Title push collapses

Wath batsman Rob Barlow produced a patient 52.

Wath batsman Rob Barlow produced a patient 52.

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BEN BAILEY HOMES SOUTH YORKSHIRE SENIOR CRICKET LEAGUE

Premier Division

Wath 113 Whitley Hall 114-2

WATH’S title aspirations have been placed on life support following a hefty defeat to league leaders Whitley Hall which featured a remarkable batting collapse.

WATH’S title aspirations have been placed on life support following a hefty defeat to league leaders Whitley Hall which featured a remarkable batting collapse.

Rob Barlow gave them decent grounding with a patient 52 and Wath looked to be in a strong position at 105-3.

But the introduction of Alex Welsh and Jim Tasker to the Whitley attack saw them demolished and they lost the other seven wickets with eight runs added.

Welsh claimed 5-27 and Tasker 4-23 for Whitley who did not have the best of starts to a seemingly simple chase.

They stood at 18-2 but this brought together Tasker and Neil Longhurst who carried them to the win.

Tasker hit 43no and Longhurst 56no, putting together a fine 96 run partnership.

Elsecar 156-2

Barnsley 2nd XI 151

ELSECAR stayed third in the table as the double act of Chathura Athukorala and Brett Hunsley inspired them to a comfortable win over Barnsley Seconds.

Barnsley looked to be setting a decent target when they stood at 136-4, Stephen Walters scoring 45 and Jake Malkin 37.

But Athukorala returned for his second spell and with Luke Townsend supporting well at the other end, the Barnsley innings collapsed to 151 all out.

Athukorala claimed 5-42 and Townsend 3-36.

Elsecar stumbled to 43-2 but roared on when Hunsley and Tim Farmer partnered up.

Hunsley reached a delightful 70no while Farmer added an unbeaten 47 to help Elsecar finish the job inside 33 overs.

Whiston PC 200 Rockingham 142

ROCKINGHAM sit three points from safety after slumping to defeat at Whiston.

The hosts got off to a decent start through Andy Tomlinson’s fine 80 plus Steve Taylor’s useful 34.

But Rockingham prevented the tail from wagging and dimissed them for 200.

Richard Skipworth claimed 5-18 off six overs with Mark Wilkinson taking 3-51.

Rockingham toiled against some tight bowling though Michael Brown carried his bat for a patient unbeaten 62.

Support came from skipper Wilkinson with 26 but the rest were lacking as they fell for 142 after 44 overs. Sohail Awan claimed 5-28 and Steve Taylor 3-42.

Bradfield 192-6

Houghton Main 187-7

HOUGHTON Main missed the opportunity to earn a relegation lifeline as they lost a tight contest with fellow strugglers Bradfield.

The match was reduced to 41 overs due to rain but Bradfield produced a healthy total of 192-6 with 37 from Darrell Williams, 33no from Josh Gray and 32no from Matthew Thompson.

Lachie McKenna claimed 3-54 for Houghton whose challenge began well.

Skipper Steve Secker hit 61 and Ashley Vickers 56 to boost the total to 149-2. With their departure the innings faltered and Houghton fell just five runs short.