‘brough left in the dark

Elsecar v Wickersley
Elsecar v Wickersley

Star man Stuart Bellwood battled through the pain barrier to star for Conisbrough - but his all-round heroics were in vain as bad light robbed them of a chance to regain their top two league position.

Chasing Norton Woodseats’ 224-7 - after Bellwood took 5-50 - Conisbrough were 202-9 when the game was abandoned at 7.08pm, with eight overs left.

Bellwood was unbeaten on 92 at the close of play, with junior number eleven Louis McKie one not out.

The only consolation for Conisbrough is that Darfield, their rivals for that second spot behind runaway leaders Tickhill, had their own game against Bradfield Village Fellowship washed out without a ball being bowled.

The gap between the pair, therefore, remains just two points. This weekend, Conisbrough travel to leaders Tickhill - five points clear of second-placed Darfield, who host mid-table Wath on Saturday afternoon.

In the Premier Division, meanwhile, Aston Hall strolled to a comfortable victory over Wath at Green Lane.

Wath won the toss and invited Aston to bat, and soon regretted their decision when the opening pair added 63, with Joe Barker hitting 51.

The innings slowed down a little to 103-5, until Uzman Azeem and skipper Rob Ward lit up the innings by adding 97 runs, before Azeem left with 46 to his credit.

Ward had already helped himself to a half century and then continued to complete his whirlwind innings when he reached 96 from just 60 balls, including seven fours and six sixes.

Aston’s innings closed at 249-8, Rob Barlow taking four for 62 for Wath.

Wath were never in the hunt for victory, none of their batsmen could muster 20 and the innings closed at 126 all out after 32 overs.

Josh Coulson took three for 28 and Scott Hibbett added 3-16 for Aston.

In the battle for Premier survival at Stonelow, Coal Aston recorded a tremendous nine-wicket win over Upper Hough to overtake them in the table.

The toss proved vital and Upper Haugh were put in to bat first on a drying wicket, making a competitive 157 all out thanks to 66 from Oavis Youseff.

James Furniss, with four for 53, and Liam Johnson, 4-35, bowled well for Coal Aston

When Coal Aston batted, the result never looked in doubt as first Dave Rodgers (20) and Andrew Lockwood added 45 for the first wicket.

Then, Laurence Browes joined Lockwood to produce an unbeaten stand of 114 and secure a vital victory.

Lockwood was 42 not out and Browes 69 not out when the winning runs were scored.

The victory saw Coal Aston leapfrog Upper Haugh, who replaced them in the relegation position, with a five-point difference between the teams.

n Elsecar, meanwhile, advanced to the semi-finals of the Yorkshire Council Championship with a narrow one-wicket victory over Wickersley OV at Armroyd Lane.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, Wickersley were indebted to their star man Shaajhan Younis, who hit 71 from 109 balls as they struggled to 159 all out within 44.3 overs.

Younis apart, only Richard Harrison, Paul Lund and Lesroy Weekes reached double figures against the bowling of Jason Meadows and Luke Townsend, who took two wickets each, and Ifti Afzal, who starred with 4-29.

In Elsecar’s reply, a careful 50, from 93 balls, from Jason Meadows anchored the innings and 29 from Shahzad Rana left the game in the balance at 140-6.

They fell to 158-9, but the last-wicket pairing of Rob Jones, who finished 17 not out, and junior Jack Shutt saw Elsecar home.

Muhammad Naveed took 4-33 for Wickersley, and there was a wicket apiece for Lesroy Weekes, Shahid Hussain, Haider Jahangir and Tom Shepard.

n Wickersley sealed the Premier Division crown with victory over Whiston PC.