Two go close to League record

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TWO batsmen were close to breaking the South Yorkshire League’s runs aggregate record with one of them just FIVE runs short of beating it.

Adam Wiles, of Division One side Kexborough, amassed 1,281 runs which left him agonisingly short of the league record for a season held by Mahmood Hussain who scored 1,285 runs for Norton Oakes in the 2003 season.

Up in the Premier Division, Andy Tomlinson’s first season at Whiston PC saw him finish with 1,240 runs at an average of 72.94.

That was good enough only for second place in the season’s averages for the Premier Division which were topped by Whitley Hall’s Jaco Castle with 838 runs at 76.18.

Treeton’s Steve Foster was third with 794 runs at 64.08 and then came Christi Viljoen (Wickersley), 523 at 58.11 and Lachie McKenna (Houghton Main) 879 at 48.83.

The Wiles run spree saw him top Division One, averaging 61 ahead of Darfield’s James Ward with 606 at 60.60.

Coal Aston’s evergreen Dave Furniss - who led the top flight averages as long ago as 1982 and ‘83 - was third with 711 runs at 59.25.

Steve Foster topped the Premier Division bowling averages with 49wkts at 9.82 beating leading wicket-taker Chath Athukorala who bagged 74 wickets at 12.36,

Shiregreen’s Mo Ilyas topped Div One with 50wkts at 11.30 ahead of Nick Horsfield (Coal Aston) 49wkts at 11.80.