Jon launches the final push

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A hard-hitting 63 from Jonny Younis helped carry Wickersley OV to the South Yorkshire Area Twenty20 title on finals day at Bawtry Road.

They will now represent the South Yorkshire League in the Regional Final to be staged at Tickhill CC on August 14 in a three-team event also including the winners of the Central Yorkshire Final and the Lincolnshire Premier League final.

Wickersley met Whitley Hall in the final, the duo having seen off Elsecar and Wath respectively in the semi-finals earlier in the day.

Whitley batted first and made 140-5 with Jim Tasker 39, Neil Longhurst 33 and Matt Milburn 28 but perhaps the crucial aspect was four excellent overs from off spinner Haidar Jahangir who conceded only nine runs whilst taking a wicket, a spell that put the brakes on Whitley.

Another key moment was the first over of Wickersley’s reply - they took 25 from it, including four wides!

Younis then led the way with his 63 and Wickersley got home at 141-4 with three balls to spare.

In their semi-final, Wickersley had eased to a six wicket win over Elsecar who had been restricted to 91-9. Iftikhar Afzal top scored with 18 and Mark Downing took 2-17.

It was a total that was never enough and Wickersley skipper Gareth Davis led his side to victory with an unbeaten 42. Alan Shore had 2-17.

Whitley had a comfortable victory over Wath in their semi-final.

Whitley made 128-9 with Neil Longhurst top scoring with 34. Spinner Shaun Hopkins was the pick of the Wath bowling with 4-17.

However, the reply never threatened with only Steve Reynolds, 25, coming to terms with the Whitley attack and Wath were all out of 71. Ben Webster took 3-12, Alex Welsh 3-17 and Tom Fletcher 2-9.

The first of the South Yorkshire League’s Whitworth Cup semi-finals takes place on Sunday when the holders Whitley Hall entertain Elsecar.

It will be their second meeting in 24 hours as the duo are set to met in the Premier Division at Whitley on Saturday.

The second semi-final will be Wickersley at home to Treeton on Sunday, July 17. The draw offers up the prospect of a repeat of last year’s final when Whitley beat Treeton.