Pontefract League: Hat-trick hero bond leads the way

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FAIRBURN are the new Division One pacesetters after long-time leaders Ackworth lost top spot with a 99-run defeat at Wombwell.

Craig Piggott (62no) and Guy Abdy (54) led Fairburn to an eight-wicket win against Stainborough that put them three points clear of Ackworth who were skittled for 110 by Chris Bond, whose return of 4-30 included a hat-trick.

Steve Secker (88no) and Nick Percival (61) shared a 140-run stand and Max Heritage and Dave Rollin, pictured, each claimed four wickets as South Kirkby maintained their challenge by beating neighbours Frickley.

Fairburn and South Kirkby are both chasing a league and cup double.

Kirkby host West Bretton and Fairburn visit Fishlake in the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy semi-finals on Sunday.

Streethouse revived their title bid when Mark Gibbons (57) and Ismail Patel (42) gave them the upper hand against Monk Bretton.

Defending champions Old Sharlston were involved in the top-flight’s first tie of the season on Saturday.

Chasing Fishlake’s 172-7, Sharlston were all out for an identical total when last man Luke Reeves was trapped leg before by Ryan Pearson (6-38).

Adam Fox (70 and 3-25) was Sharlston’s best performer.

Openers Alwyn Dyke (70no) and Mick Grace (34no) shared an unbroken 118-run stand as Hooton Pagnell eased relegation worries by beating fellow strugglers Nostell by 10 wickets.

Hemsworth continued their surge in Division Two when Richard Locke (45), Keiran Locke (38no) and James Gorton (4-44) led them to a 35-run victory against strugglers Knottingley.

Hemsworth are only seven points adrift of second-placed Featherstone, who were indebted to Khalid Dar (62) and Tom Wragg (48no) for a three-wicket success against Rothwell.

Yorkshire face an anxious wait on Friday evening

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