Defending champions go top

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MID-season leaders Rossington Main suffered an early New Year set back when they were beaten by reigning champions Hatfield Town in the All Saints Indoor Cricket League .

Town posted an impressive 120-1 thanks to top order batsmen Chris Liddle (29) and Paul Davies (27 retired not out) with support from Andy Cutts (22).

Main lost early wickets in their reply as Mick Richardson tried to push his team to victory with a well constructed innings of 47. But his effects were to no avail as they closed 22 runs short.

This victory leapfrogs Hatfield into top spot with 53 points and gives them a two-point cushion Rossington, who dropped to second.

Hot on the heels of the top two are third-placed Barnby Dun with 48 points. They beat Warmsworth, who were themselves nicely placed for an assault at the top two. The Common Lane outfit were indebted to Amit Kundra (42) and Tom Whitaker (30) as they posted a competitive total of 104. Dun's reply was built around opening pair Steve Barnes (25) and Phil Decent (27) who both retired not out.

The match was in the balance right up to the last over. But, with wickets in hand, Dun eased to a well deserved victory and are now posed for a push for top spot.

An entertaining match between the bottom two teams, saw Parklands and Hatfield Main produce the first tied match in the league's two-year history.

Youngsters Andy Teasdale (26 retired not out) and Liam Green (21) laid the foundations of a Main innings of 96-3 that was well supported by the rest of the team. In reply, Parklands lost a couple of early wickets but a middle innings partnership between Craig Taylor (30 retired not out) and Reg Strawbridge (20 not out) set up a thrilling finale.

Requiring four runs off the last ball to win, a manic scramble and panic saw them score three runs to tie the game.

Brodsworth Main suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Brookhouse, having scored a modest 69-4.

Only Richard Miller (26 retired not out) showed any resistance against the impressive bowling of Jonathon Cushing, who claimed the first ever competition four-wicket haul when taking 4-12.

The Brookhouse batsman eased past their target with a patient innings of 26 retired not out from Jamie Elliott.

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