STAFFORCE SOUTH YORKSHIRE LEAGUE
WEEKLY CRICKET REPORT 25TH APRIL 2009
Tickhill 157 Elsecar 289 for 6
Tickhill are finding life in the Premier league difficult and they experienced a second crushing defeat at Alderson Drive, this time at the hands of Champions Elsecar. Tickhill asked their visitors to bat first and the decision looked well founded with Elsecar at 30 for 2, and with 2 leading batsmen back in the pavilion without reaching double figures. This brought Brett Hunsley to the centre to join opener Ainsley Swallow and the 2 batsmen added 56 before Ainsley fell just short of a second consecutive 50 at 48. His innings had included 10 fours. Glenn Yates now joined Hunsley and the innings accelerated, the partnership reaching 68 and Hunsley leaving with 53, also with 10 fours. With the pretty, corralled Tickhill wicket oozing boundaries the run pace was increasing with successive batsmen. Yates was next to leave falling LBW for 64, with 7 fours and 2 sixes. Tim Farmer was the last batman to lose his wicket for 37 and 18 year old Shaun Pedler finished the innings with 2 sixes and a personal tally of 24 not out. Elsecar has reached an impressive 289 for 6. Tom Barnett bowled his 15 overs for 3 for 61.
Tickhill lost their first 2 batmen cheaply too but the third wicket took the score to 78 before Ashley Fiddler was run out for 43. The main resistance was now from Sam Illsley and although it looked as though he had met his demise whilst in his thirties, a successful appeal for caught behind was rescinded by the Elsecar team and captain in good spirit. Illsley went on the reach 54 which included 9 fours. In a rare bowling appearance, Ian Swallow led the Elsecar attack with a return of 4 for 25 and the Tickhill innings closed at 157 all out with 11 overs remaining and short by 132 runs.
Treeton 220 for 3 Wickersley OV 216 for 8
In a game which swung either way at various times during the afternoon, Treeton eventually beat their local rivals Wickersley OV at Washfield Lane. Wickersley were invited to defend and found their innings in disarray, first at 24 for 2 and then at 97 for 5. Skipper and opener Jon Trower was still in possession and he now found the partner he needed to elevate the score. Liam Heatcote batted resolutely whilst his captain gave the Treeton bowlers a torrid time. The partnership blossomed to produce 90 runs with Heathcote’s contribution 20. Trower was next to leave after a splendid knock of 111. His innings contained 14 fours and 3 sixes. Wickersley closed at 2176 for 8. Stephen Foster was Treeton’s best bowler with 4 for 41.
Treeton’s innings started poorly too and they were 55 when the third wicket fell and had only reached 79 when the halfway point, 25 overs had been reached. But that was the last wicket lost as former Wickersley youth, Danny Kemp, joined with skipper Chris Cobb for a match winning partnership. The two batmen added an unbeaten 165 runs with Cobb’s contribution 65 not out and 10 fours. Danny Kemp reached 98 not out to finish the chase with a towering 6. His boundary tally was 10 fours and 4 sixes.
Without a point in the current campaign Wickersley face another difficult task and welcome unbeaten Whitley Hall to Northfield Lane on Saturday. Treeton have a difficult task too and, in a rearranged venue, travel to Moor Road to face a Wath team who have maximum points from their opening outings.
Darfield 130 Wath 131 for 6
Darfield welcomed Wath to School Street and soon found the new Wath attack a handful to handle. Wath’s Sri Lankan, Gayan Fernando was devastating in his opening spell, claiming 5 of the first 6 wickets to fall with Wath reeling at 34 for 6. Michael Potter led the fight to restore respectability and he conspired with Gavin Roebuck to add 67 for the seventh wicket when Roebuck left for 27. Potter took his personal tally to 40 and the Darfield innings had been restored to 130 all out. Fernando took 6 for 35 for Wath.
Wath’s reply teetered to 55 for 4 when stumper James Barnard and Lesroy Weekes built a stand of 40 with Weekes contribution 28. Barnard stayed to complete the job with 45 not out. Wath lost 6 wickets and took 39.1 overs for the winning score.
Houghton Main 158 Hallam 178
Houghton Main won the toss and asked Hallam to bat first. Houghton Main speedster Rob Jones made inroads into the Hallam top order reducing them to 46 for 3, with 2 batsmen scoring 1 run between them. Jim Tasker scored 33 and Alex Davis 49 to bolster the innings to 178 all out. Rob Jones (3 for 46) and Darren Neale (3 for 24) each took 3 wickets for Houghton.
