Honours even as Anston force dramatic tie

DONCASTER Town played out a thrilling tie in the first round of merit fixtures in the U15 George Drabble division.

Town’s 117-5 looked to be competitive and in a game that ebbed and flowed Anston reached the exact same score from their allocated overs.

Hallam A got the better of Whitley Hall following a powerful batting display. Amritjit Kular’s unbeaten half century guided them to 130-4, Daniel Cleveland adding 29 and Jack Herold 27 against the bowling of Oliver Warren 3-34. Whitley appeared well set early on but they lost wickets too frequently which slowed the scoring as they ended well adrift on 99-4, Joshua Singleton with 33* and Oliver Warren hitting 26.

In other action, Rotherham Town sneaked past Thorncliffe Red by just three runs. Jon-Jo Armstrong rescued the innings with 26* to lead them to 102-7. Jack Hulley fired a terrific unbeaten half century to seemingly put Thorncliffe in command, however they were unable to see the job through and closed on 99-3.

Sheffield Collegiate Red won in another tense encounter at Shiregreen Red. This was a fantastic game which came down to the last over. Matthew Moroney made 28 for Collegiate as they recorded 118-9, Zobair Khaliq (3-14) and Billy Haigh 3-24 bowled impressively for Shiregreen. Khaliq then returned to hit 46* with the bat in a superb partnership with Sohail Mohammed (35) to rescue the game from 13-2 but it wasn’t ultimately enough as Collegiate claimed the spoils.

In the U15 Sheaf Sports Division, a late collapse from Sheffield Collegiate Blue led to a dramatic tie with Wickersley. Daniel Harrison’s 29 and 25 from Kallan Binks underpinned Wickersley’s effort of 88-5. Collegiate were in early trouble with wickets tumbling and a run out at the end saw them all out for 88 and the spoils shared.

Eckington defeated Whiston PC by 24 runs. Jonathan Balfour top-scored with 38 and Spencer Hunt made 27 as Eckington totalled 122-5. Despite Lewis Sansome’s 51*, Chris Radford collected 3-16 as Whiston fell short on 98-6.

Shiregreen Blue were sent spinning to defeat at Aston Hall following a terrific bowling spell by Sam Terry, who returned amazing figures of 6-20 as Shiregreen were shot out for 61, Zeesham Mahmood the only shining light with 36*. Hall’s batters completed the formalities to secure victory by 7 wickets.

The game of the day in the U15 Eric Dixon division was undoubtedly at Treeton, where another tie was played out against Norton Woodseats.

James Hinchcliffe (40) and Daniel Turner (36) put together a fine opening stand for the visitors but late wickets for Adam Tolley 3-27 saw Treeton restrict them to 121-6. Oliver Wilson’s 52* appeared to give Treeton the advantage, however Joshua Cross intervened with 3-15 as Treeton too totalled 121 for the loss of seven wickets.

Bradfield limited Parkhead to 87-5, Isaac Sellars top bat with 33 before responding with 89-4, Harry Pollard 52*. Jacob Hill fored 54* to anchor Hollinsend’s 135-5 at Hallam B.

The home side were never quite up with the rate and the loss of regular wickets saw them close 25 runs adrift on 110-8, Matthew Boreman 32, Danny Parlett 3-20 and Scott Howells 3-23 doing the damage for Hollinsend with the ball.

Other results: U13 Jack Bland

Whitley Hall 123-2 (Brown 30*, Mclean 30*) - Aston Hall 74-9 (Potts 30*)

U13 Eric Pearson: Hollinsend 99-9 (Robinson 27, Denton 3-12) - Norton Oakes 121-4