Root leads champions to victory

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Defending Premier Division champions Collegiate quickly bounced back from defeat on the opening week of the Irwin Mitchell Sheffield Alliance Midweek League by overcoming Darnall.

Batting first, the visitors to Abbeydale must have been very pleased with their 147-5 (Davis 39) but young Billy Root stroked his way to 86 and with able support from Simpson, 32, Collegiate won by 8 wickets.

Sheffield Friends scored 140-6 (Younis 50, Shah 46), then Adeel Kayani took 5-20 to restrict Khan to 77-6. Attock opener Jaco Castle followed up his half-century on the opening day with an astonishing unbeaten 111 from just 43 balls as his side amassed 192-3 (Rasool 50) against TOA, who ended on 137-8 (Shaikh 38).

For the second week running there was a tied game, this time in Division A, where Outokumpo made 140-9 (Asif 76; Barney 3-16). Rich Dewsbury hit 55 not out in the Millhouses reply as they reached 140 with 9 wickets down. Asif finished a fine all-round performance with 5-29 while Sullivan took 3-25.

University Staff made 132-3 (Varatharajan 53, Sharma 32) and the Caribbean reply closed on 110-7 (Khurshid 39; Kashikar 3-24). Abbeydale were kept down to 108-7 but made it difficult for Kashmir who edged home in the last over with 8 wickets in hand thanks to steady inning from openers Naheem (55no) andAbdul (33).

In Division B Aviva kept Telecom to 86-7 (Bearn 3-15) and went on to a comfortable 7 wicket win (Farhat 49) while Nether Edge scored 97-6 (Parker 3-14) and Hollinsend reached the target with 7 wickets in hand (Vessey 46no).

At Beauchief Ridgeway made 113-8 (Wainwright 3-24) but this was beyond De La Salle, who ended on 91-6 (Wainwright 32no).

The League’s newest team, Wednesday totalled a handy 124-5 (Heap 34; Hancock 3-22) and then bowled tidily to hold Division C rivals Transport to just 79-8 (Helliwell 3-2).

Brincliffe made 84-8 (Jolley 46; Renton 4-9) and Hallam Lodgers opener Stasi hit 55 not out to lead his side to an 8 wicket win. Woodhouse could only make 70-7 but their bowlers made the Richmond batters struggle before they reached the target with three balls to spare (Myers 3-8).