Whitley hall win Whitworth Cup final

Neil Longhurst, seen here bowling in the Whitworth Cup final, hit an unbeaten 79 for winners Whitley Hall
Neil Longhurst, seen here bowling in the Whitworth Cup final, hit an unbeaten 79 for winners Whitley Hall
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Whitley Hall won the South Yorkshire League’s Whitworth Cup final last night when they beat Hallam on a faster run rate after bad light ended play with seven overs to go.

Hallam made 196-8 with Joe Cooper top scoring with 61, and Jesse Hemmingway making 43. They put on 92 for the sixth wicket. Jim Tasker took three for 16 off nine overs.

Whitley Hall were 170-7 when the game ended with opener Neil Longhurst unbeaten on 79.

Wickersley pushed their claims for the South Yorkshire Senior League Premier Division title when reaching 267-5 at the Hallam ground and limiting the Sandygate Road club to 209-9.

Both sides included a century-maker, Shahjaan Younis slamming 110 for Wickersley, Lesroy Weekes adding 77no, and Hallam’s Humphrey Emery struck 113, to follow his 3-36 effort, Muhammad Naveed claiming 4-4 for the guests.

Wickersley’s main rivals Whitley Hall held hosts Upper Haugh to 171-9, Ross Diver 66, Paul Pendle 43, with South African Jaco Castle grabbing 7-48, best bowling figures of the day, and then striking 59 as Whitely eased to 172-4, Jim Tasker hitting 41.

Elsecar had five wickets in hand after passing Whiston’s 140, Glenn Yates their top bat with 63. Treeton had to take second billing to guests Norton Oakes, who collected 245-9,Neill Tyrrell 65 and Mike Simpson 52, the Treeton reply being 153-4, Gareth Davies 48.

Wath batted strongly to reach 275-9, opener James Barnard giving his side a fine start with a knock of 120, at Houghton Main, the home club 224-9, Mike Brown 78no, and Tahir Nawaz 53.

Shiregreen were high-scorers in Divison One, Ihtsham Mohammed cracking 79, Hedar Rasool 65 and Mohammed Nawaz 51no of their 294-6 against Conisbrough, in whose 269-6 reply, James Doran struck an unbeaten 82.