Tickhill go 14 points clear at top of South Yorkshire League

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Saturday was a strange day, with the focus for many in a stadium hundreds of miles elsewhere and it showed in the scores.

Of course the baking weather didn’t help, nor the dryness of the grounds they were playing on.

Puffs of dust came off the surface as a shot was played and the ball skidded across blanched outfields.

It was great for Tickhill though, but at first, with both openers going for nought, it probably didn’t seem so.

Liam Johnson and Jordan Lowe, the great recovery merchants, brought them round with forties each, and steered them to a still vulnerable 189.

Harvey Wootton took 4-24 for Wath and at 123-3 in reply, nearing 40 himself it must have felt job done, but Tickhill have depth and Tom Barnett and Ahmed Jamal (himself recovering from a horrid start) came back to clear the middle order and demolish the tail.

Wath were all out for 151 and Tickhill go 14 points clear at the top.

That they did so, was also due to Elsecar not having a fixture and Conisbrough having a collective day off at Abbeydale.

Collegiate 2nds, by contrast, were decidedly on, making 243-6 in 40 overs with everybody enjoying a knock, especially Pranav Susaria who made 52.

Conisbrough – Arosh Jonoda and Jack Whittaker apart - wilted in the heat and were all out in 30 overs for 138 – not the performance they would have hoped for from a team second in the league.

Houghton Main meanwhile enjoyed their day against Darfield, reminding all not to write them off just yet.

They seemed trapped in a box on 87-7 with Steve Cline taking 5-37, but Biswick Kapala bashed his way out, with 65, including five sixes, and with first Yousaf Rehman, then Michael Bates, in a 50 last man stand, hauled Houghton up to 201.

Ian Simon then set about the Darfield batsmen, dismissing the first five himself.

But Alex Morris made 46, Tabassum Bhatti 30 and Darfield’s tail wagged too, but not quite enough, ending 12 runs short in a fascinating game.

At the bottom, Rockingham made hay at Sheffield & Phoenix – 332-8, with Muhammad Abubakar Khan, recently joined from Batley, 119 and there were lots of smaller contributions, from Maksudul Munna’s 40 onwards.

Hassan Bin Shahab – a bright light in a dull season for Sheffield & Phoenix - took 4-69 while most others were being carted all round Bawtry Road.

They made 177-7 in reply, their highest of the season and the first time they haven’t been all out. But still no points.

And Sprotbrough in a game they did their best to throw away, managed to hold off Rotherham Town, but only just.

After being 150-2, with Daniel Wright and Jonathan Scaife both getting 60s, Sprotbrough collapsed to 201-9, before holding Rotherham Town to 187-8.

Mind you, because of events in Russia, the game was reduced to 35 overs a side. Ashley Langdale got knocked around a bit but took four crucial wickets, just as the two Shoaibs, Hassan and Yasin, had done for Rotherham, who unfortunately don’t seem to be able to turn promising performances into wins, and are now four points adrift in the relegation zone.

In Div 1, Aston Hall 2nds and Oughtibridge won again to create a gap at the top but Thorncliffe have motored up to join them in third.

And on Sunday, Warmsworth beat Norton Oakes to book a place in the Mick Savage Trophy semi-final against Upper Haugh and they’ll be hoping the result is different from the last time the two teams met – on Saturday!