League confirm record chase as leaders toppled

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THE South Yorkshire League have confirmed that Elsecar’s successful run chase at Premier Division leaders Whitley Hall is a league record.

A league official says theyknow of no club in the league’s history that has ever successfully chased more than Elsecar who overtook Whitley’s 310-8, doing so with 10 balls to spare into the bargain.

“Until recent years, scores of over 300 were pretty rare and certainly no opposition team then went and knocked off such a total,” said a league spokesman.

“We believe it to be the most that any team has made, batting second, to win a game - if anyone knows different then we’d certainly like to know but we are treating it as a record.”

A marvellous game lived up to its billing of top v second and leaders Whitley - who topped 300 the previous week - went into the game unbeaten.

It proved to be, arguably, the best game of the season in the SYL, with Whitley’s 310-8 seeing Jaco Castle - very close to a first ball lbw - hitting 97 and Andy Bethel 55.

Elsecar’s reply was begun superbly by Ainsley Swallow with 115 off 97 balls including 13 fours and five sixes. Luke Townsend was also a centurion, striking the winning boundary to finish 114 not out off 114 balls with ten fours and four sixes on a day when the sixes count topped 20. The teams then featured in another run feast the following day with Whitley gaining revenge by winning their Whitworth Cup semi-final and so await the winners of next Sunday’s semi between Wickersley and Treeton.

Whitley made 331-8 (Neil Longhurst 167) and Elsecar 255 (Chath Athukorala 67).