South Yorkshire League: Stuart’s magnificent seven keeps Tickhill in third

James Stuart
James Stuart

Tickhill retained third place in the South Yorkshire League Championship after a sensational spell from James Stuart blew away bottom of the table Coal Aston.

Andrew Rennison (60) and skipper Ashley Fiddler (46no) helped Tickhll post 230.

When Coal Aston batted they found paceman Stuart too hot to handle.

He bowled two batsmen and trapped another two leg before wicket to leave the hosts reeling at 9-4.

Two more victims then took his tally to six and left Coal Aston floundering on 26-6.

Daniel Hemingway (20) provided brief resistance until he became Stuart’s seventh wicket.

Coal Aston were all out for 81 with Stuart finishing with analysis of 7-37.

Fourth-placed Aston Hall are equal on points with Tickhill but had to fight all the way for their victory over Conisbrough at Green Lane.

Aston elected to bat first but soon lost both openers with just five runs between them.

South African Nicholas Smit took up the cause to reach 42 and enable a final Aston total of 168 all out.

Oliver Jackson took 3-43 and Imran Zafa claimed 4-60.

Conisbrough’s innings started very poorly and six of their batsmen were back in the pavilion with the score on 51.

Gary Strephan led the recovery to take Conisbrough to 141-7 when he met his demise for 61 runs.

Jackson supported and had reached 28 when he became the final Conisbrough wicket to fall with the total on 159, short by just nine runs.

Stephen Ludlam claimed 3-27 and Smit 4-34.

Wath met Houghton Main at Moor Road with both teams struggling in the bottom half of the table.

Houghton batted first and with Australian Liam Rigby scoring 79 and youngster Callum Honeyman 46 they posted an imposing total of 240-7.

Sam Whitlam was Wath’s best bowler, finishing with figures of 5-70.

Wath’s innings began calamitously as both openers were run out without scoring.

Sam Drury (55) and Jonathan Hays (47) added 101 runs for the third wicket and Wath settled for a point at 189-8.

Wath sit five points clear of Coal Aston, who occupy the solitary relegation spot.