BEN BAILEY HOMES SOUTH YORKSHIRE SENIOR CRICKET LEAGUE
Houghton Main 113
SOMETHING had to give when winless local rivals Rockingham and Houghton clashed at Hoyland Common.
And it was the visitors left rooted to the foot of the table still without a single point following a narrow defeat.
It was a far from convincing first victory of the campaign for Rockingham who lost their first four batsmen with only nine runs between them.
Opener Michael Brown found a partner to assist his effort in skipper Mark Wilkinson, whose 24 proved a decent anchor.
Brown stayed to complete an excellent knock of 75 as Rockingham closed at 140-9 with Alec Elliott claiming four of the wickets.
The Houghton response was under constant pressure, first through Love Kesh who captured the first two wickets.
Then Andy Shore joined the attack and waltzed his way through the middle order to complete an analysis of 5-32.
Houghton were skittled for 113.
Wickersley OV 208 Wath 162-9
WATH had to made do with a single bonus point as they lost out in the battle of the two leading sides in the top flight at Northfield Lane.
They made a strong start in attack with Paul Wilkinson capturing the first four wickets with just 14 runs between them.
But the key wicket proved to be Wickersley skipper Gareth Davis who was building a fine innings.
Veteran Andy Harrison hit a speedy 34 to provide support to Davis who was the final wicket to fall following an excellent innings of 103.
Wickersley posted 208 while Wilkinson finished on 4-57.
The pattern of Wath’s chase proved similar to their attack as they started strongly.
But when Rob Barlow departed and the Wickersley spinners arrived, the wickets began to fall.
James Barnard fought hard with 48 but they were always behind the scoring rate.
Namibian Christy Viljoen picked up two late wickets but could not capture the decisive one as Wath held on at 162-9.
Hallam 210 Elsecar 124
ELSECAR suffered their first defeat of the season as they slipped to a hefty defeat at Hallam.
But they will rue a missed opportunity after sparking a Hallam collapse to 112-7.
Humphrey Emery hit 38 and John Hayman added 43 in a strong second wicket partnership but the middle order folded, tumbling the score from 105-2 to 112-7.
Youngster Christopher Hughes arrived in the centre and set about the defence with aplomb.
The 18-year-old completed a lustful 59 in just 61 balls to help Hallam improve to 210 all out.
Iftikhar Afzal bowled well for Elsecar to calim 4-46 while Andy Shore claimed 3-50.
Elsecar started the chase well with opening partnership Jason Meadows and Ethan Gray adding 57 for the first wicket, on their way to 26 and 28 respectively.
But it all went wrong for Elsecar from there as wickets fell regularly until the last man departed at 124.
Kamran Ajmal was the main architect of destruction with 4-20.
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