Cricket: Houghton are the Main men; Conisbrough win

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Houghton Main retained the leadership of the Ben Bailey Homes South Yorkshire First Division after beating Norton Woodseats at Middlecliffe.

Houghton batted first and lost three wickets with the score at 34. Peter Colbourne (56) and Tanzeel Ali created a fourth wicket stand of 158 before Colbourne departed.

Ali’s innings then blossomed into full maturity as he struck 10 fours and two sixes for an excellent 109 runs.

Tahir Nawas was 40no as Houghton finished on 267-5.

In response, James Eyre opened with 40 and Shahzad Hussain contributed 37 as Norton’s innings petered out at 154. Ian Simon took four for 40 and 17-year-old Callum Honeyman 3 for 16.

At Bence Lane, Conisbrough dented the promotion aspirations of Kexborough, whilst enhancing their own, as they beat them by 163 runs.

Conisbrough batted first and struggled to 15 for three before stumper Jack Whittaker (32) and skipper Gary Strephan (32) added 65 for the fourth wicket.

Further dismissals saw the innings reeling at 119 for eight at which point Jonathan Redfearn took up the cause and added 38 not out to enable a final total of 173 for 9.

Andrew Moore took four for 39 and Anthony Scully three for 57 for Kexborough.

The Kexborough innings never really got going as the innings closed at 107 with Oliver Jackson tormentor in chief with a reward of five for 20.

At Sandygate, Rockingham batted first against Hallam B. Muenoddin Kadri opened with 43 and Gordon Laidlaw enhanced the innings with 57 as Rockingham set the target at 158 all out.

James Chetwood took three for 36 and Luke Bennett three for 25.

Hallam’s innings got off to a disastrous start with their first three batsmen back in the pavilion with a single run to show for their efforts.

The following batsmen did little better as Hallam struggled to 30 for 6. It was left to skipper James Smedley to collect 57 and take Hallam to 112.

Upper Haugh remain rock bottom of Division One after they lost to Barnsley B.

Barnsley batted first with Spencer Lavender opening with 32 and Sam Shaw (53 not out) and Ben Whitehouse (16 not out) providing an unbeaten fifth wicket stand of 127.

Barnsley closed at 184-4 and Nathan Brewer took three for 30 for Haugh. Upper Haugh could only muster 87 in reply.