Pontefract League: Runners-up spot is still up for grabs

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THE second promotion spot in Division Two is up for grabs with two matches remaining.

Just three points separate West Bretton, Barnby Dun, Featherstone and Hemsworth who are vying to join champions Askern in the top-flight.

Featherstone, who visit Askern on Saturday, stepped up their challenge when James Dunn (62) and Todd Davis (3-32) led them to a 33-run win against Hatfield.

Kieran Dinnage hit an unbeaten 111 as Barnby overhauled Sandal’s 185-7 that included 56 by Karl Hewitt and 48 from Matt Westwood.

West Bretton retained second place when their home game against Hemsworth was abandoned because of a waterlogged pitch.

Knottingley eased their relegation worries by trouncing fellow strugglers Crofton.

Danny Lund (6-19) routed Crofton for 78, replying to Knottingley’s 250-5 that featured a 180-run stand between Nicky Kirton (95) and Matthew Stones (78).

Knottingley are level on points with Crofton, 19 points clear of bottom side Whitley Bridge, who were skittled for 88 by Scott Mantovani (6-42) in an eight-wicket defeat against Askern.

Tom Greenwood (60no) and Jacob Wright (40) led the way as Allerton Bywater bounced back from two defeats by beating Rothwell, for whom Tom Steel struck 47.

It looks increasingly likely the Division One title will be decided on the final day on September 13 when Ackworth host South Kirkby.

All-rounder Ismail Patel (62 and 5-41) gave Streethouse the edge against leaders Kirkby whose 24-run defeat was tough on Nick Crookes (42) and Liam Rollin (6-60).

Kirkby are just one point ahead of Ackworth who dented Fairburn’s hopes of lifting the title for the second time in three seasons.

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