YOUNG all-rounder James Dobson struck a superb unbeaten 76 to guide Doncaster Town B to a thrilling three wicket win over Conisbrough – which saw them leapfrog their opponents into top spot in the South Yorkshire League Second Division.
Doncaster did their very best to waste the opportunity of getting one over the league leaders and taking another big step towards gaining promotion back to Division One at the first attempt.
They dropped the prolific Gary Strephan four times as Conisbrough’s star man rode his luck to score 77 out of a total of 178 all out.
And Town’s top order were blown away by seam duo Scott Lowe and Strephan to leave them reeling at 17-4 in reply.
But Dobson, who had earlier claimed 3-28 with the ball, was the mature head on young shoulders as his splendid knock thrilled the Town Field crowd as Doncaster completed a spirited comeback.
Paul Goodwin, whose 15 overs of off-spin reaped 4-57, and teenage leg spinner Aiden Hall (2-42) had earlier helped restrict Conisbrough to a very gettable score – despite their inability to pouch Strephan.
But the hosts were far from convincing with the bat as Lowe (3-50) and Strephan (2-37) made early in-roads.
Dobson, however, was in no mood to surrender his wicket.
And he received valuable support from Matt King (36) and Mark Steadman (31) to see the hosts home with two overs remaining.
* Three pages of local league cricket in this week’s Free Press.