BARNSLEY Woolley Miners gained their first league win of the season and they retain belief they can challenge for the Yorkshire Premier South title.

The Shaw Laners enjoyed a seven-run success at Wakefield Thornes, having lost their first two league matches.

Owen Smith made 82 with seven fours and four sixes while Ciaran Stenton added 51 in Barnsley’s 234. The hosts made 227 for eight.

Captain Liam Johnson said: “It was a good win against a very good side who will be there or thereabouts for winning the league.

“We needed a win after losing our first two games.

“It’s massively important, it gets the ball rolling for us and lays a marker down that we can beat top sides.

“We expect to be up there at end of the season. Losing the first two can create a bit of doubt but we know we can compete now. We tend to go on runs, and win in batches. Now we have that feelgood factor back, we can kick on.

“We have Tickhill next who are another team we expect to be pushing for the league.They finished second on the last day of the season last year.

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“It will be tough but we fancy ourselves to beat anyone at home.

“We will be a match for them.”

Barnsley then lost at Woodhouse Grange in the Heavy Woollen Cup.

The hosts posted 241 with Barnsley’s Adam Copley taking three wickets and Stenton taking two stumpings.

Jacob Cumming made 53 but the visitors were all out for 164.

“It was a tough game against a good side. We were missing players due to Yorkshire commitments and other commitments. We had a depleted team but put up a good show.

“The players who came in from the second and third teams really stood up.

“We were happy to contain them to 250 on a small ground.

“But the intensity of the game on Saturday then a long day in field in heat meant we ran out of steam with the bat.”

Cawthorne won by 46 runs at Appleby Frodingham. Danish Aziz made 56 in Cawthorne’s 190 then Ben Cliff took four wickets and Thomas Jones three.

Elsecar’s Samarpit Joshi made 111 not out but they lost by five wickets at home to Cleethorpes.

Joshi hit ten fours and four sixes in Elsecar’s 214. They are still yet to win in the league this season.