Brilliant Elsecar make history and reignite title challenge

BEN BAILEY HOMES SOUTH YORKSHIRE SENIOR CRICKET LEAGUE

Premier Division

Whitley Hall 310-8 Elsecar 311-5

ELSECAR produced the highest ever successful run chase in South Yorkshire League history to ensure there will be a title race in the top flight this term.

Set an incredible 311 run target to win by table topping Whitley Hall, Elsecar rose to the mammoth challenge to move five points behind the leaders.

Few could have predicted Whitley’s haul after they were reduced to 18-1, then 63-2 after Chathura Athukorala ran out Chris Siddall on 40.

But Jaco Castle team with Andrew Bethel for an aggressive 116 run partnership, split after the latter reached 55.

Castle batted on, smashing six sixes before falling short of the ton at 97.

Elsecar finally exposed the cracks and brought about a decline from 273-4 to 288-8, Rob Jones claiming 4-62.

However a ninth wicket stand pushed the score up to 310-8 at the close.

Elsecar, to their credit, refused to accept defeat, even after they were reduced to 17-2.

The third–wicket partnership of Ainsley Swallow and Luke Townsend set about the case.

Swallow smashed 115 off 97 balls while Townsend began slowly but ignited when his partner departed.

Peppering the boundary, Townsend posted an unbeaten 114 off the same number of balls, helping his side to a famous win on 311-5 with 10 balls to go.

Aston Hall 141-4 Wath 137-8

LACKLUSTRE Wath dropped deeper into mid-table with a poor defeat at Aston Hall.

Wath’s progress with the bat was painfully slow and after 28 overs they had reached just 31-4.

The fifth wicket fell 13 runs later but the pictured improved thanks to a 71 run stand from Lesroy Weekes and Andrew Hirst who added 37 and 53 respectively.

Wath closed on a vulnerable 137-8 as Asadullah Butt produced a miserly spell of 0-11 in 15 overs which featured nine maidens.

Rob Ward claimed 4-27 from his 15 overs while Gary Steele chipped in with 3-41.

Aston’s second wicket partnership between Samrat Sharma and Scott Hibbert added 72 runs to create the base for victory.

Sharma made 45 and Hibbert 42 while Butt was unbeaten on 29 at the close as Aston won with 25 overs to go.

Wickersley Old Village 228-8 Houghton Main 245

HOUGHTON Main showed there is life in the old dog yet as they pulled off a remarkable win at Wickersley to boost their survival hopes.

Ian Simon led the way with a barnstorming 169 run hall off just 99 balls to help Houghton recover from 10-2 and head towards a total of 245 all out.

Simon smacked 16 sixes en route but was dismissed by Johnny Younis who claimed 5-37.

Wickersley never edged clear of the fringes of disarray, meandering from 33-3 and 96-6, only clicking into gear at this point.

Richard Harrison scored 58 and together with junior Kristian Lee-Green, who contributed 53 in his maiden half century, the duo added 111 runs for the seven wicket.

They could not reach the big run rate required however and Wickersley closed short by 18 runs at 228-8.

Syed Raza finished with four for 38 for Houghton.

Hallam 138 Rockingham 139-6

ROCKINGHAM moved a point off safety after a brilliant win at Hallam.

Skipper Humphrey Emery hit a stylish 56 to get Hallam going but his departure at 77-3 sparked a collapse to 138 all out with Andy Shore claiming 5-39.

Rockingham seemed on course for defeat as they slumped to 45-4 but Ben Dalton guided them home with 50no alongside James Doran’s quickfire 34.