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Vaughan cleared but cases against five proven
Five former Yorkshire CCC players or staff members have been found to have used racist language by an investigation into the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal but the allegations against Michael Vaughan have not been proven.
Tim Bresnan, John Blain, Andrew Gale, Matthew Hoggard and Richard Pyrah have all been ‘found liable for a breach of ECB Directive 3.3 for their alleged use of racist and/or discriminatory language.’
That follows an investigation by the...
Biggest win since 1995 eases relegation pressure on Bridge
WORSBROUGH Bridge significantly eased their relegation concerns with a remarkable 7-0 win at Ollerton Town in NCEL Division One on Wednesday.
It was their biggest victory since an 8-1 success over Brodsworth Main in 1995.
Bridge have 39 points from 36 games, with two to play, so are seven points and four places clear of the relegation zone in 14th.
They looked likely to be sucked into the survival scrap after they were beaten 4-0 at...
Wath complete unbeaten home season
WATH completed an unbeaten home season and took their promotion fight to the last day with an 18-10 win over Yorkshire Division Two champions Wensleydale.
The result left them fourth, four points behind second-placed Harrogate Pythons and three off third-placed Baildon who also won this week.
In order to finish in the second promotion place, Wath would need to win their final game at Leeds Corinthians on April 8 and hope the two teams above...
Simpson says Reds win helped inspire spectacular TV debut
CALLUM Simpson was thrilled with his impressive television debut and says he was inspired by watching Barnsley FC beat Sheffield Wednesday earlier in the week.
The 26-year-old super middleweight from Barnsley stopped Swiss opponent Celso Neves in the third round on Saturday at the Manchester Arena.
He was backed by a noisy contingent of fans from his home town who he hopes will now follow him on a journey to the very top of the...
Simpson wins early on TV debut
Callum Simpson gained an impressive three-round stoppage win over Celso Neves on his television debut at Manchester Arena.
The 26-year-old super-middleweight from Barnsley was roared on by vocal supporters with several Barnsley FC players in the crowd including Liam Kitching who walked with him to the ring and sat ringside.
Simpson knocked his Swiss opponent down inside the first minute after a powerful right hand to the head.
He floored him again with another right-handed...
Callum glad years of hard work have led to Sky Sports debut
A JOURNEY that started with 6am runs at Locke Park before school and travelling across the country for amateur fights with Barnsley Star ABC will now take Callum Simpson into his first televised fight tomorrow evening.
The 26-year-old super-middleweight from the town centre is due to face Celso Neves at the Manchester Arena live on Sky Sports.
He recently signed a deal with the broadcaster and promoter BOXXER following a fine start to his professional...
Ladies close in on title with 8-0 win
BARNSLEY Ladies FC are closing in on their league title after extending their unbeaten run to 15 games with 14 wins.
The Reds won 8-0 at Ripon City on Sunday in the North East Regional League Southern Division.
Lynn Goodman and Jodie Gregory scored hat-tricks with Louisa Barraclough and Nicole Shaw also on target. They are six points clear at the top with 43 points from 16 games and have six remaining starting with a...
Wale and Hall victorious
Barnsley boxers Dempsey Wale and Danny Hall both kept their winning records going at the Metrodome last Friday.
Danny Hall vs Serge Ambomo (Pictures: Keith Turner)
Wale got the better of Luke Fash on points and Hall edged out Serge Ambomo.
The Chronicle’s Ashley Ball grabbed headliner Dempsey for an interview after the show.
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Danny Hall (Pictures: Keith Turner)
Josh Wale, Dempsey Wale,...
Wins for home boxers
Both the Barnsley boxers in action at the Metrodome on Friday night got points victories.
Dempsey Wale, from Brampton, and Grimethorpe boxing brickie Danny Hall had their hands raised by referee Andy Brook following four round contests.
Lightweight Wale, younger brother of the event's promoter Josh, saw off Hull's Luke Fash 40-36.
Wale was in a dominant mood against the much shorter man and looked to land heavily when his man was...
