Cricket: Top two set for battle

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Division One leaders Hollinsend Methodist host second placed Holmsfield at Ridgeway in the sixth round of fixtures in the MPH Joinery Yorkshire & Derbyshire Cricket League this weekend.

Hollinsend made the most of the sunny weather on Saturday and now hold a three point margin after over-coming Appleknowle’s 199 target with the very last ball of the match with three wickets in hand.

Holmsfield racked up 244-4 against last season’s champions University of Sheffield Staff, who replied with 171-9. The reigning champions face Stocksbridge this weekend as they hope to regain top spot.

De La Salle Sheffield, who travel to Appleknowle, remain just behind the leaders and will be hoping to close the gap further after they climbed into third place over the Bank Holiday.

After making 164-9, De La Salle opening bowlers Sam Wainwright and Simon Willey shot Hundall all out for 42 with 4-13 and 4-21 respectively. Only three points separate De La Salle in third to Parkhead in sixth, who despite being bowled out for 147 against basement side Sheffield Centralians, hit back with veteran off-spinner Ian Davies taking 5-6 as the Cents fell for 69.

Grindleford are at the foot of the table too after they were comprehensively beaten by Stockbridge. They face a daunting task this weekend when they travel to Parkhead, after only mustering 100 against Stocksbridge which was easily over turned for the loss of just one wicket. Wayne Hughes hitting 56.

In Division Two, Sheffield Civil Service go in search of their fifth win in six games when they travel to Hathersage on Saturday. The table-toppers overcame second placed Ashford-in-the-Water after ending on a score of 150-9. Dave Whitby’s 5-25 saw Ashford bowled out for 110. C

Civil Services’ challengers Hathersage reached 171-9 and dismissed second bottom Bakewell for 141, while Ashford will play Sheffield Collegiate this weekend.

The season’s slow starters Baslow have the chance to climb further up the table when they meet Calver this weekened.

Baslow’s bowlers tore into Parkhead second team and climbed out of the bottom two with nine wicket victory. Andy Hone took hat-trick and Matthew Cork returned 4-7 as they shot Parkhead out for 37 to leave Parkhead firmly rooted to the foot of the table ahead of their crucial game with second bottom Bakewell.