BATSMAN Chris Wathen defied a nasty facial injury to help Division One title contenders Ackworth continue their winning start to the season.
Chris Welburn (6-39) limited promoted Wombwell Main to 152 but Ackworth were on the brink of defeat when their reply collapsed to 142-9 after Wathen retired hurt early in the innings.
After returning to join last man Craig Walker, Wathen (17no) smashed a six to level the scores and Walker then hit the winning runs in Ackworth’s one-wicket victory. Ackworth are two points behind leaders South Kirkby who maintained their 100 per cent record by beating struggling neighbours Frickley Colliery. Dave Rollin (pictured) bagged 4-15 and his son Liam 4-35 to rout Frickley for 77. Kirkby’s reply was in trouble at 13-2 before Brayden Clark (26), Ashley Vickers (24no) and Nick Crooks (22no) rescued them. Champions Old Sharlston bounced back from an opening day defeat at South Kirkby when Tom Craig (38) steered them to an eight-wicket win over Fishlake who were routed for 61 by Rob Simpson (4-12) and Steve Roberts (3-17). Lee Ogden (42) guided Streethouse to their first victory this season against his old club Monk Bretton who were toppled for 69 by Martin Rhodes (4-10) and Ismail Patel (3-14).
Featherstone, West Bretton and Barnby Dun are the Division Two pacesetters.
James Dunn (66), Ryan Armitage (52), Dave Hiorns (4-40) and Adam Perry (4-37) were Featherstone’s match-winners as they beat Rothwell by 55 runs in the clash of last season’s relegated teams. Andy Humphries (75) led Rothwell’s scoring. Chris Degnan (5-31) took his tally to 11 wickets in two games to give last year’s Division Three champions West Bretton the edge against Crofton, for whom Tracy Shepherd and Andrew Ward each claimed three wickets.