Elsecar lift Yorkshire crown after Joburns’ late heroics

NO MISTAKE: Stumper Andrew Joburns was the hero with the bat as Elsecar won the Yorkshire Council Play Off.
NO MISTAKE: Stumper Andrew Joburns was the hero with the bat as Elsecar won the Yorkshire Council Play Off.

A BLISTERING late show with the bat from stumper Andrew Joburns saw Elsecar seal their first Yorkshire Cricket Council Play Off title for eight years with victory over Methley.

And the club are hoping to double up the trophy haul this weekend as they look to land the South Yorkshire Senior League Premier Division title on the final day of the campaign.

A crowd of more than 500 gathered at Elsecar’s own Armroyd Lane home for a thrilling final against Leeds side Methley.

The Central Yorkshire League outfit batted first and had 105 on the board by the time Elsecar claimed the wicket of Hamed Khan for 31.

Such a superb start dampened Elsecar expectations until the spinners entered the fray and slowed down Methley’s progress.

The star of the innings was opener Nick Connelly who made 101 before being run out.

Rob Jones was the main architect of the slowing of progress as he took 3-46.

Methley closed on 204-8.

Elsecar started their response well also with opening pair Ainsley Swallow and Jason Meadows adding 31 and 44 respectively.

Brett Hunsley produced 35 while Chathura Athukorala clipped a quick fire 37 to see Elsecar better the required run rate.

But disaster then appeared to strike as they slumped from 161-3 to 178-8.

When all appeared lost, Joburns took to the centre and lit up proceedings, smacking two sixes and a four in a breathtaking sequence that pushed his side to a remarkable victory and a fifth Yorkshire Council title.

Yorkshire Council president Paul McFarlane was complimentary to the club for providing an excellent stage for the final while Barnsley East MP Michael Dugher was on hand to present the trophies, including a man of the match award for Methley’s Connelly.

Elsecar are now within two points of sealing the Premier Division championship following a demolition of Barnsley Seconds last weekend.

They must see off Treeton at Armroyd Lane to guarantee the title.

n MEXBOROUGH AND ROCKINGHAM RELEGATED, CONISBROUGH PROMOTED - Full South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League round-up in this week’s South Yorkshire Times