South Yorkshire League round-up: Charlie Roebuck’s ton helps Treeton stay in touch at the top

Matt Sheppard of Aston Hall CC 1st XI on his way to 68 not out  in the game v Elsecar CC 1st XI. Pic: Ian Anderson
Matt Sheppard of Aston Hall CC 1st XI on his way to 68 not out in the game v Elsecar CC 1st XI. Pic: Ian Anderson
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The star of last Saturday was undoubtedly Charlie Roebuck of Treeton.

The former England U19 and Yorkshire player, still only 23, played an innings of fluency and skill that all who saw marvelled at and hit 103 out of 166-3 on a pitch that everyone else found challenging.

It enabled Treeton to overcome Hallam and stay within touching distance of Whitley Hall at the top of the South Yorkshire League.

Whitley, meanwhile, had to battle hard to defeat a well-organised Houghton Main side. Tanzeel Ali top scored with 58 as Houghton made 226-7, and it could have been a lot more had Jim Tasker not bowled 15 tight overs for 35.

Three of Whitley’s top batsmen got out in the 30s and it took an unbroken stand of 61 between Greig Batty (44) and Sam Chatterton (24) to get the winning runs after they had been struggling on 166-6.

Aston Hall ensured Elsecar’s disappointing form continued as they themselves jumped third in the table.

This time, though, they had to dig deep after first being 8-3, then falling to 70-7.

A fantastic partnership of 132 by Matt Sheppard (68) and Tim Shaw (55) took them to 205 (Scott Jones 5-33), which proved too much for Elsecar (157 ao) for whom only Ainsley Swallow (54) really got going.

And, as we know, it takes more than one Swallow...

Conisbrough - or, to be more precise, Arosh Janoda - beat Darfield in a low scoring duel. Even with Janoda’s 51 in 43 balls, Conisbrough only managed to get 133, but his 4-32 (and Oliver Jackson’s 4-60) bowled Darfield out for 99.

Tickhill beat Wath with similar scores, except no-one stood out (six batsmen were out in their 20s) as Tickhill made 131, Wath 119 .

Even the wickets were shared around; best figures were 4-38 by James Stuart.

Wickersley had a better day, though, as they made 246-9 (Richard Harrison 91, Haider Jahangir 43) and held Coal Aston to 220-8 (David Rodgers 51, Liam Johnson 45) thanks to an outstanding bowling performance by Johan Bothma (5-59).

In Division One, it was a disappointing day for local sides, who all lost.

Apart from Norton Oakes, that is... but then they were playing another local side, Norton Woodseats, in the Norton derby. Paul Revill and Chris Baker both made 60s as Oakes cruised to 228-3 and then bowled out Woodseats for 150 (Jabaar Khan 4-25).

Whitley Hall 2nds were thumped by Barnsley, for whom Danial Rafiq made an astonishing 172 in 85 balls,with 16 fours and 13 sixes. It was not a day to do the garden at Cinderhill Lane! They must have thought the first team were at home.

Barnsley made 342-9 and then bowled Whitley out for 152 (Doug Muzawazi 40).

Collegiate seconds struggled again as top of the league Whiston made 202, Oliver Pearson taking 4-72 and Alex Varley 3-14.

But, like last week, it took the experience of Nick Gaywood (61*) to hold Collegiate’s batting together and they still ended 33 short. Sadly, there was no-one to hold Shiregreen together. They were rolled over by Rockingham for 83 and lost by nine wickets.

Millhouses Works were closest and should have won. They kept Kexborough to 171 ao with excellent bowling from Nazakat Khan (7-49), then were 163-6, needing nine to win in six overs with four wickets in hand - and were bowled out for 166.

Next week, in the Championship, the key match will be the two unbeaten sides, Whitley Hall and Aston Hall, playing each other at Whitley, while at Washfield Lane, the winner of Treeton against Wickersley will be really interested!

It’s shaping up for a great season.