Rob picks up Barlow family mantle to maintain Wath run

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The top team of the moment is unquestionably Wath and they confirmed their status as Premier League leaders with an emphatic dismissal of Norton Oakes.

Wath have now taken maximum points from all their games and the Barlow family have played a large part. For their first two games it was Mark who took five wickets in each.

Against Oakes it was Rob with 5-24 from 10 overs, bowling them out for 121 to set up a 10 wicket victory.

South African Derek Mitchell was as hot as the weather with 84*.

Hallam, second at the start of the day, held their own in a tough contest with Treeton, who were third.

The day’s top scorer, Mark Williams (90*) and Harry Bliss (46) took Hallam to 216-7 (Greg Norton 4-55) and then New Zealander Vaidik Raj (4-65) and Humphrey Emery (3-40) chipped away consistently to reduce Treeton’s strong batting order to 197-9, but couldn’t take the last wicket so, for the first time, missed out on maximum points. Chris Cobb top-scored with 48.

Whitley Hall had a great weekend, winning their cup match against Hallam on Sunday, as well as comfortably defeating Elsecar on Saturday.

Jim Tasker took 6-27 out of 111 and Jaco Castle 42*, as they roared back to form with a six wicket win.

The upset of the day was Coal Aston, who beat third-placed Aston Hall.

Laurence Browes scored 58 and Reece Shutt 52, as Coal Aston totalled 211.

Then the whole team combined, with three run outs and shared wickets, to keep Aston below the rate, despite a 76 opening stand between Matthew Cartwright (30) and Joe Barker (41).

But they too couldn’t take the last wicket and Aston pulled back from 171-9 to 203-9, only eight runs short at the end.

In the two remaining Premier games, Whiston PC had a much better time with the bat, scoring 237-6 (Andy Tomlinson 86) which was the day’s top total, until Wickersley batted and they got 238-7 with five balls remaining (Richard Harrison 88 and Robert Oxberry 5-62).

What a game! And Tickhill achieved their first win of the season, Nicky Page making 86 out of 229 (Ali Khan 5-37) and Alex Rowland getting the best bowling figures of the day with 6-15 in seven overs, as Darfield were all out for 147.

Only Norton Woodseats of local teams in Division One made the most of the day, beating Upper Haugh by eight wickets, largely thanks to Aamir Ashfaque’s 3-28 and 40* and Shoaib Yasin 3-4 in 5 overs. Millhouses Works’ 191 all out couldn’t quite catch Conisbrough’s 211-9.

Poor Ali Akhtar endured mixed fortunes following 3-58 with 74 and almost secured two points for his side in a nail-biting last wicket stand, before being run out on the last ball of the match to lose everything.

Next Saturday, the games to look for are one plays two, as Wath are home to Hallam, and resurgent Whitley Hall entertain Treeton.