YORKSHIRE SOUTH PREMIER LEAGUE @ SANDYGATE
22 JULY 2017 12 NOON [DELAYED START 1230]
|HALLAM CC AT SANDYAGTE|
All week the sport was cricket and this game until the lovely weather intervened and rugby league became an option but a late change on the BBC weather forecast around Sheffield highlighted the possibility of taking in a near full days play after all and so it turned out.
|CRAIG MOFFAT RACES IN FOR HALLAM|
|KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE BALL|
Much of the back catalogue comes through The Plough public house opposite the ground, sadly now boarded up and up for sale with a local residents group hoping to secure it from the seller. The football club was formed here and allegedly the rules of the game with the oldest ground adjacent but always, weirdly to me, the oldest club is fellow city team Sheffield FC. Now cricket wise Hallam CC were founded in 1804 by the then Plough landlord and are the second oldest club in Yorkshire and the oldest club UK wise to play consistently on the same ground.
|THE PLOUGH SADLY SEEN BETTER DAYS OVERVIEWS COLLEGIATE'S INNINGS|
|SHEFFIELD COLLEGIATE DEFEND|
|COLLEGIATE'S CHRIS PURSHOUSE HITS SHANE SMITH FOR A MAXIMUM|
|HALLAM'S JOE COOPER STEAMS IN|
|HALLAM'S MARK WILLIAMS FLYING IN|
A steady start by the home side saw them lose their second wicket at 53 in the 15th but they were nicely on target if heads could be kept. Here into the equation rode captain Dymock who secured 54 in 87 balls to keep the scoreboard moving after his opening partnership he went onto have further pairings with Harry Bliss , Humphrey Emery  and Joe Cooper [26 not out] all who stuck to the task of keeping the run rate fed.
|HALLAM CAPTAIN NICK DYMOCK ON HIS WAY TO A HALF CENTURY|
|HARRY BLISS HALLAM CC|
With the rain brisk now I was grateful for the arrival of this excellent bus service to arrive and whisk me back into Sheffield and soon out of the station to arrive back in base transport hub[?] just 7.30pm.
An enjoyable visit to an historic club in a lovely setting accompanied by a tight game of enthralling cricket.