Premier title race closes up

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IT couldn’t be any tighter at the top of the South Yorkshire League.

Treeton and Whitley Hall now share top spot on 83 points each but Treeton hold pole position because they have picked up more bonus points, 18 to Whitley’s 16.

It means that Elsecar, who were leaders before the weekend, drop to third place on 80 points after their defeat by old rivals Wickersley.

Whitley secured the first leg of what they hope will be a four-trophy season when they retained the League’s Whitworth Cup with an 88 run win over Wickersley in the final at Wath on Sunday.

They will look to retain the Premier Division title and add the Yorkshire Council Play-off crown as well and have a big date on August 21.

They compete in the Black Sheep Champion of Champions Trophy Final against Wrenthorpe at Hanging Heaton and will aim to become only the second South Yorkshire League club to win this competition - Treeton did so in 1994.

*Rotherham Town were left to rue a weekend washout when both their Yorkshire League games were rained off.

With leaders York losing on Sunday, it meant Rotherham were denied the chance to significantly close the gap at the top. York are on 120 points and Rotherham on 111.