 (36.2) Charlie Graham 4-14 
Doncaster T 3 82-3 (30.3) Mark Lockwood 33 
Doncaster Town 3rds (9pts) beat Caribbean Sports Club 2nds (0) by seven wickets 
 
Handsworth Junior Sporting Club 2nds v Thorncliffe 2nds 
 
Waqar Hussain hit a fantastic 103 as Handsworth 2nds crushed Thorncliffe 2nds by 147 runs. Hussain had support from a Saiful Nury half-century, and thirties from Moniruzzaman Choudhary and Haseeb Khan, as Handsworth posted 258-6. Thorncliffe never got to grips with the chase as only two men passed 20, whilst Junaid Javaid was the pick of the Handsworth attack. 
 
Handsworth JSC 2 258-6 (40) Waqar Hussain 103, Saiful Alam Nury 60, Moniruzzaman Choudhry 38, Haseeb Khan 30* 
Thorncliffe 2 111 (36.4) Junaid Javaid 3-19 
Handsworth Junior Sporting Club 2nds (9pts) beat Thorncliffe 2nds (0) by 147 runs 
 
Wentworth v Millhouses Works 2nds 
 
Wentworth picked up their first win of the season with a brilliant seven-wicket victory against Millhouses Works 2nds. Millhouses batted first and posted 132-8 off 40 overs, Andy Belfield hitting 26 but only two other batsmen passed double figures. Callum Ratcliffe and Scott Jones came togather at 67-3 and enjoyed an unbroken 67-run partnership to see their side home in dome comfort. Belfield completed a fine personal performance in defeat with three wickets. 
 
Millhouses W 2 132-8 (40) 
Wentworth 134-3 (35.1) Callum Ratcliffe 55*, Scott Jones 41*, Andy Belfield 3-22 
Wentworth (9pts) beat Millhouses Works 2nds (0) by seven wickets 
 
Wickersley Old Village 3rds v Brookhouse 
 
After being put into bat, Matthew Whitford held the early part of the Wickersley innings as only Mark Newbould (210 of the remaining top seven batsmen reached double figures. Whitford fell to Adam Bryant, who finished with an impressive 5-28. By contrast, all six Brookhouse batsmen to go to the crease reached double figures, with Jasneet Gulati and Thomas Hogan (25) leading the way, as the visitors got home with six wickets and eleven balls to spare. 
 
Wickersley OV 3 130 (39) Matthew Whitford 48, Adam Bryant 5-28 
Brookhouse 133-4 (38.1) Jasneet Gulati 30* 
Brookhouse (9pts) beat Wickersley Old Village 3rds (0) by six wickets 
 
Wombwell Main v Green Moor 2nds 
 
In the tie of the weekend, Wombwell Main defeated Green Moor Sports 2nds by 14 runs to leapfrog them from third to second. Wombwell batted first and were bowled out what looked an under par 108, with Harry Ainstone, Mark Elsworth and Ben Askey taking three wickets each and Jonathan Scaife top-scoring with 25. Askey’s positive 31 for Green Moor led them to 67-3, but when he was out the visitors collapsed, their last seven wickets adding just 27. Man-of-the match Scaife and the experienced Richard Wilkinson took four wickets each. 
 
Wombwell M 108 (38.3) 108 (38.3) Harry Airstone 3-33, Mark Elsworth 3-20, Ben Askey 3-6 
Green Moor 2 94 (35.2) Ben Askey 31, Richard Wilkinson 4-17, Jonathan Scaife 4-24 
Wombwell Main (9pts) beat Green Moor 2nds (1) by 14 runs 
 
Division 7 
 
Whitley Hall 3rds widened the gap at the top of the league with a dominant win over Frecheville Community 2nds. The result means Frecheville’s game in hand can no longer take them top of the table, as the leaders took a huge step towards the Division 7 title. Sprotbrough 3rds also lost to open up the gap. Wath 3rds look down and out at the bottom of the league, as they lost heavily to mid-table opposition, whilst none of the bottom five teams registered a win. 
 