Bethany nets stunning winner for Spurs
BETHANY England netted a long-range winner in Tottenham Hotspur’s WSL victory over fellow strugglers Leicester City on Wednesday.
The 28-year-old striker from Barnsley started Spurs’ 2-1 loss at Liverpool on Sunday, which saw them drop down a place to third-bottom.
They then won 1-0 at home to bottom club Leicester at Leyton Orient, England netting the second half winner with a fine 20-yard strike into the top right corner.
Only one side are due to...
Malcolm wins gold for England Masters
PENISTONE Footpath Runner Malcolm Rose represented England Masters at the Chester 10k and won gold in the men’s over70 age category.
Malcolm’s time of 41-05 ranked him as the number one over70 man for the 10k distance in the UK for 2023.
Penistone’s long distance runners Harriet Drouin and Rachel Liptrot took on the Haworth Hobble in challenging conditions including snow drifts taller than them. The race was 21 miles in distance and involved 2,800...
Winless Barnsley RUFC season ends with tenth withdrawal
BARNSLEY RUFC’S season ended with defeat in all 22 games.
The Shaw Laners pulled out of their final game at second-bottom Northallerton in Yorkshire Division Two.
They pulled out of ten games, including the last three, due to a lack of players – earning them five-point deductions each time.
They lost all 12 completed matches, collecting one bonus point for losing by less than seven points.
That left them on minus 49 points, 81 adrift...
Local football round-up: Rec draw 3-3 in thriller
Athersley Rec are still bottom of NCEL Division One after they drew 3-3 at home to mid-table Selby Town on Saturday.
The visitors netted twice in the final minutes of the first half then Lee Garside scored twice in the first five minutes of the second.
Rec had a man sent off before Selby took the lead again but saw a penalty saved by Ellis Pickard then Ricky Berry levelled in the 88th minute. ...
Dempsey on right collision course as he bids for ninth straight win
DEMPSEY Wale’s career in the ring was mapped out from the very start and his dad and trainer Mick feels he is only a couple of steps away from a shot at glory.
The Brampton lightweight, 26, headlines at the Metrodome again this evening.
It will be another solid workout for the brother of former British champion Josh, who is promoting the event.
Dempsey faces a four-round contest against Hull journeyman Luke Fash.
Barnsley WFC's clean sheet run ends
BARNSLEY Women’s FC lacked ‘desire and grit’ as they conceded their first league goals since January in a draw on Sunday.
The Reds looked like continuing their good form which had seen them win four of five league games without conceding a goal as they went 2-0 up at home to lowly Norton and Stockton Ancients on Sunday through Eve Marshall’s long-range strike and a penalty by Brooke Marsden.
But Norton – who lost...
Barnsley sport snowed off
WHILE the undersoil heating system at Oakwell and a team of people clearing the surrounding areas helped Barnsley FC get their game played on Saturday, no other competitive sport is thought to have taken place in the town that day.
All the local football in Barnsley was cancelled after snow blanketed the area on Friday, and games for town teams further afield were also postponed.
The town’s rugby and hockey teams also saw their home...
Barnsley AC win prize at Retford Half Marathon
BARNSLEY AC had a very successful trip to the Retford Half Marathon.
Gary Briscoe, Gareth Cooke, Josh Bird and Michael Grain won the men’s team prize as the club with the first four runners to finish. Gary was third in a time of 1-10-50 with Gareth just a place behind with a course PB of 1-11-18.
Josh was eighth, knocking 38 seconds off his PB in 1-13-26. Michael also set a new PB by more...
Vaughan and others questioned in hearing
SOME of the biggest names in recent English and Yorkshire cricket history were interrogated in a hearing into the racism scandal brought to light by Barnsley man Azeem Rafiq.
The Cricket Discipline Committee – a branch of the England and Wales Cricket Board – held a hearing this week and last, with the panel’s verdict expected later this month.
Rafiq, from Gawber, initially made public allegations of racism at Yorkshire CCC in 2020 which led...
Local football round-up: Rec rescue point
Athersley Rec came from 2-0 down after 80 minutes to draw 2-2 at home to high-flying Staveley NCEL Division One.
