Senior Section round-up 19 June - Part I
Posted on 23rd June 2021 at 10:28
By contrast to the Championship, Division 1 has a much narrower range. The top four are all within one win of each other and there’s an even tighter gathering at the bottom.
Shiregreen v Darfield
Shiregreen advanced to the top of the table on Saturday, overtaking Wakefield Thornes, with a very strong performance against Darfield. Muhammad Ishtiaq made 60* at the end with six 6s in 39 balls, but the body of the innings was grown by Marshall Zeeshan (38 in 92) and Hammad Usman (44 in 62). They took the score into the 140s, giving Ishtiaq the base from which to launch his assault. 238-6 was going to take some getting and unfortunately for Darfield they were soon 16-3 and, despite solid innings from Josh Care (24) and Spencer Lavender (35), they were always losing wickets and were eventually all out for 127. Sarfraz Ali and Shoaib Khaliq took three each as Shiregreen moved top. They’re the only team to have lost only one game this season and it’s that sort of consistency they will need to stay there.
Shiregreen 238-6 (50) Marshall Zeeshan 38, Hammad Usman 44, Muhammad Ishtiaq 60*
Darfield 127 (38.3) Spencer Lavender 35, Sarfraz Ali 3-42, Shohaib Khaliq 3-15
Shiregreen (9pts) beat Darfield (0) by 111 runs
Wakefield Thornes 2nds v Green Moor
Thornes were top until Saturday when everything unravelled, despite being at home and winning the toss. They came up against a remarkable bowling performance by Jake Rodgers of Green Moor. 6-16 in eleven overs, with a wicket first ball of the match. Joe White also took 3-30 as Thornes crashed to 84 all out. Ben Simpson hit seven fours in 50 to win the game for Green Moor for just one down in 24 overs. Thornes slip to 2nd and Green Moor join them, just two points behind.
Wakefield T 2 85 (32.1) Jake Rodgers 6-16, Joseph White 3-30
Green Moor 89-1 (24.5) Ben Simpson 50*
Green Moor (9pts) beat Wakefield Thornes 2nds (0) by nine wickets
Treeton 2nds v Upper Haugh
Always there or thereabouts, Upper Haugh put in a performance almost as dominant against Treeton. They held Treeton to 148-7, despite Will Cooper (55) and Sam Fenn (36) putting on 75 for the second wicket. Upper Haugh’s four bowlers tightened their grip and restricted the scoring opportunities such that after Cooper was out, with the score on 101-4, there was only one more four scored in the innings. By contrast, the Upper Haugh batsmen hit twenty fours as they breezed to 149-2 in 27 overs with Wil Turner (60) and Tommy Hyde (65*) leading the way. Just one win behind the leaders, can Upper Haugh find the consistency to keep going at this level to the end of the season? They’re such a good side when things are going well.
Treeton 2 146-7 (50) Samuel Fenn 36, Will Cooper 55, Shezad Shah 3-52
Upper Haugh 149-2 (27.5) William Turner 60, Tommy Hyde 65*
Upper Haugh (9pts) beat Treeton 2nds (0) by eight wickets
Rotherham Town v Whitley Hall 2nds
Wakefield Thornes weren’t the only side to get rolled over in what they thought might be an even contest. Whitley Hall came up against not just one bowler but a whole team who were bowling well. Charlie Staniland got 18 as opener and was 6th out with the score on 36. They had been 8-4. Then Lewis Wroe (13) and Matthew Brown (22) put on 37, but their final total was 88 all out. Rahim Karim took 3-9, Mohammed Khan 3-14 in what was clearly a very strong Rotherham performance - and it carried on. Talha Talha (33), Irfan Mirza (32) and Ijaz Riaz 22* overtook Whitley’s total for two down, in just 14 overs. You wouldn’t think Rotherham were two points behind them!
