Mansfield side off to opposite of a flyer

Edwinstowe vs Sheffield Collegiate
SCCC 153 all out/ Edwinstowe 154/5. SCCC lose by 5 wickets

The Mansfield XI kicked off their Premier League campaign with a disappointing loss at Edwinstowe, famous for a big tree which Robin Hood was supposed to have hidden inside (it’s absolutely massive and different from all the other trees, so people must have been quite dim back then). A nice little ground with quite a decent crowd turn out.

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1sts keep momentum going with fantastic win

Castleford 192- 9 (Dixon 5- 65 , Khan 4- 64)
Collegiate 193-6 (Wall 50, McKenna 54, Javed 36)

Sheffield Collegiate made it four wins out of five in the league with a four wicket victory over a strong Castleford side which probably goes down as the finest win of the season so far.

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1st continue recent good form with win at Hull

Sheffield Collegiate recorded their fourth victory in five games with a fine five wicket win away at beautiful Hull. On a hot and humid day, Hull won the toss and elected to bat first on a bit of a pudding. With Kam doing all sorts with the ball at one end, and Josh Jones, opening the bowling for the first time, showing plenty of promise at the other, Hull’s decision to bat first began to look misguided. The pressure finally told, Kam taking two wickets, one thanks to Kuram who brilliantly took a skier. This was followed by a brilliant run out by Billy Root.

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1sts lose in the league, but progress in the cup (despite treachery from sub fielder)

A weekend of mixed fortunes for the 1s started with a disappointing 7 wicket defeat away to Doncaster. On a warm, sunny day Collegiate batted first, and found the first hour or so tough going, with the pitch improving as the day wore on. Iz departed early doors, bringing Charlie Wall to the crease alongside Blade. Scoring was difficult thanks to some tight bowling, which resulted in the dismissal of Blade and Simmo in consecutive deliveries. 3 down, not many on the board, and overs ticking by was not the ideal start.

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1sts finally get their season up and running

After enduring a bleak opening 3 weeks to the start of the 2009 campaign, the 1st team picked up two most welcome victories over the bank holiday weekend. After four defeats in the league and an early exit from the National Knockout, a turnaround in the fortunes of the team was required sooner rather than later.

Starting with Driffield on Saturday, Collegiate went in to bat on a wicket that had seen a lot of rain throughout the week, and it was a testament to Crofty and everyone else who had been working on the ground that there was even a game on.

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