Reigning champs lead table again after easy win over rivals

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Holmesfield - the defending MPH Joinery Yorkshire & Derbyshire Cricket League champions - head the early table after beating another side with title pretentions, Hollinsend Meths.

Hollinsend made 164-9 (W Hellewell 4-40), which Holmesfield easily passed with just three wickets down (D Ward 60no).

Apperknowle were all out for 120 (B Parkin 43 J Parkin 4-23), and Parkhead’s openers stormed to a ten wicket win (A Burkinshaw 60no J Carrington 54no) to go just a point behind Holmesfield.

Ashford in the Water struggled again, succumbing to 54 all out (A Hibbert 6-24) against Stocksbridge, who strolled to a seven wicket win (W Hughes 41no).

De La Salle made 135 but Sheffield Civil Service made light of the target, losing just two wickets (S Frier 57no A Higgins 56).

Sheffield Centralians could only muster exactly 100 (S Shibly 4-21), but in turn put Sheffield University Staff in deep trouble, eventually dismissing Staff for 89.

In Division Two, Hallam III were all out 123 (Naveed 5-23), but made Hathersage fight all the way before the Hope Valley team triumphed by a single wicket.

Calver were shot out for 73, but their bowlers took up the challenge, sending back Hollinsend II for 62. (D Howie 4-11 D Harlington 3-12).

Sheffield Collegiate VP racked up an imposing 214-4 (C Stewart 52), then tumbled out Sheffield University Staff II for 88.

And Totley amassed an even more imposing 236-8, where remarkably no batsman made more than 36.Baslow’s great start to the season stalled as they were all out for 146 (Harry Kidd 40, Usman Riaz 4-26).

In Division Three, High scorers of the day were Sheffield Medics. Their 268-7 (S Rajebhosale 103 P Rao 83no) proved to be enough despite a battling 214 from visitors Walkley (J Hudson 70 P Rao 5-47).

Totley II continue their ascent of the table. They skittled Whittington Wanderers for just 39 (Zulfiqar Ali 4-19 Mark Birks 4-7) and claimed a six wicket win.

Dronfield Woodhouse skipper Liam Braddock had a field day, racking up 130 on the road at Stocksbridge II as his side ended on 189-9 to record a 37-run victory.