Cricket: Tickhill tribute for Barnett; Conisbrough nine clear

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A sombre Alderson Drive was saddened by the news of the sudden death of Tickhill CC’s president, Peter Barnett and the players showed their respect with a minute’s silence before the Ben Bailey South Yorkshire’s Premier match.

Whiston elected to bat first but could make little headway against the pace and variety of Tickhill’s attack.

Peter Wilson, top scored with 23 as they were bowled out for 161.

Alex Rowland took four for 43 and James Stuart four for 32.

In Tickhill response, they struggled with only Stuart, making headway with 48.

The innings meandered to 124 for 9 with defeat imminent.

Stumper James Doyle took up the cause as the last wicket held for an unbeaten stand of 39 to achieve success.

Doyle was 29 not out at the close and Rowland held firm (five not out) at the other end. Steve Taylor took three for 21.

Elsecar lead the division and are a point adrift of second-placed Whitley Hall.

In Division One, table-topping Conisbrough maintained their chase for promotion by beating Rockingham at St Peter’s Drive.

Rockingham decided to bat first but half of their batsmen had returned to the pavilion with the score at 66 for five.

Andrew Mellor (28) helped restore the innings and it gained momentum with the arrival of Richard Skipworth to partner skipper Mark Wilkinson. They added 109 runs for the eighth wicket, at which point Skipworth departed with 45 to his credit.

Wilkinson was still in when the Rockingham innings closed at 231 all out. His contribution was 67 not out with eight fours and two sixes.

Nicholas Morley took three for 36.

Importantly, Rockingham had provided Conisbrough with four extra overs.

Conisbrough’s first wicket fell at 27 and then, opener Matthew Barnes (57) and Jonathan Phillips improve the score by 103 runs for the second wicket.

Skipper Gary Strephan added a quickfire 31 and Jonathan Phillips left shortly afterwards with 97 to his credit, including eight fours and three sixes.

Conisbrough won with six wickets to spare but needed two of the overs provided by Rockingham.

Conisbrough currently sit nine points ahead of second-placed Houghton Main.