Pontefract League: Last-ball run-out proves crucial

Brayden Clark
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SOUTH Kirkby completed the first leg of a potential league and cup double by beating Fairburn twice last weekend.

Kirkby lifted the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy with a seven-wicket win in Sunday’s final at Ackworth.

Steve Secker hit 69 and Brayden Clark, pictured, finished unbeaten on 71 as they overhauled Fairburn’s 179-7 that included 75 by James Clegg.

Division One title contenders Kirkby had a thrilling one-run victory in the previous day’s league fixture after Nick Percival (55), Ashley Vickers (48) and Jacob Peacock (46) had led them to 203-7.

Ryan Greatrick’s century put Fairburn within sight of the target they fell agonisingly short on 202-8 when Simon Kemp was run out off the last ball as he attempted a third run that would have tied the scores.

Leaders Ackworth were given a scare by lowly Nostell.

Chasing Nostell’s 162-9, Ackworth lost their first five batsmen with just eight runs on the board before captain Peter Hepworth (73no), Chris Wathen (41) and Kevin Marshall (20no) rescued them.

Only one team will be relegated from each of the the top two divisions this season because Wombwell Main are switching to the South Yorkshire League.

The top-flight’s relegation battle is wide open with only 11 points separating the bottom four teams.

Stainborough improved their survival chances when they beat Old Sharlston and fellow strugglers Nostell, Frickley and Fishlake all lost.

Ismail Patel (5-37) and Lee Ogden (57) were Streethouse’s match-winners at Frickley.

Division Two leaders Askern coasted to a 10-wicket win at Rothwell, who fell for 51, and Hemsworth climbed to second when Jack Heritage (4-24 from 11 overs) gave them the edge at Barnby Dun.

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