Whitley Hall 2 88 (34.1) Rahim Karim 3-9, Mohammed Khan 3-14
Rotherham T 91-2 (14.4) Talha Khan 33
Rotherham Town (9pts) beat Whitley Hall 2nds (0) by eight wickets
South Kirkby Colliery v Hallam 2nds
In a more even contest with almost 500 runs scored – you wouldn’t think it was the same day! – South Kirkby and Hallam slugged it out with South Kirkby winning very firmly. They batted first and got away strongly, with powerful innings from James Butler (45) Liam Rollin (71) and Lee Tarbuck (60). They were 213-2 at one stage and though there was a flurry of wickets as they chased 300, 283-7 was pretty daunting for the side batting second. Hallam also set off well and were 144-2 but couldn’t sustain the pace. Adam Pritchard made 69 and Jack Snelling 32 but no-one could fashion a powerful response in the middle order, especially against the accurate Philip Howell who took 5-52 (four bowled, one lbw), so the chase subsided and Hallam were all out for 215 in 47 overs.
South Kirkby C 283-7 (50) James Butler 45, Liam Rollin 71, Lee Tarbuck 60, Jay Singh 3-60
Hallam 2 215 (47.4) Adam Pritchard 69, Jack Snelling 32, Ricky Crompton 4-44, Philip Howell 5-52
South Kirkby Colliery (9pts) beat Hallam 2nds (1) by 68 runs
Aston Hall 2nds v Sheffield United
At the bottom of the table, Aston Hall nearly lifted themselves out of the relegation zone and almost caught Sheffield United who are now just one point above them in what was probably the most exciting but certainly the lowest scoring (on runs per wicket) match of the day. United made just 86. Highest score was Mohammed Altaf Khan with 18. Fida Mohammad for Aston Hall took 5-9 in 8 overs, Omar Wiggins a more conventional 4-43. Unlike some of the other teams on the day, Aston weren’t able to breeze past a demoralised side. Sheffield United picked themselves up and fought like tigers. Dean Smith got the top score. It was only 20, but when he was out, Aston were 38-2, well on the way it seemed. Not a bit of it, Mihindukulasuriya Harsha Perera took 6-17 in 15 overs and with nos 10 and 11 at the crease, Aston still needed an unlikely ten to win, but they got there, with much cheering (after Perera had finished his spell).
Sheffield U 86 (29.2) Omar Wiggins 4-43, Fida Mohammad 5-9
Aston Hall 2 87-9 (35.4) Mihindukulasuriya Harsha Perera 6-17
Aston Hall 2nds (9pts) beat Sheffield United (2) by one wicket
Elsecar 2nds v Thorncliffe
Thorncliffe won a big game at the bottom of the division as they beat Elsecar 2nds by seven wickets. Despite 65 from Kieran Higgins and 37 from Taylor Holden, Elsecar were only able to make 172 all out. Thorncliffe bowlers Garry Dawber and Peter Lomas sharing eight wickets. Thorncliffe opening pair Connor Brunt and Jack Pearson put on 79 for the opening partnership and set the platform for James Brown, who hit 37 from 19 balls, to seal the victory within 37 overs. Hassaan Khan took 3-60 for Elsecar.
Elsecar 2 172 (47.2) Kieran Higgins 65, Taylor Holden 37, Garry Dawber 3-47, Peter Lomas 5-31
Thorncliffe 176-3 (36.5) Connor Brunt 39, Jack Pearson 57, James Brown 37*, Hassaan Khan 3-60
Thorncliffe (9pts) beat Elsecar 2nds (0) by seven wickets
Monk Bretton v Norton Woodseats
Monk Bretton closed the gap on Doncaster at the top of the table after a five-wicket win over Norton Woodseats. Woodseats batted first and managed only a total of 145 all out. Captain David Armitage hit 31 and John Bagley 29 as a strong start of 48-2 fell to a below par total. Ashley Clayton took 3-29, whilst Jordan Clayton took 3-35. In reply, Bretton were seen home by Ashley Clayton who hit 40 not out and was supported by a few twenties as the hosts knocked the total off with six overs to spare.
Norton Woodseats 145 (50) David Armitage 31, Ashley Clayton 3-29, Jordan Clayton 3-35
Monk Bretton 146-5 (44.1) Ashley Clayton 40*, Aamir Ashfaque 3-33
Monk Bretton (9pts) beat Norton Woodseats (0) by five wickets
Norton Oakes v Coal Aston
Norton Oakes edged a brilliant encounter with Coal Aston by one wicket. Coal Aston batted first and posted a total of 196-7, mostly down to efforts from Jack Hall 34 and Eliot Tye. Callum East bowled brilliantly with figures of 5-54. Oakes fell to 27-2 and were struggling after losing both openers cheaply, but it was East who hit 30 not out and Callum Semple who saw their side home. Aston were unlucky to be on the receiving end as bowling efforts from Daniel Hemingway 3-55 and Chris Park 3-38 kept their side very much in the game.
