NEWCOMERS Askern Welfare are the early leaders in the All Saints Indoor League after completing an emphatic victory over Hatfield Main.
Welfare posted a sizeable 110-2 thanks to Andrew Lunn (30), Josh Gillies (27) and Jeff Morton (25).
Main lost four cheap wickets but a late rally by Lee Dumphy (29) gave his side a respectable total though falling well short of their target.
Hard on the heels of Askern are Barnby Dun who completed an easy win over a youthful Warmsworth.
Dun posted 123-2 thanks to Michael Fell (26), Scott Rich (25) and David Barrett (23). Warmsworth were never in the hunt despite good knocks from Mark Shanks and Matty Spurr, both of whom made 25.
Current champions Rossington encountered a spirited young Doncaster Town team as they got their campaign underway.
Missing a number of last season’s players Main managed to post 94-4, mainly due to the experienced Joel Evans (24) and Andrew Gardiner (23).
Town’s reply never got any momentum with Amit Kundra (14) and Jem Free (13) the only batsman to reach double figures in their 54 all out.
Hatfield Town amassed the highest competition total in the League’s three-year history by posting a total of 142 without losing a wicket.
Chris Liddle lead the way with (26) supported by Paul Davies and Andrew Cutts, both on 25, with a late flurry from John Severn (23).
Maltby made a geat attempt at the challenge they faced, eventually falling short by 40 runs Liam Woodward again top scored with 36 not out with good support from youngster Phil Fletcher (25).