Pontefract League: Ambitious newcomers are on target for the top flight

Ryan Lethbridge of Brook-Walton.

Ryan Lethbridge of Brook-Walton.

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BROOK-Walton have set their sights on reaching the top-flight in only their second season.

After winning the Division Three championship at the first attempt last year, the Wakefield team have again started impressively. They are the new Division Two leaders after Mark Robinson led them to a 71-run win against lowly Allerton Bywater by smashing three sixes and 14 fours in an unbeaten 125 off 124 balls to guide them to 
228-4. Alex Mumford claimed 4-22 as Allerton were bowled out for 157, despite Jacob Wright’s battling 47.

Brook-Walton are one point clear of Sandal and Stainborough who beat Glasshoughton and Rothwell respectively.

Liam Hopton’s century was in vain for Glasshoughton as Sandal overhauled the Castleford side’s 187, thanks to Karl Hewitt (84no) and Matthew Westwood (49). Opener Josh Abson’s unbeaten 114 steered Stainborough to a last-over victory against Rothwell whose defeat was hard on skipper Simon Booth (69no) and Rowan Quarmby (58).

Jack Heritage (5-15) and Craig Webster (2-26) set up Hemsworth’s nine-wicket victory at Crofton by routing the winless bottom team for 97.

Jamie Robinson hammered an unbeaten 89 and Tom Wragg and Mark Swales each bagged four wickets as Featherstone recorded their first win of the campaign at Hatfield Town.

Nick Kirton (65), Matthew Stones (40), Daniel Lund (5-36) and Craig Ellison (4-62) gave Knottingley the edge at Barnby Dun. Fairburn stepped up their Division One title bid by inflicting champions South Kirkby’s first defeat.

Paul Clark (4-49) and Adam Williamson (3-30) limited Kirkby to 208-9 after Brian Devine (62) and Ryan Greatrick (36) had helped second-placed Fairburn post 240-7. Steve Secker (73) and Brayden Clark (37) led Kirkby’s scoring.

Sharlston’s excellent start continued when Dale McMullan (81) and Steve Roberts (34) led them to a seven-wicket victory at Fishlake. Connor Fisher hit an unbeaten 80 and Liam Hyde snapped up 4-46 as Ackworth maintained their challenge by beating Askern by three wickets.

Ackworth completed a successful weekend when Liam Hyde (94no), Fisher (44) and Dave Harris (37) steered them to a five-wicket win at Fairburn in the National Village Cup the next day.

Opener Jonny Winwood smashed a sparkling century off 92 deliveries on Saturday in promoted West Bretton’s total of 192-8 against Frickley whose 137 all-out reply was in trouble when they lost openers Alec Elliott and Inderjit Singh Hayre with only 21 runs on the board.

Mohammed Shoaib (61) and Ben Sutton (60) rescued Frickley by sharing a match-winning 111-run partnership as they won by six wickets.

After narrowly avoiding relegation last season, Nostell are still without a win this year after collapsing from 100-3 to 137 all out in Saturday’s seven-wicket defeat at Hooton Pagnell.

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