It seems it’s not just the sunshine is coming home this summer, with the heat probably making many quite thankful many Yorkshire and Derbyshire League games were shortened, several with a prolonged tea break.
Totley Bent were 133 all out (R Sharp 5-40) to defending champions Hollinsend Meths, who duly secured a comfortable win by 8 wickets (M Parker 42* R Sharp 70*).
Sheffield Centralians made a solid 224-6 (Gunawardena 70), but second-placed De La Salle chased hard and successfully to claim a 2-wicket win (K O’Sullivan 87). Parkhead’s match with Ashford in the Water was conceded by Ashford, which moves Parkhead within a point of Salle in third.
The top three have opened up a gap on the rest, with Hundall solidly in fourth. They were set a formidable 233-7 in 40 overs by Hathersage (P Ali 91).
Hundall made steady progress, crucially keeping wickets in hand, and will be delighted to secure a 7-wicket win midway through the last over (W Newton 76 P Boot 76).
Hallam III made 158-9 from their 30 overs (H MacQueen 45 J Lewis 43), Stocksbridge cruising to the target by 9 wickets as Jack Newton smacked 111 not out from 72 balls, with 14 4s and 7 6s.
In Division Two, leaders Sheffield Civil Service made 176-6 (S Wilson 58) and then kept Parkhead II to 129-6.
Second-placed Sheffield University Staff had their game with Hollinsend Meths II conceded to them by their opponents.
Sheffield Collegiate IV hit a huge 223-1 from just 26 overs (M Goodchild 72*) with Lawrie Brennan stroking an undefeated 110*.
Telecom Sports were routed for just 58 inside 13 overs with Ian Parkin snaffling 7-21.
Sheffield Medics were bundled out for 69 (T Cooper 5-13) by bottom club Grindleford, whose six-wicket win and maiden victory for the summer moves them above Parkhead II. Norton Woodseats II will slip to bottom spot after conceding their fixture with Bakewell.
In Division Three, the match between the top two, victory went emphatically to leaders Sheffield Transport, as they dismissed Hallam IV for 110. Transport cruising to the win by 7 wickets.
Stocksbridge II scored 101-9 from their agreed 26 overs, then saw Ridgeway ease to the win by 4 wickets and move third in the table.
Youlgrave Lodge were bowled out for 94 (S Burton 4-21) by Richmond, who duly gained the win by 6 wickets. De La Salle II mustered just 91 all out (L Tuffrey 4-24), Chesterfield III going past the target with reasonable ease for the loss of 6 wickets (M Hayes 44*).
Hathersage II reached 107-7 at the end of their 40 overs, Whittington Wanderers 3-wicket win moves them well clear of the drop zone.
However, De La Salle II and Hathersage II prop up the division, so their meeting at Beauchief next Saturday is important for both teams’ chances of avoiding the dreaded drop.
In Division Four, there was an upset for leaders Sheffield Centralians II.
Chesterfield Barbarians II powered their way to 196-7 (B Hardy 4-18) and dismissed the visitors for a meagre 113 (T Farr 4-21).
Sheffield University Staff II inch closer to the top side. They skittled Coal Aston III for just 57 thanks to 6-12 from Chris Stride.
A ten-wicket win was the outcome inside five overs. Sheffield Superkings amassed the huge total of 310-8 (Ithikash 8, Dilshan 71) at home to Walkley, who fell for 136.
Whittington Wanderers II sent back Sheffield Civil Service II for just 65 (Matt Parry 3-8). The result was a seven-wicket win for the men from Brearley Park.
In Division Five, high scorers of the day were leaders Baslow. They smote 316-4 thanks to Ben Burrell (102*), Ian Hoverd (64) and Jack Madin (64). Visitors Sheffield Transport II were sent back for 125.
Second-placed Hundall II were edged out in a close affair. Telecom Sports II scored a very commendable 271-7 (M Syed 59 D Twigg 4-43), the plunder lead by Afroz Farooqui, whose huge 145 not out from 128 balls contained 25 boundaries.
Their Derbyshire visitors gave their all to finish just 25 runs short for the loss of 8 wickets. Charlotte Middleton (4-34) was key in restricting Hallam V to 107-9.
Sheffield Collegiate V went on to a seven-wicket win thanks to Moussa Chaudry (59).