Sheffield and Dearne athletes compete at Midlands event

Liam Ramsay (City of Sheffield AC) in the long jump.

Liam Ramsay (City of Sheffield AC) in the long jump.

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City of Sheffield and Dearne compete in the third round of the British League (Premier Division) at Birmingham tomorrow.

After a poor opening match, they won the second round and are currently in third place. Host team Birchfield are clear at the top and are favourites to extend their lead. However, Sheffield will be looking to equal last year’s effort when they finished runners up. It will not be easy for the Sheffield team who are without several of their leading athletes. Joe Dunderdale, silver medallist in last week’s UK javelin, lines up in the javelin whilst Gareth Winter should score well in the shot and discus as well as throwing the hammer. Decathlete Liam Ramsay does three events and Rick Yates should do well in the 400 metres and the B 110 hurdles.

League standings: 1 Birchfield 15; 2 Woodford Green/Essex Ladies 13; 3 City of Sheffield and Dearne 12; 4 Newham and Essex 11; 5 Shaftsbury Barnet 8; 6 Liverpool 7; 7 Sale 3; 8 Windsor SHE 3

Sheffield team: 100/200: J McIntosh, R O’Connell 400: R Yates, R Brown 800: D Walton, J Lancaster 1500: J Gormley, J Shields 5000: C Hardman, T Cornthwaite

3000 Steeplechase: T Horton, J Tighe 110 Hurdles: L Ramsay, Yates. 400 Hurdles: J Houghton, A Faulkner. High Jump: Ramsay, A Craninx

Pole Vault; N Cole, G Heppinstall Long Jump: Ramsay, P Muirhead Triple Jump: M Kirby, Shot/Discus: G Winter, J Williamson Hammer: T Parker, Winter

Javelin: J Dunderdale, C Lever Doncaster AC travel to Bracknell for their Division 4 match.

The third round of the Northern League is on Sunday. In Division 1 City of Sheffield will be looking to extend their lead over champions Wakefield in their match at Ellsmere Port. Rotherham have a clear lead over Chesterfield in Division 2EC. Their match is at Leeds.

Hallamshire, fourth in Division 3EC are at Cleethorpes and Barnsley AC, leaders in Division 4EC, have a home match at Cudworth.