Parkhead closing in on Div One title

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Only a minor miracle will now prevent Parkhead picking up the Yorkshire And Derbyshire League Division One title for 2014.

They compiled a huge 363-9 (Joe Woolway 150 Gary Wheatley 63) at home to Apperknowle, who were bowled out for 162 in reply (L Hibbert 39 J Thompson 38 C Turner 3-37).

The only team that can still catch them are Holmesfield and they are a whopping 71 points behind with just 100 points left to play for.

Holmesfield’s game was reduced to 26 overs per side due to the now all too familiar pre-match downpour as they posted 138-8. Home side Hollinsend Meths were restricted to 118-9 in return.

There was more woe at the foot of the table for Ashford in the Water who were bowled out for 119 on the road at fellow strugglers Stocksbridge, who reached the winning post with three men to spare.

Still under relegation threat are Sheffield Civil Service, who allowed De La Salle to record 137-8 (Latimer 50 Wilson 5-22) but were reduced to 83 all out in reply thanks to John O’Sullivan (5-20).

Sheffield Centralians gave Sheffield University Staff food for thought by dismissing them for 124 (Ditta 4-30). A four wicket win was to follow for Cents (Owers 78no).

Division Two frontrunners Totley took a step nearer the top flight with victory over mid-table Baslow.

The Derbyshire side could just muster 135-9 and Totley scraped to a three wicket success.

Calver boosted their chances of a return to the upper echelons by posting 214-7 at home to Hollinsend Meths II (Angus Hodgson 81). The Meths could only post 121-9 in reply (Mick Hill 48 Dave Harlington 4-25).

Taking a descent from the top two are Hallam III. In a 31 over a side game, Hathersage posted 156-4 with the visitors being restricted to 137-7.

Improving their lot, however, are Hundall, who bowled Grindleford out for 112 (Gratton 80 Cox 4-32) and raced to an eight wicket triumph (Newton 49no).

Joining Grindleford at the foot of the table are Sheffield University Staff II. Their 125 was insufficient in their quest to beat Sheffield Collegiate, who made it home with four men in hand (J White 58no).

It was business as usual for Division Three table-toppers Sheffield Medics. Andy Booth (67) guided Walkley to 144-7 (M Singh 4-24), but the prolific Shantanu Rajebhosale (68no) ensured a five wicket win for the Medics and confirmed Walkley’s place in the bottom two.

Into the top two go Totley II who, after a mammoth mopping up operation, inserted bottom side Whittington Wanderers and restricted them to 80-9 from 34 overs on a damp pitch.

Whittington battled hard but Totley claimed the win at 82-6. Bakewell recorded 130-8 at home to Parkhead II, who ran out winners by six wickets.

Stocksbridge II hit up 183ao on the road at Dronfield Woodhouse (P Wingfield 69 B Hasell 5-35). Woodhouse replied with 102, despite 43 from veteran Steve Vessey.

A much tighter affair is being played out at the top of Division Four. Currently in charge are Hallam IV, and Jim Ferguson’s 44 steered them to 136-7 at home to fellow challengers Coal Aston III. Ferguson’s wily slow bowling claimed 4-26 to see Coal Aston back in the hut for just 66.

Surpassing Coal Aston are TRS. Jamie Jewitt stroked an impressive 112 to guide Sheffield Civil Service II to a reasonable 187-7 (S Khan 5-29).

Ikrar Khan (86) batted TRS into second place at 191-4.

Sheffield Centralians II were shot out for 81 against Chesterfield Barbarians II (A Moon 4-24), who raced to a nine wicket win (Steve Vine 54no).

Ridgeway were bowled out for 155 (Russell Tate 50 Garth Lewis 5-49) but wickets from Will Cooper (3-24), Ashley Roberts (3-23) and Matt Cranfield (3-2) saw them restrict Sheffield Transport to just 53-9.

In Division Five, First team regular Phil Loughlin (43) took a break from Division One action to steer Apperknowle to a four-wicket win over Woodhouse.