Cricket stars turn out for very worthy Sheffield cause

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Amazingly despite the monsoon, a game was completed in Division One of the Sheaf Sports Yorkshire & Derbyshire League and it was a significant result. Champions Holmesfield made 205-0 with Tony Brown stranded on 99 not out and Mark Rodgers hitting 94 not out. Hathersage were then sent back for 87. At Fox Lane Hollinsend Methodist started brightly, reaching 56-0 (C Jones 42*) against Hundall before the rains closed in.

Looking ahead to next weekend, leaders Parkhead have Calver come to the Wheatsheaf ground. Stocksbridge see Hundall making the long trip to play them. Centralians were also winless and face a tough home fixture with Holmesfield. De La Salle face a stern examination with the visit of University Staff. Hollinsend Methodists travel to Hathersage.

Only one game was started in division two, where at Civil Service, visitors Bakewell were 12-0 when the rain sent the players scurrying from the field. Next weekend the top two – Civil Service and Apperknowle – play the bottom pair of Baslow and Dronfield Woodhouse, Apperknowle entertain Baslow and Dronfield host Civil Service. Grindleford, steady in third place, await a visit from Parkhead II who are enjoying a solid season thus far. Ashford have Ridgeway travel out to play them and lastly Weston Park see Bakewell come up to play them, a contest between Weston Park’s hard hitting batters and Bakewell’s miserly bowlers.

Not a single ball was bowled in division three as all five games fell victim to the weather. It’s tight at the top with just three points separating the top four. Free-scoring Totley host Millhouses Works next weekend with surprise second placed side Whittington Wanderers hoping the floods subside as they travel to Crimicar Lane to take on Hallam III. Joint third Sheffield University Staff II await a visit from struggling Sheffield Transport and Sheffield Collegiate IV make the journey to Hollinsend Methodist II. Bottom club Sheffield Zingari stage a home fixture against Stocksbridge II.

Just one game saw action in division four. Sheffield Centralians II compiled 62-4 before the inevitable abandonment of their game against De La Salle II, who will have benefited from bowling bonus points to maintain their second place. Leaders Totley II take a rest next weekend, with third placed Stocksbridge III hoping to take advantage in their home fixture against mid-table Shardlows. A battle royale rages at the foot of the table, with four clubs scheduled to be relegated this season. Coal Aston host Sheffield Centralians II, Richmond play mid-table TRS with bottom side Youlgrave Lodge stranded without a fixture. Two sides just outside the relegation zone, Chesterfield Barbarians II and Walkley, clash in the hope of improving their lot.

Division five leaders Chesterfield Barbarians III managed to take four Apperknowle II wickets as they made 82 before their game succumbed to the rain. It was disaster for second placed Hundall II as they were bowled out for just 37 (Glen Hugill 5-6) at home to Sheffield Civil Service II. The Servants lost just two wickets before gaining the win in only the second completed game of the day. Chasers Sheffield Collegiate V will hope to make up ground when they play host to Apperknowle III next week. Not far behind are Baslow II, who will also hope to stay in touch when Hallam IV come to town. A couple of intriguing ties at the foot of the table next week. Bottom side Ridgeway II await the visit of Ashford in the Water II whilst fourth bottom Hathersage II will hope to build on their solitary completed fixture this season as they travel to Whittington Wanderers II.