Ashton blasts 188 as Phoenix beat Town

Premier Division champions Elsecar met Whitworth Cup holders Whitley Hall in the match of the day, but it turned into a disappointing result for home supporters at Armroyd Lane.

Elsecar were dismissed for just 111, only opener Jason Meadows staying for long, with 31, and Jim Tasker grabbed 6-27 for the Cup specialists, who eased to 116-4, with Jacob Castle scoring 42no.

Wath were 10-wicket winners over Norton Oakes, whipped out for 121, Derek Mitchell then cracking 84, with 12 boundaries in their 122-0.

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Tickhill were convincing winners over Darfield, the School Street side being shot out for 147, with Alex Rowland bagging 6-15, this after Tickhill’s 229, in which Nicky Page slammed 84, with 14 boundaries. The pick of the losers’ bowlers were Ali Khan 
(5-27) and Paul Wilkinson (4-50).

Coal Aston came out best in the local derby with Aston Hall, making 211 with half-tons from Laurence Browse and Reece Shutt, and then holding the hosts to 203-9.

Main men for Hall were Joe Barker (41), Geoff Ashmore (5-59) and Josh Coulson (3-38).

Whiston were set a target of 237-6 at Wickersley, Andy Tomlinson hitting 86, but the Northfield Laners were up to the task, coming back with 238-7, with Richard Harrison hitting 88 and Muhammad Naveed (45).

Hallam picked up points at Treeton. Set a 216-7 target, Mark Williams racked up 90no and Harry Bliss (46), with Rob Barlow taking 5-24 and Greg Norton 
(4-55) for Treeton, who held on at 197-9 to avoid outright defeat.

The day provided five centurions, Rotherham Phoenix’s John Ashton’s 188 the pick, with 27 fours and four sixes, in the Division Two win over Doncaster Town.