Promotion push is still on for Dearne, ‘Boro lose heavily

Dearne v Mexborough.  Dearne batsman Tony Stephenson.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Dearne v Mexborough. Dearne batsman Tony Stephenson. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Third-placed Dearne kept up their promotion push with a narrow victory over Warmsworth last Saturday.

After Warmsworth won the toss and elected to field, only opening batsmen Ben Whitehouse and Malcolm Day, Dearne’s wicketkeeper and captain respectively, made any serious contribution, hitting 36 each as Dearne posted 185 all out inside 38 overs.

Paul Williams added a late 27, and an unbeaten 29 from Tony Stephenson gave Dearne a fighting chance.

Warmsworth’s Connor Doherty was the chief tormentor, taking 5-26, and the youngster looked like making an even more significant contribution with the bat as he hit a stylish 43.

When he was eventually removed, trapped lbw by Robert Hart, Dearne were back in the game and despite skipper Kelvin Defty’s 34, and an unbeaten 30 from Rory Docherty, Warmsworth were bowled out for 160 after 49.3 overs.

Mid-table Mexborough, meanwhile, suffered a heavy defeat at the hands of Oughtibridge, going down by a massive 149 runs.

The home side won the toss and elected to bat, and despite being reduced to 0-1 when Zaheer Khalil took the early wicket of Ali Akhtar, recovered to post an imposing total of 252-7 after 46 overs.

Geoff Rodgers made 66 before becoming one of Khalil’s three victims, and scores of 46 and 48 from Josh and Ashley Statham took Oughtibridge past the 250 mark.

Michael Faley was the top scorer in Mexborough’s disappointing reply, hitting 23 as they were bowled out for 103 in just 34 overs.