Champs Elsecar crash to 46-year low

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SOUTH Yorkshire League champions Elsecar were dismissed for their lowest score for 46 years when they crashed to 51 all out in their Premier Division game at Wath.

On a bowler-friendly track, Wath were in big trouble at 65-7, but Jonathan Scaife’s unbeaten 37 enabled them to reach 115 and this was to prove ample. Elsecar were soon in deep trouble. Paul Wilkinson exploited the conditions and was near enough unplayable.

He finished with 7-29 as Elsecar made just 51 - their worst since 38 against Eckington back in 1966.

No such problems for the side they beat to the title last summer, Whitley Hall.

Haider Jahangir made 62 and Michael Donson 44 no in Wickersley’s 181-8, but Whitley’s Alex Welsh, 83, and Neil Longhurst, 66, put on 162 to put the issue beyond doubt. They won by eight wickets.

Aston Hall made only 94 (Scott Hibbert 30) but it was enough for their first win as they dismissed Hallam for 63 with Uzman Azeem taking 5-7.

Tariq Maqsood took a hat-trick for Darfield but they were the only wickets as Treeton knocked off the 59 required. Steve Foster took 6-30.

Whiston’s Jafar Nazir took 6-41 to help dismiss Coal Aston for 92 as Whiston won by eight wickets.