The South Yorkshire Premier got off to a cracking start last weekend, with several notable performances.
Gareth Davis carried his bat for an unbeaten 129 in Treeton’s 288-5, which was all too much for Coal Aston who were bowled out for 87 (Greg Norton 5-36).
But the result of the day belonged to Aston Hall, who chased down Whitley Hall’s 224. Whitley are one of the top teams and to beat them by seven wickets, with three overs to spare, is an achievement that will send ripples across the region.
The win may soften the blow for new signing Matt Cartwright, who was stranded on 99 when the winning run was scored!
Last year’s champions Elsecar also nearly came unstuck against newly promoted Darfield, just edging a low scoring game by two wickets.
Elsecar’s overseas star Shahzad Rana took 7-41 while the evergreen Jason Meadows saw them home with 63.
At Whiston, Hallam scored the day’s highest total with 294-5.
Joe Cooper, Harry Bliss and Nick Dymock all scored half centuries before 19 year old New Zealand off spinner Vaidik Raj took 7-54 as Whiston were all out for 142 (Andy Tomlinson 80).
The other promoted team, Tickhill, recovered from 81-7 to post 170 against Wath (Mark Barlow 5-53).
But it wasn’t enough as Wath won comfortably by five wickets, youngster Will Turner scoring 47.
Matt Burton scored the second century of the day as Wickersley (227-5) overcame a spirited performance from Norton Oakes, for whom Alex Hibbert and Alex Hughes both scored 50s.
In Division One, local teams Bradfield comfortably defeated Doncaster Town with Paul Garnett scoring 55 out of 181-6 and Hennie Swart proving almost unplayable with 6-19 from 12 overs.
Ilyas Muhammad had almost identical figures (5-19) as Shiregreen beat Wath by 54 runs, while Norton Woodseats beat Kexborough thanks to Aamir Ashfaque scoring 69 of their 138-9.
Newly promoted Millhouses Works comfortably beat Barnsley - owing much to a great all round performance from Nazakat Khan, who scored 61 of their 171 and then took 4-37.
This Saturday, the top local games will see Treeton take on Wickersley at Washfield Lane while Hallam play Aston Hall at Sandygate.
Whitley Hall entertain Tickhill and Darfield come to Norton Oakes.