The 5th team, playing under the catchy title of Sheffield Collegiate Yorkshire and Derbyshire League 2nd XI, have had a mixed start to the season.
First there was an away win on a difficult pitch at Woodhouse. Taking advantage of the variable pounce, Collegiate inserted Woodhouse and then bowled them out for 87. The wickets were shared around a very young bowling attack. Alex ‘Bruce’ Willis was the pick of the bowlers returning 2 for 3 off 6 overs. Alex Bishop also picked up a couple with Wellman, Russell, Stevens and Liver (bowling off spin!!) all took a wicket.
Collegiate then made hard work of the reply with only Adursh and Harry Liver getting above double figures as the team collapsed to 75-9. The two Toms, Hoyland and Wellman, then steadied the ship and brought Collegiate home.
The following week brought a strong Apperknowle 2s to the HSBC ground. Only skipper Martin Slater and Alex Bishop remained from the game against Woodhouse. Many of the juniors been needed higher up.
Collegiate won the toss and opted to bat. Apperknowle bowled some tight lines and only Matt Belton (39) showed any resistance. With the score on 92-9 Dave Jones joined Slater in the middle. The pair put on 37 runs including a straight 6 from Jones and an upper cut over the slips for 4 from Slater.
The Apperknowle innings began with a tight opening spell from Wathey and Slater and an immediate wicket from Bishop when the openers were changed before James Thompson took over with an impressive 64 not out.
So 20 players used so far and some names to be added to that list on Saturday. The base team looks increasingly like an academy for the club. 5 of the players who bowled in the first game got to play higher up the following week and will have no doubt been better off for having those overs under their belt.