Barlows set the bar high at Wath

Wath CC.  Wath opening bowler Mark Barlow who took two early wickets.  Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Wath CC. Wath opening bowler Mark Barlow who took two early wickets. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
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Wath haven’t featured on the list of top-flight League champions or Whitworth Cup winners since the League was formed in 1948.

But supporters of the club, where the Barlow family have been the backbone for several decades, are hoping that they can hold on to their present high-flying position in the Premier Division.

They are unbeaten, and have already beaten the very strong Whitley Hall side, who have been prominent in Yorkshire Council, Black Sheep, and Whitworth Cup competitions in recent seasons.

They face a stiff test next weekend, though, at Armroyd Lane when they are due to tackle Elsecar, who are chasing their 20th Premier Division title.

They haven’t started this season in top form, however, and were in trouble at 18-4 in their latest match against Hallam before rain intervened.

That was the theme at the weekend, too, as the League programme was completely washed out on Saturday.

Some clubs, however,did manage to get in their games in the League’s KO competitions.

Wickersley beat Elsecar in the Whitworth Cup: Paul Lund hitting 47 and Khummar Javed 42 of their 142-3 in reply to Elsecar’s 138-7.

Whitley also advanced to the semi-finals, bowling out Hallam for 105 and anwering with 111-3.

Conisbrough beat Wath in the Mike Savage Memorial Trophy, James Doran striking 66 of their 207-7.

Wath then closed on 190-8, Rob Barlow unlucky to be on the losing side after hitting a fine 100.

Rockingham got rid of Kexborough for 142 (Joe Bullock 43, Mark Wilkinson 4-14) and followed with 146-8.

In the Twenty20 Cup, Sheffield Collegiate held Whiston to 114-9, Alex Galloway 49, and won with their 118-4 reply.

Maltby posted 178-3, Tom Groom 67, and skittled Dearne for 54, Phil Fletcher grabbing 4-23 and Liam Woodward 3-20, while Norton Woodseats came in at 131-6 against Oughtibridge, 125-3.