Jack Bland Trophy 
 
Congratulations to Doncaster Town on reaching the final at Wakefield Thornes on 19 September – they have been deserved winners of the Eastern Group. An excellent game at Abbeydale saw Whitley Hall pull off a fine win over Western Group leaders Sheffield Collegiate, and the two sides are now level on points at the top of the table, Whitley having a game in hand. The last games will be played next weekend. 
 
Eastern Group 
 
At Brumby Hall, Elsecar bowled out Appleby Frodingham in the last over of the first innings. Jason Meadows lead the way for the visitors with a five-wicket haul, receiving good support from Oliver Blackburn. Kieran Lindley’s half-century was the only substantial contribution for the home side. A 60-run third wicket partnership between Hasnat Yousaf and Peter Hadfield provided the foundation for the visitors’ win, with five wickets and over nine overs to spare. 
Appleby Frodingham 128 (39.3 overs) Kieran Lindley 58, Jason Meadows 5-12, Oliver Blackburn 3-27 
Elsecar 129-5 (30.4) Hasnat Yousaf 49, Peter Hadfield 34 
Elsecar (4pts) beat Appleby Frodingham by five wickets 
 
At Town Fields, Tickhill were caught on a rain-affected pitch and never got going. Robert Hayes took six wickets for seven runs to achieve the best bowling analysis in the competition so far, with excellent support from fellow opener George Cowan at the other end. Doncaster knocked off the 27 runs required in just seven overs to ensure they won the group. 
Tickhill 26 (14.3) Robert Heyes 6-7, George Cowan 4-19 
Doncaster 27-1 (7) 
Doncaster Town (4pts) beat Tickhill by nine wickets 
 
At Washfield Lane, visitors Wickersley were put in to bat by Treeton, and posted a very competitive 194-6 in their 40 overs, Dave Rodgers and Isaac Spencer-Jones adding 108 for the second wicket. After Steve Foster and Liam Johnson put on 75 for the second wicket in Treeton’s reply, wickets started to fall, with Luke Roddison and Luke Shutt each taking two wickets in impressive spells. However, Liam Johnson took his side to within sight of victory with his fine 73. 
Wickersley OV 194-6 (40) Dave Rodgers 64, Isaac Spencer-Jones 40 
Treeton 195-7 (39.2) Stephen Foster 40, Liam Johnson 73 
Treeton (4pts) beat Wickersley Old Village by three wickets 
 
Western group 
 
At Dark Lane, Wakefield Thornes were asked to bat first by Cawthorne and were bowled out in the penultimate over for 145. From 13-3, Greg Wadsworth and Brad Green (25) led a recovery by the visitors. Cawthorne quickly lost their first two wickets, but Liam Wiles (20) and Alex Morris (22) led a partial recovery. When Wiles was out, three wickets fell for five runs, which effectively ended the home side’s challenge. 
Wakefield T 145 (38.5) Greg Wadsworth 35, Michael Jepps 3-39, Aaron Feroz 3-22, Steve Nuttall 3-35 
Cawthorne 85 (24.2) Matty Taylor 3-23, Edward Fowles 3-30 
Wakefield Thornes (4pts) beat Cawthorne by 60 runs 
 
At Crimicar Lane, visitors Barnsley won the toss and put Hallam in to bat on a damp pitch. Skipper Dan Waldron led the way for the visitors with 3-11, Oliver Jackson also weighing in with three victims, as the home side were dismissed for 88. When the visitors batted, they were unable to deal with openers Charlie Bourne and James Smedley, who shared all ten wickets between them. 
Hallam 88 (37) Dan Waldron 3-11, Oliver Jackson 3-21 
Barnsley WM 19 (Charlie Bourne 5-8, James Smedley 5-11) 
Hallam (4pts) beat Barnsley Woolley Miners by 69 runs 
 
In the match-of-the-day at Abbeydale, Whitley Hall, who elected to bat first, were indebted to a sixth-wicket partnership of 53 between Alex Fletcher and James Brown, that enabled them to post a challenging 162 on a pitch that was not easy for the batsmen. Collegiate looked favourites at 104-4 with Samuel Meadows (17) and Jamie Carrington (25) at the crease, but three wickets then fell for three runs, and despite the efforts of Henry Eldred (23) the home side fell 18 runs short. It was a fine all-round effort from the visitors in the field, with Abishek Kulkarni conceding just 17 runs in his eight overs. 
Whitley Hall 162 (39.5) Alex Fletcher 34, James Brown 38, Henry Eldred 3-27, Robert Shaw 3-44 
Sheffield Collegiate 144 (38.3) Biswick Kapala 3-39, Neil Longhurst 3-24 
Whitley Hall (4pts) beat Sheffield Collegiate by 18 runs 
Next weekend’s fixtures 
 
Saturday, 12 September 
 
Eastern group 
Elsecar v Doncaster Town (umpires: Jonathan Crabtree & Greg Willcocks) 
Tickhill v Treeton (Harry Fidler & Alan Mynett) 
Wickersley Old Village v Appleby Frodingham (Ray Knowles & Mick Mann) 
 
Western group 
Barnsley Woolley Miners v Cawthorne (Ian Dixon & Adam Seymour) 
Wakefield Thornes v Sheffield Collegiate (Philip Hulme & Simon Widdup) 
Whitley Hall v Hallam (Nick Oddy & Carl Williams) 
 
Sunday 13 September 
 
Western group 
Wakefield Thornes v Whitley Hall (Ian Dixon & Alan Mynett) 
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