McKenna shrugs off weather with unbeaten ton

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Heavy morning rain curtailed the Ben Bailey South Yorkshire Senior League League programme.

Conditions made batting difficult, with just one century-maker, Houghton Main’s Lachie McKenna and just two teams topping the 200 mark.

Bowlers were generally on top, Rotherham Town’s Matt Watson grabbing 7-66 in the Division One match against Treeton B, figures bettered only by Maltby’s Pete Brewster, with 8-38 in the Division Four game against Kexborough B.

Premier Division leaders Whitley Hall didn’t give hosts Rockingham the chance to let the weather interfere, skittling them for just 69, Jaco Castle grabbing 4-23, to win by seven wickets. Treeton were far from happy when only making 133 at home to Aston Hall, but had the men for the job in Greg Norton, 4-21, Umaid Asif, 3-17, and Steve Foster, 3-19, the guests sent packing for 66.

Houghton Main held Barnsley to 164-9, teenager Jordan Luke Bethel top bat with 45, and won by ten wickets, Lachie McKenna slamming 114no and Steve Secker 45no.

Elsecar’s climb up-table continued with a seven-wicket win over guests Whiston, who were seen off for 138, Iftikhar Afzal claiming 5-44, and with opener Ainsley Swallow striking 62, in the Armroyd Lane reply of 142-3.

Hallam never approached the Wickersley total of 193-7 in which Andy Harrison clubbed a half-century. They stalled at 152-8, Humphrey Emery hitting 44. Tickhill made 257-8 against Elsecar B in Division One, with half-tons for Ashley Fiddler, Stuart Coleman and junior Matthew Martin. The away club hung on at 128-9.

Shiregreen collected 240-8 at home to Kexborough, Mohammed Nawaz clouting 64 and Liaquat Ali 52, the visitors held to 187-7, Adam Wiles 56, Mohammed Ilyas 5-63.