South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League 'Wath v Elsecar (fielding) 'Iftikhar Afzal bowls
South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League 'Wath v Elsecar (fielding) 'Iftikhar Afzal bowls

Elsecar became champions of the South Yorkshire League for the 18th time on Saturday, after a five-wicket win over Wath.

Elsecar, whose title hopes appeared dead and buried a month ago after Wickersley established an impressive lead at the top, were handed a second chance after Wickersley were handed a 21-point disciplinary deduction.

And they made the most of it, to finish two points ahead of second-placed Whitley Hall and take the 2013 crown.

Elsecar had a sniff of the victory they needed when Wath were reduced to 33-3, and only Sam Drury’s 49 offered any resistance as they were bowled out for just 131.

Luke Townsend took 5-36, and Ifti Afzal chipped in with 3-40.

Elsecar lost a quick wicket with the score on just three but then Jason Meadows and Glenn Yates added 64 runs for the second wicket with both batsmen reaching 32.

Ian Swallow did his captain’s job, steering Elsecar to victory with 20 not out, and when Townsend hit the winning boundary, the sizeable gathering crowd stood to applaud the 2013 champions.

Houghton Main, meanwhile, ended their season on a low point and finished bottom of the Premier Division table.

Batting first, opponents Whiston PC posted 201-9, with 48 from Andy Tomlinson and Scott Jones’ late 39.

In reply, Houghton started well and reached 100-2, before Jones began demolishing the batting line up.

He eventually took 7-34 from his 15 overs as the hosts finished on 171 all out.

Upper Haugh, too, ended a disappointing campaign second bottom of the table, and signed off with a seven-wicket defeat to Norton Oakes.

They got off to the worst possible start when their first three batsmen departed without scoring.

Martin Stacey restored some pride with his 57, and Glen Mitchell added 48 and Liam Stainthorpe scored 43 to enable a final total of 188 all out.

Chris Baker took four for 46 for Norton.

Norton, too, lost two batsmen with just five runs on the board but opener Peter Holes was in no mood to give up his wicket so easily.

He hit 14 fours and a six in his unbeaten innings of 92 as, supported by Richard Wing’s 45, Norton achieved their target with just three wickets down and two overs to spare.

Houghton’s B team finished bottom of Division Four, with no wins and only six points gained from three drawn games.

Thorncliffe sealed the Division Four championship, by beating Rockingham B at Hoyland Common - but will not be promoted, because the club’s first team have been relegated into Division Three and league rules forbid two teams from the same club playing in the same division.

Dearne finished third after beating Kexborough B at Goldthorpe.