Lucky 13 for batsmen as the runs come easy

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With conditions favouring batsmen, there were 13 century-makers in the South Yorkshire League programme, and with Coal Aston B batsman Chris Timms just outside the elite ton-up men, hitting an unbeaten 99 in his side’s Division Four win at Mexborough.

The two Premier Division centurions were Norton Oakes star Alex Hughes, with 137 in his side’s 253-6 at Aston Hall, the hosts closing on 235-6, Chris Holland 70no, while in Wickersley’s eight-wicket triumph against Wath (198) Shahjan Younis slammed 103, including 18 boundaries.

Whiston continued their great start to the season by comfortably beating last season’s champions and Whitworth Cup winners Treeton, skipper Pete Wilson cracking 86 of their 239-7, the Washfield Laners all out for 153, Steve Cunningham 67.

Whitley Hall contained Hallam to 165-9, but were then shocked to find themselves reeling at 24-4 until rallied to 167-6 by Jaco Castle, 85, and Jim Tasker, 45no, the same two having been main Whitley bowlers, Tasker grabbing 4-44 and Castle 3-52.

Could this be Elsecar’s seventeenth top-flight championship year? They have started well, and saw off Coal Aston for 131 before easing to a ten-wicket win with half-tons for openers Jason Meadows and Daniel Rafiq.

Wickersley were impressive victors, seeing off Wath for 198 and cruising to 199-2, Shahjan Younis with his 103.