Yorkshire and Derbyshire League: Wilson in the runs and wickets to steer Civil Service to fine win

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nce again the weather cut a swathe through the fixture programme in the Mylnhurst Yorkshire and Derbyshire Cricket League, with only a handful of Division One games surviving the rain and hail storms.

Sheffield University Staff scored 166-7 (T Patel 46 N Somerton 4-35) and bowled out Hathersage for 125 (M Rodgers 49 M Sharma 5-28). Stocksbridge mustered just 78 all out (N Thew 4-26), which Hollinsend Meths passed with five wickets down. Totley Sports totalled a useful 173 (K Javed 60 S Wilson 4-47), but for Sheffield Civil Service, Scott Wilson completed a fine all round match, hitting 75 not out to steer his team to a narrow win by just a single wicket. The games between Sheffield Collegiate VP and Parkhead, Holmesfield and De La Salle were lost to the heavy rain.

In Division Two, Hallam III declared at 134-9 (Hassan 49) to help ensure they completed their game with Hollinsend Meths II. Hallam’s bold move was vindicated as they tumbled out Meths for 66 (Graham 4-21). Already Hallam III look a solid bet for an immediate return to Division One. TRS made a very creditable 202 all out (Rabnawaz 85 Abbas 43 D Spilman 4-52 J Carrington 4-27). Parkhead II, despite Jamie Carrington, playing only because of a late drop out, were sent back for 109. All the other games - Hundall v Calver, Sheffield Centralians v Sheffield Medics, Totley Bent v Ashford in the Water – were cancelled.

In Division Three, Coal Aston III made 136-4 (P Cookson 67*), Hallam IV easing to the win by six wickets (J Ferguson 47). Stocksbridge II were utterly routed, bowled out for just 38 by a combination of speed - Ed Mitchell with 4-6 and very slow Paul Lally, 4-4. De La Salle II duly won by 10 wickets. Bakewell struggled to 82 all out, as veteran paceman Garth Lewis snapped up impressive figures of 8-17. The return of the rain unfortunately meant Sheffield Transport were unable to reply before the match was abandoned. Grindleford v Youlgrave Lodge and Telecom Sports v Ridgeway never even got started.

In the one completed game in Division Four, Brearley Park-based Whittington Wanderers were dismissed for just 81 thanks to Alistair Herath (3-13) and John McNeil (3-20). However, they staged a remarkable fightback and bowled out Telecom Sports II for just 71 (Nathan Buck 3-24, Adam Rhodes 3-24, David Whiteley 3-6). Walkley were mid-innings at 105-7 (G Hudson 40no C Stride 4-22) at home to Sheffield University Staff II before rain forced the abandonment. There was no play in the games between Richmond and Centralians II, Chesterfield III and Civil Service II and Norton Woodseats II and Dronfield Woodhouse.

In Division Five, Sheffield Collegiate’s second YDCL team were bowled out for 97 thanks to 4-15 from Alasdair Rittey. Hallam V ponderously moved to the win at 100-9. Baslow II conceded their game at Hollinsend Meths III due to a shortage of players. The games at Tideswell (vs Chesterfield Barbarians III), Hathersage II (vs Sheffield Transport II) and Coal Aston IV (vs Sheffield Superkings) all fell victim to the inclement weather of the previous week.