Whitley set to stay out on top as bottom side are next up

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Whitley Hall are the early pacesetters in the Premier Division of the South Yorkshire League.

They were pushed by newly-promoted Upper Haugh last week but the Ecclesfield club’s strong batting line up ensured they got home by three wickets.

Whitley should stay out in front tomorrow. They travel to bottom side Houghton Main who haven’t got a point from any of their opening four matches.

Last Saturday, Houghton made only 67 against Wath who had opened with 144 of which captain Martin Bray made a brisk 57.

Wath have a home game tomorrow against Hallam who fell to rejuvenated Wickersley.

Their 142 - a considerable recovery after being 77-8 - was aided by Joe Cooper’s 42no and he shared a ninth wicket stand of 59 with Craig Moffatt.

Lesroy Weekes bagged 5-44 and opener Khurram Javed’s quickfire 60 off 48 balls sent Wickersley off towards their five wicket win.

Elsecar wouldn’t have expected 116 to be enough against unbeaten Whiston PC but it proved so. It wasn’t easy to score runs but at 43-1, Whiston were well poised.

But Shahzad Rana struck with four wickets, Rob Jones and Iftikhar Afzal both picked up three wickets as Whiston were tumbled out for 92.

Tomorrow they entertain Norton Oakes on an emotional afternoon for the Sheffield side after the tragic loss of their 21-year-old all rounder Dominic Sayles last weekend.

He died after being struck by a train last Friday and Norton’s game was called off. Tributes and condolences have been flooding in to the club this week.

Elsecar entertain Aston Hall.

Treeton, who were due to be Norton’s opponents last week, return with a home game against Coal Aston and are bouyed by a fine win in the ECB National Club Championship over Townville just a week after their surprise loss to Woodhouse Grange in ther Yorkshire Champions Trophy.

Steve Foster made 103no and Danny Kemp 44 in Treeton’s 233-8 before Foster took 3-23 in Townville’s 186-9.