Paul Riley opened with 34 for Houghton but the hosts were struggling at 106 for 7. Darren Neale hit 38 and Zulfiqar Ali 26 in a last ditch effort which took Houghton just 20 runs short of the Hallam total. Jim Tasker removed Riley and took the last 4 wickets to fall in the tense finish and ended with 5 for 22.
Whitley Hall 182 for 6 Phoenix 178
Whitley Hall eventually won at Baxter Field but not until Rotherham Phoenix had provided a few scares. The Phoenix opening pair of former Wickersley favourite Haidar Jahangir and Burslem recruit, Kevin Mountford, put on an impressive 83 for the first wicket. Jahangir left at this point for 45. The innings continued to build comfortable and at 136 for 2 Phoenix looked to be heading for a large score. Jaco Castle had returned for a second spell and he obtained the key wicket of Mountford when he had reached 64. Castle was now in devastating form and he shot through the rest of the Phoenix batsmen claiming 6 for 45 and including a hat trick. The Phoenix innings closed at 178 all out, the last 8 wickets falling for just 42 runs.
The Whitley innings found the bowling of Wickersley recruit, Asadullah Butt difficult to handle and although opener Andrew Bethel reached 45 the reply looked in difficulties at 125 for 6. Jaco Castle was at the centre again and he turned the innings in Whitley’s favour with a swashbuckling innings which lasted just 35 balls and saw him reach 71 not out! He accumulated 5 fours and 7 sixes against a bemused Phoenix attack. A winning total was achieved in 39.2 overs without further loss. Asadullah Butt took 4 for 64 for Phoenix.
Barnsley B 218 for 9 Collegiate B 135
Barnsley B entertained Collegiate B at Shaw Lane. Collegiate won the toss and decided to bowl first. Opener Peter Hadfield batted brilliantly for 95, leaving with the score at 175 for 5. Andrew Wakefield supported the second part of the innings with a well earned 51 to enable a final total of 218 for 9. Matthew Thompson bowled well for Collegiate, securing 5 for 58 and Mark Longley took 3 for 25.
Collegiate struggled from the outset in their response, facing a youthful enthusiastic Barnsley attack and were quickly at 29 for 3. The innings meandered from here eventually closing at 135 all out, short by 83 runs. Stumper James Colton top scored with 27 not out and Gareth Fenton claimed the best return for Barnsley with 3 for 14 in 8 overs.
Aston Hall 172 for 1 Rockingham 169 for 8
At Green Lane Aston Hall gained their second win of the season with a powerful display over Rockingham. Rockingham elected to bat first and found their innings in total disarray with half they team back in the pavilion and just 19 runs between them. Opener Gary Bailey was still in possession however and he combined first with Matt Lambert who scored 29 and then with James Holiday, whose contribution was 38 to raise the innings total to 169 for 8. Bailey had left for a well earned 52. Aston skipper Scott Jones bowled well for a return of 3 for 28
Aston made light work of the target set. Chris Holland hit a fine 101 not out and Scott Jones supported with 52 not out as they reached the target with 9 wickets and 14 overs spare.
Thorncliffe 173 Doncaster Town B 204
Doncaster Town B are making a early challenge for a swift return to the Premier Division and recorded their second win of the season at Loundside over Thorncliffe. Ashley Knowles opened with 28; Matthew King hit a stoic 37 before Nicholas Morley smashed a swift 52 in 47 balls to raise the innings total to 204 for 7. Alan Heeley took 3 for 22 for Thorncliffe.
In response Thorncliffe lost both openers with just 2 on the scoreboard and the third followed with only 5 to his credit. James Brown hit a patient 54 and 19 year old stumper Grant Purvis assisted with 30. The Thorncliffe challenge faltered at 173 all out, short by 31 runs. Nicholas Morley proved to be the main match winner with a good bowling haul of 4 for 49. Ashley Knowles took 3 for 32.
Mexborough 229 for 8 Norton Woodseats 159 for 8
Norton Woodseats won the toss and asked Mexborough to take the first knock with the skies looking overcast and threatening a downpour. However the sun shone brightly over Graves Park shortly afterwards and Mexborough batted solidly throughout on a good track. Rafiq Hussain batted well for his 54 opening up. 6 other batsmen made at least double figure scores. However the other innings of note came from John Chantry who added some impetus with some fine shots and good running during his 41. Mexborough closed on 229 for 9. Best for the hosts bowling attack were the opening pair James Ahmed with 3 for 68 and Roger Bird with 3 for 38.
