IS it a cup record? That’s what officials of the South Yorkshire League are pondering and hoping clubs can help provide an answer.
It comes after a stand of 238 by Wath openers Lesroy Weekes and Vinay Devishetty in the Whitworth Cup against Aston Hall.
The League have a list of record partnerships for league games but, seemingly, nothing that covers cup matches.
Now, League officials want to know if there has ever been a higher opening stand in their cup competition.
“If there has been something bigger as an opening stand then we hope somebody out there will get in touch and inform us,” said a League spokesman.
In the partnership, Devishetty made 137 and skipper Weekes 118 in Wath’s 293-3.
Aston Hall replied with 181-8, Scott Hibbert making 49 and Samarat Sharma 36.
In the final group game, Wath will face Treeton to see who qualifies along with Whitley Hall.
Whitley beat Treeton who made 200-9 in a rain-reduced 40 overs, Steve Foster making 67 with eight 4s and three 6s. This was overshadowed by 91 from Neil Longhurst as Whitley raced to a nine wicket win in just 30 overs.
Longhurst struck 14 fours and three 6s with good support from Steve Bethel who made 65no with nine 4s.
Elsecar qualified from the other group with a big win over Wickersley who they dismissed for just 123 (Luke Townsend 3-28).
This was after Chathura Athukorala had smashed 82 off only 39 balls in Elsecar’s 245 with Ainsley Swallow making 71.
Whiston PC had an opening stand of 102 between Scott Jones 66 and Andy Tomlinson 45 to set things up before Kevin Cooper struck 50 off 56 balls as they rattled up 270-9. James Smedley took 5-61.
Although Hallam got away reasonably enough at 102-2, they collapsed to 160 all out (Hayman 44) with youngster Sufyan Sayed inducing it in taking 5-14.
The final group games, both on Sunday, June 12 (1.30) will see Wickersley facing Whiston with the winners joining Elsecar in the semi-finals and Treeton meeting Wath to see who joins Whitley Hall in the last four.
The quarter-finals of the SYL’s Mick Savage Memorial Trophy take place on Sunday (1.30).
Holders Barnsley B are away to Wath.
Draw: Tickhill v Darfield, Kexborough v Elsecar B, Wath B v Barnsley B, Norton Oakes v Coal Aston.