All to play for at top of Premier Division

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No flurries this week, except the rain showers which struck unfairly at some South Yorkshire grounds and not others.

The main casualty was Norton Oakes, whose own ground wasn’t fit enough to let them play their vital relegation struggle with Aston Hall.

Their only consolation was that Coal Aston and Whiston both lost, so the two cancellation points could yet end up being well worth having.

They are now three points below Coal Aston and two above Whiston, with two games to go and two teams to go down. Conisbrough and Houghton Main, the top two in Division One, are raring to take their place.

Treeton are still top, with a fraction more daylight on view, because Whitley Hall again missed out on bonus points.

Treeton had a potentially tricky fixture against Whiston, who had won their previous two games and knew they had to keep doing so to stay up.

But, put simply, Treeton just flattened them.

Steve Foster scored 98, Greg Norton 78*, Danny Kemp 49 and Gareth Davis 33 as they racked up 317-4.

In their last two games Andy Tomlinson and James Martin have had century opening partnerships, but not on Saturday.

In fact, in a very short while, Whiston were 13-6.

Then came one of those brilliant periods of play that only happen in cricket. Peter Wilson, Whiston’s captain, turned the game on its head. The amazing Wilson, like a comic-book hero, blazed 95 from 112 balls, with nine fours and six sixes.

Of course it didn’t actually change the result, but it nearly stopped Treeton from getting maximum points, and was heroic entertainment. Whiston ended up with 160, and Muhammad Attari took 4-31.

Perhaps Treeton were still shell-shocked the next day when they took on Whitley Hall in the semi-final of the Yorkshire Council inter-league knock-out, because they only mustered 166-9 and let Whitley, the cup specialists, through to yet another final as Chris Siddall carried his bat for 73 and a six-wicket win.

Whitley will play the winners of Methley and Townville, the top Central League clubs.

On Saturday, Whitley allowed Coal Aston rather more runs than planned. In fact, before Jim Tasker got his loop working, David Rodgers (42) and Laurence Browes (90) had taken them to 103-1.

Mainly thanks to Browes, Coal Aston went on to 213-8, with Tasker wheeling away for 6-55, but those vital two wickets remained untaken.

Perhaps out of frustration, Whitley came out after tea to show who is boss and Neil Longhurst, Matthew Milburn and Jaco Castle made it all look very easy as they romped through to win by eight wickets in just under 30 overs (that’s seven an over!).

Longhurst made 95*. On Sunday he was run out second ball for a duck. Life is like that sometimes!

Elsecar moved back level with Whitley after bowling Tickhill out for 175. Held up for a long time by James Stuart (63) and Steve Reid (46), who put on 82, the innings was summarily despatched by Shahzad Rana (4-48) and Iftikhar Afzal (5-29).

Rana had another two in two - this time James and Chris Doyle in successive balls and is proving to be not a nice man to face when you’ve just come in!

Ainsley Swallow made 66 in 65 balls in Elsecar’s five-wicket win, but Stuart ruffled a few feathers in the middle.

Wickersley beat Wath by eight wickets, as Shaajhan Younis scored 61* to take his batting average to 75.77. They would be just one point behind the leaders had they not received a 10 point penalty for this season as well as last, for brawling with Whiston at the end of last year. For their part, Whiston had the same penalty, but their consequence is likely to be the heavier.

Darfield, for whom things haven’t quite worked out this year, spent most of Saturday against Hallam looking very fed up.

The rain caused a delayed start and the loss of four overs a side, before Darfield struggled to 180-9.

It rained again when Hallam were 123-6 - though Nick Dymock and Humphrey Emery weren’t fully fit and had been held back. When it stopped, eventually, Darfield retook the field slowly and unwillingly, dragging out the field changes and looking up at the skies. Then Ali Khan got Dymock and Emery out in three balls and everything changed - the will to live had been regained and, with life bursting from every pore, they overthrew the last two wickets to win by 44 runs.

Khan had 6-38. The celebrations were great. The outside chance of relegation was gone - and it could rain as much as it liked!

Treeton will be one game away from being champions, providing they beat Aston Hall this weekend.

Elsewhere, Wickersley will be trying to overhaul Elsecar and Norton Oakes and Coal Aston will be desperate to win their games, against Tickhill and Hallam respectively.

All to play for!