On a warm, sunny day following heavy overnight rain, scores throughout the MPH Joinery Yorkshire & Derbyshire League were understandably low.
One example was Division One side Sheffield Civil Service, who were bowled for 90 by table topping Parkhead (C Turner 5-42 J Carrington 4-12). Parkhead eased to a nine wicket win (J Carrington 63no). Parkhead look increasingly difficult to catch, but Hollinsend are trying as hard as ever to close the gap.
They sent back bottom team Ashford for 79 (A Yarwood 42no R Sharp 6-29) and then duly won by nine wickets (C Jones 49no). Holmesfield made just 107-7, but then dismissed Stocksbridge for 96 to move up to third. Apperknowle hit a useful 191-9 (J Bagley 45 A Nazir 3-36), but Sheffield University Staff lost just three wickets in a successful chase (S Shibly 88). Sheffield Centralians struggled to 118-8 at Olive Grove Road and although De La Salle initially made heavy weather of their reply, Kieren O’Sullivan took charge with 70 not out to see the Sallians to victory by four wickets.
Totley’s assault on the Division Two title gathers pace. They hit up an impressive 221 all out (K Javed 77 G Mohammed 46), then sent back fellow promotion contenders Hathersage for 148 (J Khan 5-26).
Calver made 157 all out, then thrillingly bowled out promotion seeking Hundall for 150 (D Howie 4-25). Hallam III made just 131, but then sent back Baslow for 91 to move second. Sheffield Collegiate VP mustered a mere 89 (N Thew 8-25), but Hollinsend Meths II were shot down for 53 in reply (Winter 4-23 Wellman 4-13). In the basement battle, Grindleford scored 152-9 (S West 93) and terminated University Staff’s innings at 77 all out.
Sheffield Medics and Dronfield Woodhouse continue to lead the charge at the top of Division Three. Woodhouse saw John Hudson (71) and Steve Birch (50) compile 215-8 for Walkley despite 4-37 from Dronfield skipper Liam Braddock. Braddock was the hero for Droinfield as his magnificent 129 not out saw them home by two wickets.