Longhurst slams Whitley Hall to victory

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Whitley Hall raced to an eight-wicket South Yorkshire Senior League victory at the Wickersley ground.

South African Jaco Castle, back with the Ecclesfield club, grabbed 5-25 as the hosts battled to 151-9, Whitley roaring back with 153-2, Neil Longhurst slamming ten boundaries in his knock of 57.

Champions Elsecar wouldn’t have been too happy with their moderate 139-9 at Darfield, but their bowlers got them out of trouble, Rob Jones bagging 6-28 and Iftikhar Afzal 3-14 as the hosts fell for just 64.

Treeton recorded a six-wicket win over Aston Hall, mainly thanks to their fine all-rounder Steve Foster, who claimed 4-13 in Aston’s 132, then hit an unbeaten half-century in the away reply.

Coal Aston got rid of Houghton Main for 98, wickets shared by Josh Cross and James Furniss, and eased to a ten-wicket triumph, Dave Rodgers striking an unbeaten 70.

Bradfield closed on 208-6 in Division, One Hennie Swart hitting 82, then demolished Elsecar B for 52, Tom and Josh Coulson snapping up five wickets each.

Top individual batsman was Oughtibridge’s Dave James, with 142no in the win over Rossington B, only other ton-up man being Whiston’s Nicky Struggles, with 116no in the win against Doncaster Town B.

Low scorers were Mexborough in Division Three, ripped out for just 44 by Conisbrough who went on to win by 10 wickets.