Current champions Elsecar went to the top of the table after an easier than expected victory over fellow challengers Hallam at Armroyd Lane, writes James Beachill.
Elsecar invited their guests to bat first and two batsmen were back in the pavilion with the score at 22 for two.
The third wicket partnership between Vaidik Raj and Mark Williams changed the complexion of the innings.
The duo added 70 runs in quick time until Luke Townsend came into the Elsecar attack. Raj then left with his score 34.
The sizeable crowd at Elsecar then witnessed the collapse of the Hallam innings. Five batsmen left for ducks.
Williams was still in possession and had reached 65 (eight fours and two sixes) when he became the final wicket to fall.
Hallam had collapsed from 92 for 2 to 132 all out.
Townsend bowled well to claim three for 38 and Shahzad Rana was impressive with five for 42.
Elsecar’s innings began with both openers back in the pavilion and the score 14 for 2.
The innings resurrected itself to 75 for four with Elsecar still having concerns.
Ainsley Swallow came in at number 5 to produce an aggressive and refreshing knock with seven fours and a six to see him 42 not out at the close.
Together with Luke Townsend (19 not out), the pair had added an unbeaten 58 runs to see Elsecar to victory and return them to the leadership of the division for the first time this season.
Norton Oakes 152 Whitley Hall 256 for 6
Whitley Hall are hot on Elsecar’s heels in second place after they easily beat Norton Oakes at Oakes Park.
Whitley elected to bat first but the decision looked mistaken when the innings declined to 61 for four.
Stumper Sam Chatterton joined Jim Tasker, and they built a partnership of 152, at which point Tasker left for an impressive 83, including 12 fours.
Chatterton stayed until he reached 76, with a boundary count of seven fours and three sixes. John Ledger bowled well for Norton claiming four for 68.
Norton’s innings followed a similar pattern with the score at 66 for four before Matthew Burgin (55, with 10 fours and a six) and Chris Baker (44) took up the cause.
There was little afterwards and Norton were all out for 152. South African Jaco Castle bowled well to record four for 40 and Jim Tasker completed the task with three for 15.
Wath 208 for 4 Treeton 208 for 7
After losing to lowly Coal Aston last time they played, Wath again dumbfounded predictions by beating last week’s Premier Division leaders, Treeton at Moor Road.
Treeton elected to bat first and got off to a solid start with Gareth Davis (44) and Scott Cunningham (51), adding 97 for the first wicket.
Skipper Rob Barlow came on at third change and removed both openers. Adam Clark lifted the latter part of the innings with 35, for a Treeton total of 208 for 7. Rob Barlow took five for 47.
South African opener Derek Mitchell, laid a good platform for the innings with 51, but Wath were teetering at 95 for four. Sam Drury now accompanied Rob Barlow and the two held the centre until a winning result was reached with 22 balls to spare. Barlow played an anchor innings of 37 not out whilst Drury was exhilarating with 70 not out in 77 balls, including eight fours and a six.
The win moved Wath to third place and demoted Treeton to fourth. Treeton now face a difficult task at Hallam next week, while Wath’s task is much easier at relegation threatened Norton Oakes (although we’ve been there before!)
Wickersley Old Village 67 for 2 Coal Aston 66
At Northfield Lane Wickersley shot out their visitors Coal Aston for just 66. Lesroy Weekes took four for 11 and Muhammad Naveed four for 43.
Wickersley lost two wickets and achieved their task in 10.2 overs. Jordan Bethel was 27 not out when the winning runs were scored.
Tickhill 163 for 9 Whiston Parish Church 161
A sombre Alderson drive was saddened by the news of the sudden death of Tickhill’s president, Peter Barnett and the players showed their respect with a minutes silence before the game.
Whiston elected to bat first but could make little headway against the pace and variety of Tickhill’s attack. Peter Wilson, top scored with 23 as they were bowled out for 161. Alex Rowland took four for 43 and James Stuart four for 32.
In Tickhill response they struggled with only Stuart, making headway with 48. The innings meandered to 124 for 9 with defeat imminent. Stumper James Doyle took up the cause as the last wicket held for an unbeaten stand of 39 to achieve success. Doyle was 29 not out at the close and Rowland held firm (five not out) at the other end. Steve Taylor took three for 21