Holmesfield take title and make history

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Skipper Jimmy Pearson played the lead role as Holmesfield won their winner-take-all Division One title decider against Millhouses Works and create club history.

The class all-rounder top-scored with 58 as his side totalled a modest 168 all out with Works’ leading wicket-taker Brad Sampson returning excellent figures of 6-49.

Last season’s champions must have felt confident of overhauling the target but Man of the Match Pearson claimed 5-56 as Millhouses were dismissed for 150 to give Holmesfield their first ever Division One title triumph.

There was a remarkable run feast at the Parkhead group. Fourth-placed visitors Sheffield University Staff made a huge 303-1 thanks to a superb unbeaten 153 from Kerry and 109 from Withanage but the home side were not to be outdone. They replied with a winning 305-5 courtesy of Will Hellewell’s 96 and Woolway’s unbeaten 96 to help secure them a third place finish.

Bottom club Apperknowle were relegated after their defeat to De La Salle OB who made a useful total of 260 (Hutton 63, Latimer 61). This proved to be too much for the home side who were bowled out for 118, Gayle doing the damage with 7-71. Near neighbours Hundall therefore avoided relegation despite losing at home to Hollinsend Meths. The visitors posted 217-7 (Michael Parker 78no, Jones 47no, Chris Pursehouse 4-35) and Hundall closed on 178-6 with a fine unbeaten 77 from Alan Hampshire.

Hathersage were bowled out for 112 (Walker 40, Scholey 4-40), and Sheffield Centralians struggled in reply eventually reaching their target at 114-8.

Division Two champions Stocksbridge have had a remarkable season winning every one of their games except one which fell victim to the weather. It was business as usual at home to Ridgeway when they bowled out their visitors for 175 (Tim Vernon 63, Tomlinson 4-38) and replied with 176-4. Chief run-getter James Ward hit 73 and James Spawton scored 57.

Calver secured the runners up spot despite losing at Grindleford. The home side posted 178-7 (Cornes 46) but Calver fell 16 runs short (Steer 52, Tiffin 4-27).

Sheffield Civil Service lost their chance of promotion going down to a nine wicket defeat at Ashford. They were dismissed for 115 and the home side romped to 116-1 (Paulette 50no, Carrington 41).

Baslow are the Third Division champions. Chris Cowley hit a magnificent 160, his second century of the summer in a total of 289-8 and relgated Shardlows were then sent back for 84.

The second promotion spot went to Bakewell after a comfortable win over TRS. They bowled their visitors out for 99 (Mick Clark 7-47) and replied with 100-4.

Totley Sports 2nd secured the Division Four title with an easy home win over bottom of the table Hathersage 2nd. They bowled out the visitors for 102 (Askar 4-27) and eased their way to 106-1 (Aslam 51no, Parwaiz 50 no).

Sheffield Medics finished runners up in Division Five behind champions Stocksbridge 3rds as a result of a walk over after Ridgeway 2nd failed to raise a side.

Other results: Division Two: Ashford 116-1 (Paulette 50no, Carrington 41) Sheffield Civil Service 115, Dronfield Woodhouse 195-4 (Sanders 61, Vessey 54no) Sheffield Transport 193 (Ibrahim 73, Johnson 45, Braddock 4-16), Hallam 3rd 106 Weston Park 134 (Srinivasamurthy 53no, Ferguson 5-42, Andrews 4-60), Millhouses Works 2nd 151 (Amjad 41) Parkhead 2nd 257-8 (Renton 62, Mumtaz 5-76).

Division Three: Bakewell 100-4 TRS 99 (Clark 7-47), Baslow 289-8 (C.Cowley 160) Shardlows 84, Richmond 84 (Ahanger 5-4) Millhouses Works 3rd 164, Sheffield University Staff 2nd 177 (Christi 111, Grayson 4-55) Stocksbridge 2nd 201-6 (Newton 69no), Whittington Wanderers 129 (Bell 47, Abid 4-43, Sohail 5-19) Totley Sports 136-9 (Turner 5-34).