Despite the rain on Friday, all of the Premier Division teams in the South Yorkshire League were able to play.
The top six teams all played the bottom six, and all went to form. Nick Dymock of Hallam scored the season’s highest score with 156 against Whiston, Whitley Hall had a good weekend by winning their league match and their Whitworth Cup semi-final on Sunday, losing only four wickets in the process, and Wath regained their top spot in the league as Treeton missed out on bowling bonus points against Coal Aston.
Treeton had been top at the start of the day, and put together a commanding batting performance as Scott Cunningham and Danny Kemp both passed 70 in their total of 259-7.
When Steve Foster dismissed both Coal Aston openers for 0, it must have seemed all over, but Laurence Browes (62) assisted by Nick Horsfield and Elliot Tye (who got runs and wickets) guided them to a very respectable 200-8 at the close and Treeton missed out on the two bowling points they needed to stay in the lead.
It was a similar tale at Sandygate, where Hallam, with Dymock at his imperious best, amassed 281-8 only to find Whiston quite content to hold out for 213-8.
Mind you, Andy Tomlinson’s 103* had more than a liitle to do with that.
Hallam have now won more games than anyone in the Premier Division but are struggling to convert their dominance into league position because they can’t bowl out the opposition to get maximum points.
Of course having all their bowlers playing on the same day might help!
With Treeton and Hallam missing out, Wath were able to overtake and regain the top spot.
They bowled out Tickhill for 189, Derek Mitchell and Rob Barlow taking four wickets each, and then somehow managed to hang in.
Mitchell batted through for 96* as Wath won by four wickets.
Elsecar also move up, having had the best of a tight tussle with Darfield. Elsecar made 198 (Jason Meadows 48) and were struggling with Darfield on 154-4.
But a run out, and two wickets in two balls for Glenn Yates, turned the game.
And with Shahzad Rana (4-47) taking the crucial wicket of Ali Khan (83), Darfield finished 19 runs short.
Aston Hall came up against Jaco Castle in irrepressible mood. He took 6-53 with the ball, including triple centurion Matthew Cartwright for only 11, as Aston folded for 128.
He then top scored with the bat (43*) as Whitley Hall raced to victory in 20 overs with only three wickets down.
And if you think that was quick, you should have seen them on Sunday, in the Whitworth Cup semi-final.
Despite letting Whiston score 183 (Andy Tomlinson 59), they still won by nine wickets.
Matthew Milburn (71) and Neil Longhurst (97*) put on 139 for the first wicket, scoring at over seven runs an over!
Not to be outdone, Wickersley continued their strong form, bowling out Norton Oakes for 163 (Alex Hughes and Alex Hibbert scoring nearly half the runs between them and Haider Jahangir taking 5-34) and then knocking off the runs for three down in just 23 overs (Matt Burton 61).
In Division 1, Shiregreen, who made 295 last week, could only manage 121 this time, and then had to suffer the frustration of Wath, who were 81-9, putting on 44 with the last pair to win by one wicket.
They also conceded 36 extras. Not a great day in the field!
Millhouses Works, on the other hand, finally put their run of bad form to bed by bowling out Barnsley seconds for 135 and winning comfortably thanks to Nazakat Khan (58*) and Ali Akhtar (42).
Norton Woodseats were rained off, Collegiate’s second team beat Rockingham and Hallam seconds, who made 255, just lost to Conisbrough - who won with five balls to go in the 53rd over.
This weekend, the game to watch will be Treeton v Wickersley.
Can Treeton go back to the top or will Wickersley really stake their claim to overcome their points deduction and rejoin the leaders?