Review 1983-2015





             Div     P     W     D     L     Pts      Pos

1983      C      22    11    10      1       76     Top

1984      B      24    14      8      2       89     Top

1985      A      24      5      9    10       41     10th

1986      A      24      6    11      7       53       6th

1987      A      24      4    13      7       45     10th

1988      A      24      9    11      4       66       5th  Won Whitworth Cup

1989      A      22    10      7      5       65       4th  Won Whitworth Cup

1990      A      22      6      6    10       44       8th

1991      A      22      6      9      7       50       6th

1992      A      22      5    12      5       52       5th

1993      A      22      8      7      7       52       7th Whitworth Cup finalists

1994      A      22      5      5    12       32     11th 

1995      B      22      7    12      3       71     Top 

1996      A      22      8      5      9       51       5th

1997      A      22    11      8      3       70       3rd

1998      A      22      8      9      5       57       5th  Whitworth Cup finalists

1999      A      22    13      6      3       78       3rd  Yorkshire Council champions.

2000      A      22      9      8      5       64       4th

2001      A      22      9      8      5       69       5th


Some Notes from the South Riding League era


WHCC won the ‘C’ Division title in their first season in the South Riding League, losing just one of their 22 League matches.

On July 9 they hammered a massive 314 for five against Rotherham Co-Op to establish a new League record, and followed up by removing the visitors for 109. In the match Craig Whittaker scored 91 and Roy Sanderson 72.

Best bowling in 1983: Andy Winder 6 for18 v Oughtibridge.



WHCC won the Division ‘B’ title in their second season in the South Riding League. They recorded 14 wins, and lost just twice. Successes with the ball were many in that on 11 occasions individuals claimed 5 or more wickets in a match –John Cave did it five times, his best returns being seven for nine v Bankers and five for six against Rockingham. Roy Sanderson scored over 500 runs, including 99v Brodsworth Main.



In their first season in “A” Division, WHCC finished tenth on 41 points. Bradfield went down with 40 points, so relegation was always a threat, but the lads pulled clear after a late run of good results.  Keith Gregory claimed five wickets on three occasions.



WHCC finished sixth in Division ‘A’. Paul Williams won the Division’s junior bowling award (40 wickets), and it worth recording that in a 2nd XI fixture against Frecheville he claimed ten for 61. Roy Sanderson scored 50 or more on six occasions, including 93 not out against Coal Aston.



WHCC finished tenth in Division ‘A’. John Cave scored 50 or more on seven occasions, including 92 not out v Oughtibridge; and Roy Sanderson achieved the feat on five occasions. Craig Whittaker scored 83 v Elsecar.



A notable season in that as well as finishing fifth in Division ‘A’, WHCC first team won the Whitworth Cup for the first time. In the League, Roy Sanderson scored 552 runs (Av 34.50), which included an unbeaten 87 against Shiregreen. John Cave had a 62 not out against Treeton, and also bagged five for 12 v Eckington and five for 13 v Frecheville. Paul Williams returned a seven for 22 against Elsecar, a sic for 45 v Rotherham Phoenix, and a five for 17 v Eckington.

On the Whitworth Cup trail, Paul Chatterton claimed a five for 22 against Denaby, while Roy Sanderson hit 111 against Eckington and an unbeaten 50 against Rossington, and his knock of 77 helped clinch the Man of the Match Award when Darfield were defeated in the final at Tickhill. John Gott captured a crucial first wicket, that of Darfield star Mick Savage, and Paul Williams (three for 19) had a terrific spell as Whitley sealed a 38-run victory.



WHCC finished fourth in Division ‘A’, and retained the Whitworth Cup with victory over Elsecar at Treeton. Notable League performances included Paul Chatterton with 110 against Shiregreen and 64 v Aston Hall; Roy Sanderson 87 not out against Phoenix and 77 not out v Darfield; John Cave  had 50-plus v Rossington and Wath; and Mark Myers claimed seven for 14 against Frecheville, six for 32 v Rossington, and five for 29 v Oughtibridge.  On the Whitworth Cup trail, Paul Chatterton hit an unbeaten 112 against Thorncliffe, a 75 against Wombwell, and claimed a four for 19 against Rockingham; while Ian Pratt has scores of 79 not out and 69 against Shiregreen and Mexborough respectively. Craig Whittaker hit 63 and claimed four for 12 v Mexborough. In the final Whitley’s 231 for six included noteworthy contributions by John Cave (60), Paul Chatterton (43), Ian Pratt (37) and Rod Wadsworth (33); and while Mark Myers claimed three for 65 as Elsecar fell two runs short, the final over, delivered by skipper John Cave proved particularly significant in sealing the victory.



WHCC finished 8th in Division ‘A’.  Top scores included Paul Chatterton 72 v Bradfield and 70 v Elsecar; Roy Sanderson 72 not out v Phoenix; John Gott 70 not out v Elsecar; Ian Pratt 73 v Darfield. Best bowling performances included Mark Myers six for 46 v Phoenix, and John Gott five for 11 v Wickersley.



WHCC ended up in sixth place in Division ‘A’ with 50 points from their 22 matches. The first team had 12 instances of players scoring 50 or more runs in the League, with Paul Chatterton’s 88 against Treeton being the best. Graham Ackroyd had an incredible 4-3-1-5 return against Norton Oakes –the best individual bowling figures for any match in the South Riding League in 1991. Norton were dismissed for 108, with Whitley having earlier made 195 for eight –and Ackroyd had scored 52, while Steve Hemsley hit 61. In the Whitworth Cup Hemsley scored 90 against Shiregreen, while Mark Myers bagged seven for 30.



WHCC climbed back up to fifth in Division ‘A’ with 52 points, struggling a bit in the first half of the season but being unbeaten in the second half. Roy Sanderson managed the only League century with104 v Elsecar. In the Whitworth Cup the club reached the quarter final before losing to Wickersley. In an earlier round John Cave hit 75 not out in a 44-run victory over Maltby.



WHCC finished in seventh place in Division ‘A’ and reached the final of the Whitworth Cup. Andrew Townsley, an ex-Yorkshire player, scored over 500 runs and took the Division ‘A’ bowling prize with 58 wickets at an average of 11.48. His best bowling feats were eight for 36 v Hallam and seven for 51 v Eckington. Paul Williams claimed an eight for 42 v Elsecar. Wicketkeeper Craig Hockenhull claimed 20 catches and three stumpings. In the Whitworth Cup Whitley beat Elsecar, Stocksbridge Works, Mexborough and Coal Aston before losing by 93 run in the final against Treeton at Stocksbridge. Paul Chatterton claimed seven for 16 off eight overs in the ten-wicket triumph over Stocksbridge Works.



Sadly, WHCC finished 11th in Division ‘A’ on 32 points and were relegated along with Eckington. The season saw the arrival of teenager Neil Carter from South Africa, and the quick left-arm bowler took the South Riding League junior bowling award with 52 wickets (Av 17.40). His performances included eight for 37 v Hallam, seven for 42v Elsecar and seven for 75 v Aston Hall. The club won the Mick Savage Memorial Cup, scoring 196 for six (Moorhouse 41) and dismissing Hallam for 185 (Cawthorne five for 41). Craig Hockenhull was man of the match with 26 runs and three catches.



Happily, WHCC bounced back to the top grade at the first attempt, their 71 points from 22 matches seeing them finish top of Division ‘B’ by an eight-point margin.  The man who captured most of the headlines this season was our new recruit from South Africa, Donovan Koch. He topped the Division ‘B’ batting with 1014 runs (av 59.65) and headed the bowling list with 70 wickets (av 11.59). His run tally included 117 v Eckington, 115 v Shiregreen, and 161 v Bradfield. In the third week of the season Koch achieved the season’s best bowling performance with figures of 19-11-26-9 v Rockingham. It was in August that he hit that 161 against Bradfield, and it came in a score of 272 for one, with Koch and Steve Birkenshaw (82) establishing a new League record opening stand in a partnership worth 252.

Roy Sanderson scored 578 runs in the League (av 38.53) and Steve Birkinshaw 475 runs (av 31.67), while Craig Hockenhull took 28 catches and made one stumping.



WHCC finished fifth in the table on their return to Division ‘A’, and that man Donovan Koch landed both the junior batting and junior bowling prizes with 682 runs (av 40.12) and 52 wickets (av 16.75). Craig Hockenhull took 26 catches and one stumping.  Roy Sanderson hit the only century, 128 against Aston Hall; while Donovan Koch claimed eight for 65 versus Darfield, and John Cave claimed seven for 37 against Denaby. For the 2nd XI (now in Division ‘B’ of the SRL 2nd XI competition) Mallinder claimed four wickets for five runs in the home fixture with Thorncliffe; N. Cutts claimed nine for 31 v Oughtibridge; and S. Winder seven for 54 v Warmsworth.

Incidentally, the first XI had a 266 all out against Maltby, and a 254 for seven against Aston Hall; while the 2nd XI managed a 270 for five against Stocksbridge Old, with Moorhouse hitting 96.

One interesting 2nd XI match was the home fixture with Coal Aston in July. Chasing Whitley’s 203, the visitors look doomed at 55 for nine; but Coal Aston’s final pair, Rhodes and Smith, batted out the overs with an unbroken stand worth 88 –a new League record for the tenth wicket.

The first team went out of the Whitworth Cup at the second round stage, while the 2nd XI reached the semi-final of the Whitworth Trophy before falling to Elsecar. In the prelim round Fletcher (59no) and Rogers (52no) set a competition record with an unbroken stand of 123 against Thorncliffe, while in the quarter-final Rogers hit 107 not out against Wombwell.



WHCC finished third –their highest yet in Division ‘A’ of the South Riding League. Once again Donovan Koch grabbed the headlines, winning both the junior batting and junior bowling prizes, plus the Ben Jessop junior trophy. Koch scored 606 runs (av 43.29), 49 wickets (av 12.71) and six catches. Koch scored 111 against Upper Haugh and registered the same score against Wath. Incidentally, Whitley’s tally in the match at Upper Haugh was 255 for eight and 306 for five in the home fixture with the same opponents. The 2nd XI finished top of Division ‘B’ in the 2nd XI competition tables, and Scott Cunningham topped the batting with 348 runs at an average of 49.71 –his season included an innings of 104no against Thorpe Hesley.

The Under-17s had a great campaign in the Sheffield & District Junior League during the summer of 1997, going through the season unbeaten and winning the Leslie Fletcher Trophy and the Parramore Cup. The lads included Alex Fletcher, Chris Siddall, Alec Biggin, Tim Wadsworth, Tim Sharpe, Scott Cunningham, Ainsley Swallow, Simon Hope, Mark Marsh, Michael Charlesworth, Julian Thompson, Lee Wainwright, Richard Siddall, James Robinson and David Bly.



WHCC finished fifth in Division ‘A’ of the South Riding League and also reached the final of the Whitworth Cup, losing to Elsecar in the final. The 2nd XI, now in SRL Division D, finished third in the table.



A memorable season for WHCC, for they not only finished third in the new Premier Division of the South Riding League –they went on to achieve glory by winning the Yorkshire Council championship for the first time in the club’s history with a dramatic success against Wickersley in the final at Elsecar. What a feat for a small village club! On August 22 the 1st XI stood second in the table and thus qualified for the play-off stages on the YC championships. In the quarter-final, at home, they beat Gomersall by 103 runs. Alex Fletcher hit 122 in Whitley’s 286-6, and Donovan Koch hit 71 and went on to claim five for 67 as Gomersall were ousted for 183. When Whitley managed only 159-9 batting first in the semi-final against Fenners at Hull, they feared it might not be enough, but Fenners were bowled out for 110 with Koch returning six for 40. Skipper Roy Sanderson, having scored 69, followed up with a brilliant catch. In the final Wickersley, electing to bat first, made 219 for five (Siddall 3-67) and in reply Whitley clinched victory with one ball to spare! They made 223 for six, with Koch 88no, Siddall 55 and Alex Fletcher 40. At the presentation ceremony there was an emotional moment that will never be forgotten when skipper Roy Sanderson called on Ike Baxter, Mr Whitley Hall himself, to receive the trophy from SRL chairman Alan Phelan.



WHCC finished fourth in Premier Division of South Riding League, with 64 pts. The 2nd XI finished seventh in Division Three. Alex Fletcher topped the batting averages, Paul Tasker the bowling. For the 2nd XI Paul Chatterton topped the batting, Mark Myers the bowling.



WHCC finished fifth in the Premier Division of the South Riding League with 69 points. The 2nd XI finished ninth in Division Three. Leading 1st XI batsmen were Donovan Koch (723 runs) and Alex Fletcher (666 runs); with Donovan Koch (47 wickets) and Ian Woodhall (45) heading the bowling list. For the 2nd XI John Cave (389 runs) and Robert Moorhouse (285) were the leading batsmen, while Kevin Bradley (35 wkts) and Mark Myers (36) were the leading bowlers.


The South Riding League subsequently became The South Yorkshire Cricket League –See separate notes on 2002 onwards.

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             South Yorkshire League 

             Premier Division Record

               P    W   L   D   Pts     Pos

2002      22   14    5   3      96      3rd

2003      22   15    5   2      95      4th

2004      22   13    7   2      89      3rd   Won Whitworth Cup

2005      22   16    3   3    108      2nd      

2006…..22   13    4   5      95      3rd      

2007      22   13    3   6      94      3rd        

2008      22   13    4   5      92      4th   

2009…..22   11    8   3      79      5th   Won Whitworth Cup

2010…..22   19    1   2    127      1st    Won Whitworth Cup

                                                             Yorkshire Council finalists

2011…..22   18    3   1    114      2nd   Black Sheep champions

                                                            Won Whitworth Cup

2012…..22   13    2   7      91      2nd   Yorkshire Council champions

                                                            Black Sheep champions

2013…..22   16    1   5    108      2nd    Yorkshire Council champions

                                                                   Won Whitworth Cup

                                                                 2nd XI won President’s Trophy

2014 …..22  13   4  5    93      2nd       Won Whitworth Cup

                                                                   Yorkshire Council play-off runners-up

2015….22  12   6   4     84     3rd       Won Whitworth Cup


Black Sheep Champions

2011 beat Wrenthorpe in final (at Hanging Heaton)   MofM  Jaco Castle

2012 beat Wrenthorpe in final (at Elsecar)                   MofM  Neil Longhurst


Yorkshire Council Champions

1999 beat Wickersley in final (at Elsecar)            MofM  Donovan Koch

2012 beat New Farnley in final (at Methley)        MofM Alex Fletcher

2013 beat Elsecar in final (at Ackworth)              MofM Alex Fletcher

Finalists 2010 lost to Treeton (at Hull)

Finalist 2014 lost to Townville (at Tickhill)


Whitworth Cup winners

1988 beat Darfield      (at Tickhill)             MofM: Roy Sanderson

1989 beat Elsecar        (at Treeton)                       ———————

2004 beat Wickersley (at Elsecar)              MofM: Alex Welsh

2009 beat Wickersley (at Phoenix)             MofM: Donovan Koch

2010 beat Treeton       (at Tickhill)             MofM: Neil Longhurst

2011 beat Wickersley (at Wath)                     MofM: Jim Tasker

2013 beat Hallam        (at Elsecar)              MofM: Neil Longhurst   

2014 beat Treeton (at Aston Hall)            Mof M: Chris Siddall

2015 beat Treeton (at Elsecar)                   MoM: Liam Bacon 

Finalists: 1993 lost to Treeton (at Stocksbridge);

                1998 lost to Elsecar (at Phoenix)


President’s Trophy winners

2013 beat Phoenix (at Aston Hall)               MofM: Roy Sanderson

Runners-up 2008, lost to Rotherham Town (at Frecheville)


Mick Savage Trophy (at Darfield CC)

1994 beat Hallam                    MofM: Craig Hockenhull

2003 lost to Upper Haugh



Whitley Hall 2002

The South Riding League changed its name and became the South Yorkshire League. Whitley finished 3rd in the table with 14 wins and 96 points. Donovan Koch topped the batting averages with 721 runs in 19 innings (8 not out) for an average of 65.55, with Jason Booth next in line –his 711 runs from 20 innings (4 not out) leaving him with an average of 44.44. Donovan Koch also topped the bowling averages with 61 wickets at an average of 11.55.


Whitley Hall 2003


For most of the 2003 season the chase for the South Yorkshire Senior League Premier Division title was a four-club race, with Treeton, Elsecar, Whitley Hall and Wickersley setting a searing pace.

Whitley were the early pacemakers. South African Donovan Koch began the season with a steady 69 against Darfield on the opening day (it included a third-wicket stand of 122 with Jason Booth), but by mid-June had helped himself to three centuries and some match-winning bowling performances. His unbeaten 145 on May 10th inspired a one-wicket victory at Wickersley, and he produced an unbeaten 60 in the five-wicket home win over the previously undefeated Elsecar on May 24th, when Sharpe claimed seven wickets.  Koch then made 123 not out at Wath on May 31st; and 116 not out in the home match with Bradfield on June 14th.

Whitley led the table and remained unbeaten until the halfway point of the season, and it was Rotherham Phoenix who sent them to their first defeat when they visited Baxter Field on June 28th.  When Phoenix batted first, Mo Raza top-scored with 120 in their total of 229 for seven (Koch 5-62), and Whitley, ousted for 119, lost by 110 runs.

On the same day Wickersley fell for the second time at the hands of Doncaster as Esan Butt claimed seven for 21 and Wickersley tumbled all out for 92 and a similar heavy loss. Wickersley’s opening partnership stuttered as both Andy Tomlinson and Haidar Jahangir, so dominant in earlier years, struggled to find their form. Tomlinson had to wait until mid-June before his first century arrived against Norton Oakes and although Haidar chipped in with a couple of fifties the performance of the rest of the team gained importance.

Elsecar, with their sole loss having come at the hands of Whitley, took advantage to move into first place, as Tim Farmer continued to lead the run-getters and the strike partnership of Chris Cotton and Lesroy Weekes was proving more than a handful. Among Cotton’s consistent performances was a devastating 8 for 46 against Darfield, including a hat-trick.

Treeton were in close pursuit as their new arrival Steve Foster was dominating with both bat and ball. His combination with another debutant, Australian Mike Carson, destroyed Bradfield for 80 and Phoenix for 75. Treeton’s only reverse in the first half of the campaign came at the hands of Wickersley at Northfield Lane, where Wickersley claimed a comprehensive victory.

The structure of the fixtures meant that the four clubs faced each other over a period of five weeks in July and August, and the leadership changed hands as the crucial fixtures shaped the destiny of the title and top places.

Elsecar travelled to Wickersley and removed Andy and Haidar with little resistance. It was left to Richard Harrison to hit a gritty 62 in a score of 192 –a tally that proved too much for Elsecar, despite an opening stand of 65. The key run-out of Tim Farmer saw the innings falter and they fell short by 40 runs. Treeton took the opportunity to move into first place as they humbled Whitley Hall for 70, with Mike Carson claiming five for 49 and Steve Foster three for 13 in 12 overs.

Wickersley next visited Whitley and were soon in disarray against Donovan Koch (4-29) and Sri Lankan Bandoola Ranjith (3-23 in 15 overs), the pair ousting them for just 103, which Whitley knocked off with five wickets to spare (Rawlin 58).

Treeton consolidated their position at Abbeydale where a masterful Steve Foster claimed all ten Collegiate batsmen for 44 runs, becoming the first top-flight bowler to achieve this in 25 years.

Now Elsecar travelled to Treeton to challenge their leadership in a match that was full of excitement and drama as the championship prize was contested.  On a difficult wicket Elsecar collapsed from 119 for four to 143 all out, and with Treeton at 122 for 4, needing 22 runs, victory for them looked certain. The end of their nine-year victory drought against Elsecar was within their grasp. But then the return of Lesroy Weekes with a devastating five for 14 spell brought mounting drama and saw Elsecar home with four runs to spare. Elsecar were back in first place!

The following week Elsecar hosted Whitley and they found Donovan Koch (6-25) unplayable as he toyed with the batsmen, and Elsecar were all out 93, losers by seven wickets. Treeton and Mike Carson meanwhile were destroying Wath for 91 and a ten-wicket victory as they again reclaimed the leadership.

The final week of the ‘mini league’ saw Wickersley visit Washfield Lane to try and repeat their victories in League and Cup over Treeton. The Washfield wobbles hit both teams as first Treeton collapsed from 130 for one to 169 all out. The Wickersley reply hit trouble at 82 for one as they ran into similar problems and ended just 13 runs short. Steve Foster contributed another half century and four wickets as Treeton held on to top place.

And there Treeton stayed, intensifying the pace by winning their final four games with maximum points. Elsecar faltered as first Doncaster and Norton Oakes humbled them at Armroyd Lane and bottom club Bradfield had their day in the sun in an end of season pantomime.

Whitley also lost their way as they suffered defeats against Thorncliffe, Doncaster and Phoenix. On August 23rd Thorncliffe visited Baxter Field and, batting first, made 178 for eight (Ben Sanderson 4-30),then Whitley fell five runs short on 173 all out. Ali claimed four for 19 in finishing off the Whitley innings. Doncaster arrived at Whitley on September 6th, and Whitley batted first and made 191 for eight (Roy Sanderson 60); but Doncaster knocked them off with two wickets to spare. A week later Whitley went to Phoenix, made 195 for six (Jason Booth 66, Rawlin 43), but the home side responded with 196 for six, Ashton (73) and Reynolds (64) being the heroes for Phoenix.

Wickersley lost at Phoenix to remove any chance of the championship but ended with three successive victories to steal into runners-up position 25 points behind Treeton.

***Whitley reached final of the Mick Savage Memorial Trophy for the first time since 1994, but lost to Upper Haugh at Darfield.


Some other Whitley matches

26th April v Norton Oakes (a). WHCC 152 (Cowan 60); N Oakes 105 (Koch 5-30).

5th July v Darfield (a). Darfield 53 all out (B. Ranjith 5-14; D. Koch 5-33); WHCC 58-2.


League Averages 2003

First XI

Batting                           Inns  NO     Runs    Av

Donovan Koch                17      4         887      68.23


Bowling                     Matches   O     M      W       R     Av

Donovan Koch               20                           46     648    14.09


2nd XI

Batting                        Inns     NO       Runs    Av 

Alex Welsh                   17         4           585       45.00

J     Connelly                11          1          311       31.10

Mark Hope                   16         2           315      22.50



WHCC–some notable performances 2003:

145 not out Donovan Koch v Wickersley (a), May 10.

60 not out Donovan Koch v Elsecar (h), May 24 (no match on 17th –rain).

123 not out Donovan Koch v Wath (a), May 31 (328 in 3 inns without losing his wkt).

116 not out Donovan Koch v Bradfield (h), June 14

115 Donovan Koch v Bradfield (a), Aug 30

119 Bandoola Ranjith v Norton Oakes (h), July 12

108 Alex Fletcher v Collegiate (a), Aug 2

95 Jason Booth v Doncaster (a), June 21 (stand of 136 with Koch for 3rd wkt)

94 Jason Booth v Thorncliffe (a), June 7.

In Whitworth Cup, Bandoola Ranjith scored 101 v Aston Hall (a), June 15 (He and Koch, who scored 88, put on 190 for 4th wicket). On the same day Alex Welsh claimed six for 39.


7-64 T. Sharpe v Elsecar (h), May 24

6-25 D. Koch v Elsecar (a), Aug 9

5-14 B. Ranjith v Darfield (a), July 5


WHCC footnote: Donovan Koch scored 887 runs at an average of 68.23 in his 17 innings, while he also claimed 46 wickets at an average of 14.09 in his 20 matches.



Whitley Hall 2004

Third in the table, but a Whitworth Cup triumph


The editor of the League handbook noted that Whitley Hall’s position in the League had never been lower than fifth since their return to the top flight nine seasons previously, but a top-two place continued to elude them. Their final position in 2004 was third –another ‘almost’ season.

It was suggested that Donovan Koch was probably not quite as destructive with the bat as previous (though he still managed 828 runs at an average of 55.20), and the handbook editor said that might have been because of increased demands of his equally capable bowling talents (62 wickets). Well, everyone is entitled to his or her opinion!

For, in truth, with Whitley claiming four wins in their first five matches in 2004, Koch turned in key performance with both bat and ball. In the first match of the campaign, he scored an unbeaten 50 as visitors Collegiate were beaten by four wickets. True enough, he was out for eight when Whitley went to Aston Hall on May 1st, but Neil Cawthorn compensated with a six for 44 return as the Wizards won by 42 runs (alas, they did it without gaining maximum points).

Koch hit 49 and claimed five wickets (at a cost of 91 runs) in the home match with Phoenix on May 15th, although, sadly, it was not enough to spare Whitley from defeat; but the following week he top-scored with an unbeaten 58 in a four-wicket victory at Treeton.  This was followed by an eight-wicket success in the home fixture with Norton Oakes, with Neil Cawthorn (5-35) and John Hughes (71 not out) producing notable performances.

When Whitley went to Wickersley on June 5th, the home side made 224 for nine, and Whitley’s reply fell short of the target with a tally of 173 for eight (Jason Booth 47 not out). Then at Doncaster Town the following weekend, Booth chalked up an unbeaten 110 in a total of 224 for six, but the home side went on to win the match by five wickets with 13 balls to spare.

Next came three wins on the trot. First WHCC beat Parkgate by five wickets at home, with Koch claiming eight for 54 as the visitors were put out for 112, and he then hit 52 as the runs were knocked off. On the last Saturday in June, Alex Fletcher made 99 at Wath, but missing his century was not the only frustration, for the match was ruined by the rain. On July 3rd Thorncliffe came to Whitley and Koch hit 89 and shared a 129-run third-wicket stand with young opening bat Alex Welsh (67) –a 16 year-old already recognized as a great prospect– in Whitley’s  237 for nine. When Thorncliffe were dismissed for 124 Koch claimed three wickets for 30, while Welsh bagged two for two and Adam Wilson three for ten.  The third victory of this spell came at Abbeydale, where Collegiate were defeated by six wickets. In Whitley’s score of 166 for four, Kevin Cooper made 52, Welsh 45 and Alex Fletcher 40 not out.

It was at this point that Whitley’s fortunes took something of a dip, with four successive home defeats. They lost to Aston by one wicket, Elsecar beat them by 52 runs, Treeton inflicted a six-wicket defeat, and Wickersley went away with a 35-run success. Ironically, the Treeton match brought a masterful 134 by Koch. In the middle of that sad sequence, Whitley managed a seven-wickets triumph at Phoenix, where Koch hit 90 not out; and they thumped Norton Oakes by 129 runs in a match which saw John Hughes (75) and Chris Siddall (77 not out) shine.

The season ended with four wins for Whitley. They crushed Doncaster by 153 runs, dismissing the visitors for 47 (Dave Crowther 5-17, Koch 3-19) after scoring 200 for nine; a comfortable five-wickets victory over Parkgate followed; then came a four-wicket success against Wath; and the season ended with a 120-run triumph at Thorncliffe, where Alex Fletcher scored 115 in a score of 223, and Dave Crowther claimed five for 12 as Thorncliffe were ousted for 103. The Sandersons Ben and Roy shared four wickets that day.

So the season ended with Whitley in third spot.

Donovan Koch claimed 62 wickets at an average of 12.61, and he scored 828 runs at an average of 55.20. Neil Cawthorn took 25 wickets and Dave Crowther 23. In the batting, in addition to Koch, Alex Fletcher made 548 runs (Av. 42.15); newcomer from Ilkley, John Hughes, scored 508 runs (Av. 28.22); and Jason Booth 365 runs (Av. 33.18). Others: Alex Welsh (377), Kevin Cooper (300), Chris Siddall (184), Roy Sanderson (160).

Other wicket-takers: A. Wilson (16), A. Welsh (14), Ben Sanderson (8), M. Frost (8), C. Siddall (5), J. Hughes (1), R. Sanderson (1), A. Fletcher (1).

League Averages 2004

First XI

Batting                          Inns    NO    Runs    Av

Donovan Koch               20        5        828     55.20

Alex Fletcher                  17        4        548     42.15

John Hughes                  19        1        508     28.22

Alex Welsh                     15        0         377    25.13


Bowling                 Matches        O     M      R        W     Av

Donovan Koch          21                              782       62    12.61


Whitley in Whitworth Cup 2004

Whitley won the Whitworth Cup in 2004, beating Wickersley in the final at Elsecar by 18 runs, with 16 year-old Alex Welsh claiming the Man of the Match award.  Whitley recovered from 20 for two and 45 for three to make 158 for nine batting first (Koch 45, Siddall 36), and Wickersley were dismissed for 140. (Koch 3-20, Welsh 4-22). Young Welsh, it should be noted, won the League Junior batting award with 377 runs at an average of 25.13.

In earlier rounds Whitley accounted for Collegiate; Doncaster (by 23 runs); and Wath (by 107 runs)

Koch scored 85 not out v Doncaster in the quarter final; and he made 100, including a century stand with Siddall, before being run out in the semi-final against Wath.

Scorecard for Whitworth Cup final v Wickersley at Elsecar, 30th August 2004

WHITLEY HALL-  Jason Booth   lbw b D.Kemp16; Jon Hughes  b A. Harrison10;

A. Fletcher  b L. Faraz 2;Donovan Koch  c A. Harrison, b H. Jahangir 45;

Chris Siddall b M. Raza 36; Kevin Cooper  c P. Wilson, b M. Raza 15;

Alex Welsh not out14; Dave Crowther   b A. Harrison 7;

Neil Cawthorn  b A. Harrison 0; Gary Tidy  Run out 1; Adam Wilson not out 1; Extras11; Total (for 9 wkts) 158.

Fall of Wickets: 10-20-45-97-123-134-151-151-154-158.

Bowling: Faraz 8-0-26-1; A. Harrison 7-3-21-3; Kemp 6-1-28-1; Scrivens 6-0-27-0; Jahangir 9-0-27-1; M. Raza 9-1-20-2.


WICKERSLEY –P. Wilson c G. Tidy, b D. Koch 9;  H. Jahangir c Siddall, b D. Crowther 5; D. Kemp b A Welsh 26; M. Raza  c&b A. Welsh 12; L. Heathcote b A. Welsh  7; L. Faraz  st Tidy, b A. Welsh  8; R. Harrison c A. Welsh, b Siddall 7; A. McNulty  c Cawthorn, B Koch 19; B. Scrivens  c Tidy b Koch 5; A. Harrison not out 29; P. Chapman  b A. Fletcher 1. Extras 12. Total (all out) 140.     

Fall of Wickets: 10-22-56-65-72-77-83-99-131-140.

Bowling: D. Koch 9-3-20-3; D. Crowther 9-0-33-1; A. Wilson 4-0-19-0; C. Siddall 9-3-13-1; A. Welsh 9-1-22-4; A. Fletcher 4.5-0-24-1.

Whitley Hall won by 18 runs.



National Knock-Out

Whitley entertained Fenner in the National Knock-Out competition on May 23rd.  Whitley made 248-8 (45 overs), with John Hughes scoring 133 not out, but the visitors made251-6 (43 overs) in reply.


Performances 2004

134….Donovan Koch v Treeton (h), August 7

133no.John Hughes v Fenners (h), National KO, May 23

115…Alex Fletcher v Thorncliffe (a), September 18

110no Jason Booth v Doncaster T (a), June 12

100… Donovan Koch, v Wath (h), Whitworth Cup semi-final, August 8

99… Alex Fletcher v Wath (a), June 26

90no Donovan Koch v Phoenix (a), July 31

89….Donovan Koch v Thorncliffe (h), July 3

77no Chris Siddall v N. Oakes (a), August 14

75….John Hughes v N. Oakes (a), August 14

71no..John Hughes v N. Oakes (h), May 29

8-54…Donovan Koch v Parkgate (h), June 19

6-44   Neil Cawthorn v Aston Hall (a), May 1

6-60   Donovan Koch v Parkgate (a), September 4

5-35   Neil Cawthorn v N. Oakes (h), May 29

5-17   Dave Crowther v Doncaster (h), August 28



Whitley Hall 2005

The year we hit 4000 runs and finished second in the Premier Division –our highest to date!

Jaco Castle arrives

Whitley  Hall  finished  runners-up –their  highest-ever  position  in  the  League –  and they challenged  Wickersley strongly.  They suffered an early setback on May 14 when a major collapse set in at Wath and a cruise to an easy victory turned to a six-run loss. Wath batted first and finished with 197-9, and Siddall (50) and Koch (91) seemed to put Whitley well on course for an easy win when the score was 173-3 with only 25 needed. Siddall and Koch both left with 24 still needed, a sixth wicket fell at 182, a seventh at 188, and the final three wickets added only three runs…and Whitley were red-face and six runs short at the finish!

After that they swept to the leadership of the Division with a run of eight victories but a crucial defeat by Wickersley (by 57 runs –Whitley made 189 chasing 246 and lost their final four wickets for five runs) at Northfield Lane in mid-July was followed three weeks later by defeat at Elsecar to leave them trailing Wickersley –and they eventually finished eight points adrift.

At times the Whitley batting was awesome and brutal in its power. In the opening match at Aston Hall they made 375 for five, with Alex Fletcher leading with 95 (JacoCastle hit 70 not out and claimed four for ten on his debut) and Aston were dismissed for 63. Whitley thus won by 312 runs –then the highest ever in the Premier Division. Elsecar were smashed for 306 for seven with Fletcher amassing 134. A week later Phoenix were hit for 308 for five with Donovan Koch making 123 not out and Chris Siddall 92. Whitley exceeded 300 for the fourth time when Oughtibridge came with South African Jaco Castle stepping in to score 109 not out. Alex Fletcher struck 111 and Siddall 100 not out at home to Doncaster, and in the return match it was the same pair in prominence with Fletcher hitting 134 and Siddall 101 not out. Siddall added another century at Shiregreen with 124 not out and in total Whitley amassed 4001 runs during the season.

Against Collegiate B at Abbeydale in June, Whitley dismissed the home side for 48 (Castle five for 15, Adam Wilson three for seven) and knocked off the runs in five overs.

Chris Siddall scored 750 runs at an average of 83.3 to lead the batting followed by Fletcher (658 runs, av 65.8), Koch (579 runs, av 48.25) and Castle. NewcomerJacoCastle hit 518 at an average of 47.09 and claimed 61 wickets at an average of 13.1. His best haul was seven for 55 against Oughtibridge, and he took both the Premier bowling and all rounder prizes to cap his debut season. Adam Wilson at 16 shone.


