South Yorkshire Senior League.
Champions Treeton met with a setback to their hopes of another championship trophy in their Washfield Lane clubhouse, when they travelled to tackle Aston Hall, making 185-9, Scott Cunningham 63, Chris Cobb 40, with Gary Steele grabbing 6-22 for the hosts, who took the points with their 188-6 reply, Carl Tiler cracking 58.
Hallam didn’t waste time when welcoming Upper Haugh, who were skittled for 48, Humphrey Emery claiming 7-25, to set up a nine-wicket win for the Sandygate Lane men. Elsecar had things all their own way at Norton Oakes, setting a challenge of 204-9 after struggling at 66-5, Luke Townsend cracking 49 and Rob Jones 41, Norton then whipped out for just 71 by Iftikar Afzal, 5-21, and Townsend, 3-16.
Whitley Hall were another team in a hurry, seeing off Wath for only 48 at The Wheel ground to register a nine-wicket triumph, damage done by Jaco Castle, 5-15, and teenager James Brown, 3-5.
Wickersley had seven wickets in hand after passing Houghton Main’s 103, their successful bowlers Muhammad Naveed, 6-38, and Shahid Hussain,3-14. Whiston went on to win at 159-6 after dismissing Coal Aston for 158.
Bowlers mostly had the upper hand, with just three century-makers on the day, two in the same match. When Wickersley B laid down a 176-9 challenge to hosts Doncaster Town in Division Two, opener Matt Burton slammed 103, all to no avail,as Doncaster hit back with 178-1, Nick Wright clubbing 108,and Ryan Capstick 51.
The day’s other ton-up man was Warmsworth ‘s Daniel Oades, who blasted 104 of his side’s 253-5, highest team total of the day, visitors Bradfield B rushed out for 77, Richard Marshall 7-16.