Jaco fires Whitley’s charge

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Whitley Hall’s charge to the top in the Premier Division continued with a fine win over big rivals Treeton at Baxter Field.

The away side set a target of 230-5, Scott Cunningham hitting 66, Steve Foster 44 and Chris Cobb 44no, Whitley answering with a winning 231-8, with South African Jaco Castle once again top bat with a hard-hitting 93, Geoff Ashmore claiming 5-64 for Treeton.

Elsecar are not performing with the class that took them to 17 top-flight titles, and flopped again at the Wickersley ground, where the hosts laid down a 263-7 challenge, teenager Jordan Bethel cracking 50, Steve Bethel 48 and Lesroy Weekes 42. Elsecar were then sent packing for 145 by the attack of Haidar Jahangir, 5-45, and Shahid Hussain, 4-34.

Wath had eight wickets to spare after passsing the modest 129 set by Coal Aston, main men for the victors being Rob Barlow, 6-25, and James Barnard, 54.

Opener Ross Diver set Upper Haugh well on their way to 209-7 with a fine 91, with 13 boundaries, visitors Whiston closing on 189-9, Ryan Hercules 45 and Scott Jones 41, best bowling for Haugh from teenager Jordan Foster,4-48.

Houghton Main welcomed Aston Hall with a score of 223, opener Ian Simon cracking 82, Carl Tiler claiming 5-61 for Hall, who went on to win with a score of 229-3, Uzman Azeem unbeaten on 82, Amir Riaz adding 51 and Juan Grobbelar 45. Hallam took a maximum from the visit of Norton Oakes, Jesse Hemingway top batsman with 69no in their 191-6, Norton falling for 160, Mike Simpson 58 and Dave Revill 47, against the skills of Humphrey Emery, 5-37, and Joe Cooper, 3-28.

Dearne were top scorers of the day, punishing the Houghton B attack for 306-6, Connor Turford blasting 95no and Malcolm Day 89,against Houghton B in Dvision Four. and close behind were Rockingham B, who reached 299-8, Dave Smith 114 and James Bailey 60, against Warmsworth B. And also in Division Four, Mexborough declared at 270-4, Rafiq Hussain 111, Zaiem Khalil 66, against Frechevlille. Whiston B supplied two of the day’s centurions, Joe Stickland hammering 120 and Ant Lancashire 102 in their 240-0 against Upper Haugh B, while top bowler of the day was Tickhill’s Mitch Phelps, with 7-24 in the narrow win over Rockingham in Division One.