Mexborough’s Zs are top

Zaeim Khalil (right) hit 45 runs before producing a miserly bowling performance.
Zaeim Khalil (right) hit 45 runs before producing a miserly bowling performance.

BEN BAILEY HOMES SOUTH YORKSHIRE SENIOR CRICKET LEAGUE

DIVISION THREE

Mexborough 229

Thorncliffe 2nd XI 207-8

MEXBOROUGH demonstrated the battling spirit that has kept the club afloat in recent years as they earned a first win of the season over fellow strugglers Thorncliffe Seconds.

After John Cantry and Zaeim Khalil produced a solid second wicket partnership with 26 and 45 respectively, a series of catches saw Mexborough slump to 108-7, with a fifth straight defeat looking likely.

But this brought the in-form Zaire Kahlil to the crease and he proceeded to smash his way to an innings restoring 76 before he was caught by Ian Gregory.

Shakeel Hussain added a battling 29 late on before becoming the last wicket to fall with Mexborough 229 all out.

Thorncliffe gained an over from Mexborough and were pedestrian in the start to their response, with early wickets falling against the tight bowling of Zaiem Khalil, who let just 14 runs slip in his seven initial overs.

Michael Denton knocked up a quick 53 which kept Thorncliffe going while a last wicket bridge added an unbeaten 48 with Richard Beard contributing 32no.

Thorncliffe closed on 207-8, short by 22 runs, and slipped below Mexborough to the foot of the table.

Frecheville 165-8 Dearne 167-1

KYLE Humphries was the star of the show as Dearne romped to a fifth straight victory against Frecheville.

Daniel Froggatt hit 53 and skipper David Ratcliffe 42, combining for a strong second wicket partnership of 79.

But the run rate was not brisk enough for Frecheville to post an imposing target and they closed on 165-8 with four of the wickets falling to Kevin Roe for a miserly 28.

Frecheville tried in vain to find the answer to the whirlwind hitting of Humphries who smashed his way to an unbeaten 96 with 11 fours and four sixes.

The addition takes him to 526 runs from just five games.

Jonathan Scaife featured in an unbeaten partnership of 102 with Humphries, helping Dearne reach the target with 21 overs to spare.

Rockingham 2nd XI 147

Norton Oakes 2nd XI 149-6

ROCKINGHAM Seconds’ struggle continued as they were downed by promotion–chasing Norton Oakes.

Opener Lee Matthews hit 37 for Rockingham and Chris Shore added 34 but this was as good as it got and they fell all out for 147.

Peter Ledger claimed 3-25 and Sumal Kodippili took 3-14 for Norton.

After losing a wicket before a run was scored Norton recovered with Lewis Elliott hitting 37 and skipper John Davidson 46 to lay the foundation for victory with six wickets lost.