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Elsecar's  Chathura  Athukorala claimed eight wickets against local rivals Rockingham.

Elsecar's Chathura Athukorala claimed eight wickets against local rivals Rockingham.

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BEN BAILEY HOMES SOUTH YORKSHIRE SENIOR CRICKET LEAGUE

Premier Division

Elsecar 153-4 Rockingham 149

CHATHURA Athukorala celebrated being named South Yorkshire League player of the month in the best possible fashion by claiming a devastating hat trick and destroying Rockingham to continue Elsecar’s title push.

Athukorala made early in-roads by claiming the wickets of opener Andy Baker and potentially dangerous Andy Shore, while Rob Jones took out other opener Michael Brown with all three gone with less than 50 on the board.

But Rockingham made good progress through Mark Wilkinson and Love Kesh, with 24 and 32 respectively, to sit at 106-4.

This proved the crossroads of the match which would send in firmly in Elsecar’s direction.

Athukorala skittled Chris Bond, Callum Johnson and James Doran to claim his hat–trick and send Rockingham from a promising position to one crisis riddled.

Gavin Wainwright and Richard Skipworth provided strong resistance late on, the latter hitting 17 while the former stayed to the conclusion with 23no.

But he could not prevent Rockingham from falling at 149, nor Athukorala claiming a brilliant 8-50 off 13 overs.

With victory looking likely, Elsecar promoted Iftikhar Afzal from number nine to opener and he repaid the gesture with a well–struck 27.

Leading the charge was on–form Brett Hunsley who struck 14 fours in his unbeaten 76 to help guide Elsecar to a six–wicket triumph.

Wath 253-8 Treeton 257-4

ANDREW Wood blasted a ton but could not stop Wath from slipping further off the title chase, with a narrow defeat to a Steve Foster-inspired Treeton.

The early signs were not good as Wath slipped to 16-2 but Archie Ogden and Wood combined in a 67–run third wicket partnership to restore matters until the former left for 31.

Wood then teamed with skipper Lesroy Weekes to add 121 runs in good time, the latter smashing 70 off 65 balls.

The final over took a dramatic turn with Wood stumped on 100 and two further successive dismissals to hand Foster his hat–trick.

Foster claimed a fourth wicket in that final over to finish on 4-62 and Wath closed on 253-8.

Foster was determined to steal the show and smashed 116 to edge his side away from trouble at 83-3 towards victory,

He was joined by Umaid Asif who stayed to the conclusion with an unbeaten 76 as Treeton won with 3.4 overs to spare.

Whiston PC 191-2

Houghton Main 189

HOUGHTON Main stayed in the relegation zone after a comprehensive defeat to Whiston.

The chances of victory looked strong when Steve Secker and Lachie McKenna posted 86 for the first wicket until the former left for 32.

McKenna stayed on to reach, his departure coming at 141-3 when Houghton’s decline began.

Scott Jones took charge with the ball and snared 5-28 from 15 overs while Pete Wilson claimed another four wickets to skittle Houghton for 189 with two overs to go.

Andy Tomlinson led the Whiston response with a measured 57 while fellow opener Jones teamed with Kevin Cooper to add 84 for the second wicket.

Jones completed a man of the match performance by guiding his side to victory with an unbeaten 72.