Derek’s an all-round star as Wath stay at the top

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Wath maintained their 100% record in the South Yorkshire Senior League’s Premier Division, with a five-wicket win over Whitley Hall.

Derek Mitchell and Rob Barlow took three wickets each as Whitley were bowled out for 148. And Mitchell then starred with the bat, hitting an unbeaten 62 as Wath eased home with five wickets in hand.

The win put Wath five points clear of second-placed Hallam, who won at Norton Oakes.

Mark Williams hit a majestic 122-ball 76 as Hallam posted 208-5. And Norton Oakes never really got close, Joe Cooper taking 4-30 as they were bowled out for 100.

In Division One, Nicholas Morley hit an unbeaten 74 as Conisbrough beat Shiregreen by eight wickets, and bowlers dominated in a low-scoring game between Hallam and Sheffield Collegiate.

Robert Shaw took 5-14 to reduce Hallam to 60 all out, and Collegiate then struggled home with one wicket to spare despite 6-33 from James Smedley.

A quick-fire, unbeaten 71 from Ian Simon helped Houghton Main overtake Barnsley’s 87 without losing a wicket, and Kexborough enjoyed a straightforward win over Wath.

Michael Jepps hit 72 of Kexborough’s 134, and Anthony Scully took 6-42 as Wath were bowled out for just 80.

Down in Division Two, Jonathan Plater hit 74 not out as Rotherham Town beat Aston Hall by five wickets, and Ethan Gray’s unbeaten 82 was the highlight of Elsecar’s eight-wicket victory at Sheffield United.

Chris Verity’s 80 helped Whitley Hall post a challenging 195-9 against Phoenix - who rose to the challenge to win by eight wickets, with 69 from Chris Longley and 54 not out from Rob Higgins.

There were two centuries in Division Three: Ashley Ward hit 115 in Spotbrough’s win at Coal Aston, and Steve Barson hit 119 as Tickhill beat Whiston PC.