First-class Uni staff can close the gap on leaders this weekend

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Reigning champions Sheffield University Staff can close the gap further on new league leaders Holmesfield when they play Hudnall this Saturday.

After setting a final score of 160-9 at Warminister Road against Stocksbridge last time out, some quick fire batting from last season’s runners-up meant they only needed six to win with four wickets in hand, but Staff held their nerve to take victory by a single run.

Holmesfield will go into their fixture against Appleknowle as the new leaders.

A six-wicket victory over Hollinsend Methodist at Fox Lane meant the title favourties leapfrogged their opponents into top spot, with Hollinsend facing a tough battle to regain that position when they face De La Salle this weekend.

The Sheffield Centralians will look to record their second successive win against Grindleford, who have replaced them at the foot of the division.

Centralians recorded their first win of the season when they faced Hudnall on Saturday. Gordon Pal scored 86 of their 176-9, and they then bowled out the visitors for 118 with David Shepherd taking 4-41.

Elsewhere, despite being bowled out for 123, De La Salle hit back to dismiss Appleknowle for 99. Appleknowle’s Matt Hibbert had taken 8-38.

Grindleford are now the only team yet to win in the division after Parkhead strolled to a five wicket win.

In Division Two, Sheffield Civil Service continue to set the pace with an eight wicket victory over Hathersage.

Rob Horne took 4-16 as the home side finished on 117, whilst Andrew Higgins and Steve Frier hit 60 and 41.

They will look to keep up their fine form when they take on Calver this weekend.

Divison Three’s runaway leaders Totley Sports continued their unbeaten streak, but made hard work of their victory against Ridgeway after surprisingly being bowled out for 140.

The leaders fought back, though, and bowled out the visitors for 76, with Nabeel Abdul taking 4-13 and Waseem Aslam also returning 4-21.