South Yorkshire League: Perfect start for Conisbrough

Conisbrough 1st XI
Conisbrough 1st XI

Newly-promoted Conisbrough made an excellent start to life in the top tier with a 52-run win at Wath.

Matthew Barnes starred with the bat for the visitors before Imran Zafar claimed a five-wicket haul to cap an impressive opening day win.

Conisbrough were invited to bat first and opener Barnes had the distinction of carrying his bat all the way through the innings for 73 not out.

His fellow batsmen had difficulties with the bowling of Wath’s skipper Rob Barlow who span his way to a return of 6-38.

Conisbrough were 158-9 at the close.

When Wath batted Zafar was just as effective, taking four of the first six wickets to fall for a reward of 5-34.

Nicholas Morley helped to mop up the tail by taking 3-16 as Wath collapsed to 106 all out.

Tickhill went down by two wickets in a close fought contest at Aston Hall.

Andrew Rennison provided a classy 66 and Nicky Page scored 48 when Tickhill batted first and posted 199 all out.

Tim Shaw took 3-31 for Aston.

Aston’s opener Adam Whitely scored 39 and South African Nicholas Smit contributed 38 but the chase was in serious trouble at 163-8.

Skipper Rob Ward, however, refused to roll over and made an excellent unbeaten 37 as the hosts went on to reach a winning total with two wickets and seven balls to spare.

Steve Reid took 5-30 for the visitors.

Last season’s Division Three champions Sprotbrough lost their Division Two opener at home to Wath B by 29 runs.

Wath posted a total of 230-7 with Jory Bannister scoring 45 and Tom Desborough 47.

Sprotbrough started well and reached 104-2. At this point Gordon Laidlaw (34) and stumper Tom Kaye (60) departed and, despite 33 from Michael Threapleton, the hosts had to settle for a point at 201-8.

Shawn Hopkins bowled well to claim 5-37.