Fishlake 2nds v Silkstone United 2nds 
 
Fishlake 2nds picked up a good win at home to Silkstone United 2nds to firmly cement themselves in mid-table. In doing so, they moved above their opponents on what was a good afternoon for the home side. United won the toss and elected to bat. They produced a decent display despite a top order wobble as none of the top three got to double figures. It was Joe Green who anchored the innings with 59( 52) backed up by 32 (70) and 27 not out (44) from Will Clegg and Ian Wrightson. Silkstone ended their 40 overs with a total of 140-7. The target looked too much for Fishlake when Will Clegg ripped through the top order, but an important unbeaten 39 (38) from Dominic Johnson at number eight saw them over the line with overs to spare. 
 
Silkstone U 2 140-7 (40) Joe Green 59, Will Clegg 32 
Fishlake 2 141-7 (34.3) Dominic Johnson 39*, Will Clegg 4-42 
Fishlake 2nds (9pts) beat Silkstone United 2nds (1) by three wickets 
 
Higham 2nds v Scholes 
 
It was a huge victory margin for Higham 2nds on their home ground as they beat Scholes to close the gap to fifth. Higham were put into bat by their visitors but completely dominated their bowling attack as every batsman got a score into double figures. It was Ian Norton who top-scored with 81 (74) with the Mac Mahmood also passing his half-century, ending on not out on 66 from 44. Five of the batsmen who came to the crease had strike rates of one hundred or above, resulting in a huge total for the home side. The total was too much for the away side as they crumbled in the chase, thanks mainly to Thomas Swift and Alex Green. 
 
Higham 2 266-4 (40) Michael Dixon 37, Ian Norton 81, Mac Mahmood 66*, Harry Bamforth 31* 
Scholes 98 (30.5) Thomas Swift 4-28, Alex Green 3-12 
Higham 2nds (9pts) beat Scholes (0) by 168 runs 
 
Houghton Main 2nds v Dearne 
 
Houghton Main 2nds stayed third bottom after a disappointing loss against Dearne. It was the away side who won the toss and chose to bat, but the hosts limited them well, with only 48 (68) from Nick Petty dragging Dearne above a hundred. Run outs were the joint second highest wicket taker in a stuttering innings, whilst Adil Muhammed recorded his best figures this year of 3-35. The chase was an attainable one for the struggling Houghton Main side, but their hopes didn’t last long, as they were reduced to 7-3. The wickets kept on tumbling as Dearne’s attack put the away side to the sword and Connor Turford ended with the best figures of the match of 4-17. 
 
Dearne 139-8 (40) Nick Petty 48, Adil Muhammad 3-35 
Houghton M 2 68 (30.3) Connor Turford 4-17, Jamie McTaggart 3-5 
Dearne (9pts) beat Houghton Main 2nds (0) by 71 runs 
 
Sprotbrough 3rds v Harley 
 
A huge loss at the top of the table saw second-placed Sprotbrough 3rds fall further behind Whitley Hall 3rds in the race for the title, while Harley moved up to fourth. The home side elected to field in the first innings and 5-14 from Harvey Thomas bowled the away side out for a relatively modest target. Peter Dearden scored 52 and Jamie Oliver 45 but they struggled for partners to bat around them as only two others made it above ten. The chase, however, was too much for Sprotbrough, who fell victim to six different visiting bowlers in what was a seven-strong attack. Michael Dearden, however, was the pick of them all with 4-12, as wickets tumbled and Harley gained an impressive victory. 
 
Harley 143 (37.2) Peter Dearden 52, Jamie Oliver 45< Daniel Clark 3-45, Harvey Thomas 5-14 
Sprotbrough 3 126 (41.2) James Rowett 30, Michael Dearden 4-12 
Harley (9pts) beat Sprotbrough 3rds (1) by 17 runs 
 
Warmsworth 2nds v Wath 3rds 
 
A demoralizing loss for Wath 3rds left them stranded at the bottom of the table with little hope of climbing. Warmsworth 2nds batted first, and it was Jonathan Iball who put on a show with 114, doubling the opener’s runs for the season in a brilliant display. He was backed up by 56 from Taimur Khan as the home side posted a mammoth total. Wath never really dealt with the pressure of the target. Their top three started quite well, but once they were removed there was a landslide of wickets including five ducks. The result was the away side falling well short once again as Marcus Green came away with fantastic figures of 5-18 in 10 overs. 
 
