Handy Andy hits century against old club

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Andy Tomlinson won league batting honours with Wickersley back in the 1990s, and found himself up against his former team when starring for new club Whiston and slammed a superb century in the home total of 200-8.

Andy Tomlinson won league batting honours with Wickersley back in the 1990s, and found himself up against his former team when starring for new club Whiston and slammed a superb century in the home total of 200-8.

It was way behind Wickersley’s 265-7, the highest team score in the Premier Division, and in which Christi Viljoen cracked 85 and Haidar Jahangir 59.

Whitley Hall warmed up for the following day’s Champions of Champions semi-final against Pudsey Congs at Bradford with a comfortable six-wicket win over Houghton Main.

Main set a 193 target, with Ian Simon hitting 49 runs while Neil Longhurst claimied 5-19 and he followed that up with a knock of 57, followed by an unbeaten half-ton from the Jaco Castle, Whitley’s man of the season to-date.

Treeton dimissed hosts Barnsley for 110, long-serving Dave Burden bagging 5-19, and replied with 113-2, Steve Foster hammering 80, with 13 boundaries.

Elsecar have hopes of regaining the title they have won more than any other club in the league, and were nine-wicket winners at Bradfield, polishing off the Sands team for 134. Chathura Athukorala adding another four cheap scalps to his belt, then recovering from 6-1 to 137 without further loss.

Ainsley Swallow 76 (no) and Brett Hunsley 50 (no). Aston Hall came in at 263,, boosted by a fine opening knock of 120 from Samrat Shah, and 65 from Scott Hibbett, at home to Rockingham. Mark Wilkinson took 5-63, Love Kesh claiming 4-68 for visitors Rockingham, shot down for 114.

Wath had Hallam back in the Sandygate pavilion for 129, with only Will Hale staying for long, with 43, and eased to 130-4, Andy Wood hitting 51 and James Barnard 43.

High-scorers of the day were Collegiate B who punished the Treeton B attack for 319-7 with 84 from Tom Lister and an unbeaten 60 from teenager James Meakin. The hosts were all out for 181.

Century-makers further down the league included Conisbrough’s Gary Strephen, with 104 against Barnsley B, and Warmsworth’s Graeme Worth, with 115 against Maltby.

There were two eight-wicket bowlers on the day, Richard Ledger, with 8-61 in the Barnsley B loss to Conisbrough, and Thorncliffe B’s Carl Wilson, with 8-46 in the Division Three defeat by Phoenix.