Pontefract League: Ackworth take over at the top

Craig Piggott

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ACKWORTH are the new Division One leaders after South Kirkby lost top spot with their first defeat this season.

Skipper Peter Hepworth’s unbeaten 41 steered Ackworth to a three-wicket win at Stainborough but Liam Rollin’s undefeated 40 was in vain for Kirkby in a three-wicket loss against Fishlake.

Craig Piggott (pictured above) hammered 88 as 2012 champions Fairburn maintained their unbeaten start by beating Monk Bretton by 46 runs.

Frickley Colliery collected their first points by inflicting champions Old Sharlston’s second defeat in three games.

Ben Sutton (60no) and Alec Elliott (33) led Frickley to victory after Keiron McIntyre (4-39) limited Sharlston to 137.

Promoted Nostell slipped to second bottom on the league ladder after losing by three wickets at Streethouse, for whom Ismail Patel (39) top-scored.

Featherstone and West Bretton maintained their 100 per cent records in Division Two.

Jamie Robinson (51no), James Dunn (35) and Ian Tennant (4-30) gave Featherstone the upper hand against Allerton Bywater.

Mohammed Tokir (50), Jacob Wright (45) and Usman Bashir (3-25) were Allerton’s best performers.

Left-arm paceman Chris Degnan took his tally to 17 wickets in three games as last season’s Division Three champions West Bretton continued their flying start by beating Knottingley.

Degnan (6-6) and Dominic Crossland (3-11) routed Knottingley for 45 after Craig Larrington (3-20) and Andrew Lund (3-26) had bowled out Bretton for 114.

Sandal and Crofton achieved their first wins.

Karl Hewitt struck an unbeaten 73 and Dan Riley hit 47 as Sandal comfortably overhauled Whitley Bridge’s 165-6 that featured a half-century by Lewis Longstaff.

Adam Waite, of Pudsey St Lawrence, who top scored with 75 against Townville. PIC: Steve Riding

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