Main hang on for victory

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PREVIOUS winners Rossington Main and Hatfield Town went head-to-head in the the All Saints Indoor Cricket League with Main claiming the spoils.

Leaders Main were soon in trouble, losing three wickets to the accurate bowling of John Severn (1-9) and Adil Nasim (1-7). A middle order revival by Stewart Groves (18) helped repair some of the damage, but it needed a late burst from captain Roy Nelson, who hit 21 in the last over to take them to 71-4.

Town got off to a bad start, losing a wicket in the first over. Andrew Cutts (13) and John Severn (15) got their side back on track and up with the run rate.

But when both were dismissed the outcome swayed back to their opponents. The balance of the match changed once again and Chris Liddle (15) seemed to have everything under control until he was run out leaving the last two batsmen at the crease with an over to go and 12 runs required.

A run out put the pressure on for Town and in the final analysis the task proved just too much (67-5) with Rossington claiming victory in a highly competitive and high charged encounter.

Barnby Dun moved back into second place after a comfortable victory over Maltby MW.

Openers Phil Decent (25) and Jay Horne (27 retired not out) gave Dun a flying start. The innings kept its momentum with good middle order support from Michael Fell (26 retired not out) followed by a late flourish from Stewart McPhee (20 not out) as they posted a formidable 125-1.

In-form openers Liam Woodward (13) and Paul Pendle (29) gave their team some hope of reaching their target but once both had been dismissed the younger inexperienced batsman were unable to keep up with the run rate and Maltby were 66-5 at the close. Horne capped a personal all-round performance by claiming 2-14.

Askern Welfare suffered a surprise defeat at the hands of Parklands after being dismissed for a below par total of 40. Cory Deere (2-17) and Scot Hibbert (2 -1) did the damage.

Hibbert continued his fine form, ending on 16 not out in Parklands’ reply of 41-0. He received good support from Richard Miller (14 not out).

Last year’s bottom club Hatfield Main completed only their second ever victory in the league, coming out on top against a youthful Warmsworth outfit. Neil Purvis (40 not out) top-scored for Main with Graham Worrall (34) giving good support in their impressive total of 110- 5.

Warmsworth never looked like overhauling the Main tally despite some impressive batting from youngsters Aaron Horsfield (25 retired not out) and Conner Doherty (23 not out).