South Yorkshire League: Wath’s title hopes fade

Derek Mitchell
Derek Mitchell

Wath missed the chance to close the gap on Premier Division leaders Elsecar as they lost by seven wickets at Moor Road.

Overseas star Derek Mitchell made 48 but the hosts were comfortably beaten after being skittled for 125.

The defeat means that one-time leaders Wath remain fourth in the table - 12 points adrift of Elsecar - and have their work really cut out if they are to revive their feint title hopes.

Wath batted first and openers Mitchell (48) and Will Turner (20) set off at a good rate.

They reached 64 before Turner fell to an LBW appeal.

Wath quickly declined to 97-4 and Shahzad Rana returned to claim a hat trick, leaving Wath floundering on 98-8.

A brief tail end flurry raised the score to 125 when the final wicket fell.

Rana took 4-31 and Iftikhar Afzal removed both openers for an analysis of 3-18.

After losing their first wicket at 22, Elsecar’s second wicket partnership between Ainsley Swallow and Brett Hunsley added 97.

Swallow left for a swashbuckling 60 from 69 balls, which included seven fours.

Hunsley was 37 not out when Elsecar reached their target for the loss of three wickets.

Elsecar’s win maintained their slender lead at the top, with Wickersley three points behind and Treeton four points adrift.

n James Stuart starred with the ball as Tickhill pulled off a surprise win against Aston Hall to dispel any lingering relegation fears.

Ashley Fiddler (33) and Nicky Page (35) top scored in Tickhill’s total of 202-9.

Aston were bewildered by Tickhill’s pacey attack, and although Matthew Cartwright hit 57 and Josh Coulson 26, the remainder of the team failed to reach double figures as they were bowled out for 110.

Stuart clean bowled all six of his victims for a reward of 6-37, while Steve Reid took 3-13.