Elsecar shock leaders Whitley in 621-run match

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Runaway Premier Division leaders Whitley Hall met with their first setback of the season when, despite making a huge 310-8, they lost to Elsecar.

The former champions, recovering from an indifferent start to the term, stormedback with two century-makers steering them to 311-5.

South African Jaco Castle, top batsman last season, cracked 97, and Andy Bethel added 55 in the Whitley total, but Elsecar opener Ainsley Swallow belted 115, followed by an unbeaten 114 from Luke Townsend, to give a boost to the Armroyd Lane club’s supporters, and a shock to the Baxter Field hosts.

An amazing innings from Houghton Main’s Ian Simon, 169 off 99 balls, shook up hosts Wickersley, Ian smashing 11 fours and 16 sixes, as his colleagues fell around him, the guests all out for 245. Wickersley were 96-6 at one stage, rallied to 228-8 by Richard Harrison, 58, and Kristian Lee-Green, 53, but couldn’t match the Simon-inspired tally.

Treeton regained winning form despite only scoring 167 at Bradfield, the Sands club then sent back for 116, Umaid Asif claiming 5-49 and Steve Foster 3-21.

Rockingham had four wickets in hand after passing Hallam’s 138 in which opener Humphrey Emery struck 56. Best for the Rocks were Andy Shore, 5-39,and Ben Dalton, 50no. Barnsley got rid of Whiston for 163, Oliver Hannon-Dalby 5-33, and battled to 164-8, young opener Steve Walters hitting 41, and another junior, Jamie Green, adding 36. Aston Hall cruised to a six-wicket triumph after confining Wath to 137-8, Andy Hirst hitting a late 53, against the attack of Rob Ward, 4-27, and Gary Steele, 3-41.

Elsecar seconds failed to match the efforts of their first team, being sent packing for 154, Adrian Meadows 82, against Shiregreen (239-9) in Division One, in which Rotherham Town opener Jon Allan slammed 103 in the six-wicket win over Wickersley B, and Wath B batsman Joe Thompson crashed 107 against Collegiate B.

Doncaster Town C bowler Rob Hart bagged 7-24 against Dearne B in Division Four, but was on the losing side, and low-scorers of the day were Maltby, skittled for 60 to lose by eight wickets to Doncaster Town B in Division Two.