Cricket: Parklands pipped despite Strawbridge 47

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PARKLANDS suffered a narrow one-wicket defeat in the Solly Sports South Yorkshire Alliance Premier Division at home to Whiston Meths.

Batting first after winning the toss, Parklands made 165-6 with No 7 Reg Strawbridge (47 not out) and No 8 Craig Taylor (24 not out) putting on 49 in an unbeaten seventh-wicket stand.

Meths defied a 4-30 spell by Nigel Knowles to reach a match-winning 166-9 in the penultimate over. Eden Grove posted a five-wicket Division One win over Harley.

Harley elected to bat but struggled to 134 all out against Ray Dunning (4-36), Ashley Grace (3-21) and Anthony Cator (3-31).

Opener Dunning then cracked five fours and two sixes in a top-score 42, with No 3 Richard Champion chipping in with a supporting 33.

Adwick-on-Dearne beat Kilnhurst seconds by 170 runs.

Batting first after winning the toss, Adwick made 239-4 with opener Paul Jordan (100) and No 3 Rob Lee (92 not out) putting on 208 for the first wicket.

Ian Couldwell took 3-5 in two overs in Harley’s reply of 69 all out.

Hampole & Skelbrooke (180-7) beat Division Two hosts Harworth (106 all out) by 74 runs.

Brodsworth Main thirds claimed a two-wicket Division Four win over visiting Brookhouse seconds.

No 6 Dean Sommerville (52), opener Martin Bagnall (20) and No 10 Gary Wilby (16 not out) shared the honours in Main’s reply of 148-8.

Junior Josh Rutherford had earlier taken 3-32 in Brookhouse’s 147 all out.

Denaby & Cadeby beat local rivals Adwick-on-Dearne seconds by 147 runs.

Openers William Finney, who hit 11 fours in his 61, and John Hough (49), gave Denaby an excellent start. No 3 Simon Doughty (35) and junior Daniel Randall (57 not out), continued the good work. Roy Gamble took 4-38.

Adwick were 138 all out in reply, No 8 Ian Bailey (23) top-scoring.

n Whitley Hall aim to secure the first part of their quadruple trophy bid when they compete in the South Yorkshire League’s Whitworth Cup Final tomorrow. They take on Wickersley in the 45 over clash at Wath CC (12.30).

Whitley are the holders and, in fact, are going for a hat-trick having triumphed in 2009 as well as last year.

Wickersley will be aiming for their first cup success since 2003. They have been in the final four times since, runners-up on each occasion including defeats by Whitley in 2004 and 2009.

Whitley are seeking to retain the Premier Division title but did lose top spot last week after their defeat at Treeton, who got firmly back into contention despite having star all-rounder Steve Foster ruled out for the season with a broken arm.

Whitley will be seeking to triumph in the Yorkshire Council Play-offs. They have another cup final against Central Yorkshire League giants Wrenthorpe in the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champion of Champions Trophy Final at Hanging Heaton on Sunday, August 21.