Coal Aston 196-7 (50) Jack Hall 34, Eliot Tye 45*, Callum East 5-54
Norton Oakes 197-9 (49.4) Callum Semple 32, Callum East 30*, Daniel Hemingway 3-55, Chris Park 3-38
Norton Oakes (9pts) beat Coal Aston (2) by one wicket
Sheffield Collegiate 3rds v Thorpe Hesley & High Green
Sheffield Collegiate 3rds joined Monk Bretton in joint-second place with a home 59-run victory over Thorpe Hesley & High Green. Jonathan Udall hit 66 not out, Nicholas Gaywood 41, Tate Miller 34, Jack Dixon 34 as Collegiate posted a well-made 228-5. Thorpe Hesley & High Green were 118-3 thanks to Daniel Naylor 31, James Martin 37, and Stephen Hague 25. Miller then took the ball and took 5-41 and Michael Goodchild 3-22 as they fell to a disappointing 169 all out.
Sheffield C 3 228-5 (50) Tate Miller 34, Jack Dixon 31, Nick Gaywood 41*, Jonathan Udall 66*
Thorpe Hesley & High Green 169 (45.1) Daniel Naylor 31, James Martin 37, Tate Miller 5-41, Michael Goodchild 3-22
Sheffield Collegiate 3rds (9pts) beat Thorpe Hesley & High Green (1) by 59 runs
Wickersley Old Village 2nds v Doncaster Town 2nds
After winning the toss and electing to bat, the visitors made an indifferent start, with only Jack Woodowiss of the top for making a significant contribution. However, an unbeaten half-century by Kirk Bennett at number 6, supported by Harry Bellwood (23) and Benjamin Taylor (24) helped them to post a defensible total. Adam Bashford and Peter Smith got the home side off to a decent start in response, but only Rob Jones (26) of the lower order was able to make a significant contribution against the Doncaster attack. Three wickets each for Bennett and James Deans ensured that the visitors recorded their sixth win of the season, to strengthen their hold at the top of the table.
Doncaster T 2 197-7 (50) Jack Woodiwiss 30, Kirk Bennett 53*, Toby Smeaton 4-47
Wickersley OV 2 163 (46.1) Adam Bashford 57, Peter Smith 34, Kirk Bennett 3-50, James Deans 3-26
Doncaster Town 2nds (9pts) beat Wickersley Old Village 2nds (1) by 34 runs
Worsbrough Bridge v Frecheville Community
Frecheville Community picked up an important seven-wicket win over fellow strugglers Worsbrough. The home side started brightly in their innings at 117-3 as top-order batsmen Shak Janil, Lee Farmer and Alex Littlewood put their side in a great place. However, Michael Donson, who took 4-37, had different ideas as the home side were bowled out for 165. Todd Saxelby also took 3-25. Frecheville then chased down their total in 44 overs as Saxelby hit 65 not out, Donson 26 not out and Adam Ramsden 51.
Worsbrough Bridge 165 (46.1) Shak Jamil 30, Lee Farmer 33, Alex Littlewood 35, Michael Donson 4-37, Todd Saxelby 3-25
Frecheville C 169-3 (44) Adam Ramsden 51, Todd Saxelby 65*
Frecheville Community (9pts) beat Worsbrough Bridge (0) by seven wickets
Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds v Wath 2nds
Wath 2nds increased the pressure at the top half of the Division after beating Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds by four wickets. Barnsley were thankful to number eight batsmen Benjamin Bentley and number nine Jake Chapman as they went from 26-6 to 140-9 after 46 overs. Mark Wilson took 4-13 for Wath. Wath’s reply was much better managed as they chased down the total in 45 overs with six wickets down, Mark Barlow leading the way with valuable support from Sam Whitlam.
