Diver cracks ton in 657-run match

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Kexborough and guests Tickhill made a huge 657 runs between them in Division One.

Kexborough’s 375-5 was by far the biggest team score of the day, opener Ross Diver clouting 114, Richard Burgess 83no and Adam Wiles 78.

Tickhill were not disgraced with their 282-7 reply, Ashley Fiddler hitting 77 and teenager James Kilvington 69.

Elsecar all-rounder Chathura Athukorala, top wicket-taker in the League last season, is on the march again this term, and snapped up 8-50 when seeing off Rockingham for 149 to set up a six-wicket OPremier Division triumph for the Armroyd Lane men. Brett Hunsley was their best batsman with 76, 56 of those coming in boundaries.

Treeton’s Steve Foster, rated top all-rounder in the Leaague, had a four-wicket haul as hosts Wath laid down a 253-8 challenge with a fine 100 from Andrew Wood and 70 from former Elsecar star Lesroy Weekes.

Foster steered his side to victory at 257-4 with a knock of 116, being ably assisted by Umair Asif, 76no.

Champions Whitley Hall had no trouble at Bradfield, who were held to 143-8 by Jaco Castle, 6-43, Whitley easing to 146-3, Alex Welsh 76. Humphrey Emery cracked 77 in Hallam’s 161-9 then claimed 5-55 as Aston Hall fell for 140.

Whiston’s Scott Jones picked up 5-28 as Houghton Main reached 189 with Lachie Mckenna scoring 66. Jones then partnered Andy Tomlinson in Whiston’s eight-wicket winning answer, Jones unbeaten on 72 and Tomlinson 57.