League Averages 2005

First XI

Batting                           Inns   Not Out   Runs     HS      Av

Chris Siddall                   14           5         750       124*   83.33

Alex Fletcher                   12          2          658       134     65.80

Donovan Koch                15           3          579       123    48.25

Jaco Castle                      15           4          518       109*  47.09

Jason Booth                     11           5          197         41*  32.83

John Hughes                   15           2           392        85    30.15

James Moorhouse          14           4           268        73    26.80

Alex Welsh                      14           2           280        73*  23.33

Roy Sanderson                 4            1            58         25*  19.33


Bowling                           O        M        R         W         Av        Best

Jaco Castle                   226.5     39      800        61        13.11     7-55

Ben Sanderson               71.0       8      232        14        16.57     3-16

Neil Cawthorn                69.0     12     237         12        19.75     5-25

Alex Welsh                      90.2     15     396         20        19.80     4-15

Donovan Koch               230.0    79     624         31        20.13     6-44          


Second XI

Batting                         Inns     Not Out  Runs        HS      Av

Kevin Brown                17           1          612            75       38.25

Mark Hope                   18           1          453            77       26.65

Matt Milburn               17           1          328            50       20.50

Robert James               17           3          258            67*     18.43

James Robinson           12           4          213            43       26.63

Roy Sanderson               7           0          166            65       23.71


Bowling                         O           M         R          W         Av        Best

Mark Myers               177.0        35       542         31       17.48     6-19

Robert James               54.0          9       199         10       19.90     2-23

Chris Verity                  83.0        13       294         14       21.00     3-16


Performances of Note 2005

First XI


134 Alex Fletcher v Elsecar (h), May 21

134 Alex Fletcher v Doncaster Town B (h), Aug 27

124* Chris Siddall v Shiregreen (a), Aug 27

123* Donovan Koch v Phoenix (a), May 28

111  Alex Fletcher v Doncaster Town B (a), June 11

109* JacoCastle v Oughtibridge (h), Aug 20 (also 7-55)

101* Chris Siddall v Doncaster Town B (h), Aug 27

100* Chris Siddall v Doncaster Town B (a), June 11

95  Alex Fletcher v Aston Hall (a), Apr 23

92  Chris Siddall v Phoenix (a), May 28

91  Donovan Koch v Wath (a), May 14

85 John Hughes v Aston Hall (h), July 9

76* JacoCastle v Shiregreen (h), June 25

75* John Hughes v Norton Oakes (a), July 23

74* Chris Siddall v Elsecar (a), Aug 6

73* Alex Welsh v Norton Oakes (a), July 23 (also 4-16).

73 James Moorhouse v Elsecar (h), May 21

70* JacoCastle v Aston Hall (a), Apr 23 (on debut)

70* Alex Fletcher v Wath (h), July 30


7-55  Jaco  Castle v Oughtibridge (h), Aug 20 (also 109*)

6-44  Donovan Koch v Shiregreen (h), June 25

5-15  JacoCastle v Collegiate B (h), June 18

5-25  Neil Cawthorn v Norton Oakes (h), May 7

4-10 JacoCastle v Aston Hall (a), Apr 23 (on debut).


Second XI


77  Mark Hope v Whiston PC (h), Aug 27

75    Kevin Brown v Whiston (a), June 11

70 Kevin Brown v Coal Aston (h), July 2



6-19  Mark Myers v Rossington (h), July 16

5-22 Liam Bacon v Collegiate C (h), July 23



Whitley Hall 2006

Steve Bethel arrives


After finishing runners-up position 2005 Whitley Hall had high hopes of taking the Championship for the first time in 2006, but ended up in third place.

They began strongly with emphatic wins over Norton Oakes, Rockingham, Collegiate and Phoenix.

Steve Bethel, recruited from Hanging Heaton, hit 129 not out and Neil Cawthorn claimed five for 27 in the home 174-run defeat of Norton on the opening day of the season, April 22nd  and skipper Jason Booth recorded successive successes, 102 at Rockingham on April 29th and 127 not out against Collegiate on May 6th. At Rockingham, Booth and Alex Fletcher shared an opening stand of 123; while when Collegiate visited Whitley Booth and Steve Bethel (58) shared a century partnership for the third wicket. Bethel (74) and Donovan Koch (54 not out) added 110 for the fourth wicket in a 50-run victory at Phoenix on May 27th.

When June began, Bethel (39 not out) was top scorer as Treeton came and inflicted the first defeat of the season –Whitley made 154 for nine, and Treeton knocked off the runs for the loss of just one wicket. A comfortable ten-wicket triumph followed at Shiregreen on June 10th, when Koch claimed five for 19 and T. Balier three for nine as the home side were dismissed for 77, and Alex Fletcher (24 not out) and Chris Siddall (45 not out) in 11.3 overs. But then came another home defeat as Wath claimed a five-wicket success (Alex Fletcher hit 74 as Whitley made 200, but it wasn’t enough and Wath clinched victory with two overs to spare).

Happily, Whitley then embarked upon a five-match winning sequence that lasted through July and culminated in a two- wicket win at Elsecar. Alex Fletcher scored 93 and shared a 143-run opening stand with Jason Booth (60) in an eight-wicket victory at Doncaster Town; and he made 81 and shared a century partnership with Chris Siddall (50 not out) in the home match with Thorncliffe. Donovan Koch took five for 22 in the eight-wicket defeat of Thorncliffe, and the popular South African hit 82 in the 48-run win at Norton Oakes, claimed four for 16 as Rockingham were ousted for 42 in a seven-wicket victory at Baxter Field on July 15th, and followed it with a top-score 42 and five for 35 at Elsecar.

The run was ended on August 5th when Wickersley arrived at Baxter Field and sent Whitley to a 57-run defeat. –Wickersley making 187 for eight before confining Whitley to 130 all out (Zahid 8-39). An 84-run home victory over Phoenix followed, then the match at Treeton on August 19th was abandoned, but Whitley were smiling on the following Saturday as Shiregreen came and were crushed by 184 runs. Jason Booth (46) and Alex Fletcher (62) shared a century opening stand; then Koch contributed 70 to a total of 285 for four, and claimed six for 39 as Shiregreen were dismissed for 101.

On September 9th Whitley travelled over the hill to Chapeltown and beat Thorncliffe by 38 runs, with Adam Wilson grabbing four wickets for nine runs and Ben Webster three for 11.

Prospects of finishing second in the table looked good, but on the following Saturday, the last day of the season, Whitley suffered a final-ball defeat at Wath –and that meant third place while Wath scraped into the runners-up spot. Jason Booth and Donovan Koch both hit half-centuries as Whitley made 155 for six. Wath, 98 for five at one stage, recovered to finish with 156 for eight. Adam Wilson was Whitley’s most successful bowler with four for 33.

Whitley Hall’s 2nd XI finished next top bottom of Division Two and suffred relegation. They won only four matches.


Cockspur Cup

Whitley Hall CC competed in the Cockspur Cup in 2006, but, sadly, went at the first-round stage. Defeated by Methley, who, replying to Whitley’s 233 for eight (44 overs), made 234 for three (38.2 overs). Steve Bethel hit an unbeaten 106 for Whitley and shared a fifth-wicket partnership worth 115 with Roy Sanderson (40).


Whitworth Cup

In the first round, Whitley beat Rockingham by nine wickets at Baxter Field. Rockingham batted first and scored 215 for eight (Adam Wilson 3-24, Ben Sanderson 2-31, Roy Sanderson 2-39). In Whitley’s reply Jason Booth (53) and Alex Fletcher (130 not out) shared an opening partnership of 160, and Fletcher and Steve Bethel saw the Wizards home.

Unfortunately, Whitley then lost in the next round when Elsecar came to Baxter Field, put the Wizards out for 98, then knocked off the required runs with eight wickets to spare.


Yorkshire Council play-offs

Whitley lost to Wrenthorpe at Baxter Field on August 27th.  Wrenthorpe batted first and made 200 for six (Ben Webster 3-29), then dismissed Whitley for 157, with Chris Siddall (49 not out) the home team’s top scorer.


League Averages 2006

First XI

Batting                         Inns      Not Out   Runs       HS      Av

Steve Bethel                 14             6            587         129*   73.38

Jason Booth                 17             2            672         127*    44.80

Alex Fletcher               16             1            597           93      39.80

Donovan Koch             14             2            458           82      38.17

Chris Siddall                14             4            309           50*    30.90

Roy Sanderson             10             3            180           36      25.71

Matt Milburn                 9             2              74           25      10.57


Bowling                           O           M           R          W     Av         Best

Donovan Koch              212.2       57          580        41     14.15     6-39

Waheed  Bhatti              88.5          9          334        22     15.18     5-44

Tristan  Bauer                45.3         7          188        12      15.67     3-9

Adam Wilson                132.4        28         460        25      18.40     4-9

Ben Webster (J)             61.2          9          240        10      24.00     3-11


Second XI

Batting                          Inns     Not Out   Runs        HS      Av

John Cave                         4            2            133         95*     66.50

Kevin Brown                   17            2            472         76*     31.47

Matt Milburn (J)               9            1            224         76       28.00

Sam Chatterton (J)         17            3            278         69       19.86

Paul Chatterton               14            1            229         47       17.62

Robert James (J)              14            0             227         47      16.21


Bowling                               O           M          R           W      Av       Best

Ben Webster (J)                 85.5         9          267         23     11.61     6-41

Mark Myers                     160.4        39         422         35     12.06     5-17

Joe Webster (J)                151.3        19         610         33     18.48     7-52    


Some performances of note 2006:

First Team


130 not out… Alex Fletcher v Rockingham (h), Whitworth Cup, May 28.

129 not out…Steve Bethel v Norton Oakes (h), April 22.

127 not out…Jason Booth v Sheffield Collegiate (h), May 6.

106 not out…Steve Bethel v Methley (h), Cockspur Cup, April 30

102………. ..Jason Booth v Rockingham (a), April 29.

93……   .….Alex Fletcher v Doncaster (a), June 24.

82………….Donovan Koch v Norton Oakes (a), July 8.

81…………Alex Fletcher v Thorncliffe (h), July 1.



6-39 Donovan Koch v Shiregreen (h), Aug 26.

5-19 Donovan Koch v Shiregreen (a), June 10.

5-22 Donovan Koch v Thorncliffe (h), July 1.

5-27 Neil Cawthorn v Norton Oakes (h), April 22.

5-35 Donovan Koch v Elsecar (a), July 29.

5-44 W. Bhatti v Phoenix (h), Aug 12.


Bethel led the batting with 587 from 14 innings at 73.38; Booth contributed 672 runs (2 centuries) at average of 44.8 and Fletcher 597 (Av 39.80). Koch bowled 198.2 overs and claimed 40 wickets at 13.53.


Some 2nd XI performances 2006

Joe Webster 7-52 for 2nd XI v Dodworth (a), June 3 2006

Ben Webster 6-41 for 2nd XI v Sheffield Collegiate C (a), July 1 2006

Mark Myers 5-17 vBradfield B (h), Sept 16

Mark Myers 5-23 v Phoenix (h), May 27

Mark Myers 5-44 v Coal Aston (h), July 29

Joe Webster 5-43 v Thorpe Hesley (a), Aug 5

Joe Webster 5-48  v Dodworth (h), Aug 19

Laim Bacon (J) 4-16 v Phoenix B,(a), Aug 12

John Cave 95 not out for 2nd XI v Sheffield Collegiate (h), Sept 9 2006

Kevin Brown 76* v Norton Woodseats (a), May 6

Matt Milburn 76 v Parkgate (h),  June 10

Sam Chatterton 69 v Collegiate C (a) July 1



Whitley Hall 2007

Third in the table -again;

Andy Bethel arrives


Whitley Hall formally changed the name of their ground to Baxter Field in memory of the famous Baxter family (although for some time the name had been used in connection with the ground).  Andy Bethel  arrived from Pudsey Congs and on April 21st made his debut in the opening match at Rockingham, where he scored 57 and shared an opening partnership worth 127 with Jason Booth as Whitley claimed a 20-run victory only marred by the fact that after scoring 213 for five they failed to bowl Rockingham (193-6) out, so didn’t get maximum points.

Whitley, who were destined to again finish third in the Premier Division, began the campaign strongly enough, winning six of their first seven matches, the single reverse coming at Wickersley on May 5th, when they made 209 for seven (Siddall 67) in response to the home side’s 258-7.

The previous week, on April 28th at Baxter Field, Chris Siddall had scored 69 (he shared a third wicket stand worth 114 with Alex Fletcher) and followed up with five for 16 in the 175-run defeat of Norton Oakes.

On May 19th Whitley claimed a hard-fought 25-run victory at Wath, where they were 67 for five at one stage when batting first, but Donovan Koch (61) and Jaco Castle (47) turned the tide and the Wizards finished with 159-9. Siddall (4-28) was a key figure as Wath held on to make 134-9.

The following Saturday when champions Treeton came to Baxter Field, Whitley registered an excellent nine-wicket victory, with Jason Booth (79 not out) and Chris Siddall (65 not out) sharing an unbroken second-wicket partnership worth 138 runs.  This was after Ben Sanderson had claimed four for 46 as Treeton were limited to 167.

Donovan Koch hit an immaculate 111 not out and shared a second-wicket stand of 189 with Andy Bethel (71 not out) at Sheffield Collegiate; this was followed by a nine-wicket home success against Shiregreen, with the Bethel brothers Andy (52 not out) and Steve (48 not out) steering the Wizards home; and as the June rains arrived Whitley were strongly situated in third place in the table.

When the weather picked up after three matches had been lost to the rain, Whitley won their next four matches to put them in second place. On July 7th Koch bagged six for 22 in a six-wicket success in the home duel with Rockingham, and on July 28th  he took six for 24 at Elsecar in a 68-run win.

Jason Booth hit 85 not out and shared a century stand with Donovan Koch (64) in the home match with Wath on August 4th when Whitley won by eight wickets.

Unfortunately, when Whitley went to Washfield Lane on August 11th for the return fixture with Treeton, they suffered a defeat by nine wickets. That man Steve Foster claimed eight for 33 as Whitley were dismissed for a paltry 70 in 28.3 overs, and Treeton had no trouble attaining that target.

The following week brought a home victory by 19 runs against Collegiate, with Koch (69), Jack Robinson (65 not out) and young Chris Verity (52 not out) among the runs in a Whitley innings of 211 for five. But then, on August 25th, when Whitley visited relegation-threatened Shiregreen they were beaten by a mere eight runs! Shiregreen  made 192 all out, and when the overs ran out in Whitley’s innings they stood on 184 for nine.

Victory in each of their final three matches ensured third place. Alex Fletcher hit 92 not out and shared an unbroken fourth-wicket stand of 154 with Andy Bethel (62 not out) in a seven-wicket defeat of Barnsley on September 1st. Fletcher finished with 43 not out, Jason Booth made 50, and Koch took five wickets in a six-wicket success against Hallam; and Fletcher was again on the run trail with 86 (he shared an opening stand of 136 with Andy Bethel) in a 117-run victory at Doncaster.


Heavy Woollen Cup

In Round 1 Whitley entertained Hanging Heaton. Whitley batted first and scored 289 for five in 50 overs (Andy Bethel 80, Steve Bethel 87 not out, Jaco Castle 48). When Hanging Heaton batted they were all out for 228 in 47.4 overs (Ben Sanderson 2-25, JacoCastle 2-30, Ben Webster 3-47).


Whitworth Cup

May 20th v Thorncliffe (a). Thorncliffe 100 all out (JacoCastle 6-26); Whitley Hall 104-0 (Jaco Castle 58 not out, Alex Fletcher 43 not out).

June 17th v Treeton (a). Treeton 220-6 (Foster 84, Castle 4-24); Whitley Hall 196 all out (Siddall 59).

League Averages 2007

First XI

Batting              Inns   NO   Runs     HS        Av

Andy Bethel         17     3      525        71         37.5


Bowling                  O          M       R       W      Av     Best

Donovan Koch       169.3    40      469     41    11.44     6-22


2nd XI

Batting           Inns      NO      Runs      HS        Av

Kevin Brown                            500        101*     50.00        101* v Tickhill (a)

                                                                                                 92* v Parkgate

Bowling            O          M     R      W       Av     Best

Joe Webster    131.3    18     405    28     14.46    7-17 v Bradfield B

Liam Bacon     124.0    24     425    28     15.18    5-24




Performances of note 2007


111 not out Donovan Koch v Collegiate (a), June 2

92 not out Alex Fletcher v Barnsley (h), September 1

86 Alex Fletcher v Doncaster (a), September 15

87 not out Steve Bethel v Hanging Heaton (h), April 22

85 not out Jason Booth v Wath (h), August 4

80 Andy Bethel v Hanging Heaton (h), Heavy Woollen Cup, April 22

79 not out Jason Booth v Treeton (h), May 26



6-22 Donovan Koch v Rockingham (h), July 7

6-24 Donovan Koch v Elsecar (a), July 28

6-26 JacoCastle v Thorncliffe (a), Whitworth Cup, May 20.

5-16  Chris Siddall v Norton Oakes, April 28


Donovan Koch led the bowling with 41 wickets at 11.4 and scored 417 runs at 41.7. Andy Bethel was the highest run scorer with 525 at 37.5.




Whitley Hall 2008

Alex Fletcher takes over as captain

Whitley Hall, who finished the season in fourth place, suffered an opening day defeat at Wickersley despite a return of five for 52 from Ben Sanderson (they had had Wickersley struggling on 92 for seven at one stage), and followed it with an exciting tie in the home duel with Elsecar. Whitley then went on a run of four victories; first a six-wicket success at Shiregreen where new skipper Alex Fletcher hit 87 not out and the win came with 13 overs to spare; then at Houghton Main, followed by home victories against Collegiate B by nine wickets (Andy Bethel 49 not out) and Wath by ten wickets (Fletcher 63no, Castle 62no). Alex Fletcher hit three half-centuries in the four successes. The sequence ended with a 66-run defeat by Treeton at Baxter Field (the only consolation was that a dogged and undefeated last-wicket partnership between Roy Sanderson and Chris Pickering denied Treeton maximum points), and title hopes took a knock when Elsecar inflicted another defeat at Armroyd Lane. Whitley found themselves in the bottom half of the table in mid-July. Scot Cunningham led the fight back with 108 against Shiregreen and Chris Siddall reached 117 not out at Collegiate B.  Dominic Sharp provided the final flourish with 127 to win the junior player of the month when Doncaster Town B visited at the end of August. Whitley won their final seven games to restore themselves to fourth position.
Alex Fletcher hit 665 runs in 18 innings at an average of 44.33 to take the club batting prize and South African Jaco Castle, bowling 241.5 overs, took 51 wickets at 15.37 and complemented this with 458 runs. Wicketkeeper Sam Chatterton, a Junior, claimed 25 catches and four stumpings.

The 2nd XI won promotion from Division Three. They also reached the final of the new competition the President’s Trophy but lost to RotherhamTown at Frecheville in the final. En route to the final they beat Barnsley by 47 runs ( Jordan Bethel scored 73 and Mark Myers  claimed 4-24); Kevin Brown hit 119 in the defeat of  Parkgate by 123 runs; Rossington were defeated in the quarter final; and Wath B were overcome in the semi-final.  The final scores were: Whitley 117 (Martin 24, Pickering 31), Rotherham 121-8 (Mark Myers 3-17, Chris Pickering 3-35).


League Averages 2008

First XI

Batting                       Inns    Not Out  Runs     HS       Av

Alex Fletcher               18          3          665        87*      44.33

Dominic Sharp (J)        7          1          263      127        43.83

Jaco Castle                   17         5          458        81*      38.17

Donovan Koch             13         4          339        67         37.67

Chris Siddall                11         3          301       117*      37.63

Ben Sanderson (J)         6         2          111         52        27.75

Scott Cunningham      13         1          329       108         27.42

Andrew Bethel            16         2          373          62         26.64

Steve Bethel                 10         1          213          58        23.67


Bowling                       O         M         R        W       Av       Best

Chris Siddall              80.2       15       216       16     13.50     4-31

Donovan Koch          183.4      43       459       33     13.91     4-48

Ben Sanderson (J)      64.3      13       220       15     14.67     5-52

Jaco Castle                241.5      46       784       51     15.37     4-21     


Second XI

Batting                       Inns    Not Out      Runs       HS       Av

Adrian Tazzyman      12            2              378         94        37.80

Mark Hope                 10            2              286         63        35.75

Kevin Brown              16            2               475       103*      33.93

Roy Sanderson            7             0               139         51        19.86

Gary Tidy                   10            4               112         36        18.67

Chris Verity (J)           8             1               125         66        17.86


Bowling                        O           M                R          W         Av        Best

Paul Chatterton          98          27                246        30         8.02      7-10

James Martin (J)        62          13                203        18        11.28      4-8

Mark Myers              127.4       25                313        22        14.23      3-23


Performances of Note 2008

First team


127  Dominic Sharp v Doncaster T (h), Aug 30

117* Chris Siddall v Collegiate B (a), Aug 2

108 Scott Cunningham v Shiregreen (h), July 19

87* Alex Fletcher v Shiregreen (a), May 3

81* JacoCastle v Doncaster (a), June 14

72  JacoCastle v Treeton (a), Aug 23

63* Alex Fletcher v Watch (h), May 24


5-52 Ben Sanderson v Wickersley (a), April 19


Second team


119  Kevin Brown v Parkgate (a) round 2 of the President’s Trophy.

103* Kevin Brown v Frecheville (a), May 24

94  Adrian Tazzyman v Tickhill B (h), June 14

86* Adrian Tazzyman v Houghton B (a), May 17

72  Kevin Brown v Houghton B (h), Aug 2

68* Kevin Brown v Tickhill B  (h), June 14

66 Chris Verity v Houghton B (h), Aug 2

63 Mark Hope v Houghton B (a), May 17



7-10  Paul Chatterton v Aston Hall B (a), Sep 13

5-39 Joe Webster v Rossington (h), July 12




Whitley Hall 2009

A New Pavilion at Baxter Field

Whitley Hall celebrated completion of their new pavilion. They began the season strongly with five victories in their first six matches, the sole defeat coming at Wickersley.

Whitley scored freely from the outset with 109 for one in 19 overs on opening day April 18th at Collegiate (where they won by nine wickets but failed to bowl the home side out and so missed out on bonus points); 332 for eight against Houghton Main; 200 for three declared in 26 in the drawn game against Darfield (the rain came to deny Whitley a certain victory with Darfield hanging on at 61 for nine); and 255 against Barnsley.

Skipper Alex Fletcher was in formidable form with 89 not out (12x 4s, 2x 6s) at Collegiate; 100 off 67 balls (10x 4s, 8x 6s) against Houghton Main; 85 off 57 balls (7x 6s, 3x 4s) against Darfield; and 110 (11x 4s, 6x 6s)against Barnsley (he also hit 121 against Tickhill in August).  SouthAfricanJacoCastle took six for 45 (including a hat-trick as the visitors lost their last eight wickets for 42 runs) and smashed 71 not out off 35 balls against Phoenix in April, and also took five for 55 at Wickersley. Donovan Koch smashed 119 (10x 4s, 5x 6s) in the Houghton match and recorded six for 41 at Tickhill.

But things took a downturn in June as Wath (by 7 wickets, with Lesroy Weekes claiming 5-29 to be the Wath hero), Elsecar, Treeton and in the home game Collegiate (a lad called Ben Watson claimed 7-43 as WHCC fell to 82 all out) lowered Whitley’s colours in succession. Whitley recovered with a six-wicket victory at Phoenix  (Koch 4-24, Ben Webster 3-21) and a 114-run success when Wickersley visited, with Castle racing to 102 and then taking six for 27, before Houghton squeezed a two- run success at Middlecliffe, where Ben Webster took five for 22 and when Whitley batted the last pair were left needing 19 and lost it with a run-out!  In a final flourish Whitley hit 319 for five against Tickhill (Fletcher 121 off 91 balls, Castle 66no from 25 balls), 255 for five at Barnsley (Andy Bethel 74, Steve Bethel 42) before a low-scoring success at Hallam’s Sandygate ground (Hallam’s Jim Tasker claimed 5-22 as Whitley fell for 106, but Hallam were put out for 58 with Castle and Ben Webster each claiming 4 wickets) and 320 against Wath. As mentioned earlier, Fletcher smashed 121 for his 3rd century of the season against Tickhill and JacoCastle excelled again with 128 against Wath.

They finished the season with defeats at Elsecar (by six wickets) and in the home match with Treeton (for whom Foster with 100no and Tomlinson 98no hammered 211-0 for a nine-wicket win) to finish in 5th position.
JacoCastle led both batting and bowling averages with 836 runs at 59.11 and 51 wickets at 13.59. Alex Fletcher hit 800 runs (Av 42.11, highest score 121, 3 hundreds)) and Donovan Koch 501 runs (Av 31.31, highest score 119). Koch also claimed 39 wickets, and young Ben Webster, a junior, bagged 33 wkts at 14.36.


Whitley also won the Whitworth Cup with a victory over Wickersley in the final at Phoenix, Donovan Koch earning the Man of the Match award.

League Averages 2009


First XI

Batting                       Inns    Not Out    Runs       HS          Av

Jaco Castle                   17          4             777        128         59.77

Alex Fletcher                20          1             800        121         42.11

Donovan Koch             19           3             501        119         31.31   

Andrew Bethel             16           2             336          74*       24.00

Steve Bethel                 18           4             320           64*       22.86


Bowling                        O          M        R          W             Av         Best

Jaco Castle                202.4       41       658        49           13.43         6-42

Ben Webster (J)        134.4       35       474        33           14.36         5-22

Donovan Koch          224.3       44       665        39            17.05         6-41


Second XI

Batting                        Inns     Not Out    Runs        HS         Av

Kevin Brown               17             1           626          103     39.13

Adrian Tazzyman       14             3           338            54     30.73

Mark Hope                  11             2           274            64     30.44

Chris Verity                10              2           210            52     26.25


Bowling                        O           M           R          W      Av        Best

Roy Sanderson           88.5        25          253         21     12.05      4-11

Paul Chatterton       158.3        27          533         25      21.32     3-39

Liam Bacon (J)        160.0        35          466         21      22.19      4-27                      



First team


128  JacoCastle  v Wath (h), Aug 29

121  Alex Fletcher v Tickhill (h), Aug 8

119  Donovan Koch  v Houghton Main (a), May 9

110  Alex Fletcher v Barnsley (h), May 30

102 JacoCastle v Wickersley (h), July 18

100  Alex Fletcher v Houghton Main (a), May 9

89* Alex Fletcher v Collegiate (a) April 18

85    Alex Fletcher v Darfield (h), May 16



6-41 Donovan Koch v Tickhill (a), May 23

6-42 JacoCastle v Wickersley (h), July 18

5-22 Ben Webster v Houghton Main (a), July 25

5-48 JacoCastle v Houghton Main (a), May 9


Second team


103  Kevin Brown v Maltby (a), May 30

98   Kevin Brown v Treeton B (h), June 27


5-29   Mark Myers v  Warmsworth (a), May 16



Whitley Hall 2010

Champions at last…sealed with a 15-match winning run!

 Plus another Whitworth Cup triumph


After 15 years as strong contenders in the Premier division Whitley Hall finally became League champions. Boosted by the return of former player Alex Welsh from Rotherham Town and the arrival of  Neil Longhurst, Tom Fletcher and another ex-WHCC youngster Adam Wilson, all from Sheffield United, Whitley started their season strongly and went on to maintain that early pace.

On April 24th they began the campaign with nine-wicket victory at Hallam (where Welsh took five for seven in six overs), and, after the match with Treeton the following week was abandoned, they travelled to Wath on May 8th and, with  Neil Longhurst claiming four for 17, registered another nine-wicket success.

Whitley produced some awesome batting with a massive 366 for four (the innings included 50 boundaries!) when Elsecar visited Baxter Field on May 15th. Longhurst hammered an excellent 153 (off 118 balls, 15x4s, 8x6s) supported by SouthAfricanJacoCastle whose 90 not out came off 45 balls and included eight sixes and five fours. In fact, Longhurst shared a second-wicket stand worth 207 with Alex Welsh (83), and Castle and Steve Bethel (32 not out) added 113 in an unbroken fifth-wicket partnership. Adam Wilson also picked up five for 41 as Elsecar were dismissed for 233.

On the following Saturday, Longhurst top-scored with 87 (he made 80 in boundaries, including six sixes, and in one memorable over he hit 32!) and shared a second-wicket stand of 115 with Alex Welsh (80) as Wickersley were defeated by six wickets at Baxter Field. Adam Wilson claimed five for 58 as the visitors made 234 all out, and Whitley’s reply of 238 for four meant they had clinched their first League victory over Wickersley for seven years!

A setback followed at Phoenix on June 5th when Whitley, chasing 262 to win, fell nine runs short of the target despite Alex Welsh (77) and Neil Longhurst (48) sharing a useful second wicket stand after the departure of Andy Bethel (32) ended the opening partnership at 74. But then the Wizards launched a winning run that continued until the end of the season!

The sequence began with a 145-run victory over Houghton Main at home, with Whitley making 304 for four after losing their first two wickets, Andy Bethel and Neil Longhurst, without scoring. Alex Welsh (112) hit14 fours and two sixes, and shared a third-wicket stand of 148 with Alex Fletcher (61) before JacoCastle arrived to hammer 105 not out off 56 balls. Castle also claimed five for 14 as Houghton slumped from 131 for four to 159 all out.

At this stage of the season, by the way, Castle’s batting average was 248!

Chris Siddall struck 110 (19 fours) at Aston Hall in a seven-wicket win on June 19th; and Tickhill were defeated by 155 runs at Baxter Field on June 26th when, in Whitley’s innings of  287 for six, Alex Fletcher fell to a catch on 99 (off 93 balls) after sharing a fourth-wicket partnership worth 155 with Andy Bethel (74). That day Whitley had been on 28 for three.

On July 3rd at Barnsley, Whitley were three down for 65, and lost their fourth wicket at 100 when replying to the home team’s 203-7, but Andy Bethel (74not out) and Jaco Castle (40not out) then shared an unbroken stand of 107 to seal a six-wicket win. The following week brought a five-wicket home win against Hallam with Ben Webster taking five for 22 as Hallam were dismissed for 162, then Jaco Castle hit 46 not out in Whitley’s 163-5… and his average for the season now stood at 198.5!

The next match, on July 17th, involved a trip to table-topping Treeton, and, with Ben Webster claiming three for 34, Castle three for 37 and Alex Welsh four for 40, Treeton were dismissed for 130. Whitley then romped to victory by nine wickets, with Welsh contributing an unbeaten 71. The significance of this success was underlined by the fact that Whitley had toppled Treeton from top spot and now led the table for the first time…and they planned to remain there for the rest of the season!

After a seven-wicket home win against Wath on July 24th, the final day of that month brought a stiff challenge at Elsecar, where, in an exciting and close contest, they clinched another crucial victory — by just six runs. Whitley batted first and scored 137, with Steve Bethel making 58 on a day when the team’s second highest scorer was JacoCastle (19).  The situation looked really good when Elsecar were 75 for eight, but then Joburn (27) and Winstanley (24) took the score to 125 before they were parted by JacoCastle, and, happily, Elsecar’s innings ended at 131. Alex Welsh finished with four for 23.

The first Saturday in August saw a three-wicket success as Whitley went to Wickersley and completed a double over the Rotherham club, with Longhurst (69) and Steve Bethel (51) sharing a century stand; then, on August 14th came a six wicket home victory against Whiston, with Neil Longhurst claiming four for 17, and Alex Fletcher (55) and Andy Bethel (30 not out) guiding the Wizards to victory after Steve Bethel and Alex Welsh had both been back in the pavilion with just nine runs on the board!

On August 21st revenge for that June setback against Phoenix came with Whitley’s third 300-plus innings of the season – they made 352 for three, with Steve Bethel carrying his bat in recording 153 not out (16 fours, five sixes) and Neil Longhurst hammering 127 off 75 balls (14 fours, seven sixes). Bethel and Longhurst shared a second-wicket stand worth 192. Phoenix were ousted for 151, and Longhurst claimed four of their wickets!

After comfortable victories at Houghton (by 8 wickets) at the end of August, and in the home match with Aston Hall (by 9 wickets) on September 4th, Whitley just needed victory at already relegated Tickhill on September 11th to be confirmed as Champions. Tickhill were bowled out for 96, with Castle taking five for 36 in 10.5 overs and Tom Fletcher three for 11 from 15 overs, the nerves began to get to the Whitley batsmen, with three having fallen and just 17 on the board, then three wickets going down while the score stood on 60. Thankfully, Andy Bethel (45 not out) kept his head when it mattered, and Adam Wilson’s 13 proved invaluable. Whitley finished on 97-7 off just under 30 overs to seal victory by three wickets.

In the final match of the season at Baxter Field on September 18th, Whitley batted first and made 256 for four. In fact, they were three down for eight runs, but Welsh (127 not out) and Castle (84 not out) shared an unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 172.

When Barnsley went in they were all out for 77, with Tom Fletcher claiming five for 25 and JacoCastle five for 15. The margin of victory was 179 runs.

Whitley had gained the Championship with a remarkable sequence of 15 successive victories moreover, Whitley’s points tally of 127 eclipsed Treeton’s record the previous season by one point.

JacoCastle led the batting with 542 runs at 90.33 to capture the Premier Prize. Neil Longhurst hit 896 runs at an average 52.7 and Alex Welsh scored 798 runs at just below an average of 50. Welsh claimed 31 wickets at 14 runs each, while JacoCastle bowled 172.5 overs 21 maidens conceded 646 runs and claimed 36 wickets at an average of 17.94.

Inns  NO  Runs      HS      Av      100s

J. Castle         15     9     542      105*    90.33     1

N.Longhurst   21    4     896       153     52.71     2

A. Welsh        20    4     798       127*   49.88     2


Wicketkeeper Matt Thewlis, who arrived from Elsecar, claimed 29 catches (0 stumpings).


Whitworth Cup 2010

Whitley also beat Treeton  by 31 runs in the final of the Whitworth Cup final at Tickhill. Whitley made 275 for six (Longhurst 105, Castle 42) and put out Treeton for 244. Neil Longhurst was Man of the Match.

The matches played in the Whitworth Cup in 2010 were:

9th May v Hallam (h), won by 125 runs.

WHCC 264-7 (Andy Bethel 87, Alex Fletcher 71); Hallam139 (Welsh 6-24 in 9 overs).

A. Bethel and Fletcher shared century partnership.

30th May v Treeton (a), lost by 79 runs.

Treeton 239 (Castle 3-35, Webster 3-57); WHCC 160 (Welsh 44, Castle 30).