Barnsley WM 3 140-9 (46) Benjamin Bentley 42, Jake Chapman 44*, Mark Wilson 4-13
Wath 2 141-6 (44.4) Mark Barlow 53, Sam Whitlam 35
Wath 2nds (9pts) beat Barnsley Woolley Miners 3rds (1) by four wickets
Maltby Miners Welfare v Oughtibridge War Memorial 2nds
Maltby Miners Welfare stay at the foot of the table after being beaten by Oughtibridge 2nds by three wickets. Maltby batted first and slumped to 129-9 after 46 overs. Three batsmen reached 20, but it was the bowlers who were the standout performers as Aden Biddle took 3-14, Sam Patel 3-33 and Kazam Hussain 3-30. Oughtibridge 2nds did not find the chase easy as Peter Brewster took 4-20, but thanks to Rafiullah Ahmad and Sam Patel they got home home inside 43 overs.
Maltby MW 129-9 (46) Aden Biddle 3-14, Sam Patel 3-33, Kazam Hussain 3-30
Oughtibridge WM 2 131-7 (42.4) Rafiullah Ahmad 37, Sam Patel 30, Peter Brewster 4-20
Oughtibridge War Memorial 2nds (9pts) beat Maltby Miners Welfare (1) by three wickets
Penistone v Sprotbrough 2nds
Sprotbrough beat Penistone by five wickets to keep the distance between second and third to 14 points. Joe Toole took 5-26 and Adam Kaye 3-43 as Penistone were bowled out for 112 batting first. Runs came from Connor Smythe, 30 and Christopher Walmsley 28. Sprotbrough were in a heap of trouble at 12-3 when Walmsley (4-35) ripped through the top order, but 58 from George Thompson and 26 from Scott Sykes saw the second placed side home within 26 overs.
Penistone 112 (42.2) Connor Smythe 30, Adam Kaye 3-43, Joe Toole 5-26
Sprotbrough 2 113-5 (25.5) George Thompson 58, Christopher Walmsley 4-35
Sprotbrough 2nds (9pts) beat Penistone (0) by five wickets
Rockingham Colliery 2nds v Tickhill 2nds
Tickhill 2nds picked up a valuable nine points to move away from the bottom half of Division 3 after beating Rockingham Colliery 2nds by 67 runs. Matthew Lowe hit a fantastic 123 which contained 18 fours and 4 sixes. He was supported by fellow opener Paul Shepherd, who hit 50, as Tickhill posted an impressive 227-8 from 46 overs. Christopher Dixon took 4-39 for Rockingham. In reply, it was a case of batsmen not making the most of their starts, despite twenties from Jawad Akhtar and Joe Evans, that were not enough to chase down the total as they ended on 160-8 after 46 overs.
Tickhill 2 227-8 (46) Matthew Lowe 123, Paul Shepherd 50, Christopher Dixon 4-39
Rockingham C 2 160-8 (46) Scott Lowe 3-37
Tickhill 2nds (9pts) beat Rockingham Colliery 2nds (1) by 67 runs
Silkstone United v Kexborough
Kexborough stay in third placed after a five-wicket win over Silkstone United. Silkstone batted first and were bowled out for 157. Neil Hinchliffe took 5-50 and Andrew Greaves 3-32 as Kexborough bowled the home side out within 46 overs. Ross Whitmore hit 68 not out and William Crowcroft 27. In reply, Joseph Bullock hit 52 not out and Alec Grange 31 as Kexborough chased their total down in 42 overs.
Silkstone U 157 (45.5) Ross Whitmore 68*, Andrew Greaves 3-32, Neil Hinchliffe 5-50
Kexborough 162-5 (42.1) Alec Grange 31, Joseph Bullock 52*, Chris Barraclough 3-44
Kexborough (9pts) beat Silkstone United (0) by five wickets
Whiston Parish Church 2nds v Caribbean Sports Club
Caribbean Sports lead at the top of the table is now seven points after a seven-wicket victory over strugglers Whiston Parish Church 2nds. Whiston batted first and posted 154 before being all out. Opener Steven Taylor hit 62 as the bowling of Shakil Ahmed 4-47 and Arslan Tariq 3-38 helped bowl the home side out in 40 overs. A half century from Mazar Sharif (51) was accompanied by 46 from Ahmed as Caribbean Sports chased down their total with six overs remaining.
