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Delight for Whiston youngster Lewis Hilditch as he takes a wicket
Delight for Whiston youngster Lewis Hilditch as he takes a wicket
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Pete Wilson won the toss for Whiston, but before the match commenced players and officials from both teams lined up to pay tribute to Oakes player Dominic Sayles who tragically died the previous weekend.

Groundsman Doug Swann worked tirelessly to produce a pitch after heavy overnight rain and the match started on time, but Norton Oakes were soon in trouble.

They lostAndy Firth, caught by James Martin off the lively Andy Ivill, for 1 and, with the score on eight, Alex Hughes was then bowled by Ryan Hercules for 3.

Helpful seam bowling conditions saw run scoring at a premium but at 85-4 Oakes looked set for a decent total.

But then five wickets fell in the space of five overs as the visitors slumped to 99-9.

A last-wicket stand of 19 between former Sheffield United stalwart Eric Burgin’s grandson Matthew and Abid Younas, added to an input of 36 in the extras column, took Oakes to 118 all out in the 40th over.

Ivill finished with 4-36 from 14 accurate overs and there were two wickets a piece for Steve Taylor and Lewis Hilditch.

Hercules, hampered by a hamstring pull, finished with 1-21 off 12 overs.

Whiston lost Joe Fletcher for one in reply but they were soon back in control as Andy Tomlinson, 41, and Taylor added 78, before Nat Musslewhite trapped Tomlinson lbw for 41.

Taylor reached 33,including five boundaries, before he was caught by Hughes.

But the leaders made short work of the task to cruise home to record a six wicket victory, which retains their narrow two point lead at the top of the South Yorkshire Senior League.