Aston Hall and Treeton both completed the formalities of securing promotion to the new Yorkshire League South, with two games to go, but are still contending to be SYSCL champions.
Whitley Hall slipped again and are now joined for the third automatic promotion slot by Wickersley. It may be that both go up but the last games could be very tight.
Technically, Tickhill could catch Whitley and certainly showed intent on Saturday.
In a fascinating game, Tickhill scored 233-8 (Ashley Fiddler 87, Jim Tasker 4-63) and Whitley went for broke, all out on the last ball still needing five runs to win.
Alex Fletcher (70) and Sam Chatterton (39) pulled them round after being 134-6, but both fell with the score on 209. The last three batsmen scrambled up to 229 but, with five to win off the last ball, Liam Bacon was caught.
The result gives Tickhill an outside chance of overtaking them if they win both and Whitley lose one of the last games, especially as Whitley play Treeton last.
Ironically, blocking out the last ball would probably have seen them safe - but then a six would have kept them in the race to be champions.
Aston Hall overwhelmed Darfield by scoring 242-7 (Adam Whiteley 70, Matthew Cartwright 59, Nick Smit 50*) and reducing Darfield to 133-9 (Tabassum Bhatti 51).
Uzman Azeem took 5-27 but could have bowled an extra over - which Aston may regret, as not taking the last wicket denied them two bonus points.
Treeton, therefore, moved closer, demolishing Conisbrough for 123 (Muhammad Attari 6-44) and knocking off the runs in 15 overs for the loss of Charlie Roebuck (53 out of 76 in 28 balls).
It’s what they’d been hoping to do to Aston Hall last week if it hadn’t rained! They’re now just four points apart.
Wickersley moved level with Whitley but shredded their nerves doing so.
Playing relegation-threatened Wath, they bowled them out for 109 but then contrived to collapse to 47-5. Jordan Lowe (45*) pulled them round, but they were eight down by the time they got the winning run.
Houghton Main (212 ao) beat Hallam (151-9). Joe Cooper took 4-17 and scored 52 but still ended up on the losing side!
Bottom club Coal Aston caught Elsecar on a good day. Scott Jones made 64 and Jason Meadows 60 out of 265-7 (Liam Johnson 4-54) and, despite David Rodgers’ 72, Coal Aston were bowled out for 165. They’re still three points behind Wath with two games to go, and one to go down.
Whiston PC and Collegiate 2nds will both be coming up from Division One, but you wouldn’t have thought so from their performances on Saturday.
Both lost badly - Whiston to Whitley Hall 2nds , Collegiate to Kexborough (despite a cameo from Nick Gaywood, again).
Hopefully this is not a sign of things to come next year. Kexborough, who beat Collegiate, will be joining them and there’s still one more promotion place to play for, with Barnsley, Rotherham Town and Norton Oakes all in contention.