South Yorkshire League: Wath take over at the top

Wath's Derek Mitchell.
Wath's Derek Mitchell.

South African Derek Mitchell starred with bat and ball to lead Wath to victory over Tickhill - and take the Moor Road club back to the top of the table.

Mitchell claimed four wickets to help restrict Premier Division strugglers Tickhill to 189 all out.

The all-rounder then hit an imperious 96 not out as Wath completed a four wicket win to leapfrog Treeton into top spot.

Defeat for Tickhill left them seven points clear of the drop zone, currently occupied by Whiston PC and Darfield.

Wath invited their visitors to defend first and Dom Cumming built the Tickhill innings with 43 before he became Mitchell’s first victim.

The paceman went on to claim three more wickets, reducing Tickhill from 139-5 to 168-8.

Middle order man James Needham added a vital 43 to see Tickhill close ON 189 all out, the final wicket falling on the penultimate ball.

Mitchell ended with 4-63, while skipper Rob Barlow took 4-60.

Opener Mitchell then took up the chase with devastating effect. He compiled a superb unbeaten 96, including eight fours and two sixes, as Wath crossed the finishing line with 12 overs to spare.

Tickhill’s overseas player Steve Reid claimed 3-29 and Alex Rowland took 3-59.

Conisbrough recovered from a late wobble to beat Hallam B by three wickets and stay on course for promotion to the Premier Division.

There must have been times when the ghosts of last season’s second half disaster must have haunted Conisbrough at St Peter’s Drive on Saturday, as visitors Hallam B amassed 255 all out in just under 47 overs.

Youngster Robert Basu opened with 62, Michael Woodhead supported with 33, Richard Neal lifted the middle of the innings with 49 and Steven Wright closed with a quickfire 32.

The home side were indebted to the bowling of Nicholas Morley, who came on at fourth change and captured 6-45.

Conisbrough’s reply was inauspicious at 55-2. But then Tim Shelley (38) and skipper Gary Strephan added 71 runs for the third wicket.

Strephan departed when he reached 78 from 68 balls with 10 fours and two sixes for good measure.

Conisbrough were 205-4 when a mid-order collapse reduced them to 225-7

However, Jonathan Redfern held his nerve with 41 not out to see his side to victory.

Lowly Wath B moved to within four points of safety by recording only their second win of the season at Shiregreen - and they did it in dramatic fashion.

The hosts chose to bat first but had difficulties against Wath’s bowling and they also contributed to their own downfall as three run outs reduced them to 121 all out.

In reply, Wath were on the brink at 81-9.

But a sensational final wicket stand between youngster Jake Little (23no) and Jack Waldron (20no) produced a thrilling finale as Wath gained the points from the penultimate ball.