Sport in Brief:

Nick stars for Saints

Nick Cockman made an instant impact for City of Sheffield Saints basketball team but still couldn’t prevent his new team from suffering an opening season defeat against newly promoted Warrington Wolves.

Cockman hit nine points and five rebounds to help Saints to a 21-19 lead after the first quarter and he continued to dominate the boards in the second period. Chris Hackett scored eight as the Sheffield side eased into a 42-35 half time lead.

The visitors narrowed the gap to just four points (64-60) but Saints retained a slender lead until the final 90 seconds when the ever reliable Chris Law missed a free throw and Wolves hit a three, a two pointer and two free throws, to give them a 82-78 victory.

Saints team and scorers: Chris Hackett 20, Nick Cockman 14, Garnet Gayle 13, Chris Law and Jim Rose 10, Pete Olusoga 9, Javan Hayles 2, Phil Drewett, Kingsley Ellmer and Gary Bywater.

Hope Valley are spot on

Hope Valley RUFC overcame an early missed penalty and the loss of winger Elliott to hand out a 36-7 beating to Wirral Thirds.

After Jason Armstrong had put them ahead with an unconverted try, centre Gethin Evans crashed over and Richard Spencer added the extras for a 12-7 half-time lead. Full back Harry Corthorn bagged a brace in the second half along with tries from Mike Shires and Tom Hodgson.

Hope Valley Hawks came close to an upset on their visit to unbeaten league leaders Village Spartans but in the end had to settle for a 27-27 draw. Boundy scored under the posts and Turner converted to give Hawks an early lead but the home side responded with three unconverted tries although a Turner penalty cut the defict to 15-10 at half time.

Rawson went over for a converted try to put Hawks ahead once more and Charmasson then scored in the corner to extend the lead to 22-15.

Spartans took advantage of the sin-binning of La Grange to close the gap to two points but La Grange made amends when he returned to score an unconverted try. Unfortunately the home side notched a converted try to make it honours even.

Harriers strike gold

Hallamshire Harriers struck gold and silver in the Northern Cross Country Relays at Graves Park.

Hosted by Sheffield Running Club, around 700 runners took part and Hallamshire hit the medal trail when Fiona Bell, Hannah Fletcher and Natalie Hackett took first place in the Under-17s event. The club also captured silver in the Under-13 girls race via Imanu Wilson, Mary Mcarthy and Maddy Pearce. Local rivals City of Sheffield took the bronze medals.

Sheffield RC’s Kevin Lilley, recently turned 50, ran the fastest time for his age group of 11mins 23seconds to take gold. He was ably supported by Jed Turner (12.45) and Chris Ireland (11.58).

Wheels in motion

Norton Wheelers’ cycling club is once again hosting its annual Norton Trophy cyclo-cross event at Graves Park, Sheffield, on Sunday, from 11am. Entry is paid on the day and costs £4 for the 30 minute youths’ event at 11am; £1 for the 15 minute, Under-12s competition (11.45am) and £8 for the one-hour seniors’ and veterans which starts at 1pm.

Winning return

There was a three out of three winning return for Sheffield Saints junior basketball teams. The Under-14s, under the guidance of Todd Cauthorn, opened their season with a crushing 102-28 victory over Durham Wildcats while the Under-15s had a 55-46 win at Leicester.

Saints Under-16s beat Cheshire Juniors 76-48 to complete the clean sweep.