Warmsworth 2 247-4 (40) Jonathan Iball 114*, Taimur Khan 56, Kevin Pearson 39 
Wath 3 112 (33.2) Joel Humphries 37, Joe Stringfellow 3-29, Marcus Green 5-18 
Warmsworth 2nds (9pts) beat Wath 3rds (0) by 135 runs 
 
Whitley Hall 3rds v Frecheville Community 2nds 
 
In a game that should’ve been a huge challenge for Whitley Hall 3rds at the top of the tree, they showed their credentials as potential title winners. Frecheville started the day just eight points behind their opponents with a game in hand, but were blown out of the water as they were put into bat first. Two bowlers two of the four bowlers used did most of the damage - Tom Staniland and Alistair Riddle each taking four wickets - as the visitors were bowled out for just 75. Whitley Hall were never going to fail in the run chase, and they made it to their target with relative ease, although three wickets fell before they stretched their lead at the top to 17 points. 
 
Frecheville C 2 75 (28.3) Alistair Riddle 4-23, Tom Staniland 4-39 
Whitley Hall 3 77-3 (15.3) Joshua Dobson 31* 
Whitley Hall 3rds (9pts) beat Frecheville Community 2nds (0) by seven wickets 
 
Worsbrough Bridge 2nds v Doncaster Town 4ths 
 
Doncaster Town 4ths stayed in fifth place with a victory against strugglers Worsbrough Bridge 2nds at the D & I Home Improvements Cricket Ground. It was home side who batted first and will have felt they were well below par against a good side. Alan Littlewood glued the innings together with 51 but struggled for partners as regular wickets fell at the other end. Tom Biltcliffe made it 24 wickets for the season with 4-24 as the standout bowler. Town didn’t start well as Joe Horrocks was removed by Jessica White to leave them 4-1 but 31 from Isaiah-John Reasbeck and 45 from Ryan Capstick soon got them on their feet. Seven wickets fell but the run-scoring never stopped, and the away side made it to their target with 10.3 overs to spare. 
 
Worsbrough Bridge 2 130-8 (40) Alan Littlewood 51, Tom Biltcliffe 4-24 
Doncaster T 4 134-7 (29.3) Isiah-John Reasbeck 31, Ryan Capstick 45, John Hubery 3-14 
Doncaster Town 4ths (9pts) beat Worsbrough Bridge 2nds (1) by seven wickets 
 
Division 8 
 
Adwick-le-Street 2nds v Mexborough Athletic 2nds 
 
Adwick-Le-Street’s struggles continue as they were beaten by Mexborough Athletic 2nds by five wickets. Adwick opener Luke Bishop hit an unbeaten 86 not out and was well supported by James Brookes as they posted a respectable 166-3. But Mexborough chased down the target with four overs remaining; Owen Sargison leading the way, with support from Daniel Jenkinson (27). 
 
Adwick-le-Street 2 166-3 (40) Luke Bishop 86*, James Brooks 36* 
Mexborough A 2 170-5 (36.1) Owen Sargison 42 
Mexborough Athletic 2nds (9pts) beat Adwick-le-Street 2nds (0) by five wickets 
 
Brookhouse 2nds v Eden Grove Parklands 2nds 
 
In another mid-table encounter, Eden Grove elected to bat and subsided to 65-5 before Mandeep Singh and Kevin Roberts (15) came together to pull the innings round with a 49-run sixth-wicket stand. Even then, 146 was not an imposing target, but after Tim Biddle and Kireran Marklew had each taken two early wickets, Tony Singh took over and ripped through the Brookhouse order. At one stage the home side were 27-8 and only late resistance from Mathew Guest (23) and Stephen Dawson (14) saved them from complete humiliation. 
 