Whiston PC 2 154 (39.5) Steven Taylor 62, Arslan Tariq 3-38, Shakil Ahmed 4-47
Caribbean SC 156-3 (39.3) Shakil Ahmed 46, Mazar Sharif 51*
Caribbean Sports Club (9pts) beat Whiston Parish Church 2nds (0) by seven wickets
Cawthorne 2nds v Mexborough Athletic
Cawthorne 2nds crushed Mexborough Atheltic by 154 runs to add to the latter’s relegation worries. Ryan Bagshaw and George Charnock made 76 apiece as they set Mexborough an imposing target of 246. Jamie Lomas took 3-40 and Elliot Hunt 3-44 for the away side. In reply, Mexborough collapsed to 39-7 as opening bowler Connor Page took 5-28 and Ryan Gibson 3-30. Kripal Singh (20) provided some resistance but it was nowhere near enough as Mexborough were skittled for 91 in 19 overs.
Cawthorne 2 245-8 (46) Ryan Bagshaw 76, George Charnock 76, Jamie Lomas 3-40, Elliot Hunt 3-44
Mexborough A 91 (19.1) Connor Page 5-28, Ryan Gibson 3-30
Cawthorne 2nds (9pts) beat Mexborough Athletic (0) by 154 runs
Fishlake v Hampole & Skelbrooke
Fishlake picked up their second victory of the season by defeating winless Hampole & Skelbrooke. Hampole batted first but six of their batsmen recorded ducks. Opening batsmen Alex Beresford was unlucky to be on the losing side, scoring 84 of the 90 runs coming off the bat in a total of 111-7 and effecting a recovery from 7-5. James Yeaman did the majority of the damage with the ball as he took 4-14. Yeaman then went on to hit 34 and Paul Trimmingham hit 45 not out as they chased the total down in 32 overs. It was not without worry, as they found themselves 13-3, but the job was finished in the end.
Hampole & Skelbrooke 111-7 (46) Alex Beresford 84, James Yeaman 4-14
Fishlake 114-5 (32) Josh Yeaman 34, Paul Trimmington 45
Fishlake (9pts) beat Hampole & Skelbrooke (0) by five wickets
Hallam 3rds v Shiregreen 2nds
Shiregreen 2nds were surprised by table risers Hallam 3rds and were defeated by two wickets. Shiregreen struggled to deal with Matthew Grime who took 5-34, whilst Mohammed Nawaz and skipper Nazam Mohammed (25) made the only real contributions as they were bowled out for 147. Shiregreen fought back with ball and reduced Hallam to 42-5, but Jack Rodgers and Seb Wainwright saw their side home after a nervy start to their innings. For the visitors, Nazam Mohammed took 3-40 in vain.
Shiregreen 2 147 (45.2) Mohammed Nawaz 34, Matthew Grime 5-34
Hallam 3 148-8 (45.5) Seb Wainwright 38, Jack Rodgers 47*, Aurangzeb Hanif 3-48, Nazam Mohammed 3-40
Hallam 3rds (9pts) beat Shiregreen 2nds (2) by two wickets
Millhouses Works v Sheffield Collegiate 4ths
Sheffield Collegiate 4ths are now into fourth place after beating Millhouses Works by five wickets. Millhouses batted first and made 175-8 off 46 overs. Despite fighting innings from Tom Roper, John Woods (29) and debutant Harvey Amos (26), it was Tom Hancock whose 4-37 did the most damage. Hancock then hit 26 in the Collegiate reply as 60 from Thomas Currie and 27 from Mark Hickman wrapped the win up in 43 overs.
Millhouses W 175-8 (46) Tom Roper 34, Tom Hancock 4-37
Sheffield C 4 179-5 (43.3) Thomas Currie 60
Sheffield Collegiate 4ths (9pts) beat Millhouses Works (0) by five wickets
Parkhead v Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths
Parkhead leapfrogged Bradfield Village Fellowship into second place after a five-wicket win over Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths. Barnsley only made 121 all out batting first as wickets from David Spilman 3-26, James Speck 3-9 and Jordan Thompson 3-10 helped Parkhead set up a straightforward chase. Opener Richard Ledger made 30 for the travelling side. Ian Davis then hit a brilliant 63 not out to see his side over the line despite Tom Broadhead taking 4-56.
Barnsley WM 4 121 (44.1) Richard Ledger 30, David Spellman 3-26, James Speck 3-9, Jordan Thompson 3-10
Parkhead 125-6 (27) Ian Davis 63*, Tom Broadhead 4-56
Parkhead (9pts) beat Barnsley Woolley Miners 4ths (1) by four wickets
by Tom Pratt and Richard Storer
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