Five-wicket Walsh sets up win for champions

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An eight-wicket win at Wath for champions and current leaders Whitley Hall ensured the status quo remained the same in the Ben Bailey South Yorkshire Senior League Premier Division.

An eight-wicket win at Wath for champions and current leaders Whitley Hall ensured the status quo remained the same in the Ben Bailey South Yorkshire Senior League Premier Division.

The Ecclesfield club hold a big lead over nearest rivals Treeton, who also had eight wickets in hand after passing Hallam’s 173.

Wath folded quickly after opener Rob Barlow’s half-century, being dismissed for 113 by Alex Welsh, 5-27, and Jim Tasker, 4-23.

Whitley went on to 114-2. The alarm bells ringing when they lost openers Welsh and Steve Bethel cheaply, but Neil Longhurst, 56no, and former Hallam all-rounder Tasker, 43no, steered them safely home.

Treeton got rid of Hallam for 173, Steve Foster 5-35, Dave Burden 3-21, and eased to 176-2, given the perfect start by Scott Cunningham, 85, and Foster, 44.

Elsecar were yet another side to cruise to an eight-wicket success, with Barnsley, visitors to Armroyd Lane, sent back for 151, Steve Walters 45, and Chathura Athakurala grabbing 5-42 in his chase for another top bowler award, following his 50 wickets last season. The Elsecar batters were Brett Hunsley, 70, and Tim Farmer, 47.

Bradfield collected 192 at home to Houghton Main, who were just short at 187-7, Steve Secker hitting 61 and Ashley Vickers 56. Whiston’s 200 proved too many for guests Rockingham, on their way home for 142, in which opener Mike Brown struck 62.

Main men for Whiston were opener Andy Tomlinson, 80, and Sohail Awan, 5-28, while Richard Skipworth bowled well for the losers, with a return of 5-18. Aston Hall had four wickets to spare after passing Wickersley’s 187. Andy Harrison slammed 58 and Gareth Davies 47 for the hosts, and Aston were given a boost by opener Scott Hibbett’s 83,this against the attack of Carl Tiler, 5-56.

Top batsman in Division One was Kexborough’s Adam Wiles, with 98 in the win over Treeton B, while top bowlers were Darfield’s Sam Blake with 7-30 in the nine-wicket win over Elsecar B, those figures bettered by Shiregreen’s Fida Mohammed, who grabbed 9-42 to skittle Tickhill for 99.