South Yorkshire League: Tickhill’s drive for top three stalls

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Tickhill’s bid for a coveted top three finish in the South Yorkshire League Championship faltered as they lost in disappointing fashion at home to Hallam.

The hosts batted first and, after losing an early wicket, Andrew Rennison (50) and Lee Bradshaw (60) added 65 for the second wicket.

The innings went downhill from that point on as the final nine wickets fell for 53 runs and Tickhill were all out for a well below par 131.

Joe Cooper bowled well for Hallam claiming impressive figures of 6-35.

In reply skipper Nick Dymock led Hallam’s response with 52 and they passed Tickhill’s total with four wickets remaining.

Australian Steve Reid bowled well to take 4-43.

Defeat left the Doncaster club, who now trail third-placed Whitley Hall by eight points, with an uphill task to earn a place in next season’s new ECB South Yorkshire Premier League.

Bottom of the table Wath drew level on points with their nearest rivals, Coal Aston, after a hard earned five wicket win at Elsecar.

Elsecar batted first and their innings started brightly with Ainsley Swallow scoring 56 and Jason Meadows 33.

Paul Cummins followed this with a well worked 70, including ten fours.

However, the innings lost its impetus and Elsecar had to settle for a total of 230-7.

Youngster Jack Whitlam was the pick of the Wath attack with 4-53.

Wath started their innings with determination and 126 was on the board before the first wicket fell, skipper Rob Barlow leaving with 45 to his credit.

His fellow opener youngster Harvey Wootton made light of the experienced Elsecar attack with an excellent 80, including 12 fours and a six.

Contributions from Sam Drury (39) and Scott Hibbett (34no) saw Wath to a successful conclusion with five wickets remaining.

Scott Jones took 3-41 for Elsecar.

Coal Aston, meanwhile, lost in embarrassing fashion at home to Aston Hall after they were bowled out for just 36 and the visitors knocked off without loss.

Hall’s Stephen Ludlam snared 8-17 from 6.2 overs.

Conisbrough remain in the relative comfort of mid-table after a 105-run win at Houghton Main.

The visitors elected to bat first and Michael Blakemore started their innings with 63.

Contributions from Scott Lowe (40) and Sri Lankan all-rounder Arosh Janoda (44) enabled them to post a final total of 253-8.

Michael Bates took 3-49.

Houghton Main then found Janoda in excellent form with the ball when they batted.

He claimed four of the first five wickets to fall and added two more to his collection for an analysis of 6-56.

Oliver Jackson supported with 3-35.

The only Houghton Main batsmen of note were opener Ian Simon with 28 and Adam Cutmore with 35, as their innings closed on 145 all out.