Veteran Lee Garside pulled one back on 80 minutes then netted a penalty in the 86th. Rec remain second-bottom, four points off safety with six games left.
Worsbrough Bridge drew 1-1 at home to Beverley Town with ten men. They took the lead in the 12th minute when Conor Glavin scored a penalty won by Tom Cadzow. But...
Clash of heads and floodlight failure in Church loss
Penistone Church are fourth in the Premier Division after a mixed week.
They are ten points off the top two with seven games left.
They have won 12, drawn two and lost three of their last 17 league games since November.
Church are due to host eighth-placed Barton Town on Saturday.
They lost 1-0 at Albion Sports on Wednesday.
Danny Howes and Hurles-Brook clashed heads in the third minute and both had to come off...
Rowland's team pull out of race
Oliver Rowland’s team pulled out of the Formula E race in Cape Town this week due to ‘rear suspension safety concerns.’
Rowland, 29, from Penistone, had hoped to build on collecting his first points of the season a fortnight earlier in his team’s home race in Hyderabad, India.
He is now 17th in the standings with eight points while his team Mahindra are seventh.
A statement read: “A thorough investigation on the suspension elements of...
Reds get biggest league win of season and 5th successive clean sheet
BARNSLEY Women’s FC crushed hosts Norton and Stockton Ancients 6-0 to record their biggest league win of the season and continue their excellent recent form.
They have won four of their last five league games, keeping clean sheets in them all.
The third-placed Reds have 32 points from 15 games and are 12 behind leaders Durham Cestria who have played two extra matches.
One side is due to be promoted from National League Division One...
Wins for Wath men and Barnsley Ladies
WATH Rugby Union Club kept their promotion chances alive with an entertaining 40-36 win at home to second-placed Harrogate Pythons in Yorkshire Division Two.
Wath were 37-17 ahead but the visitors came back to collect a losing bonus point which could be crucial in the run-in.
Fourth-placed Wath are now eight points behind the Pythons – and seven off third-placed Baildon – with a game in hand on all the top three.
They are due...
Wath to host promotion rivals Harrogate Pythons
WATH are due to play a huge game in their promotion push when they host Harrogate Pythons tomorrow in Yorkshire League Two.
Fourth-placed Wath, who did not play this week, are 11 points behind second-placed Harrogate who have played an extra game.
Wath will then have three games remaining, including a visit to leaders Wensleydale for the final match.
Barnsley’s men lost 36-12 at home to Yarnbury on Saturday.
They have lost all 19 games...
Away wins for two Barnsley teams
BARNSLEY Women’s FC kept a fourth successive league clean sheet as they won 1-0 at Stockport County on Sunday thanks to a first half own goal.
The Reds are third in the National Women’s Division One North – the fourth tier in England.
They are 12 points behind leaders Durham Cestria who have played two games extra.
Barnsley are now due to visit lowly Norton and Stockton Ancients on Sunday.
Coach Lois Daniels said: “We...
Rec off bottom after 4-0 away win
Athersley Rec kept their survival hopes alive in NCEL Division One with a 4-0 win at fellow strugglers Swallownest on Saturday.
After a goalless first half, Lee Garside, Jack Wilde, Jack Briscoe and Connor Patchett scored.
Rec moved off bottom to 19th and are now three points off safety with seven games left.
Worsbrough Bridge came from 2-0 down to draw 2-2 at high-flying Horbury Town.
Michael Jones and Conor Glavin scored for Worsbrough who...
U18s wait to see if Derby win will stand
BARNSLEY under 18s are waiting to hear whether they will be given a 2-0 win at Sheffield United after the match was called off with a minute to play.
The game is understood to have been abandoned after an altercation between both sets of players.
Alex Anaman and Leo Farrell had scored for leaders Barnsley at second-placed United.
The win would have left the Reds 16 points clear although the Blades have three games in...
Callum hoping to reach top level after signing Sky deal
BARNSLEY boxer Callum Simpson is hoping his new deal with Sky Sports will help him reach the very top of the sport.