20th June v Houghton (h), Won by 10 wkts, match ceded by Houghton.

11th July, Semi final v Wickersley (h), won by 263 runs.

Whitley 347-5 (Neil Longhurst 131, Steve Bethel 94); Wickersley 84 (Tom Fletcher 7-27 in 9 overs; Longhurst 2-21). Steve Bethel and Welsh (38) put on 123 for first wicket; Longhurst and Castle added 168 for third wicket.

8th August v Treeton, final at Tickhill. Won by 32 runs.

WHCC 275-6 (Longhurst 105; Castle 42*, A Bethel 35); Treeton 243 Welsh 3-47, Wilson 3-67).



Yorkshire Council Championship Play-Offs  2010

Whitley’s hopes of a treble were dashed when they lost to Treeton in the Yorkshire Council play-off final at Hull. Treeton made 220 for six, with man-of-the-match Steve Foster scoring 101 not out, and in reply Whitley were all out for 205 (Longhurst 70), thus losing by 15 runs.

Progress in the play-offs in 2010 was as follows:

Aug 29 (Quarter Final), away, Beat Hill Top Hull by 10 wkts. Hill Top 90 (Wilson four for 8, Welsh 3-33); Whitley 94-0 (Castle 66 not out, Wadsworth 23 not out).

Sept 5 (Semi-Final), away, Beat New Farnley by three wickets. New Farnley 210-7 (45 overs); Whitley 211-7 (43.1 overs) (Steve Bethel 59, Andy Bethel 48, Alex Fletcher 32).


Sept 12 (Final at Hull YPI). Lost to Treeton by 15 runs. Treeton 220-6; Whitley H 205 (Longhurst 70, Castle 23, A. Wilson 23 not out).

TREETON: A. Tomlinson, c Thelwis, b B. Webster 32; S. Foster, not out 101; C. Cobb, b T. Fletcher 4; D. Kemp, b A. Wilson 37; D. Guy, b B. Webster 0; U. Asif, c T. Fletcher, b A. Wilson 18;R. Harrison, b A. Wilson 3; P. Fenn, not out 3; Extras 22. Total: 220 (for 6 wkts). Fall of Wickets: 64-69-146-152-200-208.  Bowling: Adam Wilson 9-0-41-3; Tom Fletcher 9-0-34-1; JacoCastle 2-0-15-0; Ben Webster 7-0-48-2; Alex Welsh 9-1-33-0; Neil Longhurst 9-0-44-0.

WHITLEY HALL: Steve Bethel, b U. Asif 14; Alex Welsh, b S. Foster 6; N. Longhurst, c Asif, bTomlinson 70; Alex Fletcher lbw Asif 0; Andy Bethel, c T. Stark, b C. Cobb 2; J. Castle, b Tomlinson 23; M. Thewlis, c D. Guy, b D. Burden 9; T. Wadsworth, b Tomlinson 0; A. Wilson, not out 23; Ben Webster, c Kemp, b Cobb 27; Tom Fletcher, b Foster 1. Extras 28. Total: 205 all out. Fall of wickets: 14-41-48-55-129-143-144-151-193-205. Bowling: Asif 9-3-25-2; Foster 7.3-1-21-2; C. Cobb 6-0-50-2; D. Burden 9-0-27-1; A. Tomlinson 9-0-56-3; Kemp 2-0-16-0.

Treeton won by 15 runs.


National Knock-out

May 16th. v Caythorpe (a). Caythorpe 223-4, Whitley Hall 175-9 (Alex Welsh 72).


League Averages 2010

First XI

Batting                            Inns    Not Out  Runs     HS         Av

Jaco Castle                      15           9           542      105*     90.33

Neil Longhurst                21           4           896      153       52.71

Alex Welsh                      20           4           798       127*     49.88

Steve Bethel                    15           5           460       153*     46.00

Alex Fletcher                  15           4           461         99       41.91

Andrew Bethel               17           5           473         74*      39.42  


Bowling                            O           M          R           W        Av      Best

Alex Welsh                     130.1       21         434         31       14.00      5-7

Adam Wilson                 138.4       22         533         32       16.66      5-41

Jaco Castle                     172.5       21         646         36       17.94      5-14

Tom Fletcher                  191.1       57         578        32        18.06     5-25

Ben Webster                   134.1       19         581        26        22.35     5-22


Second XI    

Batting                            Inns     Not Out    Runs        HS        Av

Mark Hope                      16             3           472           79         36.31

Roy Sanderson                  8             1           235           81         33.57

Kevin Brown                   18             2           482          131*      30. 13

Tim Wadsworth              10            2            219           98*       27.38

Daniel Boden                   15             1           349          118        24.93

James Martin                  15            2            305            98*      23.46


Bowling                             O            M           R             W        Av        Best

Daniel Boden                   99.4          13          429           22      19.5        5-49

Mark Hope                     136.0         22          491           25      19.6        4-34

Liam Bacon                    134.4         23          559           20      28.0        4-49




Performances 2010


153 Neil Longhurst  v Elsecar (h), May 15

153 not out Steve Bethel v Phoenix (h), Aug 21

131 Neil Longhurst v Wickersley (h), Whitworth Cup, July 11

127 Neil Longhurst v Phoenix (h), Aug 21

127 not out Alex Welsh v Barnsley (h), Sep 18

112 Alex Welsh v Houghton Main (h), June 12

110 Chris Siddall v Aston Hall (a), June 19

105 not out JacoCastle v Houghton Main (h), June 12

105 Neil Longhurst v Treeton (a), Whitworth Cup, Aug 8

99 Alex Fletcher v Tickhill (h), June 26

90 not out JacoCastle v Elsecar (h), May 15

87 Neil Longhurst v Wickersley (h), May 22

87 Andy Bethel v Hallam (h), Whitworth Cup, May 9

85 not out Neil Longhurst v Aston Hall (h), Sep 4

83 Alex Welsh v Elsecar (h), May 15

80 Alex Welsh v Wickersley (h). May 22


7-27 Tom Fletcher v Wickersley (h), Whitworth Cup, July 11

6-24 Alex Welsh v Hallam (h), Whitworth Cup, May 9

5-7  Alex Welsh v Hallam (a), April 24

5-14 JacoCastle v Houghton Main (h), June 12

5-15 JacoCastle v Barnsley (h), Sep 18

5-22 Ben Webster v Hallam (h), July 10

5-25 Tom Fletcher v Barnsley (h), Sep 18


Second Team


131* Kevin Brown v Sheff United B (h), Aug 28

119 Kevin Brown v Maltby (a), July 10

98* James Martin v Aston Hall B (h), June 19

98* Tim Wadsworth v Warmsworth (a), Aug 14

81 Roy Sanderson v Elsecar B (h),  July 31

65 Daniel Boden v Wath B (a), July 24

61 Daniel Boden v Sheff United B (a), June 12

59* Liam Bacon v Wickersley B (a) May 22


6-20 Callum Bethel v Thorncliffe (a),  Sept 18

5-23 Chris Verity v Sheff United B (a), June 12

5-49 Daniel Boden  v Wath B (h), May 8





Here is what Steve Fletcher wrote about the 2010 season…



On Saturday 11th September around 5.30pm Andy Bethel lofted an extra cover drive for four to give Whitley Hall CC the win required to clinch our first ever South Yorkshire League Premiership title.

Our opponents Tickhill and in particular their star player Raza had nearly caused a major upset with a brilliant 15-over spell of 6-31 that at one stage had looked as if it would deny us our victory.

Anyone connected with Whitley Hall CC for any length of time would not be surprised by such a last-minute struggle, and indeed would have expected something to go wrong.

For the players, members and supporters of our club the championship had been for several seasons a prize that seemed to be within our capabilities but had been on more than one occasion snatched from our grasp by usually self-inflicted lapses in performance at crucial times.

At the start of the 2010 season our expectations were higher than usual thanks to several new signings that had given our squad a really good balance.

The announced retirement of our long-time star player Donovan Koch made it necessary for us to look to strengthen the team and the first signing was the return from RotherhamTown of our former player Alex Welsh.  We then heard on the grapevine that another Whitley ‘old boy’ Adam Wilson was looking to move from Sheffield United, together with Neil Longhurst and Tom Fletcher.  All four players were perfect for our team strengthening needs and we were very pleased when they all agreed to join the club.

The final cog in the wheel was the arrival of Matt Thewlis from Elsecar CC to keep wicket.  We now knew that we had a wonderful opportunity to mount a serious championship challenge and thanks to a great team effort our season became the best ever in the club’s history.

On reflection we at Whitley are extremely proud of our achievements and thanks must go to all the club members and supporters who have worked so hard to make the dream a reality.  The new clubhouse opened two seasons ago and has been a major factor in making the club attractive to new players and the local community.  The facilities we can now provide will hopefully leave a lasting legacy for future generations of club members.

We have a very special family based membership at Whitley and our philosophy is to develop a club not just a collection of individuals.

Our recent achievements have been made possible by numerous past and present players and members who have worked so hard to develop our club from its original Sheffield league status.  Players such as John Cave and Roy Sanderson who have given all their playing careers to Whitley Hall, our South African players Neil Carter, Justin Ontong, Jaco Castle and above all Donovan Koch.  The Baxter family, in particular Ike, who established the club at The Wheel in 1925 and gave a lifetime of service.  Des Childs, Peter Johnson and StanCave who have served as club officials for a combined period approaching 100 years!

Much loved and missed club members such as Hugh Taylor, Amos Gledhill, Dave Skelly, Eric Dixon, Albert Birkenshaw, Roy Stringer and Jack Baxter to name just a few, all of whom have given significant service to Whitley Hall CC.

On a personal level I have found last season’s events to be very satisfying and a little emotional.  Of the 15 players used in the first team eight were home grown Whitley lads, and I was delighted that my son Alex had the ultimate honour of being the first Whitley Hall captain to lift the championship trophy, and that his loyalty to the club has been rewarded.


WHCC Results 2010

Premier League Champions

P22 W19 L1 D2 127pts

Premier Division results:

April 24 (a) beat Hallam by 9 wkts. Hallam 71 (Welsh 5-7); WHCC 74-1 (Longhurst 40)

May 1 (h) Drew with Treeton, abanadoned. Whitley 120-4 (A. Fletcher 45).

May 8 (a) Beat Watch by 9 wkts. Wath 113-8 (Longhurst 4-17); WHCC 115-1 (Longhurst 54, A Bethel 42).

May 15 (h) Beat Elsecar by 133 runs. WHCC 366-4 Longhurst 153, Welsh 80); Elsecar 233 (Wilson 5-58).

May 22 (h) Beat Wickersley by 6 wkts. Wickersley 234 (Wilson 5-58); WHCC 238-4 (Longhurst 87, Welsh 80).

May 29 (a) v Whiston, abandoned no play.

June 5 (a) Lost to Phoenix by 8 runs. Phoenix 261-7; WHCC 253 (Welsh 77, Longhurst 48).

June 12 (h) beat Houghton Main by 145 runs. WHCC 304-4 (Welsh 113, Castle 105*); Houghton 159 (Castle 5-14).

June 19 (a) beat Aston Hall by 7 wkts. Aston H 234-7; WHCC 236-3 (Siddall 110).

June 26 (h) Beat Tickhill by 155 runs. WHCC 287 (A.Fletcher 99, A. Bethel 74); Tickhill 132.

July 3 (a) Beat Barnsley B by 6 wkts. Barnsley 203-7; WHCC 207-4.

July 10 (h) Beat Hallam by 5 wkts. Hallam 163 (Webster 5-22), WHCC 164-5 (Castle 46*).

July 17 (a) Beat Treeton by 9 wkts. Treeton 130 (Welsh 4-40); WHCC 131-1 (Welsh 71no).

July 24 (h) Beat Wath by 7 wkts. Wath 178; WHCC 131-1 (Longhurst 56).

July 31 (a) Beat Elsecar by 6 runs. WHCC 137 (S. Bethel 58); Elsecar 131 (Welsh 4-23).

Aug 7 (a) Beat Wickersley by 3 wkts. Wickersley 218-5; WHCC 220-7 (Longhurst 69, S. Bethel 51).

Aug 14 Beat Whiston by 6 wkts. Whiston 126-8 (Longhurst 4-17); WHCC 128-4 (A. Fletcher 55, A. Bethel 30).

Aug 21 (h) Beat Phoenix by 201 runs. Whitley 352-3 (S. Bethel 153*, Longhurst 127); Phoenix 151.

Aug 28 (a) Beat Houghton Main by 8 wkts. Houghton 128; Whitley 129-2 (Longhurst 33, Welsh 37).

Sept 4 (h) Beat Aston Hall by 9 wkts. Aston H 161 (Wilson 4-32); WHCC 164-1 (Longhurst 85*, S. Bethel 34).

Sept 11 (a)  Beat Tickhill by 3 wkts. Tickhill 96 (Castle 5-36), WHCC 97-7 (A Bethel 45*).

Sept 18 (h) Beat Barnsley B by 179 runs. WHCC 256-4 (Welsh 127*, Castle 84*); Barnsley 77 (T.Fletcher 5-25, Castle 5-15).


Yorkshire Council Play-Offs 2010

Aug 29 (QF), away, Beat Hill Top Hull by 10 wkts. Hill Top 90 (Wilson 5 for 8); Whitley 94-0 (Castle 66).

Sept 5 (SF), away, Beat New Farnley by 3 wkts. New Farnley 210-7 (45 overs); Whitley 211-7 (43.1 overs) (S. Bethel 59, A Bethel 48).

Sept 12 (Final at Hull). Lost to Treeton by 15 runs. Treeton 220-6; Whitley H 205 (Longhurst 70).


Whitworth Cup 2010

9th May v Hallam (h), won by 125 runs.

WHCC 264-7 (Andy Bethel 87, Alex Fletcher 71); Hallam139 (Welsh 6-24).

30th May v Treeton (a), lost by 79 runs.

Treeton 239 (Castle 3-35); WHCC 160 (Welsh 44, Castle 30).

20th June v Houghton (h), Won by 10 wkts, match ceded by Houghton.

11th July, Semi final v Wickersley (h), won by 263 runs.

Whitley 347-5 (Neil Longhurst 131, Steve Bethel 94); Wickersley 84 (Tom Fletcher 7-27).

8th August v Treeton, final at Tickhill. Won by 31 runs.

WHCC 275-6 (Longhurst 105; Castle 42*); Treeton 244.






Whitley Hall 2011

Second spot in the table, but another Whitworth success and glory in the Black Sheep Champion of Champions knock-out!


Whitley Hall began their defence of the title they won the previous summer with less than ideal conditions –a rain-affected fixture at Elsecar, where a thunderstorm when they were 122 for seven caused a two-hour hold-up. After play resumed, Jaco Castle took his score to 78 not out and shared a century partnership for the eighth wicket with Thewlis (62) and Whitley finished on 237-8; but though Elsecar were reduced to 64 for five at one stage in their reply, they ended up with 113 for five and at just before eight o’clock the umpires called time on the match.

This fixture was followed by an amazing sequence in which WHCC claimed successive victories against every other team in the Premier division. Jim Tasker took five for 59 and Castle three for 41 as Rockingham were defeated by 67 runs, Whitley scoring 200 (Alex Fletcher 69) after being 48 for six when batting first; while Castle produced an excellent six for 29 in eight overs in the 117-run win at Houghton Main. Then Adam Wilson claimed five for 30 and Jaco Castle three for 13 when Treeton came to Baxter Field and were beaten by four wickets in a low-scoring match (although Whitley were seven for four at one stage after dismissing Treeton for 70, and Castle pulled things round with an unbeaten 33). Tom Fletcher took five for 38 in a six-wicket win against Wickersley in early June (Alex Fletcher top scored with 55 not out in Whitley’s 141 for 4). Castle was prominent again with six for 43 at Bradfield in mid-June (Alex Welsh hit 76 that day), and he raced to 96 not out against Whiston at home the following week. Alex Welsh became the fifth bowler to take five wickets with five for 27 at Wath (where Tasker got  4 for 23), and, when Whitley reached 305 for seven at Hallam, Welsh scored 113 on a July day which saw Castle contribute an innings of 80 not out off 37 balls.

However, when Whitley again topped a 300-run tally at home to Elsecar on July 9th –the total of 310 included 97 from Castle, who shared a century partnership with Andy Bethel(55) — the visitors caused an upset with an incredible and successful run-chase in which Ainsley Swallow (115) and Townsend (114 not out) both hit centuries to inflict a five-wicket defeat on Whitley.

Whitley maintained top spot in the table thanks to victories at Rockingham (by 7 wickets|–Castle claimed 4-23 as Rockingham were ousted for 69) and against Houghton Main (Neil Longhurst claimed five for 19 and top-scored with 57 in that match).

However, as July ended, Whitley suffered another setback, this time at Treeton, where Longhurst hit an impressive 96 and shared a second-wicket stand worth 165 with Siddall. When Treeton set out to chase a 290-plus target, they suffered a blow as Steve Foster’s arm was broken when he was hit by a short delivery from Adam Wilson, but, thanks to Cunningham (61), Cobb (60) and Asif (83) they  sent Whitley to defeat by seven wickets.

Although Whitley won the next four games (they also became Black Sheep champions during this period), their failure to bowl out the opposition in three of these matches proved costly in that their title-chasing rivals did pick up bonus points and thus prospered.

Castle took six for 32 against Barnsley in the first of those games, and Chris Siddall registered an unbeaten 100 (he shared an opening stand of 112 with Alex Welsh) in the 49-run home defeat of Bradfield (Jim Tasker claimed seven for 50 in a 49-run success).

Title hopes were dashed on September 3 when they visited Whiston, where Andy Tomlinson hit a century to enable the home side to set Whitley a 223-run chase for victory; and, sadly, they found themselves on 83 for four and despite 79 from Chris Siddall finished with 201 for nine. On the following Saturday they beat Wath at home by four wickets (Longhurst scored 119 not out), but, typically, failed to bowl the opposition out (despite using seven bowlers).

They concluded the season with a nine-wicket success against Hallam. Neil Longhurst made 90 and shared an opening stand of 150 with Alex Welsh before falling leg-before. So they finished in second place, six points behind Elsecar.
JacoCastle was explosive with 838 runs at an average of 76.2 to take the Premier division batting award, Neil Longhurst scored 780 runs, Alex Welsh 682 and Chris Siddall 506. Castle’s 46 wickets at 16.9 runs each saw him lead the bowlers.

League Averages 2011

First XI                      

Batting                          Inns   Not Out    Runs   HS       Av

Jaco Castle                   19         8              838       97       76.18

Alex Fletcher                11         6              260       69       52

Neil Longhurst             21         2              780      119      41.05

Alex Welsh                   19          2              682      113      40.12

Chris Siddall                19          5              506      100      36.14

Jim Tasker                   20          3              477        52      28.06


Bowling                        O           M           R           W        Av      Best

Jaco Castle                  186.0      34          776         46      16.87      6-29

Tom Fletcher               201.0     61           487        26       18.73      5-38

Jim Tasker                   111.5     16           507        27       18.78      7-50

Alex Welsh                   115.1     18           505        24       21.04      5-27

Adam Wilson               149.0     26           583        25       23.32      5-30


Second XI

Batting                         Inns   Not Out    Runs     HS      Av

Matt Milburn              18          3             698       140*   46.53

Adrian Tazzyman       17          3             507         74     36.21

James Martin              17          0             442          88    26.00

Kevin Brown               11          1             235          55     23.50

Mark Hope                  13          0             287          44     22.08

Callum Bethel             13          3             213          46     21.30

Chris Verity                16          2             256           57    18.29

Chris Pickering           17          3            246           43     17.57

Tim Wadsworth         17           3            209           28     14.93


Bowling                        O           M            R         W       Av        Best

Liam Bacon                149.4      27           593        30     19.77      7-44

Callum Bethel            144.4      14           641        30     21.37      6-13

Chris Pickering          161.5      19           677        23     29.43      5-47


Whitworth Cup

Whitley won the Whitworth Cup, beating Wickersley in the final at Wath, where Jim Tasker was the Man of the Match.

Scorecard for the Whitworth Cup final v Wickersley at Wath

7th August 2011

Wickersley won the toss and invited Whitley Hall to bat first.


Alex Welsh     b M. Ali…………………………………………..24

Chris Siddall  c J. Bentley  b R. Shutt………………………….  9

Neil Longhurst c C. Viljeon  b M. Ali…………………………  17

Jim Tasker   c J. Younis  b S. Hussain……….………………..  43

Jaco Castle   lbw b C. Viljoen………………………………….. 64

Andy Bethel  c J. Bentley  b C. Viljoen…………………………29

Matt Milburn  c&b C. Viljoen………………………………….   4

Adam Wilson                         not out ……………………………26

Ben Webster                           not out……………………………. 2

Gary Tidy and Tom Fletcher did not bat


                                                                       Total (for 7 wkts)    228

Fall of wickets: 32-51-51-142-182-194-223

Bowling: R. Shutt 7-0-27-1; M. Ali 9-0-36-2; C. Viljoen 7-1-53-3; C. Tiler 2-0-12-0; H. Jahangir 9-0-40-0; S. Hussain 9-0-37-1; G. Davis 2-0-15-0.



H. Jahangir     lbw b Jaco Castle……………………………   … 11

G. Davis        c Jim Tasker, b Ben Webster……………………   45

J. Bentley     c Andy Bethel, b Tom Fletcher…………………       1

J. Younis        Run Out (Jim Tasker)…………………………   .  21

C. Tiler         b Ben Webster……………………………………     26

C. Viljoen     c  Jim Tasker,  b Ben Webster…………………        7

A. Harrison   c Jim Tasker,  b Alex Welsh…………………   …..  8

R. Shutt         c Tom Fletcher, b Alex Welsh………………  ……   2

R. Harrison    c&b  Alex Welsh………………………… ………     2

S. Hussain       Run Out (Ben Webster)……………… …………     4

M. Ali                 Not Out ………………………   ………………      1

                                                                      Extras ……………….   12

                                                                      Total (all out)               140


Fall of Wickets: 23-24-70-106-116-126-129-133-136-140


Bowling: Adam Wilson 2-0-15-0; Tom Fletcher 9-2-22-1; Jaco Castle 6-1-29-1; Jim Tasker 9-1-31-0; Ben Webster 9-1-27-3; Alex Welsh 3-0-12-3.


Whitley Hall won by 88 runs.




Black Sheep Trophy

QF v Honley (a). Honley 175 (T. Fletcher 3-20); Whitley 176-8 (Tasker 37, Castle 31, Welsh 31) Whitley won by 2 wkts

SF v Pudsey Congs. Pudsey 236, Whitley 237-3 (Longhurst 92)

Final v Wrenthorpe at Hanging Heaton. Won. Wrenthorpe 295. WHCC  (Siddall 73, Tasker 89, Castle 89no).


Yorkshire Council Play-Off QF v Methley (h).

WHCC 104 (Longhurst 27); Methley 107-6 (Castle 4-41).

Whitley were 68 for five at one stage.


Alex Fletcher comments on the Whitworth Cup and Black Sheep successes, 2011

Following on from our great success of 2010, when we became South Yorkshire Premier Division Champions for the first time, our main target for 2011 season was to retain our title. However, in the even, although we were very well positioned at the halfway point, a second successive championship wasn’t meant to be, and we were pushed into second place by worthy winners Elsecar.
Yet for Whitley the 2011 season won’t be remembered for the disappointment of finishing second in the league…instead it will go down as another memorable and record season.

It was in the Whitworth Cup where our first silverware was won. We have enjoyed success in this competition over the last few seasons, and this year’s victory over Wickersley being our third in as many years.

On a personal note, unfortunately by this point of the season, my knees had finally succumbed to the ever increasing demands put on them, and I was resigned to a spectator’s role for the second half of the season.

If completing a hat-trick of Whitworth wins was ample cause for celebration, our greatest achievement was still to come in the Black Sheep Trophy.
The Black Sheep Trophy, known to many as the Champion of Champions is held between the winners of the Yorkshire, Bradford, Central Yorkshire, Huddersfield and South Yorkshire Senior Cricket Leagues. And winning our Premier Division in 2010, meant we could flex our muscles amongst the best of the best in the county.

I was still playing at the time our first match was played away against Huddersfield Champions Honley. We bowled and fielded exceptionally well, with our two spinners, Jim Tasker and Welshy keeping a lid on their attack, and Tom Fletcher being his economical self, we managed to keep them to 175. Our run chase was quite exceptional, as to a man we went into 20/20 mode, blazing the ball to all parts of the park, with each batsman following suit by getting to 20 and then getting out. Luckily there was an old campaigner on hand, aka me, to steady the
ship and see us home eight wickets down in 27 overs!
This triumph earned us a semi final date away at the mighty Pudsey Congs. These are the fixtures you want to play in, to showcase your abilities, represent your league, and try and put your club on the cricketing map. So you can imagine the extreme frustration that I had at this time as I was by now injured and was doing more laps then Jenson Button.

Now we all know that Bradford League sides play their cricket hard, and in Pudsey Congs there are fewer tougher opponents around. I would say we went into that game very much the underdogs, with very few of the locals up there even knowing who Whitley Hall were or what league we played in.

That day I believe our overall performance was a notch above anything we had produced to date. Our bowling and fielding were to plans, and again we held a team to a score we felt we could chase. We chased down the 236 in some style with a terrific knock of 92 from Neil Longhurst and half centuries from Chris Siddall and Jim Tasker sealed a seven- wicket win and in reaching the final we became
only the second team ever to do so from the South Yorkshire League.
The final was held at Hanging Heaton Cricket club against Wrenthorpe, who had in their ranks three former first-class cricketers in David Paynter, Gary Fellows and Bradley Parker. As well as these they had a team full of top local league cricketers.
Yet again for the 3rd time in the competition we fielded first. I didn’t think we bowled that badly, but a combination of a great wicket and some top quality batting (Paynter scoring a classy ton), we found ourselves chasing a massive score of 295 from 45 overs. During the interval I went into the dressing room to gee the lads on and re-assure them we could get those runs, but for the first time the atmosphere I sensed was one that this was probably a step too for.

Our run chase started slowly. The innings needed impetuous. This was brought to proceedings in a big way by Jim Tasker. Jim on his day is the best timer of a cricket ball I’ve seen. He was treating us to some fine strokes all around the ground. We were still very much behind the eight ball, when Chris Siddall fell for 73. Needing 140 from 14 overs in came JacoCastle.

What happened in the next 45 minutes will be remembered by every single person in the ground as one of the most explosive batting displays ever seen at club level.

Jaco initially played second fiddle to Jim who was scoring quite freely, but when Jim fell for 89 from 45 balls, Jaco picked up the pace. He bludgeoned Wrenthorpe’s attack to all parts.   I forget who was batting with him at the time but they told me that one of the Wrenthorpe bowlers asked Fellows, their captain, where he wanted him to bowl: Jaco replied “It doesn’t matter, mate, I’m going to hit you for a four or a six.” He then turned to Fellows who was setting his field and said: “Put them where you want, it won’t matter.”
His confidence or arrogance (or both!) was starting to transmit to us who were all on the balcony, actually sensing that we could win this game.

There were three overs left and 21 needed. I was still thinking if we lost Jaco we still could fall short of the target. My worries were extremely short-lived as he took all 21 off the 42nd over meaning we had done it with plenty of balls to spare. Jaco finished on 89 from an astonishing 45 balls and rightly won the man on the match.

What an achievement for our little village club from Ecclesfield. The scenes on the balcony and within our spectator’s corner matched that of an Ashes Series win.

We had done something special and something that no team from Sheffield had ever done and we were only the second team since Treeton in 1994 to win it from our league.

Shall we ever match the feats of 2011 Season? Well you can bet we shall be trying our hardest to defend our title next season.


Performances 2011

First XI


119* Neil Longhurst v Wath (h), Sept 10

113 Alex Welsh v Hallam (h), July 2

100* Chris Siddall v Bradfield (h) Aug 27

97  Jaco Castle v Elsecar (a), July 9

96  Neil Longhurst v Treeton (a), July 30

96* Jaco  Castle vWhiston (h), June 18

90 Neil Longhurst v Hallam (a), Sep 17

81* Alex Welsh v Aston Hall (a), Aug 13

80* JacoCastle v Hallam (h), July 2

79 Chris Siddall v Whiston  (a) Sep 3

78* Jaco  Castle v Elsecar (a) Apr 23

76 Alex Welsh v Bradfield (a), June 11



6-29    JacoCastle v Houghton Main (a) May 7

6-32 JacoCastle v Barnsley B (h), Aug 6

6-43 JacoCastle v Bradfield (a), June 11

5-19 Neil Longhurst v Houghton Main (h), July 23

5-27 Alex Welsh v Wath (a), June 25

5-30 Adam Wilson v Treeton (h), May 14

5-38 Tom Fletcher v Wickersley (h), June 4

5-59 Tasker v Rockingham (h) Apr 30


Second XI


140* Matt Milburn v Warmsworth (h),  July 30

105 Matt Milburn  v Doncaster Town B (h), Aug 20

80 Matt Milburn v Hallam (h), July 2

74 Adrian Tazzyman v Sheffield United B (a), June 18



7-44 v Thorncliffe (h), June 25

6-13 Callum Bethel v Warmsworth (a), May 14

5-38 Ben Webster v Barnsley C (h), May 21

5-39 James Brown v Hallm B (a) Sep 17

5-42 Liam Bacon v Maltby (a), May 28

5-47 Chris Pickering v  Oughtibridge (h) –also 43 no, May 7



Whitley Hall 2012

Frustration in chase for League title, but compensation as Whitley make history as Black Sheep champions for second year running…and also finish up as Yorkshire Council champions!


Whitley Hall, reigning Black Sheep Yorkshire champions and virtually unchanged from the previous season, suffered frustration when the weather forced them to sit out the first two weeks of the of the 2012 campaign and the matches with Treeton and Coal Aston were ‘lost’.

They then chalked up four successive wins, starting with an eight-wicket home victory over WhistonParishChurch at Baxter Field, where JacoCastle took five for 28 as the visitors were confined t0 151 for nine, then Neil Longhust made 57 not out when Whitley batted. Whitley followed this with another eight-wicket success at Wickersley Old Village, where Alex Welsh claimed five for 35 and then scored 83, including a 167-run opening partnership with Longhurst (60). Welsh (46) and Longhurst also put on 116 for the first wicket in an eight-wicket defeat of Houghton Main at home, with the winning run coming just before Longhurst, on 99, could complete a century.  Longhurst scored 52 not out in a nine-wicket defeat of Barnsley B success at Shaw Lane, where Welsh claimed four for 17 in 15 overs as the home side, chasing194, hung on to finish with 108 for eight.
Those four wins were secured with just seven wickets lost, but an old problem was hindering their progress — they were unable to bowl opponents out and thus missed out on vital bonus points.

Then in early June Whitley suffered a double setback, with a 36-run defeat at Wath and an eight-run loss at home against Hallam. Old foe Lesroy Weekes was Wath’s match-winner with 60 in their innings of 190-6 and five wickets as Whitley were all out for 154. Against Hallam, chasing 184, Whitley needed 11 runs from the final over (from Mountjoy) with three wickets in hand…but then came a stumping (Matt Milburn), a caught and bowled (James Brown) and, off the penultimate ball of the innings, a run out (Tom Fletcher)!
Further frustration followed when four of the next five weekends were ‘weather affected’ –v Aston Hall, Elsecar, Treeton and Coal Aston. In this spell they managed just one victory (on the last day of June) at Darfield, where JacoCastle claimed six for 10 as the home side were rushed out for 48. In fact, Darfield’s top scorer was Mr Extras with 15, and they were 17 for four at one stage, then 27 for six. Whitley won by eight wickets.

The season at last got back on track in late July when Whitley launched a run that brought victory in each of their final eight matches.

Chris Siddall hit 66 in a 50-run success at Whiston; while JacoCastle scored 77 in the 55-run home triumph over Wickersley that pushed them up to fourth in the table. Alex Fletcher (62) and Longhurst (37 not out) shared a first-wicket partnership of 115 in the nine-wicket win at Houghton Main; and Fletcher hit 67 and Castle 62  in an 84-run home victory against Barnsley. Castle claimed  six for 72 and scored an unbeaten 54 when Wath were defeated by four wickets at Baxter Field on August 18th; and two weeks later he hit 100 at Elsecar, leading a recovery from 24 for three in a match that ended in a 58-run win.
On the final day of the season, September 15, relegated Darfield were crushed by 227 runs at Baxter Field, with Neil Longhurst hitting 163 not out and Castle 119, the pair sharing a memorable opening stand of 257 as Whitley compiled a score of 350 for two; and Tom Fletcher bagged five wickets for 34 runs as Darfield were ousted for 133.

It was a day when Whitley supporters were tempted to think of what might have been; the team had finished in second place with 12 points and 10 bonus points fewer than champions Treeton.
JacoCastle took the club and league batting prize with 577 runs at an average of 72.1, closely followed by Neil Longhurst with 633 runs at 70.3. Castle also captured the club’s bowling prize with 46 wickets at an average of 12 runs each.


Triumphs in the Black Sheep Trophy & Yorkshire Council Championship

Whitley retained the Black Sheep Yorkshire Champions Trophy when, for the second time, they beat Wrenthorpe of the Central Yorkshire League in the final –by 18 runs– which was played in South Yorkshire at Elsecar. They also beat New Farnley by nine wickets in the final of the Yorkshire Council Championship at Methley.

In the Black Sheep Trophy, Whitley beat Woodhouse Grange by seven wickets in the semi-final. They restricted Woodhouse to 193 for seven, and cruised home with JacoCastle striking 78 not out off 33 balls, and Neil Longhurst contributed 45 and Alex Welsh 36.

In the final Wrenthorpe won the toss and put Whitley in to bat. At 27 Alex Fletcher fell leg-before, and Neil Longhurst (32) was caught behind at 42. Then Chris Siddall (37) and Alex Welsh added 70 before Siddall fell. It didn’t look good when JacoCastle, such a hero in the 2011 final, fell immediately to the spin of Fellows. Welsh (37) was caught, then Chris Verity fell for six, and Whitley were struggling on 148 for 6 with 12 overs left. Jim Tasker made a brisk 37 and Sam Chatterton contributed 24 before the Whitley innings closed at 204-9 in 50 overs.

Wrenthorpe’s openers Fellows and Wood made 41 from 39 balls, but then Castle trapped Fellows leg-before and caught Wood off Tom Fletcher. The usually high-scoring Payner fell to Welsh’s spin for 10 and then James Ahmed had both Oliver Whitaker and Luke Patel caught, and with 21 overs gone Wrenthorpe were struggling at 73 for five.

