It’s still early days but champions Treeton already find themselves playing catch up in the Premier Division of the South Yorkshire League.
So, they gratefully accepted the win when beating Coal Aston by nine wickets but were unable to dismiss them and get full winning points/
Aston closed on 161-9, a total into which openers Steve Foster, 80no and Gareth Davis, 56, were soon making rapid inroads with a stand of 130 on the way to a nine wicket win.
However, they are already 16 points behind early leaders Whiston Parish Church who overtook Norton Oakes’ 118 for the loss of four wickets.
South African Juan Grobbelaar made an impact for Aston Hall at second-placed Elsecar and threatened to win the game.
Elsecar made 209-8 with Shahzad Rana 70 and Glenn Yates 52 and Grobbelaar claimed 4-36.
With Aston requiring 70 off ten overs and with Grobbelaar looking menacing, they were still in the game. However, he was dismissed after 36 from 34 balls and Aston ended on 189-8.
Before each game last Saturday, a minute’s silence was held in memory of Norton Oakes’ 19-year-old all rounder Dominic Sayles who tragically lost his life the week before.
Tomorrow’s Premier Division fixtures: Aston Hall v Treeton, Coal Aston v Whiston PC, Hallam v Upper Haugh, Norton Oakes v Elsecar, Whitley Hall v Wath, Wickersley OV v Houghton M.
In the Whitworth Cup, Treeton were ko’d by Hallam.
Treeton made 165 (Greg Norton 38) and Hallam, after being 90-1 and 133-7, got home at 166-8 with Nick Dymock making a splendid 85 off 67 balls.
On Sunday, Wath meet Whiston PC.
n It’s a two match weekend in the Yorkshire League.
Tomorrow’s games include: Barnsley v York, Sheffield Utd v Doncaster, Rotherham Town v Driffield, Harrogate v Collegiate.
Monday’s fixtures include: Barnsley v Sheffield Utd, Collegiate v York, Rotherham v Hull, Doncaster v Harrogate.