South Yorkshire League: Conisbrough return to winning ways

Jonathan Phillips made 68 for Conisbrough.
Jonathan Phillips made 68 for Conisbrough.

Conisbrough returned to winning ways with a hard fought victory at home to relegation threatened Wath.

The hosts had lost three on the bounce but held their nerve to win a high scoring game at St Peter’s Drive by 15 runs.

Conisbrough decided to bat first but they lost their first three batsmen with just 15 runs between them.

Skipper Nathan Smith and stumper Jonathan Phillips added 119 runs for the fourth wicket, at which point Smith left with a score of 83 (13 fours and two sixes).

Phillips was the fifth wicket to fall when he failed to make his ground and was run out for 68.

After quick knocks from Gary Strephan (29) and Sri Lankan Arosh Janoda (27), the Conisbrough innings closed at 273-8.

Shawn Dyson bowled well for Wath, claiming 4-48.

Wath’s reply was anchored by opener Harvey Wootton who compiled a score of 76, with a boundary count of 11 fours and three sixes.

Stumper Jonathan Hays contributed 32 as the visitors came close to compiling a successful chase. The innings closed at 255-9, short by just 18 runs.

Stuart Bellwood took 4-74 for Conisbrough.

Wath’s defeat left them just two points better off than bottom side Coal Aston, who were surprise one wicket winners against Darfield.

Tabassum Bhatti (58) and Australian Michael Topp (51no) helped Darfield post 197-7.

In reply Coal Aston put on 87 for the first wicket with 46 from Dave Rodgers and 41 from Jonathan Bosch.

Wickets then fell regularly but the innings was held together by Simon Mintoft with an excellent 50. Topp (5-43) bowled aggressively but Dan Hemingway hit a brave 33 not out to steer Coal Aston home with nine wickets down.