Austin and Parker staged a mini-revival for Wrenthorpe, but then Castle took his third crucial catch and soon afterwards Chatterton caught Batty off Tasker, and it was 100 for seven. Ellis and Parker pushed the score to 158 before Siddall caught Ellis off Longhurst.

Smith joined Parker and they thrived for a time, so much that only 23 were needed off the last five overs. Thankfully for Whitley, Castle then had Parker leg-before and five balls later Alex Welsh took a memorable catch to dismiss Smith off Longhurst –and, with Wrenthorpe all out for 186, Whitley were champions…again!

(Incidentally, Alex Welsh’s catch was his final action for Whitley Hall, for in November he said farewell and went off to settle in Australia.)

Neil Longhurst, with 24 runs, two crucial wickets for 19, and two catches, was named Man of the Match.

Ironically, just after the match ended there was a sudden downpour from the skies, though Whitley were much too happy to mind…you could say every wizard was singing in the rain!


In the Yorkshire Council Championship final at Methley the previous week, Whitley beat New Farnley by nine wickets. New Farnley won the toss and chose to bat, but lost their first five wickets cheaply, and, despite a resolute sixth-wicket partnership between Burge and Russell, were all out for 155. Tom Fletcher claimed two for seven from his nine overs, Castle took four for 31, young James Brown claimed a wicket, and 15 year-old wicketkeeper Tom Sorsby did not concede a single extra. When Whitley batted, Longhurst went on 25, but skipper Alex Fletcher (62 not out) and Alex Welsh (59 not out, featuring two sixes and seven fours) saw the Wizards home, and Fletcher, whose innings included five sixes and five fours, got the Man of the Match award.



Black Sheep

Aug 19 v Woodhouse Grange (a). Woodhouse Grange 193-7. WHCC 195-3 (Jaco Castle 75 not out; N. Longhurst 46).

Sept 16. Final. v Wrenthorpe at Elsecar. WHCC 204-9 (Welsh 37, Siddall 37, Tasker 33). Wrenthorpe 186 all out (Longhurst 2-19,)


Whitworth Cup

May 27 v Elsecar (a). WHCC 256-8 (Jim Tasker 73, Adam Wilson 68). Elsecar 156 all out (Jaco Castle 4-27, Ben Webster 3-37). WHCC won by 100 runs.

June 10 v Elsecar (h). Elsecar 151 all out (Tasker 3-17). WHCC 152-5 (A. Welsh 61). WHCC won by 5 wickets.

July 15 v Aston Hall (h). WHCC 248-7 (J. Castle 82, Longhurst 52). Aston Hall 249-7 (Tasker 3-36, Castle 2-31).


July 17 v Treeton (a). Treeton 237-6 (Foster 120; A. Wilson 3-33). WHCC 204-9 (Longhurst 49, A. Wilson 44 not out). WHCC lost by 33 runs.


Yorkshire Council Play-offs

Aug 26 v Fairburn (a). Fairburn 166 (A. Wilson 4-27). WHCC 167-3 (J. Tasker 61, J. Castle 55 not out).

Sept 2 v Aston Hall (h). WHCC 222 all out (Tasker 64, Siddall 56). Aston Hall 211 all out (Castle 4-65, Wilson 3-47).

Sept 9. Final. V New Farnley at Methley. New Farnley 155 all out (Castle 4-31. T. Fletcher 2-7, J. Brown 1-22, Longhurst 1-9). WHCC 159-1 (Alex Fletcher 62 not out, Alex Welsh 59 not out).

See All the Cup Finals for full scoreboard.


National Knock-Out

May 13 v Mansfield Hoisery (a). Mansfield 271-2 (45 overs). WHCC 276-4 (Jim Tasker 94 not out; Alex Fletcher 64, Alex Welsh 59 not out). Won by 6 wkts.

May 20 v  Chesterfield (h). Chesterfield 145 all out (James Brown 4-42), WHCC 149-2 (Neil Longhurst 88, Jim Tasker 51). WHCC won by 8 wickets.

June 5 v Hanging Heaton (a). Hanging Heaton 211 (Welsh 4-12). WHCC 130 all out (Chris Verity 33). WHCC lost by 81 runs.


League Averages 2012

First XI

Batting                       Inns  NO    Runs    HS       Av

Jaco Castle                 12       4        577     119      72.13

Neil Longhurst           15       6        633     163*    70.33

Alex Fletcher                8       0        276       67      34.50

Alex Welsh                  14       2        303      83       25.25


Bowling                        O          M         R       W     Av     Best

Jaco Castle                 166.0     33        550      46   11.96    6-10

Alex Welsh                 144.5     28        413      27   15.30    5-30

Tom Fletcher             153.4     52         417     23   18.13    5-34


Second XI

Batting                        Inns    NO    Runs     HS       Av

Chris Verity                   9        1        265       68        33.13

James Brown                11       2        276       77        30.67

Oliver Warren                9       2        201       43*      28.71

Tim Wadsworth           11       0        254       70        23.09

Adrian Tazzyman        12       3        206        53*     22.89



Performances of note 2012

First team


163 not out  Neil Longhurst  v Darfield (h), Sept 15

119 JacoCastle v Darfield (h), Sept 15

100 JacoCastle v Elsecar (a), Sept 8

99 not out Neil Longhurst v Houghton Main (h), May 19

94 not out Jim Tasker v Manfield Hoisery (a), National KO, May 13

88 not out Neil Longhurst v Chesterfield (h), National KO, May 20

83 Alex Welsh v Wickersley (a), May 12

82 JacoCastle v Aston Hall (h), Whitworth Cup, July 15



6-10 JacoCastle v Darfield (a), June 30

6-72 JacoCastle v Wath (h), Aug 18

5-30 Alex Welsh v Aston Hall (h), Sept 1

5-28 JacoCastle v Whiston (h), May 5


Second team


77 James Brown v Warmsworth (a), Sep 15

70 Tim Wadsworth v  Sheff United B (h), June 2



4-4  James Brown v Wickersley B (h), May 12





Whitley Hall 2013  

Pipped in Premier Div, but Yorkshire Council Champs again!


April 20 2013 v Coal Aston, away (Won by 188 runs)

Coal Aston 129-7 (Hemingway 33; Castle 4-24, Tasker 3-22). Whitley Hall 317-7 (Siddall 173no, Tasker 46).

Starting the season with a visit to Coal Aston, Whitley elected to bat, but lost a wicket (Oliver Whittaker) in the first over.  Happily when Jim Tasker joined Chris Siddall they added 108 for the second wicket, Tasker finally falling for 46. Siddall went on to hit 173 not out off 142 balls and including 21 fours and two sixes. Wicketkeeper Sam Chatterton contributed 30 as Whitley closed at 317 for seven. When Coal Aston batted they found JacoCastle in inspired form. He removed the first four batsmen with the score at just 16 and finished with an analysis of four for 24. Daniel Hemmingway offered resistance with six fours in his 33 but he was removed by Jim Tasker, who polished the Coal Aston innings off with three for 22. Whitley Hall won by 188 runs.

Oliver Whittaker (0), Chris Siddall (173no), Jim Tasker (46), JacoCastle (16), Alex Fletcher *(18), Liam Heathcote (9), James Brown (J) (4), Sam Chatterton + (30), James Ahmed (5), Ben Webster, Tom Fletcher.


April 27 2013 v Wickersley, home (Won by 56 runs).

Whitley Hall 180 for 7 (C Siddall 52, J Castle 40); Wickersley Old Village  124 (J Castle 4-41, T. Fletcher 2-26, B. Webster 2-26, J. Brown 2-19).

On a chilly day –indeed, it was very chilly!—at Baxter Field, Whitley were put in, and after the early loss of Whittaker with the score at five, Chris Siddall and skipper Alex Fletcher (26) took the total to 63. Whitley then lost two quick wickets, and Siddall followed at 88 for four when he had made 52. Jaco Castle scored 40, and Whitley ended up with 180 for seven in their allotted overs (reduced to 42 because of the weather).  Whitley struck a significant blow by removing first Wickersley skipper Haider Jahangir with the total on 15, and then the other opener with just 22 on the board. Jordan Bethel showed resistance with 21, but Wicksersley found themselves 65 for five. A fightback was staged by wicketkeeper Jordan Lowe who arrived at No 5 and was the last man out with his score at 45, but Wickersley were all out for 124, short by 56 runs. Castle took four for 41. Oliver Whittaker 1; Chris Siddall 52; Alex Fletcher 26; Liam Heathcote 0; Jaco Castle 40; Jim Tasker 19; Sam Chatterton 12 no; James Brown (J) 14; James Ahmed 0no; Ben Webster; Tom Fletcher.

May 4 2013 v Hallam, away (Won by 4 wickets)

Hallam 165-9 (Castle 3-52, Tasker 4-44); Whitley Hall 167-6 (Castle 85, Tasker 45)

This victory at Hallam put Whitley second in the Premier division. Hallam elected to bat first and opener Jesse Hemingway struck seven fours in scoring 38. With Harry Bliss (25), Joe Cooper (26) and James Chetwood (20) all recording scores in the 20s Hallam closed at 165 for nine. JacoCastle took three for 52 and former Hallam favourite Jim Tasker four for 44.

Whitley’s strong batting line-up suggested the target might be comfortable for them, but Hallam’s lively attack and soon reduced them to 24 for four! However, this brought together Tasker and Castle, who enjoyed a partnership of 128.  Castle hit 85 off 70 balls, including 14 fours and three sixes; while Tasker was undefeated with 45, including seven fours. For Hallam, Hemingway, Craig Moffatt (2 for 32) and Mark Williams (2-20) took two wickets each.

Whittaker 1; Siddall 5; Longhurst 7; A. Fletcher 8; Castle 85; Tasker 45; Heathcote 1; Sam Chatterton 4no.

May 6: Charlie Wragg 55 not out in the Colts’ seven-wickets win over Treeton on a gloriously sunny holiday Monday at Baxter Field.

May 11 2013 v Upper Haugh, home (Won by 3 wickets)   

Upper Haugh 184 for 9 (Reynolds 67no; Foster 52; Tom Fletcher 5-31, Ben Webster 1-51; J. Castle 2-50).Whitley Hall 185 for 7  (C. Siddall 53, O. Whittaker 43, J. Castle 41)

Another bitterly cold day at Baxter Field!

When Upper Haugh were 28 for five, it looked like being an easy and early victory for Whitley, and even when the visitors recovered to some degree and had reached 78 for eight, there seemed no problem. But then Upper Haugh stood firm for longer than expected and finished on 184 for nine.

Three catches were dropped by Whitley at crucial moments!

Batting, Whitley lost Alex Fletcher and Tasker cheaply, but Chris Siddall hit 53, Jaco Castle 41, and Oliver Whittaker ‘came good’ with a knock of 41 after previous setbacks.

C. Siddall 53; A Fletcher 1; J. Tasker 4; O. Whittaker 43; J. Castle 41; Heathcote 16; Sam Chatterton 0; James Ahmed 2no; J Brown 3no; Ben Webster and Tom Fletcher did not bat.


Whitley’s Colts beat Kilnhurst Colliery by 4 wickets –Kevin Brown scoring 96 not out.

May 18 2013 v Houghton Main, away (Rained off).

Whitley were disappointed that no effort seemed to have been made to get the wicket fit for play after recent rain.


May 25 2013 v Wath, home (Won by 9 wkts) 

Wath 68 all out (Castle 5-15, Brown 3-5, Ben Webster 2-21); Whitley Hall 69-1 (12.3 overs; Whitaker 34no, Siddall 18, Brown 11).

Whitley maintained their unbeaten start to the season by with this nine-wicket defeat of Wath. The only problem was, perhaps, that the early finish that resulted meant bar takings were down! When Wath batted, JacoCastle claimed a wicket in his first over and demolished Wath’s top order with an excellent return of five for 15. Young James Brown mopped up the latter end with three for five in 2.1 overs, and Wath were all out 68. Opener Oliver Whitaker scored 34 not out as Whitley accomplished their task in 12.3 overs.


May 25: WHCC 2nds beat Barnsley by 92 runs

President’s Trophy.

Whitley 165 (Milburn 33, R. Sanderson 29); Barnsley 73 all out (Joe Chatterton 5 for 7; Sanderson 2-2).

May 27: Whitley Colts beat Wath 4th XI by 6 runs.

Colts scored 198-4 in 44 overs, with Nicholas Lowe (41no), Elliott Ashton (37), Joshua Dobson (32) and Charlie Wragg (21). Wath made 192-7 in their allotted overs. Josh Singleton 2-19 in 11 overs and Joshua Dobson 2-12. L&KF sponsored the ball!


June 1 2013 v Aston Hall, away (won by 42 runs) 

Whitley Hall 189-8 (Tasker 49, Siddall 47, Heathcote 24); Aston Hall 147 all out (T Fletcher 3-40, Ben Webster 2-28, Tasker 3-28).

Aston Hall had beaten Treeton the previous week, but the Whitley ‘wizards’ proved a much tougher proposition. Whitley batted first, and made 189 for eight, with the main contributors opener Chris Siddall with 47 and Jim Tasker with 49.

Joe Barker scored 31 for Aston, but their batsmen were unable to dominate Whitley’s attack and with Tom Fletcher taking three for 40 and Jim Tasker three for 28, the home side were dismissed for 147, short by 42 runs.

June 2 2013 v Woodlands, home,

Black Sheep Champions Trophy QF (lost by 29 runs).

Woodlands 208-7 (Webster 3-57, Ahmed 3-41).

Whitley Hall 179 all out (Longhust 70, Castle 23, Heathcote 21; Sarfraz Ahmed 5 for 9 in 8.1 overs). Sarfraz Ahmed also scored 25 crucial runs late in the Woodlands innings.

June 2: Colts beat Sheffield United by 39 runs in SYCA Billy Oates Cup

Whitley Hall 192-3 (Charlie Wragg 71no; Kevin Brown 42no; they put on 106 together for 4th wicket). Sheffield United 153-4.


June 8 2013 v Elsecar, home (won by 175 runs).

Whitley Hall 320-4 (JacoCastle 148no, Alex Fletcher 94, Tasker 44.)

Elsecar 145 all out (James Ahmed 4-14, Tasker 3-40, Ben Webster 2-29, T Fletcher 1-21)

Whitley stormed to the top of the Premier division after destroying the challenge of Elsecar at Baxter. Batting first they were briefly in difficulties, losing both openers with three runs between them, and despite a good knock from Jim Tasker (nine fours in his 44), Whitley were 58 for 3.

Then Jaco Castle and skipper Alex Fletcher came together, and they repelled everything Elsecar threw at them and they went on to share a partnership of 194 for the fourth wicket, ended when Fletcher was finally bowled. His 94 came off 89 balls with nine fours and five sixes.

Castle went on to make 148 not out, with12 fours and ten sixes, and Whitley finished with 320 for four in their 50 overs.

Elsecar failed to muster a significant challenge. The only innings of note was 30 from Glenn Yates achieved in 18 balls. James Ahmed took the last four wickets and finished with four for 14. Jim Tasker took three for 40.

June 9 2013 v Thorncliffe, home, President’s Trophy (won by 5 wickets)

Thorncliffe 196-7 (45 overs)

Whitley Hall 2nd XI 200-5 (36-2 overs) (Matt Milburn 148 not out –15 4s, 9 6’s

Matt Milburn and Jaco Castle.


June 10 2013 v Sheffield Collegiate, at Bawtry Road, SYorks 20-20 QF, won by 9 wickets.

Collegiate 121 for 8 (J Brown 3 for 10)

Whitley Hall 122-1 (Milburn 56 no, Castle 44).


June 15 2013 v Whiston PC, away, won by 5 wickets.

Whiston 156-8 (Ahmed 3-26; Tasker 2-25).

Whitley Hall 158-5 (Longhurst 69no; Heathcote 31no).

WhistonParishChurch batted first and it was Andy Tomlinson who initially held their innings together with a hard-worked 53, but thereafter the Whitley attack dominated with only an unbeaten 20 from Andy Ivill of any note. James Ahmed claimed three for 26.

In reply Whitley were reduced to 83 for five, with Ryan Hercules taking three for 49, before opener Neil Longhurst (69 not out) and Liam Heathcote (31 not out) took control. Whitley reached their target with 12 overs to spare.


Note: For WHCC Colts Tim Wadsworth (129no) and Josh Dobson (66no) put on uneaten 170 v Tinsley CC.


June 16 2013, v Elsecar, home

Whitworth Cup QF,

won by 129 runs.

Whitley Hall 193 (Castle 77, Heathcote 26).

Elsecar 73 (Castle 3-17; Tasker 4-25, Longhurst 2-11).


June 22 2013 v Treeton, home, won by 2 wickets

Treeton  230-5 (Tasker 2-33);

Whitley Hall 231-8 (Castle 93, Tasker 31).

Treeton at this stage stood in the bottom half of the Premier table, but they are always among Whitley’s keenest rivals, and when they visited Baxter Field they gave the unbeaten league leaders a closely contested match that was reduced to 39 overs each side because of rain.

Treeton, batting first, made an excellent start with Steve Foster and Scott Cunningham adding 121 for the first wicket before Foster left with 44 to his credit. Chris Cobb (44 not out), and Irfan Mirza (42 not out) made an unbeaten sixth-wicket stand of 81 to see Treeton finish with 230 for five.

Whitley Hall had lost both openers when the total had reached 28. Jim Tasker scored 31 before he became the next wicket to fall. Then once again JacoCastle proved a Whitley hero, smashing ten fours and five sixes in reaching 93 in 73 balls and, with Heathcote he shared a 92 partnership for the sixth wicket and took his team to 216 for six. Alas, Whitley’s nerves were on edge for a while as more wickets fell before the winning shot came with four balls to spare.


Whitley 2nd XI lost by 6 runs at Treeton.


Whitley Colts beat Eden Grove Parklands by 8 wickets.

Eden Grove 33 all out (Jacob Nalty 7 for 6), WHCC Colts 35-2


June 23 2013 v Wath, away,

Whitworth Cup semi-final,

won by 8 wickets

Wath 222-7 (Castle 2-44, Tasker 2-38).

WHCC 227-2 (Castle 110no, Tasker 80no).

Castle’s 100 came in 90 balls, and he and Tasker put on 193 for unbroken 3rd wicket.


June 29 2013 v Norton Oakes, away, won by six wickets.

Norton Oakes 184-8

Whitley Hall 186-4 (Siddall 84not out; Longhurst 56; Castle 0).

Whitley’s unbeaten sequence continued with a win at Norton Oakes, but their failure to bow out the home side cost them two more vital bonus points –which meant they slipped down to second place. Norton chose to bat first and after openers Paul Revill (27) and Alex Hibbert (28) and produced an opening partnership of 50, Michael Simpson added 36 and youngster Matthew Burgin was 30 not out as Norton reached 184 for eight. Neil Longhurst took three for 34

Whitley’s batting strength is undeniable and Longhurst smashed 56, with eleven fours as the opening partnership produced 90. Chris Siddall took events to conclusion with 84 not out and a boundary count of 12 fours as Whitley won by six wickets, with 11 overs to spare.


Whitley 2nd XI (154) beat Frecheville 1st XI (140-9) by 14 runs at home. (Tom Sorsby 36, Charlie Wragg 34, Kapala 29; Aaron Whithead 5-23).


June 30th 2013, v Millhouses Works, home,

President’s Trophy, semi-final,

won by 120 runs.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI 258-5 (James Brown 97 not out, Roy Sanderson 63)

Millhouses Works 138-9 (Riddle 3-35, James Brown 2-10, Sanderson 2-22).

For Whitley Brown and Sanderson added 128, but 15 year old James Brown had to settle for 97 not out –the game ended with him stranded just three runs short of his maiden century.


July 6th 2013 v Coal Aston, home, won by ONE run!

Whitley Hall 297 for 9 (C Siddall 33, J Castle 69, J Brown 42*; L Browes 4-84). Coal Aston 296 for 7   (D Rodgers 139, A Lockwood 34, L Johnson 71; J Tasker 3-61).

Coal Aston’s visit to Baxter field may have suggested to some that the outcome might prove a formality for unbeaten Whitley Hall, but it didn’t turn out quite like that. Whitley elected to bat first and all went well at the outset. Neil Longhurst was the first wicket to fall after he had blasted 28; fellow opener Chris Siddall, followed when he had reached 33. SkipperJacoCastle provided further entertainment with 69, including six fours and three sixes, supported by Matthew Milburn with 30 and Andrew Bethel with 35. A bright and breezy knock of 42 not out from youngster James Brown increased the innings to 297 for nine.

But then came the sort of resistance that was not expected. Coal Aston’s opening partnership added 141 before Whitley broke it by removing Andrew Lockwood for 34. The second-wicket pair then added another 111 runs to take the score to 252 for two! David Rogers was the second batsmen to leave after he had compiled a massive 139 from 113 balls and with 14 fours and eight sixes. Skipper Liam Johnson was revelling the occasion too, and his contribution was 71 in 62 balls, with 11 fours. Anyone arriving late and looking at the scoreboard would no doubt have thought it was Whitley who were batting, but they would have been wrong! Thankfully, with Coal Aston edging towards what would have been a remarkable and unexpected victory, they suffered a run out on the final ball and finished just one run short of Whitley’s total. Their innings closed at 296 for seven giving them two precious points in their battle for Premier survival and denying the same to Whitley. The only Whitley bowler of note was Jim Tasker with three for 62.



July 13th 2013 v Wickersley, away, lost by 81 runs

Wickersley 255 for 8 (H Jahangir 72, J Lowe 39; J Castle 3-83, J Tasker 3-87).Whitley Hall 174 (C Siddall 35, J Castle 35; M Naveed 4-26).

On a warm day at Northfield Lane leaders Wickersley shattered Whitley’s unbeaten record and left our lads trailing them by ten points at the top of the Premier division. Wickersley decided to bat first and after an opening stand of 53 between Matt Burton (23) and Coram Javed (27), Haider Jahangir and Jordan Lowe (39) added 54 runs for the fourth wicket. Jahangir became the eighth wicket and final wicket to fall with 72 to his credit, including ten fours. With Wickersley making a total of 255 for eight, JacoCastle claimed three for 83 and Jim Tasker three for 87.

Whitley quickly lost their first wicket with just four on the board and their second at 24. Chris Siddall led the resistance with 35 and Castle scored 35. They could not dominate the Wickersley bowling, however, and Whitley were all out for 174. Muhammad Naveed did the most damage with four for 26.



July 20th 2013 v Hallam, home, won by 71 runs

Whitley Hall 200-9 (Castle 87, Siddall 42, Hemingway 4-53).

Hallam 129 all out (Tasker 5-30, Longhurst 2 for 7).

A Win by 71 runs suggests an easy victory, but it wasn’t. JacoCastle came in when Whitley’s innings hardly looked healthy, and his knock proved vital in the final analysis. Jim Tasker claimed 5 for 30 as Hallam fell for 129, and his contribution was as vital as Jaco’s. After heatwave conditions on previous days, it was dull and overcast, a very different sort of day.




at Aston Hall

 2nd XI v Rotherham Phoenix,

July 21st 2013

won by 7 runs.

Whitley Hall 145 all out (Roy Sanderson 33, Liam Bacon 16, Tom Sorsby 15, Matt Milburn 15, Joe Webster 13no).

Rotherham Phoenix 138-8 (Joe Webster 3-28, Liam Bacon 2-27).

Veteran Roy Sanderson is Whitley’s hero!

Whitley Hall beat Phoenix by seven runs in a tense, low-scoring game.

Whitley won the toss and batted first. Tim Wadsworth departed early, bowled by Andrew Judge, and against accurate bowling the scoring was slow. Matt Milburn went for 15, Chris Verity for 13 and Adrian Tazzyman for 14. The score was a painful 76 for six when veteran Roy Sanderson arrived at the wicket. In 42 balls he struck 33 runs, taking the score to 119 before being caught by Chris Cannings off Syed Raza. Liam Bacon and Joe Webster contributed 16 and 13 as the innings closed in the last of the 45 overs for 145. All five Phoenix bowlers conceded less than four an over, Judge, Zaf Rashid and Tom Arnold each taking two wickets and Syed Raza three for-31.

Phoenix began steadily before Liam Bacon had Chris Longley caught behind for 17 and Sanderson had Cannings caught for 12. Mark Wright and Raza then steadily took Phoenix into a seemingly winnings position before they both fell to good catches with the score on 82. The innings then slowed considerably and against tight bowling and keen fielding Phoenix never regained their momentum. despite some late-order resistance Phoenix gradually fell behind the scoring rate, and when Tom Arnold was run out off the last ball they were seven runs short with two wickets in hand.

Bacon (2-27) and Webster (3-28) were the pick of the Whitley bowlers.

Alan Phelan, League President, presented the Trophy to Whitley captain Joe Webster. Terry Betham, the League Chairman, presented the individual trophies, and Aston Hall stalwart Malcolm Shaw gave the Man of the Match award to Roy Sanderson for his top scoring 33 and nine economical overs for 18 runs and one wicket. (Note that 25 years earlier Roy Sanderson had been Man of the Match when the Whitworth Cup was won with a victory over Darfield in 1988).

An absorbing match, on a very cool day –such a contrast with the hot weather of most of the previous week.



July 27th 2013 v Upper Haugh, away, won by six wickets

Upper Haugh 171-9 (Castle 7-48).

Whitley Hall 172-4 (Tasker 41, Castle 59no).

A six-wicket win for Whitley, but frustration in that they again failed to claim the bonus points for bowling out the opposition.

Upper Haugh batted first but they found JacoCastle (7-48) in excellent form and they slumped to 48 for five with Castle claiming all five wickets. He claimed the next wicket too, but not before opener Ross Diver (66) and Paul Pendle (43) had added 51 runs. Diver was sixth out, while Pendle became the ninth wicket, and Upper Haugh finished with 171 for nine.

Upper Haugh had a glimmer of hope with Whitley at 71 for three but this brought together Castle (59) and Jim Tasker (41) who took Whitley within sight of victory. Whitley won with18 overs to spare. Joshua Dobson made his first team debut in this match.




At Elsecar,  Sunday, 28th July, 2013

 Hallam 196-8 (45 overs) (Tasker 3-16)

Whitley Hall 172-7 (38 overs) (Longhurst 80 no; Alex Fletcher 28)


Whitley Hall won the Whitworth Cup for the seventh time when they beat Hallam at Elsecar thanks to a faster run-rate. When umpires Pete McDonald and Shaun Beer reluctantly accepted that the light had been too poor to play Whitley were 24 runs short of the Hallam score with three wickets and seven overs in hand.

Whitley had won the toss and put Hallam into bat.  Nick Dymock had scored 31 from 24 balls before being dismissed as Alex Fletcher took a catch off the bowling of Tom Fletcher. Fellow opener John Hayman fell in identical manner and spinner Jim Tasker proceeded to take out the middle order and leave Hallam struggling on 71 for five. Joe Cooper(61) joined Tasmanian Jesse Hemingway(43), and the pair rescued the innings with a patient stand of 92.  Their late acceleration, and a swift 20 in ten balls from James Smedley gave Hallam a respectable score of 196-8 from their 45 overs. Tasker (3-16) and Fletcher (2-26) were the pick of the Whitley bowlers.

Whitley soon lost the wicket of Chris Siddall, but Alex Fletcher joined Neil Longhurst and they looked in total command as the score reached 94. Humphrey Emery then had Fletcher and JacoCastle caught, Tasker fell to James Smedley,and Whitley were 101 for four. Longhurst continued to bat with authority but lost three partners as he steered the score to 172 for seven, at which point the umpires were compelled to abandoned the match in the poor light. Emery was the top Hallam bowler with 4-47.

Graham Swallow, Chairman of Elsecar, gave the Man of the Match award to Neil Longhurst,who batted through the Whitley for a total of 80 not out..

Whitley’s line-up: Neil Longhurst (80no); Chris Siddall (7); Alex Fletcher (28); Jaco Castle (4 & 2-60); Jim Tasker (0 & 3-16); Oliver Whittaker(12); Matt Milburn17); Chris Verity(1); Sam Chatterton (7no); James Ahmed (1-51); Tom Fletcher(2-26).



August 3rd 2013, v Houghton Main, home, match drawn

Houghton Main 248-9 (50 Overs) – (Longhurst 3-40)

Whitley Hall 240-5 (47.3 overs) (Castle 49, Siddall 41, Tasker 35 not out, Heathcote 33 not out).

A bitterly disappointing finale for Whitley, with the match being halted by rain when they need just nine runs to win with 2.3 overs remaining. Umpires Mo Raza and Stuart Trentham insisted the shower was too bad for play to continue, while Houghton skipper Ernie Heseltine felt it wouldn’t be in the best interests of his team, and that decision cost Whitley, second in the table, more vital points. Tasker and Heathcote certainly looked capable of getting the runs. However, bottom side Houghton Main had ensured that it was hard work for Whitley when the visitors batted, and yet again Whitley failed to get a side all out. For Houghton Brown and Sutton put on 77 for the 6th wicket, which proved significant. A couple of umpiring decisions affecting Whitley batsmen Alex Fletcher and Oliver Whittaker were controversial, but the home men simply had to grit their teeth and accept it wasn’t their day.


August 10th 2013. Whitley v Wath (away), Whitley won by 80 runs

Whitley Hall 272 for 8 (Milburn 60, Longhurst 82, Castle 52)

Watch 192 all out (Tasker 4-43, Longhurst 4-49)


August 17th 2013 Whitley Hall v Aston Hall (home), Match drawn (rain)

Whitley Hall 144 all out (Castle 60, Milburn 24, Tasker 20, Siddall 20)

Aston Hall 76-5 22.3 overs. (Ben Webster 3-18).

Sadly, the rain came just when the match was getting really interesting.


Whitley Colts tied with Harworth Collery in a very exciting match. Josh Singleton 4-39 and 31. It meant that Whitley were assured of winning the second division title.


August 24th 2013 Whitley Hall v Elsecar (away), Match drawn, No play –overnight rain made ground unfit


August 25th 2013. Whitley Hall v Streethouse (home),

Yorkshire Council Play-Offs (YC Championship –Premier), Quarter-final:

 Won by 140 runs

Whitley Hall 334-1 (45 overs) (Milburn 114, Sidall 102 no, Longhurst 96 no)

Streethouse 194 all out (44.4 overs) (Longhurst 4-23, Webster 2-20).

Matt Milburn and Chris Siddall put on 204 for the first wicket after Streethouse had put Whitley in, and when Milburn (114) went Siddall was on 82 not out –then Neil Longhurst came in and had reached 50 while Siddall added only two more runs! When Siddall reached his hundred, Longhurst was on 80; but Longhurst was denied a ton by just four runs when the overs ran out.  Longhurst claimed 4 for 23 as Streethouse were finally put out for 194, but the visitors from the Pontefract League never really went for the required runs and it all ended up a bit of a non-event, really.

*Premier Division leaders Wickersley docked 21 points after trouble at last Saty’s match with Whiston, and this means their lead over WHCC, which was 23 points, is down to 2 points, (Wickersley had previously been given a 21 pt deduction suspended for some earlier trouble, and this was brought into effect.)


August 31st 2013. Whitley Hall v Whiston PC (home), won by 6 wickets.

Whiston 215 all out (T. Fletcher 4-60, Castle 3-43, B. Webster 2-39)

Whitley Hall 219-4 (Milburn 68, J. Brown 31no, Longhurst 76).

Feature: Andy Tomlinson, Whiston’s top scorer with 70, fell to a terrific catch by Ben Webster on the boundary, off JacoCastle’s bowling; while later Tom Fletcher also took an excellent catch off his own bowling to end the Whiston innings.

*Prior to match photo session at the ground.

Although Wickersley win their match, they fail to bowl the opposition out, and as WHCC gained maximum points, the teams are now level on points at the top with two games remaining.

Premier Division   Top four

Wickersley P20 W18 L 2 D 0 BP30 Pen 21 99pts

Whitley H    20     15     1    4      16              99

Elsecar         20     14     5    1      24              96

Hallam         20     13     5    2      21              90




September 1st 2013. Whitley Hall v Townville CC (away),

Yorkshire Council Play-Offs (YC Championship –Premier), semi-final:

 Won by 144 runs.

Whitley Hall 268-6 (45 overs). (Longhurst 87, Castle 52, A. Fletcher 45 no, Milburn 28).

Townville 124 all out (29.2 overs). (Castle 4-21, Tasker 3-14), T. Fletcher 3-42).


September 7th 2013. Whitley Hall v Treeton (away), Drawn (rain)

Treeton 248 for 9 (Tom Fletcher 3-45, Castle 2-65).

Whitley Hall 159-4 (Jaco Castle 79 not out, J Tasker 27).

Yet again rain frustrated Whitley when a win looked probable. The irony was that, as Elsecar beat Wickersley on the same day, Elsecar took over as leaders –and they only need to win their final game next Saturday to seal the title.


September 8th. Whitley Hall v Elsecar (at Ackworth CC),

Yorkshire Council Championship final: won by two wickets.

Elsecar 170-9 (Rana 61no; Ben Webster 3-39, Tom Fletcher 2-27, Longhurst 2-37).

Whitley Hall  173-8 (A. Fletcher 57).

There were several heroes in this Whitley triumph, but captain Alex Fletcher played the innings that swung the match, and he did it just when it looked as if the day would end in disappointment for the Ecclesfield side. At 91 for six in reply to Elsecar’s 170, the outlook appeared gloomy, but the captain’s 57 off 60 balls (including six sixes) brought the smiles back, though, at the end, Alex admitted that a piece of true sportsmanship by Elsecar’s Jason Meadows during his knock was significant in that he refused to claim Fletcher’s wicket when he was seemingly out but Jason knew he wasn’t.  Elsecar’s consolation came in the following week when they finished top of the South Yorkshire League’s Premier Division.