In reply only the Eyre brothers scored more than 20 in the top six with James opening with 29 and Tom adding 27. However the steady loss of wickets and a poor run rate put the hosts behind the 8 ball and Norton Woodseats had to be content with denying Mexborough the extra bonus points. Chris Colegate held the latter part of the innings together with a patient 32. The Norton innings closed at 159 for 8 Skipper Scott Hibbett was the pick of Mexborough's attack with 3 for 30.
Elsecar B 69 for 9 Whiston PC 320 for 2
After the opening day disappointment at Aston Hall, Whiston were looking for a reaction and got it in plenty at Elsecar as they swept away an overawed Elsecar B team. Whiston were boosted by the arrival of their South African Johan Bothma who recently passed his 21 year milestone. Batting first, Whiston’s openers put on 155 in 26 overs with Steve Taylor contributing a well paced 61. The run gathering continued unabated as fellow opener Johan Bothma cut loose hammering a run a ball 162 including 13 fours and 9 sixes. There was no mercy shown at the other end as Jason Larder next showed his class with an unbeaten 61 taking the score on to a massive 320 for 2.
In reply, Bothma then tormented Elsecar with the ball taking 5 for 22 from 7.3 overs. The hosts collapsed to 69 all out in 23 overs with only one batsman making double figures to give Whiston an overwhelming251 run win.
Wickersley B 198 Norton Oakes 200 for 6
Wickersley B suffered their first defeat of the season at the hands of Norton Oakes at Northfield Lane. Wickersley were asked to bat first and the score progressed steadily with any of their batsmen controlling the innings. Neil Longden top scored with 38 and Will Asher assisted with 34. Wickersley were all out with 2 balls remaining for 198. Aamir Ashfaque, Norton’s acquisition from Norton Woodseats restrained the Wickersley innings with a return of 6 for 45.
In reply Wickersley had Norton in difficulties at 37 for 2 and the match was in the balance at 110 for 5. However Ashfaque was proving his all round capabilities and carved out a majestic inning of 87 not out in 95 balls with 15 fours included. Davill Revill supported with 33. Norton completed their task with 4 wickets and 5.5 overs remaining.
Bradfield 157 for 5 Shiregreen 153
Shiregreen slumped top their second defeat at the Sands against Bradfield. The visitors elected to bat first and were soon in difficulties at 8 for 2. Skipper Ilyas Mohammed improved affairs with 38 and Liquate Ali was run out for 24 before the innings closed at 153. Paul Lampkins (3 for 41) and Josh Coulson (3 for 39) bowled well for Bradfield.
The Bradfield innings struggled at first with the score reaching 53 for 4. South African Hennie Swart had joined the action and he produced a match winning performance. He was still in at the close with 73 not out acquired in 81 balls and with 10 fours and 2 sixes. Bradfield reached the target with 5 wickets lost and 10 overs spare.
Coal Aston 180 for 7 Tickhill B 177 for 7
Coal Aston look as though they are determined to break out of Division 2 after several years of mid table malaise. They secured a good win at Stonelow over visitors Tickhill B. Coal Aston asked their visitors to bat first and the innings was held together by a magnificent innings from opener, 17 year old Matthew Martin. He displayed talent beyond his years, stroking 14 fours and helping his team to 170 when he became the 7th wicket to fall on an agonising 99. The Tickhill innings closed at 177 for 7.
The Coal Aston innings meandered to 94 for 6 with Simon Mintoft being the sixth wicket to fall for a personal tally of 43. The winning innings came from an inspired performance from John Harrison who hit a quick fire 44 and Coal Aston reached their target with 7 wickets lost and 4.2 overs to spare. Joe Senior bowled well for a reward of 4 for 37.
Rossington 89 Treeton 132 for 9
After narrowly missing relegation last season, Treeton B have reversed trends and are amongst the Division 2 pacesetters this season after a second success, this time at the welfare ground at Rossington. Their hosts were promoted last season and the alarm bells are ringing as they struggled to find last season’s form. Treeton opened with veteran captain Mick Fairman opening and hitting 39 supported by stumper Scott Ellis with 35. Rossington’s Michael Towensend bowled well for a reward of 4 for 30.
The Rossington batsmen could not handle the accuracy of Mick Fairman and were soon on the ropes at 44 for 6 with Fairman claiming 5 of the wickets to fall. The innings collapsed to 89 all out; short by 43 runs and Fairman’s figures were 5 for 21.
Wath B 157 Warmsworth 158 for 2
Warmsworth corrected their opening day disaster with a good win at Moor Road over Wath B. The architect of their success was 17 year old Liam Marshall. He was introduced at second change and successfully broke up a promising opening partnership between Shawn Hopkins (32) and Archie Ogden (38). Then he waltzed through the rest of the innings claiming an amazing 8 for 43 in his 15 overs. Wath reached 157 all out with skipper Matthew Hays unbeaten on 24 at the close.
