Yorkshire and Derbyshire Cricket League

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Finally, after a most unpromising week, the warm sun shone on the YDCL.

At their pretty little home ground, Apperknowle knocked up a useful 199 all out. Hollinsend Methodists got to the target off the very last ball withthree wickets in hand (G Wright 57*).

Hollinsend head the table by just three points. Second are Holmesfield, who racked up 244-4 (D Ward 86, W Helliwell 62), against champions University Staff, who replied with 171-9 (L Darda 55). De La Salle sneak into third, after making 164-9 (C Gibirdi 62) to home to Hundall, who were shot out for 42 by opening bowlers Sam Wainwright (4-13) and Simon Willey (4-21). Grindleford could only muster exactly 100, which Stocksbridge cruised past for the loss of just a single wicket (W Hughes 56).

Parkhead were once again bowled out, this time for 147 by Sheffield Centralians (R Ardley 69; A Gibson 4-60). However veteran off-spinner Ian Davis snaffled 5-6 to send back Cents for 69.

Division Two: Table topping Sheffield Civil Service scored 150-9 (S Wilson 46’ C Higginbottom 4-29) in their match with second placed Ashford. Dave Whitby’s 5-25 saw Ashford bowled out for 110. Baslow’s bowlers tore into the hapless Parkhead II batting. Andy Hone took a hat-trick and Matthew Cork 4-7 as Parkhead were shot out for 37. Baslow lost a single wicket before the win.

Sheffield Collegiate IV hit 198-6 (J Layer 51, R Scholfield 46) and then dismissed Western Park for 130 ( M Hickman 4-25, M Longley 4-40). University Staff II were all out 132 (D Howie 6-17), which Calver reached with 3 wickets down (P Boot 57*). Hathersage reached 171-9 and dismissed Bakewell for 141 (D Hadfield 66).

Division Three

Totley Sports are seemingly unstoppable, this week making 187-9 (N Abdul 58, K Javed 51, C Siddall 5-28) and sending back Stocksbridge II for 82 (A Siddall 40, S Khan 5-21, W Aslam 4-16). Dronfield Woodhouse’s usually powerful batting was contained by Hallam, who sent back Dronfield for 102 and Hallam III went on to the win by 6 wickets. Another mercurial batting side - Sheffield Medics were restricted to 148-9 by De La Salle II, who ran out winners by 4 wickets. Whittington Wanderers could only muster 101 (D Turner 41, A Roberts 4-18), which Ridgeway surpassed with 6 wickets down (T Vernon 53*).

Division Four

With neither the top two of Totley II or Coal aston playing this Saturday, TRS could close the gap significantly by overcoming lowly Shardlows. TRS duly bowled out their opponents for 89 (I Naqvi 4-24) and eased to a 6 wicket win. Baslow II made 131-8 (J Bate 47, J Merrill 4-29) and bundled out struggling Hundall II for 61 (P Hemstock 6-24). Sheffield Transport were shot out for a mere 64 (W Shore 5-31), in their turn Walkley struggled, as they lost 6 wickets before hitting the winning runs. The result sees Walkley leapfrog Coal Aston into second spot.

Division Five

This division saw a series of low scoring games, firstly Hallam IV were skittled for 81, with Kamran Ditta returning 7-30. Woodhouse cruised to the target for the loss of a single wicket. Apperknowle II mustered just 72 and Sheffield Civil Service II also went on to a 9 wicket win. Sheffield Collegiate V crept up to 106 all out, but made Youlgrave Lodge battle hard, as they lost 7 wickets before gaining the win. Bucking the low-scoring trend were leaders Chesterfield Barbarians II who scored 175-7 and then bowled out bottom club Richmond for 115.

Division Six

Hollinsend Methodists III made 143-8 and then saw Chesterfield Barbarians III crawl to 79-6. Hollinsend go top as Norton Woodseats were bowled for 103 by Hathersage II, who just crept over the line with their last pair at the wicket (S Hudson 4-33). Sheffield Transport II amassed a handy 183-7 (S Levick 55, P Deignan 40), then dismissed Apperknowle III for 84 (D Loughlin 44, T Broomhead 5-9). Debut club Tideswell made just 100 all out against Whittington Wanderers II, who could only muster 79-8 in reply. The result sees the new boys move easily into second spot in the table.