Ainsley Swallow      b Ben Webster             11

Jason Meadows      lbw b Ben Webster          6

Glenn Yates              b Ben Webster               7

Danial Rafiq           c&b Tom Fletcher          16

Ian Swallow (c) c M Milburn, b T Fletcher     7

Luke Townsend c J.Brown, b N. Longhurst  31

Shahzad Rana               not out                       61

Rob Jones      c A. Fletcher, b N.Longhurst     6

Andrew Joburns (w) run out (J.Tasker)           1

Iftikhar Afzal        run out                                0

Jack Shutt              not out                                1

Extras (4b,19w)                                              23

Total         (for 9 wkts, 45 overs)                  170

Fall Of Wickets: 18-1  Jason Meadows (Ainsley Swallow -10*) ; 27-2  Glenn Yates (Ainsley Swallow -10*) ; 51-3  Ainsley Swallow (Danial Rafiq -16*) ; 57-4  Danial Rafiq (Ian Swallow -6*) ; 62-5  Ian Swallow (Luke Townsend -4*) ; 127-6  Luke Townsend (Shahzad Rana -32*) ; 148-7  Rob Jones (Shahzad Rana -41*) ; 155-8  Andrew Joburns (Shahzad Rana -47*); 161-9  Iftikhar Afzal (Shahzad Rana -53*)


Tom Fletcher      9    1    27    2

Ben Webster       9    0    39    3

Jim Tasker          9    0    25    0

Jaco Castle          9    1    38    0

Neil Longhurst    9    0    37    2


Whitley Hall

Neil Longhurst    b Iftikhar Afzal            25

Matt Milburn       b Shahzad Rana             4

James Brown        Run Out                      26

JacoCastle          lbw b Townsend             5

Jim Tasker          lbw b J Meadows            9

Alex Fletcher C  b Shahzad Rana            57

Oliver Whittaker b J. Meadows                  0

Chris Verity c Joburns b S. Rana                7

Sam Chatterton   not out                             8

Tom Fletcher      not out                             8

Ben Webster   Did not bat

Extras (11 lb, 12w, 1nb)                            24

Total                (for 8 wkts, 44 overs)      173


Fall Of Wickets:  22-1  Matthew Milburn (Neil Longhurst -13*) ; 53-2  Neil Longhurst (James Brown (J) -10*) ;
70-3  Jaco Castle (James Brown (J) -22*) ; 81-4  James Brown (J) (Jim Tasker -5*) ;
91-5  Jim Tasker (Alex Fletcher -6*) ; 91-6  Oliver Whittaker (Alex Fletcher -6*) ;
147-7  Chris Verity (Alex Fletcher -50*) ; 156-8  Alex Fletcher (Sam Chatterton -0*)

Alex Fletcher 6 sixes in his 57 off 60 balls.

Bowling: Rana 9-4-27-3; Jones 5-0-25-0; Townsend 9-2-27-1; Afzal 7-0-25-1; Meadows 7-2-24-2; Shutt 7-2-34-0.



September 14 2013, Whitley Hall v Norton Oakes (Home), won by 73 runs.

Whitley Hall 266 for 8 (Sam Chatterton 97, JacoCastle 86, Oliver Warren 23no)

Norton Oakes 193 all out (Tasker 6 for 66).

Sam Chatterton and JacoCastle put on 149 for the third wicket.

Victory was not enough to snatch the top spot in the Premier League, for, as expected, Elsecar won their match at Wath comfortable and so became champions.



SYL Premier Division 2013 P w l d BP Pen Pts
Elsecar 22 16 5 1 28 0 110
Whitley Hall 22 16 1 5 18 0 108
Wickersley OV 22 19 3 0 32 21 106
Hallam 22 14 6 2 25 0 99
Whiston PC 22 10 11 1 25 0 77
Treeton 22 11 7 4 12 0 75
Aston Hall 22 8 12 2 16 0 60
Norton Oakes 22 8 12 2 13 0 57
Wath 22 8 14 0 8 0 48
Coal Aston 22 5 16 1 10 0 37
Upper Haugh 22 4 17 1 5 0 27
Houghton Main 22 2 17 3 1 0 17

Performances of note 2013

First XI


173 not out, Chris Siddall v Coal Aston (a), April 20

148 not out, JacoCastle v Elsecar (h), June 8

114 Matt Milburn v Streethouse (h), YC P-O, August 25

110 not out, JacoCastle v Wath (a), Whitworth Cup, June 23

102 not out, Chris Siddall v Streethouse (h), YC P-O, August 25

97 Sam Chatterton v Norton Oakes (h), Sept 14

96 not out, Neil Longhurst, v Streethouse (h), YC P-O, August 25

94 Alex Fletcher v Elsecar (h), June 8

87 JacoCastle v Hallam (h), July 20

87 Neil Longhurst v Townville (a), YC P-O, Sept 1

86 JacoCastle v Norton Oakes (h), Sept 14

85, JacoCastle v Hallam (a), May 4

84 not out, Chris Siddall v Norton Oakes (a), June 29

82 Neil Longhurst vWath (a), August 10

80 not out, Neil Longhurst vHall, Whitworth Cup, July 28

80 not out, Jim Tasker v Wath (a), Whitworth Cup, June 23

79 not out, JacoCastle v Treeton (a), Sept 7

77 Jaco  Castle v Elsecar (h), Whitworth Cup, June 16

76 Neil Longhurst v Whiston (h), August 31



7-48 Jaco  Castle v Upper Haugh (a), July 27

6-66 Jim Tasker v Norton Oakes (h), Sept 14

5-15 Jaco  Castle v Wath (h), May 25

5-30 Jim Tasker v Hallam (h), July 20

5-31 Tom Fletcher v Upper Haugh (h), May 11


2nd XI


148 not out, Matt Milburn v Thorncliffe (h), President’s Trophy, June 9

113, Matt Milburn v Doncaster Town B (h). May 18

110, James Ahmed v Wickersley B(h), May 4

97 not out, James Brown v Millhouses (h), President’s Trophy, June 30


5-22 Oliver Whittaker v Thorncliffe (a), Aug 17

5-23 Aaron Whitehead v Frecheville (h), June 29


Averages 2013

First XI

Batting                       Inns   NO    Runs    HS      Av

Jaco Castle                  19       3       1085    148*   67.81

Chris Siddall               20       2         707    173*   39.28

Neil Longhurst            13       1         382     82     31.83

Jim Tasker                   19       3         411    49     25.69

Sam Chatterton           12       4         203    97     25.38

Matt Milburn              12        0         243    68     20.25

Alex Fletcher               15        3         219    94     18.25


Bowling                   Overs  Maidens  Runs  Wkts    Av      Best

Jim Tasker              198.5        31        734      43       17.07   6-66

Tom Fletcher          170.4        41         561     27       20.78   5-31

Jaco Castle             212.0         34        947      42       22.55    7-48


Second XI

Batting                       Inns   NO   Runs    HS     Av

Oliver Whittaker         5        0       210      64     42.00

Matt Milburn               9        0       357     113    39.67

Roy Sanderson            14       7       268      39*   38.29

Chris Verity                 20       2       470      61*   26.11

Oliver Warren             18       1       352      50*   20.71

Adrian Tazzyman        19       1       346      64     19.22

Tim Wadsworth           19       1       248      64     13.78


Bowling                    Overs  Maidens  Runs    Wkts    Av      Best

Biswick Kapala         159.1      22         632         27      23.41   3-18

Joe Chatterton          181.5      27         660         26      25.38   4-58   

Roy Sanderson                                                                           3-23

Liam Bacon                                                                                 4-27

Alistair Riddle                                                                             4-24

Aaro Whitehead                                                                          5-23

Oliver Whittaker                                                                         5-22    




In 2014 the 1st XI finished second in the Premier Division of the South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League, won the Whitworth Cup, and reached the Yorkshire Council play-off final. The 2nd XI won promotion from Division 2 of the SYSCL, and the Whitley Colts won promotion from Division One of the South Yorkshire Alliance –the third season running that they have moved up a grade! (see more details in 2014 Review). Note that at the end of the season Alex Fletcher announced that he was standing down as skipper.

 Summary of results (see also separate 2014 Review)

1st XI : South Yorkshire Senior League Premier Division –finished 2nd P22 W13 L4 D5 BP18  93 pts


Apr  19   Aston Hall      (a)  Whitley Hall 224-8, Aston Hall 225-3. Lost by 7 wkts.

        26   Tickhill            (h)   Whitley Hall 242-5, Tickhill 136. Won by 106 runs.

Match sponsor: Crampton & Moore. Ball sponsor: P & A Johnson.

May   3   Wath               (a) Whitley Hall 148, Wath 150-5. Lost by 5 wickets

         10  Norton Oakes (h)    Match Off – ground unfit (rain)

Match sponsor: Copier Systems. Ball sponsor: P. Shaw

         17  Elsecar             (a) Elsecar 111 all out (Tasker 6-27); WHCC 116-4 (Castle 42 no). Won by 6 wkts.

         24  Treeton            (h) Match off –rain.

Match sponsor: D. Hall. Ball sponsor: Stuart Offiler.

         31  Hallam             (a)  Hallam 196-8 (B. Webster 6-49), WHCC 200-7. Won by 3 wickets.

June    7  Darfield         (h)   Match off –rain.

Match sponsor: Stringer family. Ball sponsor: P. Shaw.

         14  Coal Aston      (a)   Coal Aston 160 (Castle 4-44), WHCC 161-3 (Longhurst 64 no).  WHCCWon by 7 wkts

         21  Whiston            (h) Whiston 164 all out; WHCC 168-1 (Siddall 84 not out). WHCC won by 9 wickets.

…………………………………………………..Match sponsor: Paul Balme. Ball sponsor: K. Mills.

         28  Wickersley       (a)   WHCC 157, Wickersley 159-2. WHCC 1st XI lost by 8 wkts.

July    5   Aston Hall       (h) Aston H 128 (Castle 6-53), WHCC 129-3. WHCC won by 7 wickets.

……………………………………………..Match sponsor: SIG Ltd. Ball sponsor: Keith & Linda Farnsworth.

         12  Tickhill             (a)  WHCC 287-6 (Longhurst 104), Tickhill 162 (Tasker 6-44). WHCC won by 125 runs.

         19  Wath                 (h)   Cancelled. Rain.

……………………………Match sponsor: Magna Plant. Ball sponsor: B & D Webster

         26  Norton Oakes   (a)   WHCC 256-6 (Tasker 83, S. Chatterton 76); Norton  152 (Castle 4-40, Tasker 3-15).

Whitley beat Norton Oakes by 104 runs

Aug    2  Elsecar(h)  WHCC 290-9 (Castle 77, Longhurst 76); Elsecar 196-9 (Tasker 5-57). WHCC won by 94 runs.

……………………………………Match sponsor: Des Childs. Ball sponsor: Christine Childs.

           9  Treeton             (a)  Treeton 179-9 (Tasker 4-31); Whitley 126 (Milburn 41). Lost by 53 runs.

         16  Hallam              (h)   WHCC 266-6 (Castle 73, A. Fletcher 72*); Hallam 261 (Tasker 4-53, Castle 4-57)

Whitley won by 5 runs with four balls to spare. Qualified for the YC play-offs.

……………………………….Match sponsor: Paul Balme. Ball sponsor: D & C Bradshaw.

         23  Darfield             (a)   WHCC 229-6 (Castle 114 not out). Darfield 211-8.  WHCC won by 18 runs

         30  Coal Aston        (h)   Coal Aston 213-8 (Tasker 6-55); Whitley 214-2 (29.5 overs) Won by 8 wkts.

…………………………………………………..Match sponsor: G. Fisher Transport. Ball sponsor: Sheaf Sports.

Sept    6  Whiston            (a)  Whitley 213-4 dec (Castle 70 no, Longhurst 40). Abandoned- rain.

         13  Wickersley        (h)   Wickersley 230; Whitley Hall 231-5 (Longhurst 69). Won by 5 wkts.

…………………………………………………….Match sponsor: G. Dixon. Ball sponsor: G.Dixon.


Whitworth Cup

May  18  Hallam (a) Hallam 105; WHCC 1st XI 111-3. Won by 7 wickets!

……………….Match at Hallam postponed on original date of May 11th owing wet weather

July    6   Semi-final (h)    v Whiston PC. Whiston 164; WHCC 168-1 (Siddall 84no). Won by 9 wkts.

         27   Final. v Treeton (at Aston Hall).    Treeton 199 (Castle 5-38); WHCC 202-2 (Siddall 88 no, Longhurst 63). Whitley won by 8 wickets.

Yorkshire Council Play-offs.

Aug 24    quarter-final. Elsecar (h) WHCC 273-8 (Castle 80, Siddall 77). Elsecar 141 (Tasker 4-52, T. Fletcher 2-24, Longhurst 2-25). Whitley Hall won  by 132 runs.

Aug 31 semi-final. Treeton (h). Treeton 166-8; WHCC 169-4 (Siddall 73 no). Won by 6 wickets.

Sept 7 Final. Townville (at Tickhill). Whitley 167-9; Townville 168-6.   Lost by 4 wickets.

SYCL Stafforce 20/20

May 15   Frecheville (a)    WHCC 171-7; Frecheville 155-7. WHCC won by 16 runs.

June 13  Treeton (h)     Treeton 148-6 (Foster  51); WHCC 137-6. Treeton won by 11 runs.



South Yorkshire Senior League Division Two

Apr  19   Aston Hall  (h)  Aston Hall 197-9; Whitley Hall 164. Lost by 33 runs.

Match sponsor: G. Fisher Transport. Ball sponsor: Last Orders.

        26   Bradfield     (a) Bradfield 177-8; Whitley Hall 135-6. Lost by 42 runs.

May   3   Rotherham Phoenix (h) Whitley Hall 195-9; Phoenix 199-2. Lost by 8 wickets.

         10   Doncaster Town       (a)   Match off

         17   Elsecar                      (h)  WHCC 2nds 214-7 (Verity 115), Elsecar 197  (Kapala 5-49). WH Won by 7 runs.

Match sponsor: A & K Tazzyman. Ball sponsor: A & K Tazzyman.

         24   Oughtibridge            (a)  Match off –rain

         31   Sheffield United       (h) WHCC 2nds 70 all out, Sheff United 2nds 71-1. WH lost by 9 wkts.

Match sponsor: Last Orders. Ball sponsor: Copier Systems.

June    7   Rotherham Town    (a)   Match off -rain.

         14   Warmsworth   (h)  Warmsworth 132, WHCC 2nd XI 135-6. WHCC won by 4 wickets.

Match sponsor: Beauty & Tanning Studio. Ball sponsor: Chapeltown Garden Services.

         21   Maltby MW  (a) WHCC 2nds 194-7 (Verity 67); Maltby 132 all out. WHCC won by 62 runs.

         28   Wickersley (h) Wickersley 2nds: 147, WHCC 2nds 149-4 (Warren 54no), WHCC Won by 6 wkts

Match sponsor: G.Fisher Transport.  Ball sponsor: Stuart Offiler.

July    5   Aston Hall  (a) Aston H 219-6 (Younis 4-42); WHCC 2nds 176-8 (Verity 60). Lost by 43 runs.

         12   Bradfield  (h)  WHCC 2nds 186-7 (Verity 65), Bradfield 190-5. Lost by 5 wickets. 

Match Sponsor: Red Lion.  Ball Sponsor: Pete’s Chippy.

         19   Rotherham Phoenix  (a)    Cancelled. Rain.

         26   Doncaster Town    (h)   Doncaster 161-8 (Kapala 4-42); WHCC 2nds 163-5 (Dobson 61, J. Ahmed 52no). WHCC 2nd XI won by 5 wickets.

Match Sponsor: G. Fisher Transport.  Ball Sponsor: G. Dixon.

Aug    2   Elsecar(a)  Elsecar 2nds 170; WHCC 2nds 171-5 (J Ahmed 64, Muzawazi 58).  won by five wickets.

           9   Oughtibridge (h)    Oughtibridge 120 (Wragg 4-16); WHCC 122-2 (Verity 58*, Wadsworth 57*)

WHCC 2nds won by 8 wickets.

Match Sponsor: Titan Interiors. Ball Sponsor: Roy Womack.

         16   Sheffield United         (a)  Sheff United 96 (Younis 3-28, J. Chatterton 4-24), WHCC 97-0.

Whitley Hall 2nds won by ten wickets.

         23   Rotherham Town      (h)  Rotherham 135 (Sanderson 3-13); WHCC 2nds 136-3 (Wragg 55 no).    Whitley Hall 2nds won by seven wickets.

Match Sponsor: Titan Interiors. Ball Sponsor: Mary Burkinshaw

         30   Warmsworth              (a)  WHCC 2nds 123-8; Warmsworth 127-4. Lost by 6 wickets.

Sept    6   Maltby MW               (h)  Maltby 193-5; WHCC 2nds 27-2.  Abandoned -rain.

Match Sponsor: MKM Building. Ball Sponsor: P & J Nicholson.

         13   Wickersley                  (a)   WHCC 2nds 263-4; Wickerley 2nds 199-8. WHCC won by 64 runs

Result meant that WHCC 2nd XI promoted from Division Two.


President’s Trophy

May    4   Thorpe Hesley           (h)  Thorpe Hesley 202, WHCC 2nds 193-9. Thorpe won by 9 runs.

Match sponsor: G. Fisher Transport. Ball sponsor: G. Fisher Transport.




South Yorks Alliance Division One

April 21     Caribbean            (h*)  Caribbean 177 (Miller 73; J.Singleton 4-40); WHCC  78-3. Rain. Abandoned.

Match sponsor: Beauty & Tanning Studio. Ball sponsor: Pete’s Chippy.

          26     Hatfield Main      (a)   Cancelled: Ground unfit (rain).

May    3     Shiregreen  (h)  Shiregreen 127 (Riddle 4-24), WHCC 131-8 (J. Singleton 45no). Won by 2 wkts

            5     Scholes (h*) WHCC 187-8 (Windle 54), Scholes 128 (Matt Brown 5-35).

Match sponsor: Singleton’s Transport. Ball sponsor: F&J Dobson.

          10    Hampole & Skelbrooke   (h)     Match off: ground unfit.

          17   Tinsley   (h) Tinsley 94; Whitley Colts 75. Tinsley won by 19 runs.

          24    Brookhouse  (a)  Match off -rain

          26    Wickersley  (h*)  Whitley Colts 164 (K.Brown 50not out). Match abandoned -rain!

Match sponsor: J & P Bethel. Ball sponsor: J & P Bethel.

          31    Hatfield Main  (h)  Hatfield Main 88 all out. Whitley Colts 89-2. Won by 8 wickets.

June    7   Adwick on Dearne(a)    Match off –rain.

          21   Eden Grove           (h) WHCC Colts 211-4 (J.Dobson 51); Eden Grove 133-7. WHCC won by 78 runs.

          28   Hampole & Skelbrooke   (a)    Match off –rain.

 July 13  Brookhouse  (h)* WHCC Colts 234-4 (Warren 106 not out), Brookhouse 238-4 (Hicks 147*). Lost by 6 wickets.

           19  Eden Grove (a)   Cancelled. Rain.

           26  Shiregreen (a)  Shiregree 207-9; WHCC Colts 197 (J. Dobson 82). Lost by 10 runs.

Aug      2  Caribbean (a) Caribbean 17 all out (Wragg 5-10); WHCC Colts 18-0. Won by 10 wickets.

          16   Harworth  (a)  WHCC Colts 159-6 (Windle 75*), Harworth 112 (J. Singleton 6-10).

Whitley Colts won by 47 runs.

          23   Harworth               (h)   Harworth 92, WHCC Colts 95-0. Won by 10 wickets.

          25  Adwick on Dearne (h*)     OFF –rain.

Match Sponsor: CPD Distribution. Ball Sponsor: Beauty & Tanning Studio.

          30  Scholes                    (a)  WHCC Colts 84 (Singleton 26), Scholes 75 (Singleton 5-22). Won by 9 runs.

Sept    6  Wickersley              (a)                            Abandoned halfway through –rain.

           27           Tinsley                    (a)     Tinsley 68 all out, WHCC Colts 69-3. Won by 7 wkts –

Colts Promoted!


Billy Oates Cup

June 22   Houghton Main (h)*  Houghton 236-5;  Whitley Colts 141 (Windle 34, Warren 26). Lost by 96 runs. Houghton used four or five 1st team players while Whitley has nine juniors in action.

July 13

Aug 3

  • *These home games played at Whitley; the other home games at Davy United.


Review of the season 2014

The 1st XI finished second in the Premier Division of the South Yorkshire Senior Cricket League, won the Whitworth Cup, and reached the Yorkshire Council play-off final. The 2nd XI won promotion from Division 2 of the SYSCL, and the Whitley Colts won promotion from Division One of the South Yorkshire Alliance –the third season running that they have moved up a grade!

WHCC were on the wrong end of what many regarded as the first Premier Division shock on the opening day (April 19) of the season at Green Lane, with Aston Hall winning by seven wickets –the first time WHCC had started with a defeat for six years. Whitley chose to bat first and openers Matt Milburn (32) and Chris Siddall (32) added 58 for the first wicket. South African Jaco Castle made 42, while James Brown (24 not out) and Sam Chatterton(30) shared a brisk stand of 52 for the eighth wicketas Whitley finished on 224 for 8. In Aston’s reply, Matthew Cartwright (99 not out) batted tenaciously in an innings that featured 14 fours and included an unbeaten fourth-wicket stand of 79 with Amir Riaz (53 not out) as Aston sealed victory with 16 balls to spare.

Meanwhile, at Baxter Field, visitors Aston Hall B batted first, and Matt Sheppard (39) and Kieren Gray (54) helped them to a total 197 for 9. Liam Bacon (3-47) and Aaron Whitehead (2-25) were the leading home bowlers. When Whitley 2nds slumped to 78 for 6 in their reply, the situation looked desperate, but veteran Roy Sanderson (33) and Liam Bacon (54 not out) joined forces to add 72 for the seventh wicket and provide Whitley with a point when the innings closed at 164 for 8. Bacon hit three fours and five sixes and was Whitley’s Man of the Match.

Whitley’s Colts started their season on Easter Monday (April 21) with a South Yorkshire Alliance Division One date with Carribean at Baxter Field, but though there was a sunny spell during one phase of the match in the end the rain came and brought it to a premature end with 22 overs still left. Caribbean made 177 (Josh Singleton 4-40 in 11 overs), and Whitley were 78 for three when the umpires abandoned play.

Saturday April 26 2014. Whitley Hall‘s home match with newly-promoted Tickhill went ahead after a short delay owing to rain, and, though reduced to 44 overs, was completed without any further problems. Whitley won by 106 runs with 5.2 overs to spare. Put in to bat, Whitley made 242 for five (Alex Fletcher 48, Chris Siddall 45, Matt Milburn 41, Steve Bethel* 38 not out, Jim Tasker 35).  Skipper Fletcher’s innings featured 4 sixes and 2 fours; Milburn two sixes and 6 fours; and Siddall 5 fours. Tickhill replied with 136, the introduction of two youngster, James Brown and Aaron Whitehead made the difference in the later stages. ( Jaco Castle 5-1-8-0; Tom Fletcher 9-3-24-1; Ben Webster 7-0-22-2; Jim Tasker 4-0-26-0; James Brown 5.4-1-24-4; Aaron Whitehead 4-0-30-3).

*Steve Bethel made a surprise return to the team after Liam Heathcote suffered a recurrence of an old shoulder injury and was unavailable for selection. Whitley’s 2nd XI went down by 42 runs at Bradfield. Bradfield made177-8 (Paul Garnett 62. Liam Bacon 10-1-42-3; Alistair Riddle 4-1-16-0; Biswick Kapala 8-0-34-1; Joe Chatterton 13-5-31-2; Joe Webster 5-0-20-0; Roy Sanderson 6-0-25-2). Whitley replied with 135-6 (Biswick Kapala 43no, Chris Verity 33).

Whitley Hall Colts’ match at Hatfield Main was cancelled (rain).

On Wednesday April 30, WHCC were scheduled to play at Frecheville in the 20-20 Cup, but the rain came and it was a wash-out.


Saturday May 3. Whitley visitedWath, lost the toss, did not bat as well as they should and having set the home side a relatively modest total to chase, lost the game by five wickets. Here is the report that appeared on the League website:

Wath are emerging as surprise package of the Premier Division this season, and top the grade by five points after a third successive victory. They faced a Whitley Hall team whose form must be concerning supporters as they slumped to a second defeat of the season, having lost just one game during the entire 2013 campaign.

Wath invited Whitley to bat first and the Wizards soon found themselves 34 for three. A fifth wicket partnership between South Africa Jaco Castle (33) and Jim Tasker took the score to 104 for five, and the innings eventually closed at 148, Tasker having defended to the end with 49 not out. Derek Mitchell removed the Whitley middle order with three for 52 and Rob Barlow tidied up the tail with three for 37.

Wath were not without problems and the innings struggled to 89 for 5, at which point 15 year old youngster Harvey Wootton (26 not out) joined opener Mitchell (62 not out) and the duo were still in possession when the winning total was reached.

Whitley Hall 148 (Tasker 49 not out, Castle 33, S.Bethel 18). 46.3 overs.

Wickets fell at 8, 22, 34, 66, 104, 126, 126, 141, 142, and 148.

Wath 150-5. (Mitchell 62not out, Hibbett 27; Castle 12.3-1-73-2; T. Fletcher 3-1-15-0; Tasker 13-3-28-2; B. Webster 6-1-20-1; J. Brown 2-0-90). 36.3 overs.

The following day the 2nd XI began their defence of the President’s Trophy they had won in 2013, but, sadly, when entertaining the newly-amalgamated Thorpe Hesley & High Green they lost by nine runs –paying for some poor play with bat and ball. They had Thorpe reduced to 51-5 at one stage, but let them off the hook so that they ended up making 202. When Whitley batted, they didn’t exploit the opposition bowling in the early stages, and, but for a sterling 40 from Roy Sanderson might not have got as close to the target as they did. Sanderson, who came in at 99-5, showed the right kind of spirit, sharing useful stands with Wadsworth and Sorsby, but the need to step up the scoring rate increased the risk of giving easy catches –and that’s what happened.

Sunday May 4th 2014. President’s Trophy. WHCC 2nds v Thorpe & High Green.

Thorpe Hesley 202 all out (Ashley Reynolds 78, Iain MacDonald 31; L. Bacon 8.3-1-38-2; A. Whitehead 9-1-37-4; J. Webster 9-4-19-1; J. Chatterton 9-4-22-0; C. Wragg 5-0-38-0; R.Sanderson 4-0-34-3). 44.3 overs. Note: Thorpe were 51-5 at one stage.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI 193-9 (Roy Sanderson 40, Chris Verity 25, Biswick Kapala 20, Tim Wadsworth 19, Joe Chatterton 19 not out. Steer 4-35). 45 overs.

Thorpe won by nine runs.

Thursday May 15th 2014. Frecheville v Whitley Hall 1st XI (South Yorkshire 20-20).

Whitley won toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall 171-7 ( M. Milburn 33, A. Fletcher 31, S. Chatterton 37, C. Verity 27). 20 overs.

Frecheville 155-7 (Ratcliffe 53, Bardwell 44; B. Webster 2-18, Muzawazi 2-37. Note: Sam Chatterton took three catches and made two stumpings.) 20 overs.

Whitley Hall won by 16 runs.


Saturday May 17th 2014. Elsecar 1st XI v WHCC 1st XI.

Whitley Hall won the toss and chose to bowl.

Elsecar 111 all out ( Jason Meadows 31; Tom Fletcher 9-2-36-2;Jaco Castle 8-2-23-1; Ben Webster 8-1-21-1; Jim Tasker 10.3-2-27-6. 35.3 overs.)

Whitley Hall 116-4 ( Matt Milburn 11, Chris Siddall 26, Steve Bethel 13, Jaco Castle 42 no out. 22.1 overs.)

Whitley Hall 1st XI won by six wickets!

WHCC 2nds v Elsecar 2nds.

Whitley 2nds won the toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall 2nds: 214 for 7 ( Chris Verity 115, Tim Wadsworth 24, Roy Sanderwson 24, Charlie Wragg 20. 46 overs)

Elsecar 2nds: 197 all out ( Adrian Meadows 55, David Handley 85 not out. Biswick Kapala 8.5-0-49-5; Alistair Riddle 3-0-17-0; Joe Chatterton 13-1-54-2; Roy Sanderson 13-2-28-2; Joe Webster 5-1-33-1. 42.5 overs.)

Whitley Hall 2nd wons by 17 runs!

Sunday May 18th 2014. Hallam v WHCC 1st XI (Whitworth Cup QF).

Hallam 105 all out ( Longhurst 6.2-0-19-3; B. Webster 9-3-20-2; T. Fletcher 9-2-18-2; J. Castle 7-2-20-2; J. Tasker 9-0-25-0. 40.2 overs).

WHCC 111-3 (Longhurst 39, Castle 39 not out, Tasker 16. 23 overs).

Whitley won by seven wickets

Saturday May 24th 2014

1st XI v Treeton, 2nd XI at Oughtibridge,, and Colts at Brookhouse –all off because of rain.

Saturday May 31st 2014.

WHCC 1st XI beat Hallam by 3 wickets with 2 balls to spare at Sandygate.

WHCC won toss and chose to bowl.

Hallam: 196-8 (Marcroft 53, Williams 41.  Ben Webster 12-4-49-6; Tom Fletcher 6-1-21-0; Jim Tasker 8-1-30-0; Jaco Castle 13-3-46-1; James Brown 6-1-15-0; Neil Longhurst 5-2-31-1). 50overs.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 200-7 (Chris Siddall 63, Jaco Castle 42, Alex Fletcher 28; Cooper 2-63, Mountjoy 2-39). 49.4 overs. At 30-2 Siddall was joined by Castle and they added 93 for third wicket.

WHCC 2nds v Sheffield United 2nds (home). Sheffield United won toss and chose to bowl.

Whitley Hall 2nds: 70 all out in 27 overs (Sam Chatterton top scored with 15, followed by Charlie Wragg 10 and Roy Sanderson 10; for Sheff United Sam Bowden claimed 4-15, Ben Jenkinson 3-20). Sheffield United 2nds then hit 71 for one (Daniel Harley 47no) in 21.1 overs to beat Whitley by 9 wickets. For Whitley the bowling figures were: Biswick Kapala 5-1-20-0; Aaron Whitehead 7-2-20-1; Roy Sanderson 4-1-5-0; Doug Muzawazi 3.1-0-9-0; Oliver Warren 2-0-16-0).

Whitley Colts v Hatfield Main 1st XI (home).  Whitley Colts won toss and put Hatfield Main 1st XI in, dismissing them for 88 all out in 30.5 overs. Main bowling figures: Mohsin Ahmed 4-3-1-3; Matt Brown 6.5-0-26-3; Alistair Riddle 7-3-9-1; Josh Dobson 4-0-13-2. 30.5. Whitley Colts then responded with 89 for 2 in 33.2 overs (Nelson Windle 36, Nick Lowe 31) to win by eight wickets.

Friday June 13th. South Yorkshire League 20-20. WHCC v Treeton. Match completed at Baxter Field at the third attempt.

Treeton 148-6 (Steve Foster 51, Greg Norton 33; Chris Siddall 3-0-29-2; James Brown 4-0-20-2; Doug Muzawazi 1-0-15-0; Jim Tsasker 4-0-32-1; Ben Webster 4-0-17-1; Neil Longhurst 4-0-23-0.) 20 overs. Fall: 1-1, 59-2, 66-3, 117-4; 128-5; 140-6.

Whitley Hall 137-6 ( Matt Milburn 22, Jim Tasker 32, Chris Siddall 31; Norton 2-17). 20 overs.

Fall: 38-1; 39-2; 55-3; 103-4; 105-5; 126-6.

Treeton won by 11 runs

Saturday June 14th 2014. Coal Aston v Whitley Hall 1st XI.

Whitley Hall 1st XI won by seven wickets.

WHCC won the toss and chose to bowl.

Coal Aston 160 (Liam Johnson 58; Ben Webster 8-2-25-1; Tom Fletcher 7-1-19-1; Aaron Whitehead 4-0-14-0; Jaco Castle 9.3-1-44-4; Jim Tasker 13-2-30-2; Neil Longhurst 7-1-21-2. 48.3 overs.

Whitley Hall 1st XI 161 for 3 (Neil Longhurst 64 not out; Jaco Castle 29; Matt Milburn 25, Jim Tasker 22 not out.). 37.4 overs.

WHCC 2nd XI v Warmsworth (h).

WHCC 2nds won toss and chose to bowl.

Warmsworth 132 all out (Chris Hadley 45, Graeme Worth 21. Liam Bacon 8.3-2-33-1; Biswick Kapala 11-1-26-2; Roy Sanderson 13-7-22-4; Doug Muzawazi 3-0-13-0; Joe Chatterton 8-3-27-3; Joe Webster 1-1-0-0.) 44.3 overs. Warmsworth lost 3 wickets on 92 and 5 wickets while the score moved from 90 to 92.

WHCC 2nds 135-6 (Tim Wadsworth 22, Chris Verity 18, Doug Muzawazi 29, Biswick Kapal 22 not out, Tom Sorsby 17 not out). 43.5 overs.

WHCC 2nds XI won by four wickets.

Saturday June 21st 2014. Whitley Hall 1st XI v Whiston

Whitley Hall 1st XI won by 9 wickets

Whiston: 164 all out (Simon Potter 57; Ben Webster 6.1-0-29-3; Tom Fletcher 10-1-40-1; Jim Tasker 8.5-1-37-3; Jaco Castle 8-0-34-0; James Brown 6-1-12-2). 39.5 overs.

WHCC 1st XI: 168-1 (Chris Siddall 84 not out; Matt Milburn 63). 25.1 overs.

Milburn 8 x 4s, 4 x 6s; Siddall 17 x 4s. They put on 111 for the first wicket.

Ben Webster, who claimed three early wickets, suffered an injury while fielding, and was unable to complete his 7th over. After one ball in that over, Doug Muzawazi took over (0.5-0-5-0). Ben subsequently retired from the field and James Ahmed substituted.

Maltby MW v WHCC 2nd XI

Whitley Hall 2nd XI won by 62 runs!

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 194-7 (Roy Sanderson 49, Chris Verity 67). 46 overs.

Maltby MW: 132 all out (Joe Chatterton 13-5-19-3; Liam Bacon 10.1-2-25-3; Biswick Kapala 6-0-28-1; Charlie Wragg 2-0-9-0; Roy Sanderson 6-2-30-0; Joe Webster 5-1-21-3.

Whitley Colts v Eden Grove

Whitley Colts: 211 for 4 (Frank Dobson 51; Elliott Ashton 42; Nelson Windle 34; Mohsin Ahmed 36; James Battersby 12 not out).

Eden Grove 133 for 7 (Alistair Riddle 11-1-26-4; Josh Singleton 11-4-24-2; Charlie Poole 5-0-19-1).

Whitley Colts won by 78 runs!


Saturday June 28th 2014. Wickersley 1st XI v Whitley Hall 1st XI

Whitley Hall won the toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 157 all out ( Neil Longhurst 31, Jim Tasker 25, Ben Webster 23 not out, James Brown 21), 45.2 overs.

