Local Cricket: Neil before us! Longhurst hits 213 as Whitley return to form

Neil Longhurst
Neil Longhurst

Whitley Hall are back in form again, with a vengeance. Conisbrough is not a big ground, but they still won’t have seen many higher scores than Whitley Hall’s 408-6 on Saturday in the South Yorkshire League.

Neil Longhurst made 213 on his own and put on 260 for the fourth wicket with Jim Tasker (60) after another strong start from Anthony Wilson (61). Conisbrough couldn’t get half way – 200 all out. Greig Batty took 3-54.

Collegiate batsman Danny Walton

Collegiate batsman Danny Walton

Aston Hall had little difficulty overcoming Hallam, and Coal Aston’s 258-4 may have been a winning score against most sides.

Unfortunately, Treeton are not most sides and inspired once again by Steve Foster (95) they breezed home with just three wickets down.

So Treeton are still top, two ahead of Aston Hall and three ahead of Whitley. The interesting thing will be how Aston Hall shape up in their next four games - Wickersley next week, then Elsecar, Whitley and Treeton. If they win three of those, they’ll be up. If they win all four, they’ll be champions.

Meanwhile, in the Yorkshire League, Danny Walton’s 92 inspired Sheffield Collegiate to victory over Appleby Frodingham.

Simon Guy added 87 and Michael Simpson hit a handy 40, with three big sixes.

Collegiate compiled 286-7 and never looked in danger of losing. Billy Root and Luke Shutt claimed two wickets each as Appleby were all out for 145.

Barnsley still top the table after their great start to the season, and they swept Driffield Town aside to record another important win.

The Barnsley bowlers had Driffield on the back foot from the off; Zohaib Ahmad went on to take four wickets and junior Callum Bethel bagged three as Driffield were all out for 178.

In their reply, opening batsman Jonathan Trower made great inroads with a knock of 42 as Barnsley reached their target in 31.2 overs and won by five wickets.

Mark Cummins took five wickets to restrict Hull to 230, and then scored 71 runs as his Rotherham side beat their opponents by eight wickets.

In reply, Rotherham James Moorhouse scored 77 and Anthony Del Borello made sure of the win with 58 as Rotherham reached their target in 41.1 overs, and with just two wickets lost.

Despite having three players scoring over 40, Doncaster couldn’t find a way past York as they slumped to defeat by 24 runs.

Lewis Brown took four wickets for Doncaster but Liam McKendry’s 102 and brother Ryan’s 52 helped York reach 300.

In response, Stuart Guy hit 93 and Felix Odell 70 but it wasn’t enough as Doncaster were bowled out for 276.

Jack Warner was in fantastic form as he took 5-24 in Yorkshire Academy’s victory over Harrogate.

Harrogate were quickly bowled out for just 86 runs and it took only 17.3 overs and one wicket for Academy to chase down the target as Ben Lewis Ainsley hit 44.