Whitley out in front but two chasing

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IT’S looking like a three-horse race at the top of the Premier Division in the South Yorkshire League which is certainly preferable to one team running away with things.

Champions Whitley Hall are out in front and have a five point lead and their all-round strength makes them firm favourites to retain the crown.

But Elsecar, one-time dominant force, have re-emerged this season, buoyed by their recent record-breaking win at Whitley when they knocked off 310 for the highest run chase in the league’s history.

It was a win which stopped Whitley opening a potentially decisive gap at the top and means Elsecar and Treeton, seven points behind, are still in touch.

All three have games they will expect to win today and pick up maximum points along the way.

Whitley entertain second-bottom Houghton Main who will have to bounce back from Sunday’s shattering National Village KO defeat.

Elsecar make the trip over to third-bottom Bradfield whilst Treeton travel to Barnsley - and the Rotherham side have the enticing prospect of Whitley Hall arriving at Washfield Lane the following Saturday.

Other Premier games are Aston Hall v Rockingham, Hallam v Wath, Whiston v Wickersley.

Top game in Division One sees third-placed Coal Aston at home to Shiregreen who are second.

Just a point separates the pair but they are well behind leaders Darfield who have a 17 point lead and a game in hand as well. They are at home to Rotherham Town B.