Two fine tons mark opening day of new season

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There were two fine centuries on opening day of the South Yorkshire Senior League.

One came from Treeton’s Gareth Davis and the other from Wickersley’s Matt Burton, with Aston Hall opener Matt Cunningham just missing out on his ton.

He finished unbeaten on 99 in Aston’s surprise first day victory over hot-shots Whitley Hall.

Elsecar opened their campaign for their 19th top-flight title with a win at Darfield, but this was no runaway triumph.

They took the points with two wickets in hand, after sending back the hosts for 133.

Shahzad Rana wrecked the home innings with his 7-41 spell, and Jason Meadows put Elsecar on the road to their win with a knock of 63.

The champions eventually struggled to a winning total of 135-8.

Whitley Hall came in at 224-8, Jaco Castle top bat with 42, but Aston Hall stormed back with 225-3, opener Cartwright carrying his bat for 99.

Amir Riaz added an unbeaten 53.

Treeton batted strongly to make 288-3, Davis unbeaten on 129, Scot Cunningham adding a half-century and Steve Foster 44, before Coal Aston were rushed out for 87, Greg Norton grabbing 5-36.

Wath made the trip to Tickhill worthwhile, seeing off the hosts for 170, with Mark Barlow taking 5-53.

They then eased to 171-5, with Will Turner scoring 47.

Norton Oakes reached 223-8 at the Wickersley ground, Alex Hughes 67 and Alex Hibbert 59.

But Wickersley were up for the job and replied with 227-5 thanks to a great 102, with 18 boundaries, from Burton.

Richard Harrison added 43no.

Solid batting from Joe Cooper, 88,Harry Bliss 64, and Nick Dymock 59, took Hallam to the top team score in the Premier slot, hitting 294-5 against hosts Whiston.

Whiston were sent back for 142, opener Andy Tomlinson cracking 80, and Vaidik Raj bagging 7-54. Hallam’s big score was bettered in Division One by Houghton Main, 297-8 against Upper Haugh , and Sprotborough, with 321-6, against Upper Haugh seconds, in Division Three.