South Yorkshire League: Rain pain denies Whitley Hall vital points in three-way race for the title

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On days like Saturday, with the rain clouds rolling unevenly round the region, championship fortunes can rise and fall. Treeton and Aston Hall both played. Whitley Hall were rained off.

Whitley got to 198-7 with seven overs still to play against Darfield. Anthony Wilson was still there with 82* and Michael Topp had 4-40 when the skies opened. Whitley took two points, while Aston Hall took five at Wickersley and Treeton, despite having key players missing, took all seven at Wath.

Treeton, minus Charlie Roebuck and Steve Foster, bowled Wath out for 180. Sam Drury made 67 but Mohammad Attari took 4-33 before Chris Cobb (61), Paul Fearn (42*) and Scott Cunningham (39) carefully guided the champions home to win by six wickets.

Had it been played at Wath, it would have been rained off.

Most of Aston Hall’s players haven’t batted for three weeks, but that’s not to do with the rain! Three weeks ago they won by 10 wickets, last week it was nine wickets. This week they batted first at Wickersley. Surely everyone would get a knock? No.

Such is their confidence, they made 273-2. Former Derbyshire player Adam Whiteley made 108, Joe Barker 68 (in an opening stand of 128), and Michael Cartwright (46*) and Nicholas Smit (40*) kept up the momentum at the end. Wickersley, however, weren’t about to roll over and they set about the total.

But despite all their batsmen getting good starts, especially Haider Jehangir with 65, none could really dominate enough to overtake such a big target and they ended on 235-8, denying Aston a vital two bowling points.

Elsecar continued Tickhill’s disappointing run. Jason Meadows made 105* in Elsecar’s 220-7. Paul Cummins made a duck but made up for it with the ball, taking 4-32 as Tickhill, despite Andrew Rennison’s 68, were bowled out for 178.

Conisbrough could only manage 151 all out against Hallam, James Smedley taking 3-5 at the end, but Hallam, desperate for points, could only sit and watch the rain with their score on 40-2.

Coal Aston, meanwhile, lifted themselves off the bottom with a powerful victory over Houghton Main. Daniel Hemingway (5-59) and Liam Johnson (3-53) bowled Houghton out for 206, of which Liam Rigby made 50, before Johnson batted just as determinedly for 49, backed up by Nick Horsfield (44*) and Laurence Browes (39) to win by five wickets and move above Wath.

So, six to go and all still to play for at the top and the bottom.

In Division One, Whiston are ready to storm back up, with a very powerful batting line-up, headed by Andy Tomlinson and Danny Kemp. Mind you, they were rained off on Saturday too, and Collegiate seconds were able to sneak a little closer.

Sunday saw the final of the Nicholas Associates Mick Savage Memorial Cup at Darfield, with Whiston facing Rockingham. Whiston batted first and at 59-3, with Andy Tomlinson out for seven, and Mueneddin Kadri bowling superbly, an upset looked possible, but Danny Kemp was still there and he stayed there right to the end of the innings for 150*, his last 50 coming in 18 balls. He hit 19 fours and five sixes and, with James Martin (44), took Whiston to 232-5 which was too much for Rockingham.

Robin Singh made 59 and Ben Dalton 36, and at one stage they were 99-2, but Peter Wilson, and Jack Myers took crucial early wickets and Andy Tomlinson (4-36) mopped up the tail for Whiston to run out winners comfortably by 61 runs.

Also on Sunday, at Undercliffe, SYSCL winners Wickersley were playing in the Area Finals of the National T20 against Bradford League winners, Pudsey Congs. Sadly they lost by 22 runs.