Local cricket: Fairburn and South Kirkby all set for final

Craig Robinson of Featherstone edges the ball to slip and is out against Knottingley.
Craig Robinson of Featherstone edges the ball to slip and is out against Knottingley.
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FAIRBURN will aim to lift the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy in their first appearance in the final when they face previous winners South Kirkby at Ackworth on Sunday.

The teams also meet in a Division One fixture at South Kirkby on Saturday.

Jake Abdy – one of four Abdy brothers in Fairburn’s team – snapped up 3-14 from seven overs and Paul Clark and Simon Kemp each claimed two wickets at Fishlake were toppled for 118 in last Sunday’s delayed semi-final.

Fairburn’s reply was in trouble at 31-3 before Craig Piggott (69no) and Danny Murray (25no) saw them home with an unbroken 91-run stand.

South Kirkby and Fairburn both suffered setbacks to their hopes of a league and cup double with defeats the previous day.

Piggott’s century was in vain for Fairburn as they lost top spot in Division One with a six-wicket home defeat against Wombwell Main.

Kirkby lost by 18 runs to Monk Bretton, despite Ashley Vickers’ 5-28 and Nick Percival’s 49. Ackworth climbed above Fairburn when Dean Matthews (5-40), Chris O’Grady (61no) and Peter Hepworth (41) led them to a seven-wicket victory at Streethouse.

Nostell and Frickley improved their chances of avoiding relegation. Andy Wathey (56) gave Frickley the edge at Stainborough and all-rounders Tim Oram (61 and 4-26) and Lee Hurst (54 and 5-29) were Nostell’s match-winners at Old Sharlston.

Featherstone’s Division Two title bid was dented by a two-wicket defeat against lowly Knottingley, for whom John Clark and Eddie Wilson each claimed four wickets.

Hemsworth climbed to third place by beating Crofton, who were restricted to 110-9 by James Gorton’s 6-24 from 14 overs.

Rothwell and Allerton Bywater eased their relegation fears but Sandal’s worries increased when they lost at West Bretton.

Dave Hoyle (96no) and Tom Atkinson (60) guided Bretton to 252-5 and Sandal’s reply fell 46 runs short, despite Matt Westwood’s 84.

Simon Booth (86) led Rothwell to 183 at Hatfield whose reply was sent collapsing from 70-0 to 155 all out by Richard Hopwood (6-55).

Jacob Wright (70), Michael Wade (50no) and Gareth Portman (4-44) shone as Allerton beat winless bottom team Whitley Bridge by eight wickets.

Division Three leaders Glasshoughton stayed on course for a league and cup double with two victories.

Liam Hopton hammered a century and Craig Bryant bagged five wickets as the Castleford side retained a five-point lead over closest rivals Brook-Walton by beating Rossington by 22 runs on Saturday.

Glasshoughton lifted the AJS Teamwear Trophy the next day with a five-wicket win over Darton in the final at Hemsworth.

Alex Clemo, who won the man of the match award, finished unbeaten on 106 and Hopton struck 58 as Glasshoughton overhauled Darton’s 216-5 that featured half centuries by Andrew Wood and Nathan Smith.

Glasshoughton are hosting a match between past and present players at their Leeds Road ground this Sunday in honour of their slow-left arm bowler Peter Cockroft who is 75 next month and is celebrating his 60th year of senior cricket this season.

Cockroft made his senior debut for Glasshoughton in the final game of the 1954 season against Townville and he took his 2,000th wicket in senior cricket 52 years later.

He now plays for Glasshoughton second-team who are currently top of Division Seven.

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