Cricket: Ben Bailey South Yorkshire Division One round-up

Conisbrough's Gary Strephan. Picture: Andrew Roe
Conisbrough's Gary Strephan. Picture: Andrew Roe

Conisbrough maintained their chase for promotion by beating Rockingham at St Peter’s Drive, writes James Beachill.

Rockingham decided to bat first but half their batsmen had returned 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 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

Other results

Houghton Main 174 for 1 Wath B 173 for 9

Houghton Main further their promotion ambitions with a good win over Wath B at Middlecliffe.

Wath elected to bat first and opener Matthews Hays scored 30, Richard Bray42 and skipper Shawn Hopkins with 30 not out lifted the latter part of the innings to enable a final score of 173 for 9.

Steven Honeyman took three for 48 and Sarfraz Ali, three for 37.

Houghton’s opening pair of Peter Colbourne and skipper Michael Brown tied the score with a stand of 173, at which point Brown left with his score 58. Colbourne had smashed his way to 101 not out, including 16 fours and a six.

Kexborough 127 Collegiate B 128 for 9

Collegiate B are in third place after a narrow victory over Kexborough at Bence Lane.

Kexborough batted first and opener Steven Walters, top scored with 31 in their total of 127 all out. Ben Fielding did the damage for Collegiate with an excellent six for 28.

Collegiate were struggling from the outset, despite 26 from youngster Ben Rooke.

Ben Fielding came in with the score at 62 for five and looked as though he would take Collegiate to victory. His demise came when he became the ninth wicket to fall, with his total 44 (seven fours) with Collegiate still needing to 6 for success. The final pair scrambled the runs required and Collegiate won by a single wicket. Youngster Ashley Potter took four for 40.

Upper Haugh 158 Millhouses Works 192 for 9

Millhouses Works have won, lost and drawn five games each after beating relegation threatened Upper Haugh at Wentworth Road.

James Ward (49) and Ian Mallet (49) got them off to a good start with an opening stand of 113. The innings faltered after this and Millhouses were reduced to 135 for 7 before the tail end resurrected the innings to 192 for nine. Paul Pendle took five for 51 for Upper Haugh.

The hosts lost their first two wickets with just four on the scoreboard. Ryan Diver batted superbly with eight fours and two sixes and a personal tally of 54 in 63 balls. He lost his wicket with the score at 127 for eight and despite some good resistance from youngster Sam Thompson (19 not out) the innings closed at 158 all out, short by 34 runs. Lee Stewart took four for 41 and Rituparna Ghose three for 43

Norton Woodseats 169 for 2 Shiregreen 165

Norton Woodseats beat Shiregreen at Graves Park. Shiregreen batted first and with 63 from Ihtisham Mohammed and 33 from Mehfooz Khan mustered a total of 165 all out.

Aamir Ashfaque took three for 27 and David Armitage four for 22.

Norton lost their first two wickets with the score at 19 and then Israr Asif (76 not out) and Neil Johnson (69 not out) added 146 for the second wicket. Norton achieved their target without further loss

Hallam B 344 for 9 Barnsley B 205

Hallam B achieved the highest score of the season and rocketed out of the relegation places after beating fellow strugglers Barnsley B at Sandygate.

The Hallam score of 344 for nine was centred around an innings from Michael Woodhead of 72 (11 fours and two sixes) in 64 balls, Richard Neal 74 (12 fours) in 100 balls and 53 from Jamie Stone (six fours and two sixes) in just 27 balls. John Hayman supported with 31 and ‘Extras’ contributed 49 Richard Ledger came out the best of the Barnsley bowlers with four for 63.

The young Barnsley team couldn’t match Hallam’s aggressive scoring rate, although youngsters Spencer Lavender (36), Reece Sellers (59) and Beck Frostick (42) did their best and took the score 140 for 2. The innings eventually closed at 205 all out. Iain Snelling bowled well for five for 41.