Cricket: Mayank is the man as leaders win again

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Division One leaders Sheffield University Staff will take on rock bottom Grindleford on Saturday after beating Hundall at the weekend by a single wicket.

Mayank Sharma took 4-33 for Staffs as Hundall were dismissed for 149, whilst Grindleford’s struggles continued against second bottom Sheffield Centralians who clocked up their second consecutive win after compiling 238-7 before skittling their opponents for just 102.

The Cents face a difficult task to keep their run going when the Staff’s nearest challengers, Holmesfield, make the journey on Saturday.

The Pearson brothers Jimmy and Neil hit 87 and 60 not out respectively as Holmesfield made 225-3, and their opponents, Appleknowle, could only muster 104 with Danny Pearson taking 4-34.

After enjoying a good start to the campaign, Appleknowle will be looking to get back to winning ways when they face Stocksbridge at the weekend.

De La Salle will travel to Parkhead also looking to get back on track after their defeat to fifth placed Hollinsend Methodists.

The Salians could only finish on 116, as Ryan Sharp scored 52 to help the Meths claim a five wicket victory.

In Division Two, Sheffield Civil Service will be looking to put last weekend’s defeat to Calver behind them when they travel to Weston Park Hospital.

Paul Beauchamp and Peter Boot hit 85 and 50 respectively as the visitors from Derbyshire made 218-9, despite Jason Clark taking 4-38 earlier on.

The Servants, though, could only reply with 177-9. Calver have the chance to gain more ground on the leaders when they play Parkhead, who continue to prop up the rest of the division after their defeat to Hathersage.

Although Hathersage were dismissed for 158, Parkhead II were similiarly all out for 144 with Jonny Beatson taking 4-25 and Stephen Hutchinson adding 5-17.

Hathersage take on the Sheffield University Staff second team this weekend.

They also won at the weekend, against Sheffield Collegiate after bowling them out for 94 with Chris Stride taking 4-21.

Division Three table-toppers Totley Sports and Social will be looking to get back to winning ways against Hollinsend Methodists’ second team after they lost for the first time against Hallam.

James Ferguson took 4-45 as the leaders were bowled out for 156.

Neil Stewart then hit 39 to guide Hallam to a two wicket win.

They will be looking to close the gap further when they travel to De La Salle this weekend.