Business as usual for clubs, as fun of Twenty20 gives way to league points


This weekend sees the return of the MPH Joinery & Derbyshire Cricket League, after teams went head-to-head for a place at the Finals Day of the Winston Cup Twenty20 competition over the Bank Holiday weekend.

Division Three side Whittington Wanderers could not repeat their heroics of the last round, as they were soundly beaten by both Hollinsend Methodists and Stocksbridge to end their participation in the tournament.

Hollinsend, though, made it through to the next round after Richard Wadsworth hit 55 off just 36 balls in their 157-4 against Stocksbridge. Ryan Sharp then claimed 5-14.

At the Civil Service Ground, Parkhead came out on top against fellow Division One sides Grindleford and Sheffield Civil Service to book their place at Finals Day.

Adam Burkinshaw impressed, hitting an unbeaten 105 against Grindleford.

At Warminster Road, last season’s Division One champions Sheffield University Staff made easy work of their group to reach the final against two inferior teams in Calver and Ashford in the Water.

Elsewhere, Division One leaders Holmesfield will get their title challenge back under way when this weekend when they face Parkhead.

They face an anxious wait to see if they will take part in Finals Day, after their clashes with Hathersage and Totley were washed out.