The expected fireworks when the top two sides in the Premier Division, Whitley Hall and Treeton, clashed at Whitley’s Baxter Field, turned into a damp squib for spectators when Treeton were skittled for just 70 by Adam Wilson and Jaco Castle.
Both Treeton openers Steve Foster and Scott Cunningham were back in the pavilion without a run on the board. Whitley also started badly, openers Steve Bethel and Alex Welsh managing just two runs between them, the hosts making hard work to reach 72-6.
Whiston’s recruiting drive finally paid off at Bradfield, where Andy Tomlinson’s aggressive unbeaten 132 steered the guests to 239-6, Bradfield then battling to avoid outright defeat at 73-9, Andy Winstanley 5-16.
Former champions Elsecar’s disappointing start continued at Hallam where the hosts set a target of 210, teenager Chris Hughes hitting 59 and John Hayman 43. This was too many for the Armroyd Lane men, who were seen off for 124, Kamran Ajmal 4-20 and youngster Hughes 3-30.
Rockingham only made 146-9, Mike Brown cracking 75, but took the points after sending back guests Houghton Main for 113, Andy Shore grabbing 5-32. Wickersley opener Gareth Gavis slammed 103 to steer his side to 208 at home to Wath, who clung on at 162-9.