Eden Grove leave it late to claim Alliance victory

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EDEN Grove snatched a thrilling one-wicket win with three balls to spare in their Solly Sports South Yorkshire Cricket Alliance Division One clash at Darfield Seconds.

Ashley Grace helped Grove restrict the home side to 197-9 after openers Josh Care (60) and Ian Adamson (54) had given them a good start.

Grove made a shaky start to their reply and they looked to be heading for defeat until No 6 Eric Hepworth (24) and No 7 Russ Donald, who hit ten fours in his 71, came together.

Adwick-on-Dearne opener Simon Askew still finished on the losing side at Kilnhurst seconds despite making 96 of his side’s 214-8. Fellow opener Paul Jordan (32) and No 6 Jonathan Hood (38) also shone with the bat. An unbeaten 66 by No 6 Matthew Bacon steered Kilnhurst home with three wickets to spare in the 42nd over.

An unbeaten 109 by Kevin Beresford was the highlight of Hampole & Skelbrooke’s match-winning 183-4 in their Division Two clash at Brookhouse. Darren Lovett grabbed 7-28 in Brookhouse’s 116.

Wentworth (125-5) beat Harworth Colliery by five wickets.

Put into bat, Harworth were bowled out for a modest 124 in 35 overs - opener Richard Bartle and tailender Jeff Dickinson both making 19. Gareth Hobson took 4-27.

Parklands seconds suffered a 48-run Division Three defeat at Whiston Meths seconds. Meths won the toss and elected to bat, making 145 all out. Junior William Bonsor (3-30) and Mark Leonard (3-22) shared six of the wickets to fall.

Wickets fell at regular intervals after opener Reg Strawbridge (27) and No 3 Craig Taylor had departed, and Parklands were all out for 97.

Hatfield Main flattered to deceive in their 43-run defeat at Telecom. Replying to Telecom’s 174-6 - Andrew Moores taking 3-62 - Hatfield got off to a flying start with skipper Mel Bellamy 42, and Will Mora (24) putting on 60 for the first wicket. But only No 6 Darren Freebury (32) of the remaining batsmen made any impact as the Doncaster side were bowled out for 131.

Denaby & Cadeby coasted to an eight-wicket Division Four defeat at home to Forgemasters seconds. The visitors had no answer to a 5-10 spell by Lee Ogley and were all out for 35. Opener Alan Aitken hit an unbeaten 21 in Denaby’s reply of 36-2.

Juniors Jack Myers (150) and Oliver Warren (117 not out) laid the foundations for Whitley Hall Colts’ 188-run win over Adwick-on-Dearne seconds. No 4 Gareth Hughes (52) was the pick of the Adwick reply of 132-9. Brodsworth Main thirds bagged a five-run win over Eden Grove seconds.