The top two remain clear of the rest as Collegiate continue to chase Wakefield Thornes and try to prevent the latter’s attempt to win the league for the third time in a row.
Thornes were at home to Wickersley and another strong performance saw off the visitors with some ease.
Batting first, the hosts batted sensibly against the strong Wickersley spin attack, with James Wolfenden (44) and Mathew Jordan (31) to the fore.
Wickersley skipper Tom Knight took 2-38 with Mark Cummins providing accuracy and control in support. Two stumpings for Gareth Purshouse kept a lid on the run rate as Thornes posted 202-6 from 50 overs. Wickersley’s reply started characteristically with Cummins circumspect and Dave Rodgers on the attack.
However, 68-0 became 69-3, and Wickersley’s hopes quickly faded. Steve Morgan and David Toft were chief architects in the demise as they combined to take 7-39 between them.
Cameron Gordan’s 21 in the lower order was the only other innings of note for the visitors who have faded in recent weeks and Thornes remained on top with a 67 run victory.
Collegiate made the short trip to Hallam looking to keep pace, and chose to bat first at Sandygate.
Shorn of their county stars Billy Root and Azeem Rafiq, Collegiate turned to Tom Rowley to take the lead and he duly obliged with a splendid 115 from 114 balls, the highlight being a 114-run stand with Jamie Carrington (63) in the middle order to take the score from 98-3 to an imposing 212-4.
A trademark 43 from just 22 balls from Michael Simpson took Collegiate up to 309-6. Charlie Bourne finished with 2-64 for Hallam.
The target was never really under threat once Hallam fell to 47-3 although Jack Unwin (61) and Robert Basu (37) played well for the home side. Henry Eldred took 3-54, and with Matt Dixon’s leg spin taking 3-52 and Carrington picking up 2-0 from one over, Collegiate took a 111-run victory as Hallam were dismissed for 198.
Doncaster are in third place with a good win at Whiston Parish Church.
Whiston batted first but saw wickets fall at regular intervals. Gareth Davis continued his run of form with a solid 55, but support never got beyond 21 from both Danny Kemp and James Martin.
James Stuart (3-31) and Duncan Heath (3-23) kept the runs in check as Whiston finished on 153 all out.
The reply was in some bother at 54-4 as Jack Myers (3-17) accounted for the top order. A sensible innings from James Ward (39*) repelled the attack, while Stuart Guy (38) helped add 57 for the fifth wicket. Whiston will regret the 30 wides given away as Doncaster reached 155-6 to win with ten overs to spare.
Barnsley are fourth with a good win over Appleby Frodingham at Shaw Lane.
The hosts batted first and Indian overseas star Harpreet Bathia was the star with a superb 118. Eli Richards (31) provided support, as Appleby used seven bowlers to try and make the vital breakthrough.
Siddarth Peepat was most successful, with 2-19 but Barnsley posted 252-6 in their 50 overs.
Barnsley made early inroads as the Appleby reply never got going. Dan Waldron (2-47) made the early breakthroughs, but Oliver Jackson (3-40) and Ali Jahangir (2-44) took the plaudits a long with Haidar Jahangir, who took three stumpings. Kieran Lindley (44) and an eighth wicket partnership between Liam Grimes (34) and Jake Smith (33) were the second innings highlights, as the innings closed on 186-9, Barnsley winning by 66 runs.
Fifth-placed Treeton had the most straightforward win of the day with an eight-wicket victory at Aston Hall.
The hosts chose to bat first and were led by 73 from Robert Ross. Opener Matthew Cartwright added 34, as off spinner Will Street took the bowling plaudits with 4-66. Rob Ward hit a quick fire 23 to bring Aston Hall’s total up to 192 all out in the penultimate over.
Chris Cobb and Steve Foster gave Treeton’s reply an excellent start with 89* and 55 respectively. Aston Hall also used seven bowlers to try and prise out a wicket and Josh Coulson and Tim Shaw picked up a wicket apiece but Treeton reached their target with 193-2.
Finally, Whitley Hall gained a vital win at Cleethorpes, who had won the toss and elected to field first.
STANDINGS (12 games): Thornes 124 points; COLLEGIATE 114; Doncaster 96; Barnsley 90; Treeton 86; Wickersley 82; Whitley Hall 62; HALLAM 60; Whiston 60; Appleby Frodingham 50; Aston Hall 48; Cleethorpes 48.