Jack Bland Trophy 
With eight games gone, unbeaten Eastern Group leaders Doncaster Town now need only a point from their last two games to guarantee a place in the final at Wakefield Thornes on 19 September. With Sheffield Collegiate holding a four-point lead over Whitley Hall in the Western Group, and with the latter having a game in hand, the encounter between the two at Abbeydale on Saturday will be crucial. 
Eastern Group 
Appleby Frodingham put Doncaster in to bat on a difficult pitch at Brumby Hall, and the visitors were indebted to a fine half century from Bilal Anjam, having been 30-3 at one stage. Paul Hilton and Jack Forrester were the pick of the home side’s attack with two wickets each. In reply, Frodingham were 17-3 before Alex Grimes and Jack Harrison (28) put on 69 for the fourth wicket, but the other batsmen struggled against the pace of Robert Heyes and George Cowan, and they were bowled out eight runs short. 
Doncaster Town 146-7 (40 overs) Bilal Anjam 57 
Appleby Frodingham 138 (39.3) Alex Grimes 45, Robert Heyes 3-25, George Cowan 3-27 
Doncaster Town (4pts) beat Appleby Frodingham by eight runs 
At the Al-Murad Stadium, Elsecar asked Treeton to bat first, and the old maestro Steve Foster produced an excellent all-round display to lead his side home. First, he put on 102 for the first wicket with Chris Cobb, to set a platform for a challenging score; then he took four wickets and put an end to Elsecar’s challenge. Elsecar were 43-4 and 81-5, but Ian Swallow and skipper Peter Hadfield (53 in 35 balls) added 95 for the sixth wicket to pull them back into the game, before Foster dismissed them both. 
Treeton 198-7 (40) Chris Cobb 34, Stephen Foster 53, Sam Drury 34, Hasnat Yousaf 4-44 
Elsecar 181-8 (40) Ian Swallow 61, Peter Hadfield 53, Stephen Foster 4-34 
Treeton (4pts) beat Elsecar by 17 runs 
At Northfield Road, Tickhill elected to bat first and slipped from 78-1 to 127 all out; David Mace producing the best figures in the competition so far with his six-wicket haul. When the home side batted, Dave Rodgers and Luke Roddison put on 52 for the first wicket, before Tickhill fought back and made the hosts fight all the way. Josh Court, Mathew Lowe and Joe Senior each took a couple of wickets. Wickerley completed a double with a one-wicket win in the last over. 
Elsecar 127 (39.1) James Eaton 33, David Mace 6-23 
Wickersley OV 132-9 (39.3) Dave Rodgers 40, Gareth Purshouse 32 
Wickersley Old Village (4pts) beat Tickhill by one wicket 
Western group 
After Hallam had asked leaders Sheffield Collegiate to bat first at Abbeydale, Shaaiq Choudhry and Samuel Meadows came together at 42-3 and added 65 for the fourth wicket. Jamie Carrington then struck 24 off 21 balls to give his side something to bowl at. Andre Bradford and Alex Hughes put on 58 for Hallam’s second wicket to put the visitors in a good position, but wickets started to fall and their challenge faded with the last five wickets falling for 14 runs. 
Sheffield Collegiate 167-8 (40) Shaaiq Choudhry 37, Samuel Meadows 42, Charlie Bourne 4-37 
Hallam 142 (35.5) Andre Bradford 33, Alex Hughes 61, Josh Varley 3-24 
Sheffield Collegiate (4pts) beat Hallam by 25 runs 
At Field Lane, a third-wicket stand of 62 between Joe Cuthbertson and Matt Jordan was the backbone of the home side’s innings, but when Cuthbertson was out, four wickets fell for 12 runs with Jay Smith taking 3-34. Visitors Barnsley made a poor start at 10-3 before Boeta Bukes and Oliver Bennett added 74 for the fourth wicket to put them right back in the game. But when after Bennett and skipper Dan Waldron were both dismissed five runs short of victory, the visitors fell agonisingly short of their first win in the competition. 
Wakefield T 156-8 (40) Joe Cuthbertson 32, Mathew Jordan 33, Jay Smith 3-34 
Barnsley WM 154-7 (40) Boeta Beukes 40, Oliver Bennett 76 
Wakefield Thornes (4pts) beat Barnsley Woolley Miners by two runs 
Second-placed Whitley Hall maintained their challenge to Collegiate at the top of the table with a comfortable five-wicket win over Cawthorne. Abishek Kulkarni was their most successful bowkler as they bowled the visitors out for 104 at Baxter Field. Skipper Neil Longhurst led the way in the home side’s reply, and when he was fourth out at 84 for a fine half century, the job was almost done. 
Cawthorne 104 (35.4) Abishek Kulkarni 3-28 
Whitley Hall 105-5 (30.2) Neil Longhurst 54 
Whitley Hall (4pts) beat Cawthorne by five wickets 
Next Saturday’s fixtures 
Eastern group 
Appleby Frodingham v Elsecar (Umpires: Neil Readman & Simon Widdup) 
Doncaster Town v Tickhill (Nick Oddy & Ian Robertshaw) 
Treeton v Wickersley Old Village (Duncan Jones & Neil Vaughan) 
Western group 
Cawthorne v Wakefield Thornes (Philip Hulme & Carl Williams) 
Hallam v Barnsley Woolley Miners (Ray Knowles & Alan Mynett) 
Sheffield Collegiate v Whitley Hall (Jonathan Crabtree & Mick Mann) 
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