MPH Joinery Yorkshire & Derbyshire League Round-Up from August 2 weekend.
Division One: Only a minor miracle will now prevent Parkhead picking up the Division One title for 2014. They compiled a huge 363-9 (Joe Woolway 150 Gary Wheatley 63) at home to Apperknowle, who were bowled out for 162 in reply (L Hibbert 39 J Thompson 38 C Turner 3-37). The only team that can still catch them are Holmesfield and they are a whopping 71 points behind with just 100 points remaining to play for. Their game was reduced to 26 overs per side due to the now all too familiar pre-match downpour as they posted 138-8. Home side Hollinsend Meths were restricted to 118-9 in return. More woe at the foot of the table for Ashford in the Water. Having been inserted, they were bowled out for 119 on the road at fellow strugglers Stocksbridge, who reached the winning post with three men to spare.
Division Two: Totley took a step nearer the top flight with victory over mid-table Baslow. 135-9 was the best the Derbyshire side could offer as Totley scraped to a three wicket success. Calver boosted their chances of a return to the upper echelons by posting 214-7 at home to Hollinsend Meths II (Angus Hodgson 81). The Meths could only post 121-9 in reply (Mick Hill 48 Dave Harlington 4-25).
Division Three: Into the top two go Totley II. After a mammoth mopping up operation, they inserted bottom side Whittington Wanderers who could only produce 80-9 from 34 overs on a damp pitch. Whittington battled hard but Totley claimed the win at 82-6. Bakewell recorded 130-8 at home to Parkhead II, who ran out winners by six wickets. Stocksbridge II hit up 183ao on the road at Dronfield Woodhouse (P Wingfield 69 B Hasell 5-35). 102 was Woodhouse’s reply despite 43 from veteran Steve Vessey.
Division Four: The battle of the bottom two never materialised as bottom side Baslow II failed to raise a side against fellow strugglers Shardlows. Sheffield Centralians II were shot out for 81 against Chesterfield Barbarians II (A Moon 4-24), who raced to a nine wicket win (Steve Vine 54no). Ridgeway were bowled out for 155 (Russell Tate 50 Garth Lewis 5-49) but wickets from Will Cooper (3-24), Ashley Roberts (3-23) and Matt Cranfield (3-2) saw them restrict Sheffield Transport to just 53-9.
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