Treeton win top of the table thriller

Treeton v Whitley Hall'Neil Longhurst at the crease for Whitley Hall
Treeton v Whitley Hall'Neil Longhurst at the crease for Whitley Hall
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The anticipated heavyweight clash beteen Premier Division leaders Whitley Hall and challengers Treeton turned out to be all of that - but not with the result the Baxter Field men wanted.

The anticipated heavyweight clash beteen Premier Division leaders Whitley Hall and challengers Treeton turned out to be all of that - but not with the result the Baxter Field men wanted.

The Whitley batsmen turned in their usual steamroller job, collecting a huge 293-7 with 96 from Neil Longhurst,half-tons from Chris Siddall and Jim Tasker, plus 43 from Jaco Castle, but their attack was unable to prevent a great fight-back by the Washfield Laners, who stormed to 297-3 with Scott Cunningham’s opening 61 followed by Umaid Asif’s 83, 60 from Chris Cobb, with Danny Kemp, 61no and Chris Holt, 23no, taking Treeton to victory.

Elsecar powered to a maximum at home to Hallam, Ian Swallow slamming 76 and Luke Townsend 47 of their 250-9, Dan Holmes claiming five wickets for the guests, who were dismissed for 182, in which Alex Davis hammered 90, Chathura Athukorala bagging 4-32 to go along with his earlier 39 runs.

Houghton Main batted powerfully to make 288-9, Ashley Vickers 79 and Steve Secker 68, while Richard Skipworth claimed six wickets for visitors Rockingham, who closed on 222, Mike Brown 71 and Love Kesh 58.

Aston Hall came in at 207-9 at Barnsley, Asadullah Butt hitting 60 against the bowling of Mark Beardshall, 6-34, the Shaw Laners closing on 157-7, teenager Jamie Green best with 74, and Butt returning 3-50.

Wickersley’s 206-6, Gareth Davis 62, was too many for Wath, who hung on at 187-9, opener Andy Wood making 40, but batsman of the day was former Wickersley star Andy Tomlinson, now with Whiston, who blasted an opening 162, with 26 boundaries, as his new club totalled 284-6, Steve Taylor contributing 44. Visitors Bradfield were sent packing for 132, Hennie Swart hitting a late 45no, the wickets being shared by Andy Winstanley and Scott Jones.

Treeton seconds were whipped out for 56 by Shiregreen in Division One, and Elsecar B also failed to complete a club double when beaten by Norton Oakes, despite a fine knock of 100 from opener Adrian Meadows.

Mexborough’s Erik Croese put in a bid for all-rounder of the day with his unbeaten 94 and spell of 5-35 in the Division Three win over Norton Oakes.