Mexborough’s woes mount

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BEN BAILEY HOMES SOUTH YORKSHIRE SENIOR CRICKET LEAGUE

Division Three

Norton Oakes 2nd XI 216

Mexborough 125

MEXBOROUGH have a major battle on their hands if they are to avoid the unwelcome tag of the maiden First XI to drop into the bottom tier.

A fourth consecutive loss befell the troubled club at Norton Oakes Seconds, but it did not come without some strong individual performances.

Veteran Duncan Hulley claimed a brilliant 6-33 to help slow the early Norton charge.

Norton built a commanding 171-2 before Hulley struck to skittle them for 216.

Mexborough’s spell at the crease featured an explosive 42 from Zaire Khalil but the innings collapsed towards the end with the final four batsman all departing for ducks in the space of two and a half overs.

Pete Ledger claimed an amazing 5-1 as Mexborough fell for 125.

Dearne 105-7 Thorpe Hesley 103

IF anyone was thinking the clash between unbeaten Dearne and winless Thorpe Hesley was a foregone conclusion, they were in for a rude awakening.

The status quo was maintained but only after Dearne were put through the wringer.

The duo of Kevin Roe and Andy Whaley – with 4-19 and 3-35 respectively – helped dismiss Thorpe for just 103 in 39 overs.

But the usually prolific Dearne top order had gone with the score at 59, putting the result in doubt.

Dane Froggatt arrived to steady the ship with a resolute 33 and despite Rashid claiming 4-29, Dearne secured the win with seven wickets lost.

Rotherham Phoenix 207-5

Rockingham 2nd XI 155

ROCKINGHAM Seconds’ struggle to get going this term was not aided by having to face the blistering Arif Hussain.

Hosts Phoenix posted a total of 207-5 with decent contributions from Chris Cannings (38), Chris Longley (48), Daniel Crofts (39) and Steven Ratcliffe (66no).

David Baxter claimed 3-56 for Rockingham who saw their top order demolished by Hussain and a slump to 70-7.

Andrew Mellor’s lively cameo of 63 off 44 balls restored matters but they fell for 155 with Hussain closing with 6-36.