Warmsworth batted solidly throughout with openers Andrew Marshall hitting 49, Liam Marshall 45 and Simon Bardney 35 not out and Michael Jamison 21 not out at the close. Warmsworth won by 8 wickets with 4 overs spare.
Oughtibridge 121 Maltby 228 for 5
After an absence of nearly 2 years cricket returned to Oughtibridge’s Station Road ground, but any other celebrations were vacant as they were easily beaten by visitors Maltby. Paul Pendle (43) and Kevin Porter (66) got Maltby’s innings off to a good start before skipper Carl Porter hit 38 and Gut Dickinson reached 31 not out. Maltby closed on an impressive 228 for 6 with Adam Broughton claiming 3 for 57 for Oughtibridge.
Oughtibridge were restricted by the accuracy of Maltby’s attack and although Adam Broughton scored 38 and Ashley Statham 33 they could only muster a total of 121. Paul Pendle (3 for 40) and Gary porter (3 for 28) bowled well for Maltby.
Collegiate C 134 for 9 Sheffield United B 136 for 2
At Abbeydale Collegiate C were beaten by Sheffield United B. With 8 juniors I their side Collegiate could only muster 134 for 9 with 16 year old Josh Jones top scoring with 28. Tom Knight took 4 for 38 for United.
Opener Daniel Harley hit 36 and 16 year old Paul Revill was 54 not out when the winning ruins were secured for United. They had 8 wicker and 23 overs in hand.
Dearne 178 for 6 Parkgate 157
There appears to be resurgence at Goldthorpe as Dearne are amongst the early leaders of Division 3. The result was a narrow exciting victory. Dearne batted first and aided by several useful scores, notably Dane Froggett with 40 not out and stumper Mark Chambers with 29, they posted a total of 178 for 6. Darren Whitehouse took 4 for 46 for Parkgate.
In response Russ Eggleston posted a one man assault on the target. The Parkgate ace led the resistance with a magnificent 88 taking his team to within 21 runs of the Dearne total. The Parkgate innings closed at 157 with 4 overs spare and Kevin Roe (4 for 38) and Steve Molyneux (3 for 44) the pick of the Dearne bowlers.
Thorpe Hesley 110 Dronfield 111 for 3
Dronfield are amongst the early pace setters in Division 3 and they comfortably disposed of Thorpe Hesley at Smithywood Road. Thorpe Hesley decided to bat first and they could only muster 110 all out with Joe Preece top scoring with 29. Anthony Firth destroyed the heart of the innings with 5 for 24.
Firth then wielded the willow to good effect scoring 55 not out as Dronfield reached the required total with 7 wickets spare and 126 overs in hand.
Phoenix B 74 Aston Hall B 98
In a low scoring affair at Brinsworth Aston Hall ran out winners by 24 runs over Phoenix B. Aston Hall’s top score was opener Jack Barton with 22 as Tom Arnold took the first 5 batsmen for a return of 5 for 40.
Phoenix found conditions even less to their liking and meandered to a final score of 74.
Worsbrough 136 for 9 Bradfield 161 for 8
The visitors took first knock on a difficult pitch of variable bounce. Bradfield thanks to a hard hitting 59 from Paul Garnett, ably supported by Josh Gray 33 and Simon Gosney (20) did well to reach 160 for 8 in the allotted 46 overs. Pick of the Worsbrough attack was Paul Hardcastle who bowled 15 consecutive overs while returning 3 for 35.
Worsbrough got off to a good start reaching 43 before the first wicket fell when Dave Smith received a “grubber”, one of many, and was LBW for 23. Wickets fell at regular intervals to unpredictable bounce, skipper Martin Mills grafted for 31 before clean bowled with a ball of ankle height and Worsbrough hung on for a point at 136 for 9
Hallam B 239 for 7 Frecheville 213
At Sandygate Hallam B batted first and reached a good score of 239 for 7 against Frecheville. Max Hill opened with 86, including 14 fours and James Chetwood smashed an impressive 69 with 10 fours and 3 sixes. David Clayton took 3 for 49 for Frecheville.
Frecheville lost 2 quick wickets in their response but Michael Donson took up the cause with 34 and Simon Haley continued it with 38. He featured in a remarkable 8th wicket stand of 85 with Mark Bardwell whose 48 runs in 41 balls had Hallam’s nerves jangling. 16 year old Chris Hughes took 4 for 56 for Hallam.
