Wilkinson destroys below-par Elsecar

Champions Elsecar shocked their supporters when slumping to a comprehensive defeat at Wath. Their bowlers did their job, seeing off the hosts for 115, Iftikhar Afzal bagging 4-28 and Ishan Jayarathna (3-30,) but Elsecar’s strong batting line-up were skittled for just 51, most of the damage done by Paul Wilkinson’s 7-29 stint.

Whitley Hall powered to another quick win at Wickersley, the home team setting a target of 181-8, opener Haidar Jahangir slamming 62, after partner Neil Longden went for a duck, Mike Donson boosted the total with a late 44. Alex Welsh grabbed five cheap wickets for Whitley, who stormed to an eight-wicket win, opener Welsh lashing 15 boundaries in his 83, partner Neil Longhurst cracking 66.

Whiston also celebrated an eight-wicket triumph, sending back Coal Aston for 92, Jafar Nasir claimig 6-41. They then eased to victory with Andy Tomlinson unbeaten on 43 and Scott Jones adding 35.

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Aston Hall fell for 94 at Hallam, the wickets shared by Neil Mountjoy and Jesse Hemingway.

However, Aston had attackers for the occasion in Uzman Azeem (5-7) and Asadullah Butt (3-13), who had Hallam back in the pavilion for just 63.

Houghton Main battled to a narrow win over visitors Barnsley, who came in at 161-6, Kunal Razdan top bat with 48. Houghton just made it to 163-9, Alec Elliott main scorer with 30, while youngster Callum Bethel claimed 3-41 for Barnsley.

Treeton were in a hurry when entertaining Darfield, skittling the guests for only 59, all-rounder Steve Foster grabbing 6-30 to set up a seven-wicket success.

The closest match of the day saw Elsecar B collect 250-3 in Division One, Adrian Meadows hammering the only century of the day, an unbeaten 133. Guests Norton Woodseats achieved a tie with their 250-9 with half-centuries from James and Thomas Eyre.