Wickersley 1st XI: 159-2 (Younis 45 not out, Harrison 40, Jahangir 45… Jaco Castle 9-0-44-1; Ben Webster 5-3-7-0; Jim Tasker 7.5-0-46-0; Tom Fletcher 7-1-26-1; Neil Longhurst 7-1-20-0; James Brown 4-0-12-0). 39.5 overs.

Wickersley won by eight wickets.


Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Wickersley 2nd XI

Wickersley 2nd XI won the toss and chose to bat.

Wickersley 2nd XI: 147 all out. (Raja 50. Liam Bacon 9-2-25-0; Biswick Kapala 9.3-2-44-5; Joe Chatterton 11-0-39-1; Inez Younis 12-1-35-4). 41.3 overs.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 149 for four. (Oliver Warren 54 not out, Charlie Wragg 27, James Ahmed 24).29.2 overs.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI won by six wickets.

Note: Inez Younis, aged 12, made his debut for WHCC 2nds, less than a week after his first appearance for the Colts.


Saturday July 5th 2014

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Aston Hall 1st XI

Aston Hall 1st XI: 128 (Azeem 37; Jaco Castle 13-2-53-6; Tom Fletcher 10-3-26-0; Neil Longhurst 4-0-014-0; Liam Bacon 5.3-1-27-3; Jim Tasker 4-0-8-1. 36.3 overs.

Whitley Hall1st XI: 129-3 (Chris Siddall 34 –8 x 4s, Neil Longhurst 42 –9 x 4s, Jaco Castle 43 not out –5 x 4s, Coulson 3-33). 20.1 overs.

Whitley Hall 1st XI won by seven wickets.


Aston Hall 2nds v Whitley Hall 2nds

Aston Hall won toss and chose to bat.

Aston Hall 2nds: 219 for 6 ( Todd Saxelby 82 not out, Tim Shaw 45; Inez Younis 13-3-42-4; Charlie Wragg 4-1-16-0; Biswick Kapala 11-2-38-1; Roy Sanderson 8-1-42-1; Joe Chatterton 7-0-49-0; Joe Webster 3-0-27-0.) 46 overs.

Whitley Hall 2nds: 176 for 8 (Chris Verity 60, Roy Sanderson 48 not out, Oliver Warren 25. Walker 4-47). 46 overs.

Aston Hall won by 43 runs.


Sunday July 6th 2014.

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Whiston PC (Whitworth Cup semi-final).

Whiston won the toss and chose to bat.

Whiston 1st XI: 183 for 9 (Andy Tomlinson 59; Tom Fletcher 9-1-27-2; Jaco Castle 6.4-1-21-3; James Brown 6-2-8-0; Liam Bacon 8-2-31-4; James Tasker 6-0-34-0; Neil Longhurst 6-0-40-0). 41.4 overs.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 184 for 1 (Neil Longhurst 97 not out, Matt Milburn 71). 24.5 overs.

Whitley Hall 1st XI won by nine wickets,


Saturday July 12th 2014

Tickhill v Whitley Hall 1st XI

Whitley won toss and chose to bat –not surprising in view of the fact that the skipper was enduring something of a hangover!

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 287 for 6 (Neil Longhurst 104, Chris Siddall 59). 50 overs. Note 40 extras, icluding 16 wides and 15 no-balls!

Tickhill: 162 all out (Ashley Fiddler 44; Jaco Castle 7-1-40-1; Tom Fletcher 12-5-29-3; James Brown 5-0-18-0; Jim Tasker 12-2-44-6; Chris Siddall 1-0-9-0; Neil Longhurst 3-1-15-0). 40 overs.

Whitley Hall 1st XI won by 125 runs.

Hot day.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Bradfield

Whitley Hall 2nd XI won toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 186 for 7 (Chris Verity 65, Biswick Kapala 33, Jimmy Ahmed 29). 46 overs.

Bradfield: 190 for 5 (Imran Khan 68; Biswick Kapala 8.1-2-37-1; Aaron Whithead 10-0-49-3; Charlie Wragg 3-0-12-0; Inez Younis 8-1-35-0; Joe Chatterton 9-2-36-1; Jimmy Ahmed 2-0-10-0; Joe Webster 2-0-9-0.) 42.1 overs.

Bradfield won by 5 wickets.

Sunday July 13th 2014

Whitley Hall Colts v Brookhouse 1st XI

Whitley Hall Colts: 234 for 4 (Oliver Warren 106 not out, Nelson Windle 62, Josh Dobson 46). 44 overs. Windle & Warren 98 for second wicket; Warren and Dobson 116 for third wicket.

Brookhouse 1st XI: 238 for 4 (Steve Hicks 147 not out; Mohsin Ahmed 3 for 49). 34.2 overs.

Brookhouse won by 6 wickets.

Brookhouse were 64 for 4 at one stage, but then the giant-sized Steve Hicks (he really is big) came in and showed our youngsters no mercy.  The Whitley team included nine juniors.

Saturday July 19th 2014.

Once again the weather dashed any hopes of the Whitley teams playing. Heavy overnight rain put the 1st XI match with Wath at Baxter Field in doubt, but at the scheduled starting time there was still a slim chance that the outfield would dry out, but then it began to rain again, and it persisted. The 2nd XI’s game at Phoenix and the Colts match at Eden Grove were also calledoff.

Saturday July26th 2014

Norton Oakes v Whitley Hall 1st XI.

Whitley Hall, captained by Jim Tasker in absence of Alex Fletcher (on holiday in Cornwall), won toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 256 for 6 (Jim Tasker 83, Sam Chatterton 76 –they took the score from 61 for 4 to 213 for 5, adding 152; Ledger 4-68). 50 overs.

Norton Oakes 1st XI: 152 all out (Matt Burgin 55, Chris Baker 44; Jaco Castle 10-1-40-4; Ben Webster 6-0-33-1; Tom Fletcher 6-1-30-1; Liam Bacon 6-0-29-1; Jim Tasker 7.4-1-15-3) 35.4 overs.

Whitley Hall 1st XI won by 104 runs.

This win put Whitley in second place, just a point off top place –and hot on the heels of new leaders Elsecar after they easily beat Norton Oakes at Oakes Park. Whitley chose to bat first, but it looked to have been the wrong decision when they slumped to 61 for four. However, wicketkeeper Sam Chatterton joined Jim Tasker, and they built a partnership of 152, at which point Tasker left for an impressive 83, including 12 fours. Chatterton stayed until he reached 76, with a boundary count of seven fours and three sixes. John Ledger bowled well for Norton claiming four for 68.

Norton’s innings followed a similar pattern with the score at 66 for four before Matthew Burgin (his 55 included 10 fours and a six) and Chris Baker (44) took up the cause. There was little afterwards and Norton were all out for 152. South African Jaco Castle bowled well to record four for 40 and Jim Tasker completed the task with three for 15.

Sunday July 27th 2014.


Chris Siddall reports on Whitley Hall’s eighth Whitworth Cup final triumph –the defeat of Treeton by 8 wickets at Aston Hall

It was nailed on from the start. The Wizards couldn’t lose. The moment the team-sheet was pinned to the notice board at Baxter Field with the name ‘Chris Verity’ clearly present, the Wizards knew it was in the bag. Chris “Ron Weasley” Verity holds the world record for the ratio of medals to cup appearances… and Sunday proved no different.

On a glorious afternoon at Aston Hall, armed with their lucky loom-bands from Millie Bethel, The Wizards took the field to defend “their trophy”- won eight times in the last seven years (according to Lynn Wilson!).

A somewhat interesting format was rolled out in what can only be described loosely as MC’ing for the day from ex- umpire Mac, who reported to the watching spectators throughout the afternoon.

On the field, both teams were left to manage without their missing stalwarts– captain (Philips) Alex Fletcher for Whitley and Steve Foster for Treeton. They were both on holiday (but not together).

Up went the coin with an entourage 20 strong watching on. Two captains, one mascot, an MC, sponsors and a partridge in a pear tree saw Scott Cunningham elect to bat first (which seemed a sound decision at the time). A couple of nervous ‘live’ interviews followed from the captains, and the game was all set.

Cunningham and Davies opened for Treeton, with Fletcher and Castle taking the new ball for Whitley. After seeing the first ball of the innings dispatched to the boundary, the Whitley boys could have been forgiven for thinking they were in for a long afternoon. However, Castle knuckled down and removed an unhappy Davies lbw for 11.

Fletcher bowled in his traditional Sunday fashion, and the importance of a performance of nine overs for just 30 (sorry, I mean 10) runs cannot be underestimated.

Cobb arrived at the crease but was soon on his way following an extremely smart piece of wicket-keeping from old ‘Iron Mits’ himself, Sam Chatterton, who pounced on a loose ball and quickly removed the bails to the delight of jubilant Whitley players and supporters.

Castle was now finding some movement through the air and appeared to be settling into a steady spell until Kemp had other ideas and produced some smart shots, which resulted in Castle taking his sweater.

Fletcher however was still producing some extremely tight bowling, drawing comparisons to Roy Sanderson’s wallet; and when he trapped Kemp in front for a sprightly 21, the Wizards sensed a victory could come sooner than expected especially after Fletcher removed Cunningham some 10 runs later following an uncharacteristic slow innings.

Middle-order batsmen Norton and Mirza steadied Treeton’s ship with some good cricket, adding 95 for the fifth wicket, but just as Treeton appeared to be pulling away, an inspired bowling change from stand-in skipper Tasker turned the match on its head. Longhurst was removed from the attack for the safety of his bottom lip, young James “Bieber” Brown took over and soon got the prize wicket of Norton –an edge through to Chatterton, who took a fine catch and appealed with both elation and sheer disbelief.

A repeat of this feat four runs later proved it was no fluke, Chatterton again taking a smart catch to remove Clarke off the inspired Brown (two for 34).

The Wizards met some late resistance from Fenn, but Castle came back to finish off the tail with a fine spell to finish up with five wickets for 38 off 7.2 overs.

All of Whitley’s bowlers must take great credit for restricting Treeton to a below-par 199 on a reasonably flat pitch, while Chatterton deserves praise for some smart keeping.

The tea interval sparked interesting debate amongst the ranks as the table had been moved from its traditional centre location to a corner slot resulting in a queue reaching back into the conservatory. The cheese and ham croissants did, however, save the day.

The second innings began with opening pair Milburn and Siddall facing up to overseas bowler Azhar Attari and Dave Burden.

Milburn began in his usual fashion, attacking the bowling at every opportunity, and he could consider himself unlucky to be given out lbw for a score of six. Longhurst arrived at the crease, and he and Siddall resumed where they left off two weeks earlier at Tickhill, going on to share a partnership of 119.

Cunningham changed his attack with increasing frequency, and used nine different bowlers; but Treeton were unable to find a way through and both Siddall and Longhurst steadily chipped away at the required target.

An interesting passage livened up play halfway through the second innings when a number of supporters decided to suggest they had lost all cricketing knowledge by wandering in front of both sightscreens with increasing frequency. And, as if to compound the situation, Mac on the mike then chose to pipe up with more “live commentary” just as the bowlers were running in to bowl!

The game was all but sealed by the time Longhurst departed with the score on 131, falling lbw to Cobb for  (as always) an impressive 63 from 77 balls (9 fours, one six). Jim Tasker then joined Siddall and the pair saw Whitley home, with the captain managing a fluent 24 from 36 balls, while Siddall carried his bat, reaching 88 not out off 112 balls (15 fours) and hitting the winning runs through extra cover with six overs to spare.

Spark wild celebrations amongst the Whitley players and supporters –supporters who, as always, turned up in large numbers and were a credit to the club.

The presentations concluded the day with Siddall being named Man of the Match. An amusing note occurred when ‘match manager’ Dave Ward seemed to suffer a temporary memory lapse by forgetting that the presentation of the Whitworth Cup was the next item on the agenda, but happily he was reminded in time, and all ended happily as the trophy was handed over to Jim Tasker!

The post-match antics were, as usual, memorable. The naked Tug-of-War match between Bethel and Webster was quite possibly the most hilarious moment of the season, with Bethel the eventual winner after finding himself in some interesting positions with young Ben!

The WOW award went to Sam Chatterton for behaving more like one of his pupils throwing his toys out of the pram halfway through Treeton’s innings.

Later in the evening, with the Whitworth Cup back at its rightful home, the Baxter Field HQ again witnessed the usual massacre of Jaeger with the lads celebrating well into the night –and, in some cases, into the next morning.

Well done, Wizards…roll on the League title!

***Everyone at Whitley Hall Cricket Club would like to wish Martin Sayles all the best for the future. Martin, a highly respected and popular figure in local cricket, was standing in his last match before retiring from umpiring.

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Treeton, Whitworth Cup final (at Aston Hall): the scorecard

Treeton won toss and chose to bat.

TREETON: Gareth Davies lbw b Castle 11; Scott Cunningham c Castle b T.Fletcher 9; Chris Cobb st Chatterton b Castle 0; Danny Kemp lbw b T. Fletcher 21; Irfan Mirza c&b Jim Tasker 38; Greg Norton ct Chatterton b James Brown 46; Adam Clarke ct Chatterton b James Brown 4; Ben Birtles b Castle 12; Paul Fenn b Castle 26; M. Attari lbw b Castle 1; Dave Burden not out 4. Extras 27 (4b, 6lb, 17w). Total: 199 all out (44.2 overs).     

Fall of wickets: 18-18-42-52-147-151-159-176-178-199.      

Bowling: Jaco Castle 7.2-0-38-5; Tom Fletcher 9-3-10-2; Ben Webster 9-2-30-0; James Brown 7-0-34-2; Neil Longhurst 6-0-34-0; Jim Tasker 6-0-43-0.    

WHITLEY HALL: Matt Milburn lbw b Burden  6; Chris Siddall  not out 88; Neil Longhurst lbw b Cobb 63; Jim Tasker not out 24. Did not bat: Jaco Castle, Sam Chatterton, Steve Bethel, Chris Verity, James Brown, Tom Fletcher, Ben Webster. Extras 21 (4b, 4lb, 8w, 5nb). Total: 202 for 2 wickets (38.5 overs).   

Fall of wickets: 12-131.  

Bowling: Attari 8-0-29-0; Burden 4-0-22-1; Kemp 2-0-12-0; Norton 9-1-39-0; Birtles 1-0-15-0; Cunningham 7-0-30-0; Clarke 4-0-25-0; Cobb 3-0-11-1; Mirza 0.5-0-11-0.

Whitley Hall won by eight wickets.


Saturday August 2nd 2014. Whitley 1st XI v Elsecar 1st XI

Elsecar won toss and chose to bowl.

Whitley Hall 1st: 290 for nine (Jaco Castle 77, Neil Longhurst 76, Matt Milburn 21, Chris Siddall 38, Jim Tasker 17, Alex Fletcher 18, Sam Chatterton 12; Rana 4-68, Afzal 3-93.) 50 overs.

Fall of wickets: 48-76-132-218-258-274-281-282-290. Longhurst & Castle 86 for 4th wicket.

Elsecar 1st XI: 196 for nine (J. Meadows 62. Jaco Castle 14-3-42-1; Tom Fletcher 10-1-36-1; Ben Webster 4-0-25-0; Jim Tasker 15-2-57-5; L. Bacon 6-0-15-2; Alex Fletcher 1-0-15-0.) 50 overs.

Fall of Wickets: 6-91-111-119-119-119-173-173-189.

Whitley Hall 1st XI won by 94 runs, and, collecting five points, go top of the Premier Division for first time this season.


Sam Chatterton reports on a 94-run victory that saw us swap places with Elsecar in the Premier Division title chase

It was arguably the biggest game of the season so far when Premier Division leaders and local rivals Elsecar, standing just one point ahead of us in the table, were the visitors to what their man Joby described as the “Cow Field” on Saturday.

However, many feared the keenly anticipated top-of-the-table clash might fall victim to the rain that was forecast, and which, indeed, threatened at the outset. In the event, the game started on time on what looked a fantastic wicket despite the conditions overhead.

The toss was won by Elsecar, who, as expected, decided to bowl first, no doubt hoping to cause us some early problems –especially from their overseas fast bowler Rana.

Whitley’s opening pair began the innings looking to provide the crucial base required to mount a late charge towards the end.  Milburn and Siddall played superbly, leaving and ducking Rana’s constant short bowling, and dispatching anything over-pitched. With the score 48 for none after ten overs, this was exactly the base we had wanted.

Milburn was the first to fall, caught at slip attempting one of his trademark lofted cover drives off Ivill. This brought Longers to the crease, with the Whitley faithful hoping that he and Sid could replicate their match-winning partnership of the previous week in the Whitworth Cup final triumph.

The score had reached 76 when Sid was caught behind attempting to swat a wide delivery off Yates having scored 38 in typical stylish fashion.

In his innings, by the way, Sid had edged one for six off the bowling of Rana, and this prompted two reactions around the ground: first, Elsecar wicketkeeper Joby threw his gloves down and called the ground every name under the sun, including a cow field, after watching the ball disappear over his head; second, the Whitley players found themselves questioning whether this was Sid’s first six of the season (turns out it was his second).

Sid’s departure saw Jaco come to the crease, and he and Longers smashed their way to 77 and 76 respectively, Jaco’s knock featuring one dramatic late scoop that landed in the drainpipe of the clubhouse, where, after being rescued (with typical bravery) by our captain, the ball returned to the field wetter than (here insert your own pun).

The remaining runs were scored by Tasker (17), who was caught at third man by possibly the only man tall enough to reach the ball, Ainsley Swallow; Fletcher (18); Chatterton (12); and Webster (7*) –who yet again scored vital runs while protecting his average– to enable Whitley to finish on a mammoth 290 for nine. We knew it would take a special innings to chase that total down.

Elsecar started their innings badly, with Tom Fletcher bowling a straight one that Brett Hunsley missed and was duly given out leg-before (6 for one). This brought skipper Ian Swallow to the crease, and he and Jason Meadows batted well, scoring at a reasonable rate. With the score at 91, Whitley needed some magic or luck. And it turned out we got the luck as Swallow decided to chip Tasker into the grateful hands of Neil Longhurst on the bottom boundary. This was Victim No.1 of people unable to reach the small cow field boundaries.

Next to the crease was the dangerous Yates who soon fell victim to world’s smallest boundary, caught off the bowling of Liam Bacon after hitting the ball extremely high (Victim No.2). Shortly afterwards Bacon also hit the pads of Ainsley Swallow to claim his second wicket in a brilliant spell that left Liam with figures of two for 15 off six overs.

Meadows fell shortly afterwards, being bamboozled by a Tasker bouncer caught at midwicket by Fletch for a well-played 62. This left the score at 119 for five and the game in the balance. Townsend arrived at the wicket, and promptly fell first ball leg-before to Tasker.

119 for six…Could Whitley get seven points?

Rana and Handley had a choice to make: bat for the win or bat for the point? Strangely, they decided to block the next few overs, which promoted the Elsecar faithful on the sidelines to voice their opinion in no uncertain terms.

After an intervention from skipper Swallow, reminding them that they still needed another 80 for a point, Rana started hitting a few lusty blows…until he hit a return catch to Tasker for 33 leaving the score at 173 for seven.

Handley (who when recently signing for Elsecar thought he was actually signing for Whitley) departed in the following over, leg-before to Jaco….and that seven-point bonus was looking on!

So crowd-pleaser Joburns came to the crease, and after his earlier comments to anyone that would listen, surely he could and would reach these ‘tiny’ boundaries and win the game? WRONG! Following a mix of blocks, chirps and repeated tapping of the wicket, he elected to sky one into the hands of Jaco, which prompted wild celebrations from the home contingent as the score stood at 189 for nine with two overs left.

Unfortunately for us, the last pair blocked the ball well (despite one moment of madness from Ivill with just two balls remaining), leaving the final score on 196 for nine, although this mean Whitley, despite having to settle for five points instead of seven, leap-frogging their opponents to the top of the table.

Elsecar 2nd XI v Whitley Hall 2nd XI

Whitley Hall won toss. Elsecar 2nd XI: 170 (Gray 62, Pedlar 33. James Ahmed 10-1-36-2; Biswick Kapala 12.2-3-37-3; Roy Sanderson 11-3-46-0; J. Chatterton 7-0-38-2; Joe Webster 4-0-11-3). 44.2 overs.  Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 171 for 5 (Doug Muzawazi 58, James Ahmed 64). 45.1 overs. Muzawazi 9 x 4s, Ahmed 10 x 4s, 2 x 6s.   Whitley Hall 2nd XI won by 5 wickets.


Caribbean 2nd XI v Whitley Colts. Caribbean: 17 all out (Charlie Wragg five for 10 in 8 overs; Alistair Riddle 3 for 7 in 4.4 overs).   8.4 overs. Whitley Colts: 18 for none. 5.4 overs. Whitley Colts won by ten wickets.


Saturday August 9th 2014

Treeton 1st XI v Whitley Hall 1st XI.

Whitley won toss and chose to bowl.

Treeton: 179-9 (Kemp 26, Cobb 26; Jaco Castle 15-3-49-2; Tom Fletcher 9-2-29-1; Liam Bacon 4-0-23-0; Ben Webster 10-2-41-1; Jim Tasker 12-3-31-4). 50 overs. Fall: 22-1/36-2/44-3/79-4/118-5/118-6/126-7/134-8/150-9.  Missed catch late on proved costly, for it if taken it would have ended Treeton’s innings on around 150 and meant the home side would have been all out.

Whitley: 126 (Matt Milburn 41, Alex Fletcher 26, James Brown 18; Foster 3-23, Attan 3-24, Norton 3-39). 39.3 overs.   When Milburn was out for 41 the score was 60 for six. Brown and Alex Fletcher added 58 for 7th wicket. Fall of wickets: 2-1/17-2/21-3/22-4/26-5/60-6/118-7/120-8/121-9/126-10.

Treeton won by 53 runs.


Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Oughtibridge 1st XI

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to bowl. Oughtibridge 1st XI: 120 (D. Muzawazi 11-3-32-1; B. Kapala 6-0-18-1; C. Wragg 6.3-4-16-4; J. Chatterton 4-0-18-1; R. Sanderson 8-1-22-2; J. Webster 2-1-10-1). 37.3 overs.      Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 122-2 (C. Verity 58 not out, T. Wadsworth 57 not out).   Whitley Hall 2nd XI won by eight wickets.


Saturday August 16th 2014

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Hallam 1st XI

Hallam won toss and chose to bowl. Whitley Hall 1st XI: 266 for 6 (Jaco Castle 73, Alex Fletcher 72 not out. Emery 15-6-31-1). 50 overs. (Castle & Fletcher 82 for 5th wicket. Castle 9x4s, 4x6s; Fletcher 5x4s, 6x6s).  Fall: 36-50-85-115-197-225.

Hallam: 261 all out (Emery 68, Cooper 33, Chetwood 35; Tom Fletcher 3-0-20-0; Ben Webster 9-1-28-1; Jim Tasker 14-1-53-4; Liam Bacon 4-0-29-0; Neil Longhurst 9-0-67-1). 49.2 overs. Fall: 46-72-80-139-140-194-208-248-249-261.Williams and Emery 59 for 4th wicket; Emery and Chetwood 40 for 8th wicket (Emery caught Bacon off Castle –248 for 8); Mountjoy lbw Castle –249 for 9; Chetwood and Mitchell 12 for tenth wicket (Chetwood bowled Castle –261 all out. Match won with four balls to spare).

WHCC 1st XI won by 5 runs, and qualified for YC Play-offs in which they will meet Elsecar at home on Sunday August 24th.

Sheffield United 2nd XI v Whitley Hall 2nd XI

Sheffield United won toss and chose to bat. Sheffield United 2nd XI: 96 all out (Hussain 33; Biswick Kapala 7.5-4-9-1; Doug Muzawazi 6-0-19-1; Inez Younis 10-3-28-3; Joe Chatterton 12.3-5-24-4; Charlie Wragg 5-1-8-1; Roy Sanderson 0.3-0-4-0.). 41.5 overs. Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 97 for none (Doug Muzawazi 67 not out, Nick Lowe 26 not out).21.5 overs.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI won by ten wickets.

League positions after the August 16th matches:

Premier Division:  1. Elsecar 77 pts.    2.Whitley Hall 74 pts.   3. Treeton 73 pts.   4. Wath 65 pts.   5. Wickersley 64 pts.  6. Hallam 63 pts.

Division 2:  1. Rotherham Town  82 pts.  2. Phoenix 65 pts. 3. Warmsworth 65 pts.  4. Whitley Hall 65 pts.  5. Bradfield 61 pts.


Saturday August 23rd 2014

Darfield 1st XI v Whitley Hall 1st XI (Premier Div, SYSCL)

Darfield won toss and chose to bowl.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 229-6  (Jaco Castle 114 not out; Neil Longhurst 32; Sam Chatterton 22; Paul Wilkinson 4-40). 50 overs.   Fall of wickets: 49-57-57-59-96-151.    Darfield: 211-8  (Ali Khan 76; Kaye 34; J. Ward 36no.  Tom Fletcher 9-1-34-1; Jaco Castle 14-5-45-2; Ben Webster 7-0-38-1;Jim Tasker 13-2-51-2; Liam Bacon 6-0-26-2; Neil Longhurst 1-0-15-0.) 50 overs.  Fall of wickets: 6-38-78-155-157-168-175-182.   Whitley Hall won by 18 runs (5pts)


Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Rotherham Town 2nd XI  (Division 2, SYSCL). 

Entertaining top of the table Rotherham, Whitley Hall 2nd XI won toss and chose to bowl.

Rotherham Town 2nds: 135 all out  (Plater 32, Adam Bashford 37; Muzawazi 8-1-34-2; Kapala 8-3-20-2; Inez Younis 2-0-10-0; Wragg 7-3-31-2; R. Sanderson 11.2-6-13-3; Joe Chatterton 4-0-22-1.) 40.2 overs. Fall: 7-7-11-63-64-114-127-135-135.  WHCC 2nd XI: 136-3 (Verity 25, Charlie Wragg 55 not out, Tim Wadsworth 33, O. Warren 10 not out).       42.2 overs.  Fall: 0-51-107.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI won by 7 wickets.

Whitley Hall Colts v Harworth Colliery 1st XI (SY Cricket Alliance, Div 1).  

Harworth Colliery: 92 all out (Alistair Riddle 2-27; Molly Whittaker 2-11; Mohsin Ahmed 2-2; Matt Brown 3-28).    WHCC Colts: 95 for 0 (Nick Lowe 45 not out, Nelson Windle 47 not out).  Whitley Hall Colts won by ten wickets.

Sunday August 24th 2014

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Elsecar 1st IX (Yorkshire Council Play-offs, Quarter-final).

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall: 273-8 (Matt Milburn 45, Chris Siddall 77, Jaco Castle 80; Rau 2-36, Afzal 3-25)      45 overs. Fall of wickets: 105(Milburn) -223(Siddall) -227(Castle) -242 (Longhurst) -258(A. Fletcher) -267(Chatterton) -272(Tasker) -273(B. Webster).

Elsecar: 141  ( Rauf 48. Ben Webster 7-1-38-1; Tom Fletcher 9-3-24-2; Jaco Castle 4-4-0-1; Jim Tasker 7.1-0-52-4; Neil Longhurst 6-0-25-2). 33.1 overs.  Fall: 12-12-13-60-90-120-121-136-141-141

Whitley Hall won by 132 runs.


Saturday August 30th 2014

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Coal Aston 1st XI

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to bowl.

Coal Aston 213-8  (Lawrence Browes 90, David Rodgers 42; Ben Webster 3-1-12-0; Jaco Castle 9-0-47-0; Tom Fletcher 8-1-23-1; Liam Bacon 6-0-46-0; Jim Tasker 15-0-55-6; Neil Longhurst 9-1-21-1). 50 overs. Fall of wickets: 47-103-118-133-139-180-195-205.  Whitley Hall 214-2 (Milburn 41, Longhurst 95 not out, James Brown 15, Jaco Castle 37 not out). 29.5 overs. Fall of wickets 88-1 (Milburn), 125-2 (Brown).

Longhurst carried his bat and his 95 not out featured 16 x 4s. He was close to a century, but was denied for the second time this season. Jaco Castle, his partner, declined an easy run in the 28th over and then hit three sixes in quick succession –leaving the total still needed for victory comprising fewer runs than Longhurst required to reach his ton.

Whitley 1st XI won by 8 wickets, but not having bowled out Coal Aston meant only five points when they really needed seven in the Prem Div title race –esp as both Elsecar and Treeton got maximum points from their matches today.

With two matches remaining, the situation at the top of the Premier Division now looks like this: Treeton P20 W11 L2 D7 BP18 87 pts; WHCC P20 W12 L4 D4 BP16 84 pts; Elsecar P20 W10 L5 D5 BP24 84 pts; WickersleyP20 W12 L3 D5 BP16 76 pts

Warmsworth v Whitley Hall 2nd XI

Warmsworth won toss and chose to bowl.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 123-8 (Sanderson 30 not out,Muzawazi 29, Wragg 22, Verity 18). 50 overs.  Fall: 41-48-80-80-92-96-99-115.

Warmsworth: 127-4 (Kapala 10-3-20-1; Muzawazi 3-0-21-0; Wragg 4-0-18-0; Inez Younis 8-2-14-1; Sanderson 12-4-30-2; Joe Chatterton 2-1-13-0; Joe Webster 0.4-0-10-0). 39.4 overs.

Warmsworth won by 6 wickets.

The situation at the top of Division 2 now looks like this: Roth Town P20 W13 L4 D3 89pts;  Phoenix P20 W10 L6 D4 72pts; WHCC B P20 W9 L7 D4 72pts Warmsworth P20 W10 L4 D6 70pts; Aston H B P20 W10 L6 D4 68pts.

Scholes 1st XI v Whitley Hall Colts

Whitley Colts 84 (Josh Singleton 26); Scholes 75 (Singleton 5 for 22, Hartley 3-10) Whitley Colts won by 9 runs.

Sunday August 31st 2014

Whitley Hall v Treeton (Yorkshire Council Play-Offs, semi-final).

Whitley won toss and chose to bowl.

Treeton: 166 for 8.  (Cobb 62 not out, Norton 40; Tom Fletcher 9-3-11-1; Ben Webster 9-1-40-2; Jaco Castle 8-0-33-1; Jim Tasker 9-0-24-1; Liam Bacon 2-0-21-0; Neil Longhurst 8-0-25-1). 45overs.  Fall of wickets: 5-9-26-30-94-98-121-158.  Scott Cunningham brilliantly run out by Jim Tasker at 26 for 3; and Irfan Mirza superbly run out by Chris Siddall at 98 for six.

Whitley Hall: 169 for 4.  (Milburn 19; Siddall 73 not out; Neil Longhurst run out 0; Jaco Castle 17; James Brown 16; Alex Fletcher 16 not out.  Foster 1-33, Attari 1-23, Norton 1-64; Extras 36.) 32.4 overs.  Fall of wickets: 75-75-98-121. Siddall’s 73 featured 12 4′s and one six.

Whitley Hall won by six wickets.

Saturday September 6th 2014

Whiston PC 1st XI v Whitley Hall 1st XI

Whiston won toss and chose to bowl.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 213-4 dec Jaco Castle 70no, Chris Siddall 34, Neil Longhurst 40,  Alex Fletcher 33, Jim Tasker 23no). 30 overs. Fall of wickets: 12-66-94-180.

Whiston PC 1stXI: Did not bat.  Match abandoned: Rain.

Situation at top of Prem Div, with one match-day left: Treeton P21 89pts; Whitley Hall P21 86pts; Elsecar P21 86pts;  Wickersley P21 78pts

Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Maltby MW 1st XI.

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to bowl.

Maltby MW 1st XI: 193-5 ( Porter 63, Green 100no; Jimmy Ahmed 9-3-19-1; Biswick Kapala 8-0-48-3; Charlie Wragg 4-0-16-0; Joe Chatterton 4-0-22-0; Roy Sanderson 7-1-24-0; Joe Webster 1-0-9-0; Doug Muzawazi 3-0-29-1). 38 overs.

Fall: 4-4-135-138-187.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 27-2 (Doug Muzawazi 23no). 9 overs. Match abandoned: Rain.


On the final Saturday in Division Two, five teams compete for the remaining two promotion positions- with just 2 points separating all five!; Warmsworth and Phoenix faced each other at Common Lane and, Aston Hall B and Elsecar B compete at Green Lane. The other promotion contender Whitley Hall B travel to Wickersley B.

Rotherham Town well in front at top. In second spot Phoenix 74 pts, third Whitley 2nds 74 points, Aston Hall 73, Elsecar 72, Warmsworth 72.


Wickersley v Whitley Hall Colts         Match abandoned


Sunday Sept 7th 2014.  Whitley Hall CC v Townville, Yorkshire Council Play-Off final, at Tickhill.

Unfortunately, our bid to become the first team since 1929 to win the Yorkshire Council Championship three years on the trot ended in disappointment.

Townville won the toss and chose to bowl. (A good toss to win on a wicket that was especially difficult in the first innings, but eased later.)

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 167-9  (Milburn 29, Siddall 9, Longhurst 16, Castle 14, A. Fletcher 2, Tasker 26, J. Brown 25, Sam Chatterton 6, Liam Bacon 9, Ben Webster 4 not out, Tom Fletcher 2 not out. Extras 25. R. Bresnan 9-4-22-3; Woolsey 9-1-42-1; Conor Haervey 9-0-44-3; J. Hughes 9.2-26-1; N. Bresnan 9-2-26-1). 45 overs.

Fall of wickets: 23-61-65-74-86-120-138-157-160.

Townville: 168-6  (Bremner 25, Booth 9, Walton 8, Hughes 0, Ward 9, Conor Harvey 47, \\nick Bresnan 30 not out, R. Bresnan 9 no.  Tom Fletcher 9-5-19-0; Ben Webster 9-2-22-1;Jaco Castle 9-1-34-2; Liam Bacon 7-0-27-0; Jim Tasker 5-1-29-2; Neil Longhurst 4.5-0-21-1). 43.5 overs.

Fall of wickets: 29-42-42-62-81-142.

(Decisive 6th wicket stand of 61 between man of the match Harvey and Nick Bresnan, and the irony was that very early in this partnership Bresnan –only one run had been added– was clearly lbw to Liam Bacon, but the umpire rejected the appeal, and the next ball Bresnan was dropped by Longhurst –then, in the following over, Harvey hit two sixes. That phase proved the turning point in the match).

Townville won by four wickets.


Saturday September 13th 2014

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Wickersley 1st XI

Wickersley won toss and chose to bat.

