South Yorkshire League round-up: In-form Tickhill set for big league and cup double-header
Promotion-chasing Tickhill are preparing for a big weekend in their season.
The in-form Alderson Drive club remain positioned in the second automatic promotion spot in the Championship following a 114-run with at Wath.
On Saturday they travel to Sandygate to take on league leaders Hallam.
That is followed on Sunday by the Whitworth Cup final against Elsecar at Wickersley OV.
Tickhill batted first at Moor Road and opener Andrew Rennison continued his fine form with 107, supported by James Stuart with 59, to enable a final total of 254-8.
Sam Whitlam took 3-54 and Jordan Shutt 4-64 for Wath.
Wath’s skipper Rob Barlow held their innings together with an excellent 71 but the hosts could only manage 140.
Alex Rowland took 4-37 and Josh Court 5-37.
Conisbrough lost a final over thriller against Darfield by one wicket.
Nathan Smith top scored with 67 and Scott Lowe reached 31 as Conisbrough posted 198-8.
Haider Jahangir opened with 33 for Darfield but wickets began to tumble and the final pair were at the crease with the score at 161-9.
Youthful duo Liam Pepper and Jack Waldron kept their nerve, collecting singles until they were within sight of victory.
Needing eight off the final over, Pepper (33no) dispatched the first two balls to the boundary.
Imran Zafar was Conisbrough’s best bowler with 4-24.
In Division One Sprotbrough beat Oughtibridge by 20 runs to remain in the hunt for a third successive promotion.
Gordon Laidlaw opened with 48, Jonathan Scaife scored 35 and Nick Boxall made 47 too see Sprotbrough up to 211-8.
Oughtibridge were well poised for victory after Thomas Starkes opened with 30 and Waheed Bhatti (73) and Adil Nasim (37) added 94 runs for the fourth wicket to take the score to 160-3. But then wickets tumbled and Oughtibridge settled for two points as they closed on 191-9.
Jake Wigley with 4-50 and Andy Whaley with 3-45 bowled well for Sprotbrough.
Warmsworth suffered a blow to their promotion hopes in Division Two when they went down by 18 runs at Elsecar B.
The hosts were really struggling at 71-7 until a last-minute swashbuckling 34 from Steve Taylor improved the score to 123 all out.
Liam Marshall (38) and Rhys Mann took Warmsworth to 80-2 but a dramatic collapse saw them skittled for 105.
Mann was still in at the close with 34 not out.