South Yorkshire League round-up: Doncaster Town return to Championship summit, Wath and Conisbrough remain on leaders’ coattails

Alex Gosney
Alex Gosney

Doncaster Town returned to the top of the Championship following an emphatic 65-run win at title rivals Whiston Parish Church.

James Ward took centre stage with an impeccable 77 as Doncaster posted a formidable 281-9. Alex Gosney also impressed with 44.

Spinner Duncan Heath then enhanced his reputation by claiming 5-57 to help reduce Whiston to 216 all out.

Danny Kemp was unbeaten on 76 for the hosts at the close.

Wath moved within three points of second-placed Whiston by beating relegation threatened Thorncliffe by 81 runs at Moor Road.

Opener Ben Roebuck (38), Jonathan Plater (66) and Jory Bannister (43no) helped Wath up to 229-5.

In reply Thorncliffe could only muster 148 all out.

Jack Whitlam did the damage, snaring 6-41.

Fourth-placed Conisbrough won a thriller at Elsecar by three runs to remain on the coattails of the leaders.

Gary Strephan continued his fine form with an excellent 104 and Sri Lankan Nisala Gamage struck 76 as the Doncaster club reached 263 all out.

The home side appeared to be on track for victory but Gamage (4-87) led the visitors’ recovery and claimed the wicket of Elsecar captain Jason Meadows with the final ball of the game with four runs required for victory. Jack Shutt was left 98 not out at the close.

Sprotbrough lost by 18 runs in a top versus second clash at Rockingham in Division One.

Jake Whitney was the visitors’ best bowler with 3-47 as Rockingham reached 171-8.

Whitney and Ben Lyons then both made 29 but Sprotbrough were dismissed for 153.

Third-placed Warmsworth suffered a surprise defeat at Shiregreen, the hosts’ first league win of the season.

Dominic McGough was on good form, claiming 6-50.

But Shiregreen’s total of 183 was enough, with Warmsworth managing 144 in reply. Rhys Mann (46) and McGough (37) top scored.

Doncaster Town B, seeking promotion from Division Three, held their nerve to claim an important win at home to Whiston Parish Church B.

After restricting the visitors to 161-5, Town were made to work hard for victory as they got home with three wickets and just five balls to spare. Doncaster opener Jack Woodiwiss anchored the innings with 50.

Town lost to Conisbrough B by four runs in the Presidents Trophy on Sunday.

Nathan Lovell (61), William Finney (54) and Graham Skelton (46) saw Conisbrough up to 202-3. Joe Gallagher made 59 but Doncaster closed on 198-9.