Wickersley 1st XI: 230 all out. ( Jahangir 47, Lowe 42; Jaco Castle 10.3-0-60-4; Tom Fletcher 12-3-35-0; Ben Webster 3-0-44-0; Jim Tasker 12-0-69-5). 48.3 overs.  Fall: 26-53-122-123-138-171-176-209-217-230.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 231 for five. ( Matt Milburn 23, Chris Siddall 24, James Brown 12, Neil Longhurst 69, Jaco Castle 43, Sam Chatterton 10 not out, Jim Tasker 21 not out). 45.1 overs. Fall: 45-52-74-192-192.

Whitley Hall won by 5 wickets to finish second in Premier Division behind champions Treeton.

1. Treeton 96 pts; 2. Whitley Hall 93 pts; 3.Elsecar 86 pts.

Keith Farnsworth noted: A couple of weeks ago, there were many among those attending the 1st XI’s final match of the 2014 season, against Wickersley, who did a double take when, watching Whitley Hall’s senior side taking the field at the start of the game, they found themselves greeted by the unexpected sight of Big Kevin Brown among the group of players preparing for action.

Was this an hallucination? Had the King of the Colts been recruited to add weight to the team for the last vital fixture of the Premier League campaign? Or had Jimmy and his Magic Patch (old timers and those who grew up reading the Dandy and the Beano will appreciate the reference) suddenly transported us back into the distant past?

Anyhow, whatever the case, we knew we were witnessing history…and our puzzled expressions remained for just nine overs, for then we got the answer to the mystery. Big Kev had simply been deputising for Longy, who had been delayed on his journey to Baxter Field from distant parts. Big Kev left the field with a smile on his face, or perhaps it was a look of relief, and promptly called for a glass of water (Paula refused him anything stronger).

But, hey up, looking around the field, we did another double take as another image left us puzzled and wondering if Stevie Bethel had taken on a new look, or even a new personality. After all, following his recent match report (described as blunt and explosive), it was rumoured that he is planning to apply for a licence to operate as a cricket journalist from the start of next season, and to qualify he needs to acquire a more youthful and respectable look. Impossible, Steve. Remember the bat is mightier than the pen.

It gradually dawned upon us that the handsome youngster in the field was not Beth after all, but a fresh-faced Josh –yes, the one and only Josh Singleton, brother of Jack Singleton, the top contender for the 2014 2nd XI Scorer of the Year award.

Apparently Beth had not recovered from a knock and so Josh was being given his 1st XI debut. (Little did Josh know then that it meant he would field not just for Whitley, but for Wickersley, too –and his bonus at the end of an exhausting day would be to be thrown into the shower while fully clothed! Happily, Mum would be on hand to acquire a set of dry clothing so the lad could avoid pnemonia.)

Final Premier Division table 2014…

p w l d C t BP Pen Pts
Treeton CC 22 12 2 0 8 0 20 0 96
Whitley Hall CC 22 13 4 0 5 0 18 0 93
Elsecar CC 22 10 6 0 6 0 24 0 86
Wickersley Old Village CC 22 12 4 0 6 0 16 10 78
Hallam CC 22 10 5 0 7 0 9 0 73
Wath CC 22 8 9 0 5 0 17 0 67
Aston Hall CC 22 8 7 0 7 0 8 0 62
Darfield CC 22 5 10 0 7 0 8 0 47
Tickhill CC 22 5 12 0 5 0 12 0 47
Coal Aston CC 22 4 12 0 6 0 9 0 41
Whiston Parish Church CC 22 5 11 0 6 0 9 10 36
Norton Oakes CC 22 2 12 0 8 0 5 0 31



Wickersley 2nd XI v Whitley Hall 2nd XI

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 263-4. (Doug Muzawazi 14, Chris Verity 95, Jimmy Ahmed 118 not out, Liam Bacon 2, Joe Chatterton 5, Roy Sanderson 1 not out). 46 overs. Fall: 42-232-239-255

Wickersley 2nd XI: 199 for 8. (Atkin 53 not out, Cowley 57; Liam Bacon 10-0-42-0; Jimmy Ahmed 5-2-15-1; Roy Sanderson 11-2-30-3; Joe Webster 5-0-21-1; Joe Chatterton 4-0-24-0; Charlie Wragg 2-1-6-0). 46 overs. Fall: 25-65-65-89-177-177-192-194.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI won by 64 runs (5pts) and clinched promotion to Division One.

1. Rotherham Town 96 pts; 2. Aston Hall 80pts;  3. Whitley Hall 79 pts.


Whitley Colts

Under the captaincy of Kevin Brown, the Whitley Colts won promotion from the First Division of the South Yorkshire Alliance –this being the third season in succession in which they have gained promotion, although in the two previous campaigns they finished top of their division. This time they finished third, but it was enough to seal a place in the Premier Division next summer because champions Shiregreen already have a team in the top division.

The Colts (incidentally at least nine team places each week were filled by juniors) did not have a lot of luck with the weather during 2014, for seven of their 22 games were cancelled owing to conditions. The remaining games played featured nine wins and just three defeats.

In the final match, on Sept 27th, the Colts travelled to Stainforth, near Doncaster, and beat Tinsley by seven wickets.

Tinsley made 68 for nine in 29.5 overs, with Charlie Wragg claiming five for five off five overs, and Molly Whittaker, Josh Singleton, Alistair Riddle and Biswick Kapala each claiming one wicket.  In reply the Colts scored 71 for three off 14.2 overs, with Elliott Ashton (21 not out) and Josh Singleton (19 not out) top scorers.

In Colts league matches this season Josh Singleton claimed 23 wickets in his 73.5 overs (his best 6 for 10) and scored 181 runs. Nelson Windle scored 357 runs at an average of 39.66) and Josh Dobson scored 228 (av 28.5).



Batting: League

Premier Division                                                                                          Inns  Runs     *     HS            Av

     5 Jaco Castle






     8 Neil Longhurst






    24 Chris Siddall






    27 Jim Tasker






    29 Alex Fletcher






    46 Matt Milburn






Bowling: League: Premier Division




W kts


Jim Tasker






Jaco Castle






Batting: League    Division 2






    3 Jimmy Ahmed






    8 Chris Verity






  29 Roy Sanderson






  31` Doug Muzawazi






  51 Tim Wadsworth







Bowling: League          Division 2







  7 Biswick Kapala






14 Roy Sanderson






25 Joe Chatterton






Batting (all teams)2014


                                                         M  Inn Run *  HS     Av


1 Neil Longhurst 23 22 873 3 104 45.94
2 Jaco Castle (OS) 26 22 844 6 114* 52.75
3 Chris Siddall 20 20 741 3 88* 43.58
4 Chris Verity 22 19 712 1 115 39.55
5 Matthew Milburn 28 27 662 0 71 24.51
6 Jim Tasker 28 23 498 7 83 31.12
7 Joshua Dobson (J) 20 18 447 2 82 27.93
8 Alex Fletcher 27 18 375 3 72* 25
9 Biswick Kapala (J) 24 19 354 7 52* 29.5
10 Nelson Windle 15 13 352 3 75* 35.2
11 Nicholas Lowe (J) 18 16 348 6 50* 34.8
12 Oliver Warren (J) 16 15 335 4 106* 30.45
13 James Ahmed 9 7 323 2 118* 64.6
14 Charlie Wragg (J) 27 22 313 3 55* 16.47
15 Doug Muzawazi 19 17 290 5 67* 24.16


Bowling (all teams) 2014


Rank Name O M R W Best A Av
1 J Tasker 233 21 943 60 6/27 15.71;
2 J Castle 216.1 31 888 48 6/53 18.5;
3 T Fletcher 198 49 587 24 3/29 24.45;
4 B Kapala 166.1 30 581 37 5/44 15.7;
5 B Webster 153.1 24 600 27 6/49 22.22;
6 JoeChatterton 151.3 29 594 22 4/24 27.0;
7 R Sanderson 126.5 31 402 24 4/22 16.75.
8 L Bacon 125.4 14 539 24 4/31 22.45
9 IzYounis 117 17 430 28 4/35 15.35
10 A Riddle 112 22 345 24 4/24 14.37
11 C Wragg 101.4 15 436 24 5/10 18.16
12 N Longhurst 97.1 6 435 12 3/19 36.25
13 Josh Singleton 84 17 291 24 6/10 12.12
14 M Brown 78.5 4 429 31 5/35 13.83
15 J Hartley ( 65.4 18 216 13 3/10 16.61


Fielding (all teams)




Name W/ K Catches Stumpings Catches Run Outs Total Fdg Wickets
1 Jim Tasker 0 0 19 1 20
2 Jaco Castle 0 0 16 1 17
3 Alex Fletcher 2 0 14 2 16
4 Chas Wragg 0 0 9 0 9
5 Bis Kapala  0 0 9 0 9
6 J Chatterton 0 0 8 0 8
7 Ben Webster 0 0 7 0 7
8 N Longhurst 0 0 6 0 6
9 Kev Brown 0 0 6 0 6
10 Matt Milburn 0 0 6 0 6
11 T Wadsworth 2 0 6 0 6
12 Inez Younis 0 0 6 1 7
13 D Muzawazi 0 0 5 0 5
14 O Warren 0 0 5 1 6
15 Tom Fletcher 0 0 5 0 5

Sam Chatterton 25 wktkeeping catches, 6 stumpings; Tom Sorsby 7 wktkeeping catches, 3 stumpings; Adrian Tazzyman 12 wicketkeeping catches, 4 stumpings; Nelson Windle 9 wktkeeping catches, 0 stumpings.



Saturday April 11.

Whitley Hall teams played in friendly matches the 1st XI at Hanging Heaton and the 2nd XI home to Wombwell (after this match was switched from Wombwell at short notice). The scores were:

1st XI v Hanging Heaton (a). Hanging Heaton 187 all out (Elvidge 61, Connolly 40, Fellows 30; Muzawazi 3-31, Batty 3-31, Inez Younis 8-1-17-2). Whitley Hall 146 for 9 (Tasker 43, Ahmed 29*,Heathcote 22; Shaw 2-7,Stiff 2-8). 2nd XI v Wombwell Main (h). Whitley Hall 142 all out (Lowe 53*, Tazzyman 20*. Note: Webster 11 off 6 balls inc 2 fours). Wombwell 98 all out (Webster 4 for 6, Wragg 2 wickets, Crossley and Singleton 1 wicket each, plus 2 wickets for 13 year old Cameron Faulkes).


Saturday April 18th


1st XI v Hallam (a).  SYCL Championship. 

Whitley Hall 1st XI won by 92 runs (5pts)

Hallam won toss and chose to field.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 337 for 8 (50 overs).

Greig Batty 79 (10 x 4s, 4 x 6s); Alex Fletcher 75 (12 x 4s); Chris Siddall 52 (12 x 4s); Matt Milburn 25, Jim Tasker 22.

FoW: 77-89-102-102-150-242-332-334.

Hallam: 245 for 7 (50 overs).

(Dymock 81, Hughes 53, Cooper 40*; Tasker 14-3-52-4; Batty 10-4-37-2; B. Webster 5-1-33-0; Longhurst 9-0-35-1.)



2nd XI v Millhouses Works (h). SYCL Division One.

Millhouses won by 13 runs.

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to field.

Millhouses 213 for 7 (50 overs)

Richard Everitt 76. Kapala 10-3-37-1; Bacon 13-3-55-3;Muzawazi 6-1-15-1; Younis 10-0-36-1; J. Webster 3-0-22-1.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI 200 for 9 (50 overs).

Muzawazi 87; Kapala 46; Verity 24; Heathcote 16.

Note FoW: 47-73-129-130-130-130-134-155-195.


Sunday April 19th

3rd XI v Brookhouse (played at Whitley), SYCL Division 5 West

Whitley Hall 3rd XI won by 5 wickets.

Brookhouse 90 all out (26.3 overs). Larne 27; Jack Hartley 4 for 11, Josh Singleton 4-27 inc hat-trick, Matt Brown 1-12, Mohsin Ahmed 1-16.

WHCC 3rd XI 92-5 (27.4 overs). Nick Lowe 45.

Saturday April 25th

1st XI v Wath (h), SYCL Championship

Whitley Hall won by ten wickets (7 points).

Whitley Hall won the toss and chose to field.

Wath 108 all out (26 overs). Wootton 30, Dyson 22; Greig Batty 7-1-46-4; Ben Webster 7-1-36-2; Tom Fletcher 7-3-9-3; James Ahmed 5-1-12-0.

Whitley Hall 1st XI 109-0 (15 overs). Matt Milburn (57 not out, 8 x 4s, 2 x 6s); Chris Siddall (44 not out, 9 x 4s). Did not bat: Jim Tasker (capt);  Anthony Wilson; Alex Fletcher; Greig Batty; Sam Chatterton; OliverWarren; James Ahmed; Tom Fletcher; Ben Webster.


2nd XI v Aston Hall 2nds (a), SYCL Division One

Whitley Hall 2nd XI won by ten wickets

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to field.

Aston Hall 2nd XI: 72 all out (27.4 overs). Biswick Kapala 8.4-2-23-3; Liam Bacon 9-1-24-3; Inez Younis 7-3-10-4; Joe Chatterton 3-0-14-0.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 73 for none (16.3 overs). Chris Verity (31 not out); Doug Muzawazi (38 not out). Did not bat: Liam Heathcote; Charlie Wragg; Biswick Kapala; Tim Wadsworth;Liam Bacon; Adrian Tazzyman; Joe Webster (capt); Joe Chatterton; Inez Younis.



3rd XI v Wickersley 3rd XI (h), SYCL Division 5 West

Whitley Hall 3rd XI won by 8 wickets

Whitley won toss and chose to field.

Wickersley OV 3rd XI 161 all out (45.4 overs).  Lazenby 44, Eggleston 32. Jack Hartley 9-3-26-3; Mohsin Ahmed  6-3-13-1; Jacob Nulty 6-1-13-2; Aaron Whitehead 7-0-24-0; Josh Singleton 10.4-0-33-2; Matt Brown 7-0-36-2.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI 164-2 (30 overs). Todd Dennien 91; Nelson Windle 9; Josh Dobson 34 not out; Bradley Whitehead 9 not out; Mohsin Ahmed; Kevin Brown (capt); Josh Singleton; Jack Hartley; Aaron Whitehead; Matt Brown; Jacob Nalty.


Sunday April 26

1st XI v Goole Town (h), National KO (National Club Championship Group 2)

Whitley Hall won by 233 runs

Whitley won toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall: 427 for 5 (45 overs). Neil Longhurst 252 off 140 balls, 33 x fours and 11 sixes;

Matt Milburn11 ; Chris Verity 24 not out; Jim Tasker (capt) 26; Alex Fletcher 34; Greig Batty 41; Sam Chatterton 12 not out. Did not bat: Biswick Kapala; Tom Fletcher; Ben Webster; Liam Bacon.

Fall of wickets: 34-1 (Milburn); 142-2 (Tasker); 284-3 (A. Fletcher); 373-4 (Longhurst); 396-5 Batty.

Note Neil Longhurst, dropped on 15, established a new individual record for WHCC (previous best Neil Longhurst 167 v Elsecar, Whitworth Cup semi final, 2011), and the total was the highest recorded at the Whitley ground (previous best thought to be 366 for 4 v Elsecar in May 2010). Longhurst ct O’Donnell b Ollie Ounsley.

Goole Town: 194 for 4 (45 overs) Harvey Thomas 94 not out, Lee Hayward 55. Tom Fletcher 1-33; Ben Webster 1-28; Neil Longhurst 1-23.


Saturday May 2nd


1st XI v Wickersley OV 1st XI (away), SYCL Championship

Match rained off, 36 overs. 2pts

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 189 for 4 (36 overs). Milburn 6, Siddall 70 not out, Longhurst 14, A. Wilson 31, A. Fletcher 35, Tasker 16 not out.

Fall of wickets: 12-51-102-154.




2nd XI v Kexborough 1st XI (home), SYCL Division One

Match rained off, 36 overs, 2pts

Kexborough won toss and chose to field.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI:190 for 6 (36 overs).Liam Heathcote 91 (14 x 4s, 3 x 6s), Nick Lowe 43 (lbw), Todd Dennien 5(lbw), Oliver Warren (9), Biswick Kapal 12, Tim Wadsworth 5 not out, Charlie Wragg 0 lbw. Andrew Moore 5-24.

Fall of wickets: 108-127-149-173-189-189.

Umpires: Rashid Iqbal, Mick Maguire.


Whitley Hall 3rd XI v Wath (away), SYCL Division 5 West.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI won by 3 wickets (7pts)

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to field.

Wath 90 all out ( 31.2 overs).Roebuck 52; Jack Hartley 7-1-20-2; Alistair Riddle7-1-24-2; Jacob Nalty 6-1-17-2; Aaron Whitehead 6-1-17-2; Josh Singleton 3-1-2-1; Matt Brown 2.2-0-6-1.

Whitley Hall: 91 for 7 ( 35.4 overs). Josh Dobson 28, Kevin Brown 13, Josh Singleton 13; Elliott Ashton 11.


Saturday May 9th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Conisbrough (home) SYCL Championship

Whitley Hall CC 1st XI won by three wickets.

Whitley won toss and elected to field.

Conisbrough: 124 all out (36.3 overs). Scott Lowe 45,M.Barnes 25, J. Doran 22. Greig Batty 8.3-0-23-2; Ben Webster 11-1-39-2; Tom Fletcher 11-3-44-2; Liam Bacon 4-0-8-2; Jim Tasker 2-1-7-2.

FoW: 44-49-64-66-92-94-120.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 125 for 7 (34.4 overs).  Jim Tasker 50 not out (7 x 4s, 1 x 6), Anthony Wilson 29, Sam Chatterton 18.  Arosh Janoda 15-3-50-4, Scott Harris 6-1-19-2.

FoW: 0-7-8-16-61-61-102.

Umpires: M. Mann and S. Malone.

Team:C.Siddall, M. Milburn, J. Tasker (capt), A. Wilson, A. Fletcher, G. Batty, S. Chatterton, C.Verity, L. Bacon, B. Webster, T. Fletcher.


Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Collegiate (away), SYCL Division One.

Cancelled (weather)

Team selected: D. Muzawazi, L. Heathcote, T. Dennien, O.Warren, T. Wadsworth, B. Kapala, C. Wragg, A. Tazzyman (wkt), I. Younis, J. Webster (capt), J. Chatterton.


Whitley Hall 3rd XI v Caribbean (away), SYCL Division 5 West

Cancelled (weather).

N. Windle (wkt), B. Whitehead, J. Dobson, K. Brown (capt), E. Ashton, J. Singleton, J. Hartley, A. Whitehead, J. Nalty, M. Brown, A. Riddle. 12Th man: M. Ahmed.


Sunday May 10th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Chesterfield (away), National KO

Chesterfield won by 5 wickets.

Chesterfield won toss and chose to field.


Whitley Hall 1st XI: 158 for 9 (45 overs). Alex Fletcher 39 (5x4s, 2x6s); Longhurst 21; Tasker 21; Batty 20.

Fall: 12-1, 20-2, 32-3, 76-4, 101-5, 122-6, 139-7, 143-8, 151-9.

Chesterfield: 159 for 5 (36.3 overs). Thompson 46*, Roberts 35. Batty 9-0-45-3; T. Fletcher 5-1-19-1; Tasker 7-0-26-0; Longhurst 8-0-33-1; B. Webster 6-1-20-0; Bacon 1.3-0-15-0.

Fall: 24-26-37-90-103.


Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Oughtibridge (away), Mick Savage Trophy

Whitley Hall 2nd XI won by 5 wickets.

Oughtibridge won toss and chose to bat.

Oughtibridge 1st XI: 146 (41.3 overs). Tom Starkes 42, Joe Boyden 35. B. Kapala 9-0-39-1; Dennien 4-0-19-1; Muzawazi 7.3-1-23-2; I. Younis 9-3-1-2; J. Webster 2-0-19-0; R. Sanderson 9-5-19-2; O.Warren 1-0-8-1.

Fall: 81-81-85-90-90-98-126-126-146-146.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 151-5 (33 overs). Muzawazi 37, Dennien 9, T. Wadsworth 30, Warren 6, Kapala 22, S. Bethel 27*. Mohammed Saad Ali 9-1-38-2; Joe Boyden 3-0-15-2.

Fall: 9-75-86-119-138.


Saturday May 16th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Darfield (home), SYCL Championship

Whitley Hall won by 23 runs.

Darfield won toss and chose to field.

WHCC 1st XI: 326 for 4 (50 overs). Chris Siddall 123no (14x4s, 2x6s), Batty 61 no, Milburn 45, Verity 45.

Fall: 65-1, 212-2, 221-3, 226-4.

Siddall & Verity 147 for 2nd wicket; Siddall & Batty 100 unbroken for fifth wicket.

Darfield: 303 for 9 (50 overs). Bhalto 134, Ward 52.  Ben Webster 12-3-71-3; Tom Fletcher 15-0-58-2; James Ahmed 3-0-30-0; Liam Bacon 8-0-64-3; Anthony Wilson 1-0-15-0.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Norton Oakes (away), SYCL Division One

Whitley Hall 2nds won by 7 wickets.

Norton Oakes won the toss and chose to bat.

Norton Oakes: 189 for 4 (50 overs). Sage 62 not out; Kapala 14-4-60-1; Muzawazi 10-0-52-2; T. Younis 15-5-34-1; J. Chatterton 11-1-38-0.

Whitley Hall 2nds: 190 for 3 (30 overs). Muzawazi 83; Dennien 71 no.

Fall: 25-1, 63-2, 165-3.

Muzawazi and Dennien 102 for 2nd wicket.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI v Mexborough (home) SYCL Division 5 West.

Whitley Hall 3rds won by ten wickets.

Whitley Hall won the toss and chose to field.

Mexborough 40 all out (22.3 overs). Aaron Whitehead 5 for 9 in six overs; A. Riddle 6-1-15-2; Jack Hartley 6-4-7-2; J. Nalty 5-0-8-1.

Whitley Hall 3rds: 42 for 0  (8.2 overs). Bradley Whitehead 27 no, Nelson Windle 12no.

Saturday May 23rd

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Houghton Main (away), SYCL Championship

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to bowl.

Whitley Hall 1st XI won by 3 wickets.

Houghton Main: 226 for 7 (50 overs). Tanzeel Ali 58, Ian Simon 42. Greig Batty 7-0-72-2; Ben Webster 8-1-21-0; Jim Tasker 15-3-35-2; Tom Fletcher 6-1-22-0; Anthony Wilson 5-0-22-0; Neil Longhurst 6-0-27-1; Liam Bacon 3-0-25-2.

Fall: 58-88-140-174-210-226

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 227-7 (48.4 overs). Matt Milburn 31, Chris Siddall 7, Neil Longhurst 35, Anthony Wilson 11, Alex Fletcher 23, Jim Tasker 31, Greig Batty 44no, Sam Chatterton 24no. Liam Bacon, Ben Webster and Tom Fletcher did not bat. Rehman 3-70, Simon 2-39.

Fall: 17-82-83-118-120-166.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Barnsley 2nds (home), SYCL Division One.

Whitley Hall won the toss and chose to bowl.

Whitley Hall lost by 190 runs

Barnsley 2nd XI:342 for 9 (50 overs). Danial Rafiq 172 (16x4s, 13x6s…his runs came off 85 balls); Beck Frostick 63. Kapal 14-0-86-3; J. Ahmed 13-2-74-0; Inez Younis 9-0-56-1; Doug Muzawazi 11-1-85-3;Joe Webster 1-0-22-0; Nick Lowe 2-0-15-0.

Fall 2-100-269-299-304-313-323-323-334.

Rafiq (brother of the Yorkshire player) and Frostick 169 for 3rd wicket.

Whitley Hall 2nds: 152 all out (42.2 overs). Muzawazi 40, Verity 25, Wadsworth 20. Firn 4-38, Potter 3-21.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI –no game

Monday May 25th

Whitley Hall 3rd XI v Adwick-le-Street (home), Billy Oates Cup

Whitley Hall 3rd XI won toss and chose to field.

Whitley Hall won by six wickets.

Adwick-le-Street: 78 all out (22.3 overs). Sturman 33 not out; A. Riddle 5-1-8-3; J. Hartley 6-1-17-3; J. Nalty 6.3-0-24-2; A. Whitehead 3-1-7-2; C. Wragg 2-0-11-0.

Fall of wickets: 5-5-10-11-26-26-26-37-42.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI: 81-4 (23.4 overs). B. Whitehead 36not out, Josh Dobson 26.


Saturday May 30th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Aston Hall 1st XI (home) SYCL Championship

Aston Hall won toss and chose to field.

Whitley Hall won by 132 runs (5 pts)

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 349 for 7 (50 overs). Milburn 65 (9x4s, 2x6s); Siddall 57 (9x4s); A. Fletcher 30 (2x4s, 1×6); Anthony Wilson 62 (2x4s, 6x6s); Jim Tasker 71no (4x4s, 6x6s); Greig Batty 28 (3x4s, 2x6s). 17x6s and 31x4s in the innings. Steele 3-96, Coulson 2073; Smit 2-75.

Fall of wickets: 130-140-142-210-249-304-334.

Aston Hall 1st XI: 217 for 7 (50 overs). Mark Barnard 79 (1x4s), Rob Ward 39no. Batty 13-2-49-1; T. Fletcher 12-2-37-3; B. Webster 3-0-20-0; L. Bacon 6-0-32-1; Tasker 6-1-13-0; Longhurst 10-0-56-2.

Fall of wickets: 13-15-22-64-106-145-175.


Whitley Hall 2nd XI v RockinghamColliery 1st XI (away), SYCL Division One

Rockingham won toss and chose to bat

Rockingham won by 115 runs

Rockingham: 205 for 7 (50 overs). Singh 42, Sam Atkin 29no. Kapala 14-1-56-0; Muzawazi 13-1-53-2; Younis 15-2-64-2; C. Wragg 8-1-30-2.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 90 all out (37.4 overs). Todd Dennien (30) and Oliver Warren (18) the only WHCC batsmen to get into double figures. Wilkinson 2-35, Skipworth 4-10, Hanson 1-16.

Fall of wickets: 2-14-14-46-59-83-83-84-86-90.


Whitley Hall 3rd XI v Whiston Forge (away), SYCL Division 5 West

Whiston won toss and chose to field.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI won by 30 runs.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI: 161 for 9 (46 overs). Windle 22, Singleton 28, A. Whitehead 46no. Calvin Dunn 3-31, Callum Dunn 2-16.

Whiston Forge: 131 all out (45.3 overs). Darvin 53. Riddle 8-

4-10-1; Hartley 7-4-6-0; Singleton 9-0-33-1; M. Brown 5-0-30-0; J. Nalty 6-1-18-3; A. Whitehead 6-3-13-2; M. Ahmed 4.3-2-9-3.


Sunday May 31

Whitley 2nd XI v Norton Oakes 1st XI (home), Mick Savage Trophy

Norton Oakes won toss and chose to field.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 170 for 8 (45 overs). T. Wadsworth 35, J. Ahmed 29, O. Warren 23, L. Heathcote 22. Khan 2-40, Wilde 2-20. Fall of wickets: 28-31-51-104-112-132-148-148.

Norton Oakes 1st XI: 171 for 6 (35 overs). Itikash Arun 51 not out, Tom Deaton 30 not out (86 unbroken for 8th wicket). B. Kapala 9-1-39-1; J. Ahmed 6-1-30-1; A. Whitehead 9-1-27-2; C. Wragg 7-1-30-2; J. Webster 2-0-19-0; T. Dennien 2-0-17-0.  Fall of wickets: 23-46-46-57-69-85.

Norton Oakes won by four wickets.


Wednesday June 3rd

Whitley’s Under 15s beat Hallam U15s by 66 runs in Ben Jessop Sheffield & District Junior Cricket League U-15 knock-out final at home.

Friday June 5th

Whitley’s Under 13s beat Wickersley Under-13s by ten runs in Ben Jessop Sheffield & District Junior Cricket League U-13 knock-out final at Whitley. It is the second year running that the under-13s have won this trophy.


Thursday June 4th

Whitley Hall v Thorncliffe (home) SYCL T20 QF

Whitley won toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 207 for 5 (20 overs). Greig Batty 75 (5x4s, 8x6s –he scored his runs off just 27 balls); Chris Siddall 55 (8x4s, 1×6); Matt Milburn 27. Armstrong 1-23, Connor Brunt 2-47.

Fall of wickets: 31-103-107-160-197

Thorncliffe 1st XI: 139 for 8 (20 overs). James Brown 43. James Ahmed 2-14; Jim Tasker 2-33; Younis 1-40.

Fall of wickets:6-6-6-62-74-74-123-139

Whitley Hall won by 68 runs to reach semi-final.


Saturday June 6th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Elsecar 1st XI (away), SYCL Championship

Whitley Hall 1st XI won the toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 274 for 8 (50 overs). Milburn 46, Tasker 62, Wilson 44, Longhurst 28, Verity 29, Chatterton 25, Heathcote 21 not out, Batty 4. Hussain 4-83, Meadows 1-23/.

Fall: 70-85-124-187-192-229-258-264.

Elsecar 1st XI: 214 all out (45.1 overs). A. Swallow 26, J. Meadows 50, I. Swallow 40, Aitken 52.

T. Fletcher 7-1-34-1; B. Webster 4-0-21-0; Batty 9.1-1-34-6; Tasker 13-3-64-0; Longhurst 8-1-29-2; Bacon 4-1-24-1.

Fall: 45-45-61-130-140-142-212-213-214-214.

Whitley Hall 1st XI won by 60 runs (7 points).


Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Shiregreen (home), SYCL Division One

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 188 for 9 (50 overs). Kapala 47, Warren 42, J. Ahmed 31. Latif 4-39.

Fall: 2-21-43-80-120-172-183-183-188.

Shiregreen: 167 all out (37.2 overs). Ali 33, Rasool 46. J. Ahmed 10-2-31-1; Kapala 10.2-0-54-3; A. Whitehead 9-3-39-2; J. Webster 3-0-13-0; C.Wragg 5-1-30-3.

Fall: 9-11-59-115-120-123-128-128-167-169.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI won by 21 runs.


Whitley 3rd XI (Colts) v Handsworth (home), SYCL Division 5 West

Handsworth won toss and chose to bat.

Handsworth: 89 all out (34.1 overs). Riddle 6-0-15-1; J. Hartley 6-2-11-2; J. Nalty 6-0-20-2; Ahmed 5-0-8-2; M. Brown 6-2-23-2; J. Singleton 5.1-0-7-1.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI: 90 for 2 (29.1 overs). Bradley Whitehead 21, Josh Dobson 51 not out, Elliott Ashton 15.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI won by 8 wickets.


Sunday June 7th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Aston Hall 1st XI (home), Whitworth Cup.

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall: 376 for 4 (45 overs). Batty 113no (9x4s, 7x6s), Milburn 82 (12x4s, 3x6s), Tasker 67 (4x4s, 6x6s), Longhurst 41 (7x4s, 1×6), Wilson 37 (off 15 balls, 4x4s, 3x6s). Matt Sheppard 0-103, Ward 2-60, Shaw 1-85, Smit 1-59, Azeem 0-53.

Fall of wickets: 80-162-296-335.

Aston Hall: 250 (45 overs). Barker 32, Riaz 55, Azeem 36, Rob Ward 71. Tom Fletcher 9-0-37-0; Ben Webster 9-2-28-1; Biswick Kapala 9-1-45-2; Charlie Wragg 7-0-48-4; Neil Longhurst 7-0-32-1; Chris Verity 4-0-53-1.

Fall: 35-54-79-79-118-141-141-154-239-250.

Whitley Hall 1st XI won by 126 runs.


Saturday June 13th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Tickhill (away). Rained off.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Whiston (home). Rained off.


Saturday June 20th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Coal Aston (home), SYCL Championship

Coal Aston won toss and chose to field.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 304 for 7 (47 overs). Tasker 107 (17 x 4s, 1 x 6); Greig Batty 81 (off 59 balls, 5x4s, 7x6s); Siddall 33, Milburn 29, Wilson 28. Tasker & Batty 141 for 6th wicket.

Fall: 57-57-80-148-150-291-303.

Liam Johnson 4 for 72.

Coal Aston 1st XI: 162 all out (27 overs). David Rodgers 71 (9x4s, 4x6s).Ben Webster 5-0-35-4; Tom Fletcher 5-1-39-2; Greig Batty 8-0-41-2; Liam Bacon 9-2-40-2.

Fall: 25-95-95-114-115-132-132-152-162-162.

Whitley Hall 1st XI won by 142 runs (7pts).


Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Rotherham Town 2nd XI (away), SYCL Division One.

Rotherham Town 2nds won toss and chose to field.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 173 all out (43.1 overs). Todd Dennien 41, Jimmy Ahmed 40, Charlie Wragg 21, Oliver Warren 14, Biswick Kapala 14.  Mo Raza 5-29.

Rotherham Town 2nd XI: 177 for 5 (41.4 overs)  J.Ahmed 10-1-38-1; Kapala 13-1-56-1; J. Webster 7-0-32-1; Muzawazi 3-0-13-2.

Rotherham Town 2nd XI won by 5 wickets.


Sunday June 21

Whitley Hall 3rd XI v Scholes 2nd XI (home), SYCL Division 5 West.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI won the toss and chose to bat. WHCC 3rd XI (Colts) 368 for 4. Nelson Windle 77, Bradley Whitehead 67, Josh Singleton 66*, Jack Hartley 52*, Matt Brown 44, Josh Dobson 33. Scholes 2nd XI: 378 all out (15.5overs) Alistair Riddle (7-3-18-5), Aaron Whitehead (7-0-14-3), Jack Hartley (0.5.-0-2-1), Kevin Brown (1-1-0-0).

Scholes lost 9 wickets, and Tom Dobson retired hurt.

Whitley won by 330 runs. As the scores indicate, it was rather one-sided, but a match that nevertheless was played in good spirit by both sides, and when Kevin B won the toss (again!) and on this occasion elected to bat first instead of fielding, it offered an opportunity for some of the lads who don’t usually get much chance to bat to enjoy the experience for a change.
Anyway we can now say that it’s not only the 1st XI that can top 300 in an innings! Victory by 330 runs…it must be a record!


Thursday June 25th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Hallam (home) SYCL T20 semi-final

Hallam won toss and chose to field.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 134 for 8 (20 overs). Tasker 33, Sam Chatterton 29, Siddall 19, A.Fletcher 14. Williams 4-19.

