In the top-of-the-table clash in the Mylnhurst Yorkshire & Derbyshire League Division One, third place Hollinsend faced visitors and table topping Holmesfield, who responded a useful, but eminently gettable, 186-9.
However with the wily veteran slow left arm of Nick Crapper opening the bowling and snaffling 5-24), Hollinsend Meths subsided to 106 all out.
Holmesfield share top spot with Parkhead, who overwhelmed bottom club Hallam II. Parkhead amassed 267 all out (J Carrington 68 A Burkinshaw 40 A Vinall 43 C Brownlee 4-65 J Lewis 5-50), then skittled Hallam III for a mere 63 (D Nellis 6-36).
This nicely sets up the mid-season match-up between Parkhead and Holmesfield at the Wheatsheaf next Saturday.
Elsewhere, Sheffield Centralians were sent back for 114 (R Johnson 47 D Hadley 5-18) by Sheffield University Staff, who won by four wickets (Siriwardana 40*).
Stocksbridge made 204 (W Hughes 58 C Siddall 40) and bowled out Sheffield Civil Service for 133. De La Salle racked up 261-8, led by Kieron O’Sullivan’s rapid 64 (S Latimer 52 S White 47 Wasim 4-42). O’Sullivan collected 5-56 as Totley responded with vigour, but eventually succumbed for 204 (Khuran 51 Mazhar 44 K O’Sullivan 5-56).
In Division Two, Calver are starting to open up a gap at the top. They made 270, thanks to a sparkling 101 from Dave Harlington from number seven and 40 from Alex Cairns at number nine (Hone 5-33).
Despite 105 from Chris Cowley, Baslow were exactly 200 all out (A Hodgson 4-36). Totley II made only 111 (N Arif 58), which Hathersage passed with seven down to remain second (Z Ali 4-19). Hundall scored 165-9 (M Kibble 61), Sheffield Medics securing a two wicket win (A Manwal 47). Sheffield Collegiate VP racked up 267-3 as Chris Stewart made a monumental 162 from 124 balls with 26 fours.
Ashford in the Water were all out for 127 (S Davies 72).
Bakewell’s unhappy season continued as they were shot out for 53 by Hollinsend Meths, who won by five wickets.
There was a nailbiter in the battle of the Division Three top two. Visitors Hallam IV racked up 223 thanks to Steve Heyes (74) and Jim Ferguson (70) and, going into the final over, home side Parkhead II required six to win with a single wicket remaining. Hallam held their nerve to dismiss the final man and win by two runs.
In hot pursuit are TRS, who racked up a mammoth 280-6 (Richard Powell 53 Rabi Khan 141*) at home to Dronfield Woodhouse, who surrendered for just 49 (A Khan 6-8). Also in contention are Telecom Sports. They were dismissed for 168 on home turf, despite 57 from John Dutton. Shadab Ahmed claimed 5-18 in despatching the Sallians for just 117.
Stealing a march on their rivals are Stocksbridge II, who compiled 199-9 at home to Grindleford. In reply, the Derbyshire team could only muster 106 (Edward Buchan 46).
The bottom two change places: Sheffield University Staff II recorded 201-7 thanks to 54 from John Buttle. Coal Aston III surpassed that with six wickets in hand thanks to 54 from Phil Cookson.
Business as usual in Division Four, for leaders Youlgrave Lodge. Ben Marvin (61) was the mainstay of Whittington Wanderers’ 164-7 but saw Simon Yates (55) and Jack McMahon (54) steer Lodge to a six wicket success.
Also profiting from the dry conditions were Ridgeway. They amassed the highest score of the day, 311-5 (Steve Dudley 126 Jordan Sanderson 45*) at home to Walkley, who failed to reach half way at 145 all out despite 50 from Andy Booth (Kevin Roberts 5-24).
Home side Sheffield Centralians II recorded 148-9 but went down by seven wickets against Sheffield Civil Service II.
In Division Five, There was further joy for leaders Norton Woodseats II. They bowled Baslow II out for just 69 (Thorpe 4-5 Colgate 4-0) and raced to a five wicket win.
Climbing into contention are Hathersage II. Mo Ijaz claimed 5-29 to bowl Sheffield Collegiate YDL2 out for 138 (T Rowland 49). Ijaz capped a fine all-round game with 52 out of ‘Sage’s 139-6 in reply.
It was a profitable day for Richmond CC as well. They racked up a hefty 264-6 (Z Cowan 101* P Jones 54 S Burton 46) and curtailed the Hollinsend Meths III reply at 170-8 (J Mitchell 59 C Turner 5-37).
Struggling Chesterfield III were bowled out for 95 (G Taylor 5-17) as Tideswell came up short at 92 all out (T Short 3-14 S Walsh 3-19).
Down in Division Six, Hallam V march on at the head of the table.
They were dismissed for 125 (McNeal 4-34) at home to Telecom Sports II, who were skittled for 97 in return (Herath 49 Hopkins 4-19). In second are Buxton III. They amassed a huge 223-9 (D Brower 86) at home to Coal Aston IV, who replied with 185-9 thanks to L Simpson (103).
There was more woe for bottom club Sheffield Transport II, who could only make 165 in reply to the Barbs impressive first innings of 238-4 (M Barton 94 A Hopkinson 44).