The 26-year-old super-middleweight, from the town centre, has signed an exclusive promotion agreement with Boxxer and will now fight on Sky – starting with a bill at Manchester Arena on March 25.
Simpson – who began as an amateur under Trevor Schofield and John Sagar at Barnsley Star – has won all ten...
Brunt helps England into World Cup semi-final
BARNSLEY woman Katherine Sciver-Brunt is due to play in a cricket World Cup semi-final for England.
The 37-year-old bowler from Dodworth helped her country to two wins this week in the World Twenty20, meaning they topped their group with a perfect record.
They are now due to play hosts South Africa in the semi-final on Friday, with the final on Sunday.
Sciver-Brunt has played 266 games for England across all formats, taking 335 wickets.
Worsbrough Bridge nine points clear of drop after win
Worsbrough Bridge moved further away from the NCEL Division One relegation zone with a 3-1 home win over Selby Town.
Tom Cadzow netted on the stroke of half-time then, after Selby levelled from the penalty spot, Conor Glavin netted a penalty and Michael Jepps secured the win.
13th-placed Bridge now have 33 points from 31 games and are nine clear of the bottom three.
Athersley Rec lost 2-0 at home to Wakefield and fell...
Barnsley WFC hope to reach cup final after league draw
BARNSLEY Women’s FC are due to visit Doncaster Belles in the Sheffield Cup semi-final on Sunday, hoping to be better than in a 0-0 home draw with Chorley in the league this week.
They have been regulars in the final across the last decade and will look to return there this week.
Barnsley were held to a goalless draw by third-bottom Chorley, leaving them third in National League Division One North with 23 points from...
Brunt and England out of World Cup
Cricketer Katherine Sciver-Brunt's dreams of a fourth World Cup to cap her glittering career are over.
The 37-year-old from Dodworth was part of the team that lost to hosts South Africa in the semi-final.
Having conceded just five runs from her first two overs, Brunt then bowled an expensive 18-run final over, including a chest-high no ball which was hit for four and led to a free hit.
South Africa made 164 and England fell...
Rec beaten 6-0 at fellow strugglers
ATHERSLEY Rec suffered a major blow in their Division One relegation fight as they were thrashed 6-0 at fellow strugglers Parkgate on Wednesday.
The Penguins were 2-0 down after 14 minutes then conceded four more in the last 15 minutes. They are now last, five points off safety with eight games left.
Rec have another big match tomorrow as they visit third-bottom Swallownest.
They had lost 2-0 at home to Wakefield on Saturday.
Barnsley beaten by promotion-chasing Wath
THE AUTHOR of a book about the decline of club rugby union in Yorkshire and lifelong Barnsley RUFC fan has been sad to see them struggle this season but retains hope for the future.
The Shaw Laners lost 29-7 at home to Wath in a local derby this week.
They have lost all 18 matches this season, withdrawing from seven due to a lack of players.
With four games left, they are on minus 34...
Huge midweek win for battling Athersley Rec
ATHERSLEY Rec gained a huge win in their relegation fight as they stunned hosts Ollerton 4-1 on Wednesday in NCEL Division One.
Rec fell behind on 42 minutes but Ethan Nixon levelled before half-time then, in the second half, Jamie Moxon and Hayden Webster struck in quick succession before Lee Garside completed the rout.
Rec moved off bottom and are now two points from safety with ten games remaining.
They drew 1-1 at Shirebrook Town...
Katherine takes World Cup wickets
Cricketer Katherine Sciver-Brunt helped England to a good start in the World Twenty20 in South Africa.
The Dodworth woman, 37, is now playing under her married name which she shares with wife and England team-mate Nat Sciver-Brunt.
England beat West Indies on Saturday and Ireland on Monday.
They complete their group stage games against India on Saturday and Pakistan on Tuesday.
The semi-finals are on Thursday and Friday of next week with the final on...
Barnsley derby called off after second half incident
A TOP of the table clash between two Barnsley clubs was abandoned this week after a serious incident.
County Senior League leaders Wombwell Main were 2-1 up at second-placed North Gawber midway through the second half when the referee called the game off.
