South Yorkshire League: Sprotbrough wrap up Division Three title

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Sprotbrough sealed the Division Three title with a comfortable win over fellow South Yorkshire League newcomers Penistone.

Penistone batted first and despite 39 from Scott Jones they could only muster 88 all out.

Andy Whaley excelled with the ball, claiming 6-21.

In reply Sprotbrough lost five wickets before they passed Penistone’s total.

Jones complimented his batting with 3-15.

Elsewhere in Division Three, Tickhill B easily got the better of Conisbrough B at Alderson Drive.

Conisbrough could only muster 85 all out with Lee Johnson top scoring with 29.

Youngster Josh Court took 4-13 for Tickhill.

In reply openers Matthew Kilvington scored 30 and youngster Josh Dickinson 32 not out as Tickhill reached their target with eight wickets to spare.

The race for the Premier Division title will go right down to the wire after the top three - separated by just three points - all won.

Leaders Treeton brushed aside Whiston Parish Church, while Whitley Hall beat Coal Aston by eight wickets.

Third-placed Elsecar remain in the hunt following a five wicket win over Tickhill.

Tickhill batted first and meandered their way to 80-5.

James Stuart (63) and Australian Steve Reid (46) provided the backbone of the innings with a stand of 82, made in quick time.

It took the return of Iftikhar Afzal to the attack to remove both.

He combined with Shahzad Rana to polish off the rest of the innings as Tickhill closed on 175 all out.

Rana claimed 4-48, while Afzal was outstanding with 5-29.

Elsecar’s reply started well and provided a rarity this season, a stand of more than 50 (58) for the first wicket.

Ainsley Swallow went on to make 66 and take Elsecar to 112-1 at which point he departed.

A cluster of wickets followed to leave Elsecar at 120-5 and Tickhill in a state of excitement.

However, Rana (28 not out) and Luke Townsend (23 not out) stayed solid and guided Elsecar to a five wicket win.

Stuart claimed 3-73 for Tickhill, who are safe from the drop.

Darfield also ensured their Premier Division survival with an excellent win over previous front runners Hallam.

Darfield batted first with Liam Marshall opening with 40 and Ali Khan hitting 41 in their total of 180-9.

Joe Cooper took 3-30 for Hallam.

In Hallam’s reply Indian Vaidik Raj scored 36 and Stuart Benzies was 34 not out, but they could only muster 136.

Khan complimented his batting with an excellent 6-38.

Warmsworth beat Whitley Hall by six wickets to remain in the thick of the Division Two promotion hunt.