South Yorkshire League: Tickhill keep top three hopes alive

Tickhill v Wath. Pictures by Ian Spooner.
Tickhill v Wath. Pictures by Ian Spooner.

Tickhill put Championship basement side Wath to the sword at Alderson Drive to keep their hopes of a top three finish alive.

The Doncaster club occupy fifth spot and are 17 points adrift of third-placed Whitley Hall with five games remaining.

The top three will play in next season’s new ECB South Yorkshire Premier League.

Tickhill batted first and raised an innings total of 226-6.

Lee Blackshaw scored 41, James Stuart 50 and Aaron Haycock 54 not out.

Shawn Dyson took 3-80.

In reply Wath were bowled out for 128, with Sam Drury top scoring with 24.

The main damage was done by Australian Steve Reid with 3-43 and Alex Rowland with 4-39.

Wath prop up the table but only two points separate them and Coal Aston.

At School Street Darfield faced Conisbrough in an exciting encounter, with the visitors coming out on top by 11 runs.

Conisbrough batted first and amassed a total of 238-7.

Michael Blakemore opened with 46, skipper Nathan Smith contributed 56 and Scott Lowe smashed 63, including 11 fours and a six.

South Africa Michael Topp took 4-38 for Darfield.

In response Will Turner opened with 46 and skipper James Ward added 64, but the cause looked lost with Darfield first at 94-5 and then at 183-9.

Last man Josh Gillies gave Conisbrough a headache as he smashed 29 in 25 balls to take the home side to within 11 runs of their opponents’ total.

Sri Lankan Arosh Janoda took 4-65 and spinner Oliver Jackson claimed 3-56.

Conisbrough lie seventh in the table, 20 points clear of the drop zone.

Elsecar lost by seven wickets to Aston Hall, who went top of the table.