A disputed throw-in is thought to have led to a fracas which saw a home player sent off, with supporters then understood to have become involved.
A Wombwell Main player is understood...
Boxing season set to heat up
THE boxing season will heat up again in the coming weeks after its usual winter lay-off.
Barnsley professionals Dempsey Wale, Danny Hall and Alex Taylor all have fight dates pencilled in.
Brampton’s Wale, younger brother of former British champion Josh, is set to headline at the Metrodome on the Outlaw Promotions bill on March 17. His opponent is yet to be confirmed but it is expected to be foreign opposition.
He will...
Cricket club raises cash for pavilion
MEMBERS of Penistone Cricket Club are hoping to raise £10,000 to fund a new pavilion.
Commercial manager and volunteer at the club, Michaela Burton, set up a crowdfunder on Monday in a bid to raise vital funds to replace their 55-year-old pavilion.
The cricket club, based on Queens Street, offers a variety of sessions for all age groups, and is run by volunteers.
Michaela told the Chronicle: “Unfortunately the pavilion is crumbling - we are...
Boxing coach beats the count...
BARNSLEY boxing coach Charlie Green needed all his battling spirit to fight his way back to fitness after life-threatening sepsis and pneumonia saw him in a coma for three weeks during the pandemic.
The 50-year-old, who runs boxing gym Retro Fitness in Wombwell, remembers those dark days when his family, friends and partner Rebecca kept him and his business going: “It was a real struggle, I was so weak and looked absolutely horrendous. At one...
Boxer overcomes odds for fight
A GRIMETHORPE man who is registered blind is set to take part in his first charity boxing match in memory of his late grandad.
Thomas Seres, 23, has had more than 60 operations since he was born with congenital glaucoma - a rare disease which affects eyesight.
But he’s not let it stop him chase his dreams, and next month he’s set to fight in a charity boxing match at the Metrodome to raise funds...
Rowland collects first points of season
OLIVER Rowland collected his first points of the Formula E season when he finished sixth in his team’s home race in Hyderabad, India this week.
The 29-year-old from Penistone had finished outside the points in the first three races in the global electric car series.
The Mahindra Racing driver was one of the slowest in practice in Hyderabad but qualified in 11th.
He moved up to fourth in the race but, after a failed attempt...
Olympic cyclist to inspire next generation
BARNSLEY-BORN cyclist Ed Clancy OBE has been named South Yorkshire’s new active travel commissioner.
Ed, from Ingbirchworth, is a triple Olympic-winning champion and the most successful team pursuit rider in history.
He’s been appointed by South Yorkshire’s Mayor Oliver Coppard to work with him to make South Yorkshire a safer and easier place to walk and cycle.
Ambitious plans are underway to build more than 620 miles of accessible walking and cycling routes linking South...
Penistone Church lose ground on promotion rivals
PENISTONE Church lost ground on one of their main promotion rivals with a 2-0 loss on Saturday afternoon.
Victory over Winterton Rangers would have put them in a strong position to push for second spot behind runaway leaders North Ferriby.
But goals in either half, from Paul Grimes after half an hour, and Josh Walker’s clinched victory three minutes into added on time.
Church are now fourth in the NCEL Premier Division...
Female football championed by club’s co-owner
THE co-owner of Barnsley Women’s Football Club wants girls and women to have the same opportunities as men when it comes to playing football.
Steve Gates, 66, from Darton, is embarking on a fundraising mission in a plea to allow girls to keep playing football without having to worry about the cost.
Steve hopes to also fund sessions for those living with a disability - in a bid to be as inclusive as possible, and...
LOCAL FOOTBALL ROUND-UP: Top 4 all from Barnsley
The top four in the County Senior Premier Division are now all Barnsley clubs.
Leaders Wombwell Main won a derby at Houghton Main 1-0 thanks to Bailey Cowsell’s strike and are now three points clear.
Penistone Church reserves are second following a 1-1 draw with Handsworth.
North Gawber are third, five points behind Wombwell Main with two games in hand, after a 5-1 home win over South Kirkby. The Gawber scorers were Kai Hancock, twice,...