Hallam 1st XI: 118 for 9 (20 overs). Hughes 25, Benzies 24not out; Batty 2-26, Longhurst 2-17, B. Webster 3-22; J. Ahmed 1-28.

Whitley Hall 1st XI won by 16 runs.


Saturday June 27th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Treeton 1st XI (away), SYCL Championship

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 126 all out (46.1.overs). Greig Batty 38, Anthony Wilson 22, Sam Chatterton 19, Ben Webster 19. Steve Foster 5-33, Adam Clarke 3-13; Greg Norton 1-28, Attari 1-33.

Fall: 6-6-12-12-19-66-88-88-102-126.   Notes: Wilson and Batty 47 for 6th wicket; Foster’s 13.1 overs included 6 maidens.

Treeton 1st XI: 127 for 0 (15.1 overs). Charlie Roebuck 75 not out, Steve Foster 49 not out. Greig Batty 3-0-27-0; Tom Fletcher 3-0-41-0; Liam Bacon 4-0-40-0; Ben Webster 4-2-9-0; Neil Longhurst 1.1-0-9-0.

Treeton (7pts) won by 10 wickets. Treeton, second in the table, are now three points behind leaders WHCC.


Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Norton Woodseats 1st XI (home), SYCL Division One

Norton Woodseats won toss and chose to bat.

Norton Woodseats 1stXI: 92 for 9 (30.4 overs). Banaris 24. Biswick Kapala 8.4-3-22-6; James Ahmed 8-3-19-0; Aaron Whitehead 7-3-12-1; Inez Younis 7-0-30-2.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 93 for 3 (15 overs). Liam Heathcote 25, Chris Verity 12, Todd Dennien 26 not out, Oliver Warren 15. Fall: 42-42-88.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI won by 7 wickets.


Sunday June 28th

Whitley Hall 3rd XI (Colts) v Scholes 1st XI (away), Billy Oates Cup(Quarter-final)

Whitley Hall won the toss and elected to field.

Scholes 1st XI: 34 all out (19.3 overs). Ian Lewis 13. Bowling: A. Riddle 7-2-15-3; A. Whitehead 6-3-8-3; C. Foulkes 3-0-6-2; J. Chatterton 3-3-0-0; O. Ashton 0.3-0-4-2.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI: 35-0 (8.1 overs). N. Windle 20, J. Dobson 11.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI won by ten wickets.


Saturday July 4th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Hallam 1st XI (home), SYCL Championship

Hallam won toss and chose to field.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 200 for 9 (50 overs).

Greig Batty 61 (10x4s, 2x6s), Sam Chatterton 60 (off 66 balls, 13x4s), Neil Longhurst 23, Jim Tasker 18. Batty and Chatterton 101 for 7th wicket. Newman 15-5-33-4; Williams 15-5-39-2.

Fall: 4-27-40-55-59-79-180-192-200.

Hallam 1st XI: 204 for 7 (45.4 overs).

Alex Hughes 94 not out (118 balls, 12x4s, 1×6), Benzies 19. Ben Webster 5-0-24-1; Neil Longhurst 10-0-43-0; Jim Tasker 5-0-25-1; Greig Batty 12-1-50-2; Tom Fletcher 13.4-1-52-3. Note: Hughes survived an appeal for a catch off Tom Fletcher when he was on 46 and Hallam 109 for 4.


Umpires: Bob Cummins, Roy Nelson.

Hallam won by three wickets.

Note: We started the day leading the Championship by 3 points.

Today, Treeton, who were in second place, lost to Elsecar by 52 runs (Jason Meadow hit 120 for Elsecar); and Tickhill beat Aston Hall but claimed only five points. Which means we still top the Championship, but with just a one-point lead over Tickhill.


Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Millhouses Works 1st XI (away), SYCL Championship

Millhouses won the toss and chose to bat.

Millhouses Works 1st XI: 144 for 8 (50 overs).

Everitt 37. Jimmy Ahmed 11-3-36-0; Aaron Whitehead 10-2-29-1; Inez Younis 14-2-46-5; Biswick Kapala 15-3-30-2.

Fall: 34-64-70-71-73-73-79-98.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 147 for 7 (29.4 overs).

Liam Heathcote 79, Oliver Warren 22, Doug Muzawazi 11.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI won by three wickets.


Whitley Hall 3rd XI v Brookhouse 1st XI (home), SYCL Division 5 West

Whitley won toss and chose to field.

Brookhouse: 162 (41.2 overs). Matt Brown 12-1-54-4; Josh Singleton 12.2-1-49-4.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI: 163 for 8 (49.1 overs). Nick Lowe 61 not out, Josh Singleton 60.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI won by 2 wickets.


Sunday July 5th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Wickersley 1st XI (away), Whitworth Cup semi-final

Wickersley won the toss and chose to bat.

Wickersley 1st XI: 157-7 (38.4 overs). Jahangir 33, Jordon Lowe 36. Longhurst 6-1-15-2; B. Webster 9-3-28-1; Batty 5.4-2-18-0; T. Fletcher 9-1-26-1; Tasker 4-0-24-1; C. Wragg 5-0-28-2.

Fall: 11-27-46-68-84-113-124.

A thunderstorm ended play at 4.15pm, and, though the heavy rain eventually stopped and weather conditions improved, because of the state of the ground in certain areas the match was abandoned at 7pm. To be replayed next Sunday July 12th.


Saturday July 11th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Wath 1st XI (away), SYCL Championship

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to field.

Wath 1st XI: 94 all out (27.5 overs)

Dyson 23.  Neil Longhurst 10-2-35-1; Ben Webster 6-1-22-2; Tom Fletcher 7.5-2-10-5; Liam Bacon 4-0-12-2.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 98 for 2 (14.4 overs). Anthony Wilson 66 not out, Sam Chatterton 15, Alex Fletcher 15 not out.

Whitley Hall 1st XI won by eight wickets (7pts).


Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Aston Hall 2nd XI (home), SYCL Division One.

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to field.

Aston Hall 2nd XI: 166 all out (39.4 overs). Tim Shaw 93, R. Stump 23.  B. Kapala 9.4-2-41-2; J.Ahmed 12-4-36-3; C. Wragg 7-0-34-0; J. Webster 6-0-34-1; J.Chatterton 5-1-15-1.

Fall of wickets: 10-11-42-48-53-117-121-155-166-166.

Shaw and Holland added 64 for the 6th wicket.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 123 all out (46.3 overs). Muzawazi 72, Verity 22, Lowe 14. Nigel Walker 6-27, Shaw 3-13. Fall of wickets: 54-111-111-111-111-112-112-116-119-123.

Atone stage 111 and only one wicket down, then 123 all out!

Aston Hall won by 43 runs.

Note: Prior to this match, Aston Hall 2nds, who are bottom of Div I, had won only 1 of 12 matches and lost 8.


Sunday July 12th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Wickersley Old Village 1st XI (away), Whitworth Cup semi-final

Wickersley won the toss and chose to bat.

Wickersley OV 1st XI: 185 for 8 (45 overs). Shaaghan Younis 70, Jahangir 29.  Neil Longhurst 9-2-24-2; Ben Webster 6.3-0-41-1; Liam Bacon 9-1-33-0; Alex Fletcher 0.3-0-0-0; Tom Fletcher 9-1-27-3; Jim Tasker 4-0-18-0; Greig Batty 7-0-38-2.

Fall: 22-66-100-100-116-125-167-176

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 186 for 3 (34.3 overs). Anthony Wilson 65 (11x4s, 2x6s), Neil Longhurst 76 not out (12x4s), Greig Batty 25 not out. Bothma 1-50, Afzai 1-36, Jahangir 1-23.

Tasker and Wilson 72 for 3rd wicket, Longhurst and Batty 80 (unbroken) for 4th wicket.

Fall: 0-34-106.

Whitley Hall won by seven wickets.

Note: Whitley’s changes from the previous Sunday saw Chris Siddall unavailable, and Liam Heathcote came in, while Liam Bacon replaced Charlie Wragg. Late on Matt Milburn reported sick and Chris Verity came into the team.


Whitley Hall 3rd XI v Shiregreen 3rd XI (away), SYCL Division 5 West.

Whitley won toss and chose to field.

Shiregreen 3rd XI: 205 for 8 (46 overs).

Eric Robinson 50. Charlie Wragg 11-4-21-2; 9-1-55-2; Joe Chatterton 10-0-41-1; Joe Webster 7-0-25-2.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI: 207 for 5 (44.4 overs).

Nelson Windle 49, Tom Staniland 32, Travis Hodgson 23.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI won by five wickets.


Saturday July 18th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Wickerley 1st XI (home), SYCL Championship

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to field.

Wickersley 1st XI: 236 for 7 (50 overs). Jordan Lowe 61, Richard Harrison 48. N. Longhurst 11-3-41-0; G. Batty 13-1-63-4; T. Fletcher 15-4-58-2; L. Bacon 7-1-32-1; C. Wragg 4-0-30-0.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 219 all out (49.1 overs). Sam Chatterton 55, Tasker 40, Longhurst 32, A. Wilson 21. Bothma 4-65, Iftikhar Afzai 5-54.

Fall: 31-33-137-138-190-206-206-210-214-219.

Lost last five wickets for 13 runs.

Wickersley won by 17 runs.

Meanwhile, Treeton won by 90 runs at Darfield, where Steve Foster hit 127 and claimed 5-26! And Aston Hall (37-0) beat Coal Aston (36 all out) by ten wickets, Ludlan claiming 8 for 17!


Top of Championship table now reads:

Treeton  P14 64pts (15bp)

Aston H P14 60pts (12bp)

WHCC  P14 59pts  (10bp)

Tickhill P14 57pts (12bp)


Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Kexborough 1st XI (away), SYCL Division One.

Kexborough won toss and chose to bat.

Kexborough 1st XI: 213 all out (46.2 overs). Andy Moore 95. B. Kapala 14.2-3-68-5; J. Ahmed 13-2-51-2; A.Whitehead 6-2-31-1; J. Chatterton 7-1-36-0; J. Webster 6-1-24-2.

Fall: 24-38-62-62-72-93-144-191-198-213. (72 for 5 at one stage).

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 152 all out (41.5 overs). Muzawazi 47, Heathcote 43, Kapala 23.  Jepps 3-41, Steve Honeyman Jnr 4-34, A. Moore 3-18.

Fall: 47-65-96-96-99-123-125-125-152-152.

Kexborough won by 61 runs.


Sunday July 19th

SYCL T20 regional finals (at Wath)

Whitley Hall 1st XI v CoalAston 1st XI (semi-final)

Whitley Hall: 102 all out (19.3 overs). Jimmy Ahmed 22, Andrew Hirst 21, Neil Longhurst 17, Jim Tasker 17.

Coal Aston: 99 all out (19.4 overs). Hemingway 41. Liam Bacon 3-12, Jimmy Ahmeed 4-14, Jim Tasker 2-18.

Whitley won by 3 runs.

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Wickersley 1st XI (final)

Wickersley 1st XI: 188 for 3 (20 overs).Shaajhan Younis 100 not out, R. Harrison 31, Lowe 29. L. Bacon 1-24, N. Longhurst 1-45, G. Batty 1-32.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 104 all out (17 overs). N. Longhurst 31, A. Fletcher 13, L. Heathcote 12. Ellis 3-24, Younis 3-14.

Wickersley won by 84 runs.


Billy Oates Cup semi-final: Whitley Hall 3rd XI v Wentworth

Wentworth won toss and chose to field.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI: 208 for 8 (45 overs). Kevin Brown 56, Josh Singleton 50, Brad Whitehead 28, Joe Chatterton 17

Wentworth: 212 for 7 (40.5 overs). Jordan Watson 90, Josh Heenan 43. A. Riddle 7-0-32-2; A. Whitehead 9-2-33-2; J. Chatterton 9-1-37-1; J. Singleton 5.5-0-43-2.

Wentworth won by three wickets


Saturday July 25th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Conisbrough 1st XI (away), SYCL Championship

Whitley Hall won the toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 408 for six(50 overs).  Neil Longhurst 213 (24x4s, 10x6s, 132 balls); Jim Tasker 69; Anthony Wilson 61; Chris Siddall 30; Matt Milburn 21.  Longhurst & Tasker 260 for 4th wicket. Oliver Jackson 3-104.

Fall of wickets: 52-52-140-400-408-408.

Conisbrough 1st XI: 200 all out (32 overs). Jack Whittaker 50, Oliver Jackson 37.

Fall of wickets: 12-33-45-69-81-90-91-132-200-200.

Ben Webster 7-1-30-3; Liam Bacon 10-0-54-2; Greig Batty 7-0-54-3; Tom Fletcher 5-0-41-0; Jim Tasker 2-0-13-0; Anthony Wilson 1-0-3-2. Sam Chatterton 5 catches.

Whitley Hall 1st XI won by 208 runs (7pts).

Today leaders Treeton beat Coal Aston by 7 wkts (5pts), while Aston Hall beat Hallam by 9 wkts (7pts). Top of table now looks like this:

1. Treeton 69pts

2. Aston Hall 67 pts

3. Whitley Hall 66 pts

4. Wickersley 55pts


Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Sheffield Collegiate 2nd XI (home), SYCL Division One.

Whitley Hall won the toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 80 all out (27.3 overs). James Ahmed 26, Aaaron Whitehead 19. Shaw 3-38, Lomas 3-12, Schofield 4-29.

Fall of wickets: 3-7-8-31-31-40-42-54-55-80.

Collegiate 2nd XI: 83 for one (10.2 overs). Tyas 49 not out. Ahmed 1-29.

Collegiate won by 9 wickets.


SaturdayAugust 1st

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Darfield 1st XI, away, SYCL Championship

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 198 for 7 (42.2 overs). Anthony Wilson 82 not out, Chris Siddall 29, Jim Tasker 29.

Rain: match abandoned. 2 pts.

Two of Whitley’s rivals at the top of the Championship, Treeton and Aston Hall, both won. Treeton beat bottom club Wath by 6 wickets, while Aston beat Wickersley by 38 runs. The top of  the Championship now looks like this:

1 Treeton… P16 W11 L3 BP17  76pts;

2 Aston H.. P16 W10 L2 BP14 72pts;

3 WHCC… P16 W10 L3 BP12 68pts.

4 Wickersley         56pts


Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Norton Oakes 1st XI, home, SYCL Division One

Norton Oakes won toss and chose to bat.

Norton Oakes 1st XI: 168 all out (46.4 overs). P. Revill 42. B. Kapala 12-1-65-2; A. Whitehead 8-3-16-1; C. Wragg 6-0-32-1; Inez Younis 15-4-43-5; J. Chatterton 5-4-3-0; D. Muzawazi 0.4-0-3-1.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 88 for 2 (17 overs). D. Muzawazi 54, C. Verity 30.

Rain: match abandoned. 2 pts.

2nd XI now P16 W 5 L7 41pts 8th in Div 1.


Whitley Hall 3rd XI v Meborough Ath 2nd XI, away, SYCL Division 5 West

Mexborough won toss and chose tofield.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI: 331 for 6 (46 overs). Todd Dennien 190, Nick Lowe 46, Josh Dobson 39.

Fall: 11-28-162-295-298-318.

Mexborough 2nd XI: 146 all out (31.4 overs). J. Hobson 58. Matt Brown 9-4-22-6; A. Riddle 7-2-25-0; J. Nalty 6-0-43-1; J. Dobson 5-0-32-0; 4.4-0-15-2.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI (5pts) won by 185 runs.


Saturday August 8th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Houghton Main 1st XI (home), SYCL Championship

Houghton Main won the toss and chose to bat.

Houghton Main 1st XI: 150 all out (34.5 overs). Merryweather 46, Rehman 32, Sinton 30. Longhurst 7-2-15-2; Bacon 7-0-52-4; T. Fletcher 8-2-30-1; Batty 3-1-15-0; A. Wilson 7-1-26-1; Tasker 2.5-0-2-2. Note: Alex (‘Call me Alex Stewart’) Fletcher claimed 4 catches as stand-in wktkeepr, Batty 3 catches.

Fall of wkts: 3-19-39-42-45-45-121-141-150-150. (Rehman and Merryweather 76 for 7th wicket.)

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 153 for 3 (24.1 overs). Siddall 61, Longhurst (run out) 49, Tasker 26no. Fall: 42-53-116.

Whitley Hall 1st XI won by seven wickets.

Footnote: Whitley were without Ben Webster, Sam Chatterton, and Matt Milburn, but they weren’t missed. Doug Muzawazi and Steve Bethel came into the side, with Greig Batty returning after missing last week. Alex played a blinder behind the stumps, Sam might not get back in.

The situation at the top of the SYCL Championship now looking very interesting after today’s results. While Whitley were beating Houghton Main, Aston Hall were settling for five points, but their victory at Elsecar shot them into top spot, with Treeton being beaten by five wickets at Hallam.

So now the top of the table looks like this:

1. Aston Hall P17 77pts;

2. Treeton P17 76pts;

3. WHCC P17 75pts;

4.Wickersley P17 61pts.

And next weekend Whitley visit Aston Hall, while Treeton go to Wickersley.

Then, on Sunday, it’s the Whitworth Cup final at Elsecar, where Whitley face Treeton.


Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Barnsley 2nd XI (away). SYCL Division One.

Barnsley won toss and chose to bat.

Barnsley 2nd XI: 202 for 6 (50 overs).A.Clayton 60. (Clayton & Lavender 80 for 5th wicket). Kapala 14-1-59-1; A.Whitehead 7-1-35-1;Wragg 11-3-41=2; I. Younis 92-34-1; J. Chatterton 9-1-28-1.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 203 for 6 (43 overs). Heathcote 46 (47 balls, ten 4s), Dennien 50no (six 4s), Warren 55 (51 balls, ten 4s).

WHCC 2nd XI (captained by Tim Wadsworth in absence of Joe Webster) won by 4 wickets (5pts).


Saturday August

Whitley 1st XI v Aston Hall (away), SYCL Championship

Aston Hall won toss and chose to bat.

Aston Hall 1st XI: 276 for 5 (50 overs). Nicholas Smit 139 (13x4s, 6x6s); Matthew Cartwright 90. L.Bacon 9-2-43-1; N. Longhurst 12-2-66-3; T. Fletcher 14-2-74-0; B. Webster 6-0-19-0; J. Tasker 6-1-43-0; G. Batty 3-0-29-0.

Fall: 14-25-251-272-275. Smit & Cartwright 226 for 3rd wicket.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 169 for 7 (50 overs). A.Wilson 60, J. Tasker 29 not out, C. Siddall 24, N. Longhurst 21, A. Fletcher 14. Uzman Azeem 4-22, Steele 2-42.

Fall: 6-70-104-127-131-145-145.

Aston Hall won by 107 runs.


Wickersley beat Treeton by 68 runs (Younis 130 not out for Wickersley).

Top of Championship now reads:

1. Aston Hall P18 82pts (14 BP);

2. Treeton….. P18 76pts (17 BP);

3. WHCC … P18 75pts (14 BP).

Each club has 4 matches left to play


Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Rockingham 1st XI (home), SYCL Division One

Rockingham 1st XI: 230 for 7 (50 overs). Dalton 42, Baker 49. J. Ahmed 12-0-44-0; B. Kapala 14-1-55-1; C. Wragg 11-1-47-3; I. Younis 10-1-53-2; J. Webster 3-0-19-0.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 65 all out (21.5 overs). J. Ahmed 17, O. Warren 11. M. Wilkinson 7-38.

Rockingham won by 165 runs.




Sunday August 16th 2015


at Elsecar

Whitley won toss and chose to bat.

Result : Whitley Hall CC – 1st XI – Won by 41 runs

Whitley Hall CC – 1st XI 181-9 (45 overs) Treeton CC – 1st XI -140 all out (44 overs)

Whitley Hall CC – 1st XI

Name How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Balls
1 Matthew Milburn ct Jamie Harrison b Muhammad Attari (OS) 20 3 0 29
2 Chris Siddall not out 64 6 2 108
3 Anthony Wilson (o/s) ct Jamie Harrison b Muhammad Attari (OS) 0 0 0 10
4 Neil Longhurst ct Jamie Harrison b Adam Clarke 53 10 0 54
5 Jim Tasker* b Adam Clarke 0 0 0 2
6 Greig Batty b Greg Norton 20 0 2 39
7 Alex Fletcher ct Jamie Harrison b Stephen Foster 7 0 0 16
8 Sam Chatterton b Muhammad Attari (OS) 4 1 0 6
9 Liam Bacon b Muhammad Attari (OS) 3 0 0 11
10 Ben Webster b Stephen Foster 0 0 0 1
11 Tom Fletcher not out 0 0 0 1
Extras lb (3), nb (7) 10
Total 181-9

Fall of Wickets:  23-1 Milburn; 26-2 Wilson; 105-3 Longhurst; 105-4 Tasker; 136-5 Batty; 155-6 A. Fletcher; 161-7 Chatterton; 172-8 Bacon; 173-9 Webster.

Bowling: Stephen Foster 9-0-32-2; Attari 9-1-29-4; Roebuck 4-1-17-0;Norton 9-1-44-1; Clarke 9-1-32-2; Cunningham 5-0-24-0.

Treeton CC – 1st XI

Name How Out Bowler Runs 4s 6s Balls
1 Charlie Roebuck ct Greig Batty b Liam Bacon 0 0 0 4
2 Stephen Foster ct Neil Longhurst b Liam Bacon 41 6 0 69
3 Scott Cunningham lbw b Tom Fletcher 20 4 0 46
4 Gareth Davies* ct Neil Longhurst b Jim Tasker 4 1 0 23
5 Chris Cobb ct Sam Chatterton b Greig Batty 15 0 0 51
6 Paul Fenn ct Anthony Wilson (o/s) b Jim Tasker 11 2 0 17
7 Greg Norton b Greig Batty 1 0 0 2
8 Irfan Mirza ct Anthony Wilson (o/s) b Greig Batty 9 1 0 13
9 Adam Clarke ct Greig Batty b Neil Longhurst 16 1 1 13
10 Jamie Harrison not out 9 1 0 19
11 Muhammad Attari (OS) ct Liam Bacon b Greig Batty 7 1 0 7
Extras lb (4), w (3) 7
Total 140

Fall of Wickets: 0-1 Roebuck; 37-2 Cunningham; 65-3 Davies; 68-4 Foster; 86-5 Fenn; 88-6 Norton; 106-7 Mirza; 106-8 Cobb; 133-9 Clarke; 140 all out Attari.



Bowling: Liam Bacon 7-1-23-2; Ben Webster 6-1-32-0; Tom Fletcher 9-3-12-1; Neil Longhurst 6-1-28-1; Jim Tasker 9-2-17-2; Greig Batty 7-0-24-4.

Man of Match: Liam Bacon.


Saturday August 22nd

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Elsecar 1st XI (home), SYCL Championship

Elsecar won toss and invited Whitley to bat.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 262 for 7 dec (45.5 overs).Anthony Wilson 106 (9x4s, 7x6s); Jim Tasker 57; Extras 30. Wilson and Tasker 139 for 4th wicket; Wilson and Batty 57 for 5th wicket. Naveed 3-48; Hussain 2-96; Ivill 2-45.

Elsecar 1st XI: 23 for 2 (6.1 overs). Longhurst 2 for 7.

Match abandoned. Rain.

Very hot and sunny at the start of play. Later thunder, lighning, rainbows, Several heavy showers and then downpours.

The match between Treeton (top) and Aston Hall (second) was also abandoned when the scoreboard suggested a likely Treeton success.

So the positions at the top of the table are unchanged:

1.Aston Hall P 19 84pts (14bp); 2. Treeton P19 78pts (17bp); 3.Whitley Hall P19 77pts (14bp).

Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Shiregreen 1st XI (away), SYCL Division One

Shiregreen won toss and chose to bat.

Shiregreen 1st XI: 269-4 (50 overs).

Whitley Hall 2nd XI:21for 0 (2.5 overs).

Match abandoned –rain.


Saturday August 29th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Tickhill 1st XI (home), SYCL Championship

Whitley won toss and chose to field.

Tickhill 1st XI: 233 for 8 (50 overs). Rennison 48, Fiddles 87. Extras 17 (3lb, 8w, 1nb, 5 penalty runs). Bacon 5-1-24-0; Longhurst 8-0-32-0; B. Webster 15-4-43-2; Tasker 14-2-63-4; Batty 3-0-19-0; T.Fletcher 5-0-44-2.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 229 all out (50 overs). Milburn 20, Siddall 1, Wilson 2, Tasker 28, Longhurst 20, A. Fletcher 70, Batty 15, Chatterton 39, Bacon 8, T. Fletcher 7, B. Webster 0no.

Fall: 5-22-24-50-98-134-209-209-224-229.

Alex Fletcher (70) and Sam Chatterton (39) added 75 for 7th wicket.

Umpires: Peter McDonald and Terry Bateman.

Tickhill won by 4 runs. (Note that Whitley suffered a five-run penalty for dissent by skipper Jim Tasker, who was upset by a wide call when he believed the umpire had misinterpreted the rule when the batsman switches to a reverse stroke to a ball on the leg-side. Jim may have said something, and he subsequently snatched his cap from the umpire –McDonald– at the end of his over. During the match Tasker rebuked Longhurst publicly over the latter’s reluctance to field exactly where the captain wanted.)

Note: In other matches in the Championship, Treeton beat Conisbrough by 9 wickets (7pts); Aston Hall beat Darfield by 109 runs (5pts); Wickersley beat Wath by 2 wickets (7pts). Top of table now looks like this:

1. Aston Hall.. P20 W13 L2 89pts;

2. Treeton……. P20 W12 L5 85pts;

3. WHCC……. P20 W11 L5 77pts;

4. Wickersley. P20 W11 L6 77pts;

5. Tickhill…… P20 W10 L8 70pts.

Report as appeared on League website:

What has gone wrong at Baxter Field ? After 10 matches Whitley Hall were unbeaten and top of the championship and enjoying a 10 point lead. After Saturday they found themselves pushed out of the top three positions as they encountered their fifth defeat in their last nine matches played. On Saturday they faced Tickhill and asked their opponents to bat first. Tickhill amassed a total of 233 for 8. Andrew Rennison (48) and skipper Ashley Fiddler added 70 runs for the first wicket. James Stuart then contributed 31 as Tickhill reached 131 for 2. Fiddler was the seventh wicket to fall when he reached 87, including seven fours and a six. Jim Tasker once again took Whitley’s bowling plaudits with four for 63.

In what is becoming a regular occurrence the Whitley top order failed to ignite and the innings struggled at 50 for four. Alex Fletcher took up the cause with a sparkling 70 and a boundary count of five fours and three sixes. He combined with stumper Sam Chatterton (39) to add 65 runs for the seventh wicket and take the innings to 209 for 6, with victory within sight. The innings took a downward turn at this point with both Fletcher and Chatterton leaving without further addition. Frustration reached an all time high as not only did Whitley fall just 4 runs short but in their vain attempt, the final wicket fell on the final ball to deny them 2 bonus point and the third place position. Australian Steve Reid took  three for 74 for Tickhill.


Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Whiston PC 1st XI (away), SYCL Division One.

Whiston won toss and chose to field.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 201 for 8 (50 overs). Muzawazi 54; Verity 67; J.Ahmed 55no. David Pike 3-49. Muzawazi and Verity 110 for 1st wicket.

Fall: 110-122-133-150-161-163-178-179.

Whiston PC 1st XI: 105 all out (35.4 overs). James Martin 41. Ahmed 11-1-40-3; A. Whitehead 7-2-14-2; Wragg 7-2-19-1; J. Chatterton 7.4-0-18-4; J. Webster 3-0-12-0.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI won by 96 runs (7pts). League record to date: P20 W7 L8 55pts.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI v Treeton 3rdXI (home), SYCL Division 5 West

Treeton won toss and chose to bat.

Treeton 3rd XI: 88 all out (34.1 overs). Riddle 6-3-16-1; Lowe 8-3-14-1; Singleton 11.1-3-30-6; Foulkes 4-1-8-1; O. Ashton 5-1-10-1.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI: 89 for 2 (16.4 overs). B. Whitehead 39 not out, Lowe 33 not out.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI won by 8 wickets (7pts) and go top of the table.

1. Whitley Hall 3rd XI P16 W13 L0 93pts;

2. Brookhouse…………P17 W13 L2 89pts;

3. Wickersley 3rd XI…P17 W9  L7  65 pts.

Monday August 31st

Whitley Hall 3rd XI v Caribbean (home), Division 5 West

Match cancelled –rain.


Saturday September 5th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Coal Aston 1st XI (away), SYCL Championship

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to field.

Coal Aston 1st XI: 141 all out (41.1 overs). Johnson 27, R. Shutt 27. Ben Webster 11-1-45-2; Greig Batty 10.1-0-52-3; Jim Tasker 10-1-28-2; Tom Fletcher 9-4-14-3; Anthony Wilson 1-0-1-0.

Fall: 15-53-55-74-75-91-107-115-119-141.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 143 for 2 (22.4 overs). Anthony Wilson 86no (7x4s,7x6s), Neil Longhurst 38no (6x4s, 1×6), Milburn 0, Siddall 13.

Fall: 0-44.

Whitley Hall won by 8 wickets

As Darfield beat Tickhill by 1 wicket (in an exciting finish after it had looked like Tickhill might win), and Conisbrough beat Wickersley by 5 wickets, the victory by the Wizards ensured them of promotion to the new ECB Yorkshire South Premier League for next season!

Top of Championship:

1. Aston Hall P21 W14 L2  96pts;

2. Treeton….. P21 W13 L5  92pts;

3. WHCC….. P21 W12 L5  84pts;

4. Wickers’y P21 W11 L7  77pts;

5. Tickhill…. P21 W10 L9  70pts.

Aston Hall beat Wath by 5 wickets, and Treeton beat Houghton M by 5 wickets; so the destiny of the title will be decided next Saturday…and Treeton are the visitors to Whitley!

Whitley Hall 2nd XI v Rotherham Town 2nd XI (home), SYCL Division One

Whitley Hall won the toss and chose to field.

Rotherham 2nd XI: 255 for 7 (50 overs). Shah 50, Mo Raza 49, Cooper 56. A. Whitehead 14-2-52-2; D. Muzawazi 11-1-72-2; J. Chatterton 14-1-84-2; J. Webster 7-0-28-1; T.Stniland 4-0-16-0.

Whitley Hall 2nd XI: 145 all out (39.1 overs). Liam Heathcote 47, Oliver Warren 35. Hussain 5-40.

Rotherham won by 110 runs.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI v Scholes 2nd XI (away), SYCL Division Five West

Scholes won toss and chose to bat.

Scholes: 48 all out (16.2 overs). J. Nalty 3-26; M. Ahmed 3-11; O.Ashton 1-6; M.Brown 2-1.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI: 49 for 2 (10.2 overs). J. Singleton 34no.

Top of Division 5 west:

1. Brookhouse P19 W15 L2 103pts;

2. WHCC 3rds P18 W14 L0 102pts;

3. Wickersley P18 W9   L7   67pts.

Sunday September 6th

A sunny Sunday in September, indeed a peach of a day of the sort that we have seldom enjoyed this summer; and it was very enjoyable to be able to sit out and enjoy the cricket at Whitley. Sadly, however, the 3rd XI, already assured of promotion from the SYCL Division Five West, suffered their first League defeat of the season –and the match (which visitors Shiregreen won by 7 wickets) finished rather earlier than we might have wished!


Whitley Hall 3rd XI won the toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall 3rd XI: 83 all out (28.1 overs). Bradley Whitehead 21, Joe Chatterton 18. Lewis Walker 3-13.

Shiregreen 3rd XI: 84 for 3 (18.2 overs). J. Nalty 7-1-25-1; J. Chatterton 4-1-16-1.

Shiregreen won by seven wickets.

Top positions in Division 4 West:

1. Brookhouse P19 W15 L2 103 pts;

2. WHCC 3rds P19 W14 L1 102 pts;

3. Shiregreen  P19 W9 L5  73pts.


Saturday September 12th

Whitley Hall 1st XI v Treeton 1st XI (home), SYCL Championship

Start of match delayed untilshortly before 2pm owing to rain. Reduced to 35 overs each side.

Whitley Hall won toss and chose to bat.

Whitley Hall 1st XI: 207 for 4 (35 overs). Siddall 95no (100 balls, 12x4s, 1×6); Milburn 50; Chatterton 18. Fall of wickets: 76-119-135-156.

Treeton 1st XI: 211 for 6 (28.2 overs). Roebuck 46, Foster 66. B. Webster 6-0-59-0; Bacon 3-0-23-0;  Batty 5-0-30-0; T. Fletcher 6-2-22-2; Wragg 4-0-37-2; Tasker 4.2-0-36-2.

Treeton (5pts) won by 4 wickets.

Top of final Championship table:

1. Aston Hall….P22 W15 L2  101pts;

2. Treeton………P22 W14 L5    97pts;

3. Whitley Hall P22 W12 L6    84pts;

4. Wickersley… P22 W11 L7    79pts;

5. Tickhill…….. P22  W11 L9   77pts.

Note: Aston Hall, starting the day with a four-point advantage, held on to this by winning at Consibrough by 69 runs (5pts).

WHCC held a ten-point lead at the top, after ten matches their record was W8 L0; their record in the following 12 matches saw them win 4 and lose 6. Better fortunes await them next summer!

Whitley Hall’s 2nd XI match at Norton Woodseats (SYCL Divison One) was washed out by rain.

Sunday September 13th

Whitley Hall 3rd XI v Wickersley 3rd XI (away) SYCL Division 5 West


Wickersley 3rd XI won the toss and elected to field/

WHCC 3rd XI: 216 for 6 (46 overs). Joe Chatterton 62 not out, Josh Singleton 52, Roy Sanderson 36, Kevin Brown 27.

Wickersley 3rd XI: 178 all out (39.1 overs). Tattershall 77. Cameron Foulkes 4-18; Matt Brown 2-31; Alistair Riddle 1-20; Aaron Whitehead 1-19; Roy Sanderson 1-19; Charlie Wragg 1-30.

Whitley Hall won by 38 runs –and clinched the Division 5 West title!

Top positions:

1. Whitley Hall 3rd XI..P20 W15 L1 109pts;

2. Brookhouse………….P20 W15 L2  105pts;

3.Shiregreen…………….P20 W10 L5    80pts.

Congratulations to Kevin Brown and his boys. We’re proud of you!


Review and stats Compiled and edited by Keith Farnsworth



Edited and updated by Keith Farnsworth Dec 2 2013/Feb 18 2014/Apr 11 2014/29 Sep 2014/Nov 29 2014/Sept 19 2015