Eden Grove P 2 145-8 (40) Mandeep Singh 54 
Brookhouse 2 72 (28.1) Tony Singh 6-17 
Eden Grove Parklands 2nds (9pts) beat Brookhouse 2nds (0) by 73 runs 
 
Monk Bretton 2nds v Wombwell Main 2nds 
 
Wombwell Main 2nds shocked leaders Monk Bretton 2nds, beating them by six wickets. Ian Davis, Ollie Wainwright and Steve Brewster (29 not out) led the way as the home side posted 151-4. But Wombwell took to the chase well and after Jack Skelton (28) had given them a positive start, James Pearson and Matthew Shaw came together in an unbroken fourth wicket stand to see their side home comfortably. 
 
Monk Bretton 2 151-4 (40) Ian Davis 48, Ollie Wainwright 30 
Wombwell M 2 153-3 (35.4) James Pearson 58*, Matthew Shaw 38* 
Wombwell Main 2nds (9pts) beat Monk Bretton 2nds (0) by seven wickets 
 
Rockingham Colliery 3rds v Kexborough 2nds 
 
The mid-table clash between Rockingham Colliery 3rds and Kexborough 2nds resulted in a six-wicket win for the home side. Craig Brook and Dale Shillito gave Kexborough a solid start, Scott Shillito then taking over where Dale left off, as they posted a respectable 187-4. However, Steve Bell and James Andrews overcame the early loss of Lucas Slatter, both scoring sixties in a fine second-wicket stand before Ryan Whitehouse took over and was out just short of the winning post. 
 
Kexborough 2 187-4 (40) Craig Brook 80, Dale Shillito 31, Scott Shillito 40 
Rockingham C 3 189-4 (32.1) Steve Bell 60, James Andrews 61, Ryan Whitehouse 43 
Rockingham Colliery 3rds (9pts) beat Kexborough 2nds (0) by six wickets 
 
Rockingham Colliery 4ths v Upper Haugh 3rds (at Upper Haugh) 
 
Upper Haugh 3rds were too good for Rockingham Colliery 4ths and powered to a 102-run victory. Middle order contributions from Connor Sanderson 83, William Adams 63 and Tim Whitehouse 58 helped Upper Haugh to a huge 270-8 whilst Maddison Ambler was the most successful bowler. Colliery captain Dave Smith hit 40 and Connor Pollard 33, but it was not enough to get anywhere near the target and they finished on 168-9. Callum Wilson and Hakim Muzaffar were the pick of the Upper Haugh attack. 
 
Upper Haugh 3 270-8 (40) Connor Sanderson 83, William Adams 63, Tim Whitehouse 58, Maddison Ambler 3-53 
Rockingham C 4 168-9 (40) Dave Smith 40, Connor Pollard 33, Callum Wilson 4-36, Hakim Muzaffar 3-40 
Upper Haugh 3rds (9pts) beat Rockingham Colliery 4ths (0) by 102 runs 
 
Whiston Forge 2nds v Brodsworth Main 3rds 
Match conceded by Brodsworth Main 3rds - Whiston Forge 2nds 9pts; Brodsworth Main 3rds -3 
 
Adwick-le-Street 2nds v Upper Haugh 3rds (played Sunday) 
 
Adwick again came off second best as Upper Haugh put the previous day’s heavy defeat behind them and held their nerve to win a close encounter. The visitors made a poor start, but mid-innings resistance from Cameron Armin (26) and Chris Pearson (27) took them into three figures before Matthew Eades took three cheap wickets to bring the innings to a sudden end. The Adwick innings followed a very similar pattern, with five early wickets, four to Chris Pearson, then resistance by Nick Bisby (27) and James Brookes (27), before the innings folded seven short despite the valiant efforts of Carl Newbold (26). 
 
Upper Haugh 3 112 (35.4) James Brookes 3-44, Matthew Eades 3-2 
Adwick-le-Street 2 105 (29) Chris Pearson 4-18 
Upper Haugh 3rds (9pts) beat Adwick-le-Street 2nds (2) by seven runs 
 
By Sam Chadwick & Tom Pratt 
 
 
 
 
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