Jaco’s in seventh heaven as Whitley keep up pressure

Midweek Cricket League....Attock v Darnall....Attock opener Jaco Castle hits out with Darnall wicket-keeper Asif...FOR GREEN-UN
Midweek Cricket League....Attock v Darnall....Attock opener Jaco Castle hits out with Darnall wicket-keeper Asif...FOR GREEN-UN

Elsecar moved to within a point of Hallam in third place in the Premier Division after a five-wicket victory over Whiston at the Lifeskills Bowl.

Whiston decided to bat first, but were soon in trouble when they staggered from 10-2, to 60-5 and eventually collapsed to 140 all out.

Ifti Afzal was the main thorn in their side, taking 3-24.

Elsecar’s opening partnership added 70 before Ainsley Swallow left for 38.

His fellow opener, Glenn Yates, provided a quality knock, reaching 63 from 47 bowls and stroking 12 fours and a six in the process.

Despite a few hiccups Elsecar reached a winning total after 21 overs and for the loss of 5 wickets.

Upper Haugh lost by six wickets to championship-chasing Whitley Hall, but denied them the full bowling points by posting 171-9.

Jaco Castle was too much for the Haugh batsmen to handle, and he took 7-48 as they were reduced to 48-5 at one stage.

Ross Diver’s 66 gave their total some credibility, but Castle’s unbeaten 59 saw Whitley home with six wickets and 18 overs to spare.

In a high-scoring battle between Houghton Main and Wath, meanwhile, it was the latter who prevailed.

Batting first, Wath posted 275-9 thanks to opener Jamie Barnard’s 107.

At 141-2, Houghton looked well on their way but the innings lost momentum, and they hung on for their first bonus point of the season, finishing on 224-9 at the close. Opener Michael Brown hit 78 not out.