Butt and Bothma are too hot for Aston Hall

Ben Bailey South Yorkshire

Treeton captain Steve Foster again led the way in the nine-wicket triumph at Phoenix, grabbing five cheap wickets as the Rotherham side fell for 167, before blasting an unbeaten 93 in a runaway win.

Second-placed Whitley Hall also recorded an emphatic victory when holding Barnsley to 203-7, Pete Hadfield making 72, and knocking off the runs for four wickets down, Andy Bethel cracking 74 and South African Jaco Castle 40 not out.

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Wickersley made the trip to Houghton Main pay off when dismissing the hosts for 159, Lucas Dredge being the only batsman to stay for long, making 48.

Haidar Jahangir claimed four wickets for the guests, who answered with 161-3, Paul Lund unbeaten on 84 and Greg Norton chipping in with 43 not out.

At Aston Hall, visitors Whiston laid down a 236-5 challenge, star all-rounder Asadullah Butt blasting 113 – the only century-maker in the top flight – with Johan Bothma adding a half-century before going on to share the wickets with Steve Taylor as Aston fell for 77.

It was a similar scenario at Tickhill, where guests Hallam set a target of 273-9 with 79 from Alex Davies and half-centuries from Jim Tasker and Nick Dymock. Ian Horsman conceded 96 runs for his

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five-wicket stint for Tickhill, who were skittled for 69 by Humphrey Emery's 4-16 return and Jesse Hemingway's 3-38 haul.

Among the top batsmen in Division One were Coal Aston's Lawrence Browes, whose 114 took his side to 255 in the win against Mexborough, Norton Oakes' Ant Firth, who made 92 in a seven-wicket win over Rotherham Town, and teenager Thomas Starkes, who struck 90 in Treeton B's 281-8 against Collegiate B.

Wickersley seconds completed a winning club double when they totalled 268-9 – Neil Longden 87 and John Lazenby 69 – against Sheffield United in Division Two.

Norton Oakes B were the low scorers of the day, skiittled for 59 in Division Three by Tickhill B's John Dickinson, whose 7-30 was bettered by Thorpe Hesley's Zaf Rashid (7-29) as Phoenix B fell for 84.