A ton and three wickets as Welsh is Whitley hero

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Premier Division champions and Whitworth Cup winners Whitley Hall extended their lead over big rivals Treeton with a facile victory at Hallam, while the Washfield Lane men were surprisingly beaten, on their own turf, by former champions Elsecar.

Whitley were one of only two teams to top the 300 mark, declaring at 305-6 after a knock of 113 from Alex Welsh and a lively unbeaten 80 from Jaco Castle, hosts Hallam being whipped out for 104 with Welsh claiming three cheap wickets.

The writing was on the wall for Treeton when openers Scott Cunningham and Steve Foster only managed five runs between them, and they fell for 118 with three wickets each for Rob Jones, Chathura Athukorala and Iftikar Afzal, though Elsecar made hard work of taking the points, at 119-7.

Wickersley picked up a maximum from their trip to Rockingham, Johnny Younis cracking 95 and Haidar Jahangir 53 of their 197-7, the Hoyland Common side rushed out for 117, South African Christi Biljoen bagging 5-19.

Aston Hall came in at 218-6, Rob Ward 49no, visitors Whiston so close at 214-9, Sohail Awan strking 63 and Scott Jones 45.

Bradfield continued their improvement with fine performances from their two South Africans Hennie Swart and Matt McGillvray, Swart swatting 82 and McGillvray 67 of their 277-7 at Barnsley, the Shaw Lane men hanging on at 203-9, McGillvray 5-48.

Wath had six wickets to spare after overhauling Houghton Main’s 134, in which Simon Spurr made 62, and Paul Wilkinson grabbed 6-48.

Conisbrough B were top scorers of the day clobbering the Tickhill attack for 337-9 in Division Four, while bottom of the pile were Norton Oakes B, skittled for 47 by Dearne in Division Three.

Top bowler was Warmsworth’s Adam Boothman , with 8-15 in the Division Four win over Frecheville, and the day’s centurions included Shiregreen’s Mohammad Fayyaz, with 113 against Wath B in Division One, Hallam youngster Harry Bliss, with an unbeaten 129 against Whitley Hall B in Division Two, and Aston Hall’s Rob Ross, with 100no in the Division Three win at Whiston B.

Worsbrough opener Dave Smith hit 116 in the Division Three win over Phoenix.