Division 4 East Conference
Rockingham B 67 for 4 Worsbrough B 65
Rockingham continued their successful start to the 2009 campaign with a win over Worsbrough B at Hoyland Common. The visitors could do little against the bowling of their hosts with Neil Armitage providing the main problems. None of the Worsbrough batsmen reached double figures and Armitage took 5 for 19.
In reply Rockingham lost 4 wickets before reaching a winning total Dave Mellor guided them to victory with 22 not out and Luke Stevenson took 3 for 20 for Worsbrough.
Mexborough B 196 for 6 Dearne B 156
Mexborough are front runners in the East conference thanks to a good win over Dearne B at Hampden Road. Andy Booth was his prolific self with 60 and Melvyn Caddick boosted the total with 43 not out. Mexborough finished on 196 for 6. Ricky Dobson bowled best for Dearne with 3 for 46 from his 15 overs.
In response Dearne’s first 3 batsmen left with only 2 runs between them. Robert Hart (54) and Jonathan Millward (40) then featured in a stand for the fourth wicket but the Dearne innings fell short by 40 runs at 156 all out. Zaire Khalil and Melvyn Caddick both took 3 for 42 for Mexborough.
Doncaster Town C 148 for 9 Barnsley C 207 for 6
At Finningley Barnsley C recorded a good win over their hosts, Doncaster C. Barnsley batted first and Stephen Walters came in at number 3 and batted through for 84 not out. Richard Ledger supported with 46. Joe Horrocks took 3 for 46 for Doncaster.
In reply the hosts failed to make the required pace and Lewis Brown with 26 and Matthew Head with 33 held the innings together as Doncaster struggled to 148 for 9 at the close.
Warmsworth B 183 for 5 Houghton B 182 for 8
Warmsworth B welcomed Houghton Main B to Common Lane. The visitors decided to bat first and skipper Andy Denham (30) and Phil Taylor (39) progressed at a brisk pace. 17 year old Jack Parkinson then took centre stage for a delightful 48 not out to set Warmsworth a challenge at 182 for 8. 18 year old Tom Hyde took 3 for 52 for Warmsworth.
Opener and skipper Richard Marshall provided the backbone of Warmsworth’s reply, stroking 10 fours in an innings of 73. Tom Hyde displayed his potential with the bat too, supporting his skipper with 48. Warmsworth reached the target with 5 wickets lost and 10 balls to spare. Jack Parkinson took 3 for 14 for Houghton.
Division 4 West Conference
Norton Oakes B 207 for 6 Frecheville 138
Norton Oakes are the early pacesetters in the West conference after a good victory over neighbours Frecheville at Oakes Park. John Davidson opened with 67, Pete Holes scored 47 and Paul Sear was in at the close with 36 not. Junior Dale Booth took 4 for 27 for Frecheville.
In reply Mark Kempton struck 40 and Kevan Cowley added 34 as Frecheville chased the target in vain. Pete Ledger bowled well for Norton, taking 4 for 54 as the innings closed at 138, short by 69 runs.
Maltby B 66 for 0 Oughtibridge B 65
Maltby B ran out easy winners at Muglet Lane over Oughtibridge B. The visitors batted first and were in continual trouble against the Maltby attack with Richard Blackburn, who took 3 for 21 and Luke Aspel who took 4 for 17 being the main protagonists. Oughtibridge innings closed for the small total of 65.
Maltby needed just 12.3 overs to secure the win with openers Anthony Ward (20 not out) and Harry Graham (29 not out) still there at the close.
Rotherham Town C 181 for 2 Thorncliffe B 180 for 8
Thorncliffe won the toss and elected to take first use of what appeared to be a good batting track at Roundwood against Rotherham Town C. After 21 overs with the score at 59 for 3 veteran Craig Whittaker arrived at the crease and held the innings together with an excellent 60 off 71 balls before departing with the score at 163 for 7. The innings ended at 180 for 8 after 46 overs.
In reply captain Omar Waine and junior Daniel Anthony built a solid opening partnership of 92, at which point Anthony left for 63 from 73 balls. Another junior Luke Staveley joined his captain and took the score to 164 before being caught for 35. Rotherham Town knocking off the remaining runs required without further loss and 7.3 overs remaining. Omar Waine had carried his bat for 50 not out.
Whiston B 147 for 4 Coal Aston B 144 for 6.
Whiston B opener Phil Cookson reached 36 and Grant Woolley was 52 not out as Coal Aston B reached 144 for 6 at Church Fields. In response Steve Dunsford and Richard Lancashire built a first wicket stand of 121 when Dunsford left with his score at 75 and including 13 boundaries. Richard Lancashire was still in possession when the winning total was reached with his personal contribution 54 not out and Whiston at 1347 for 4.