Pontefract League: Back-to-back wins boost Fairburn’s double hopes

Sandal wicketkeeper Chris Gibson stumps James Garon of Hemsworth. PIC: Steve Riding
Sandal wicketkeeper Chris Gibson stumps James Garon of Hemsworth. PIC: Steve Riding
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FAIRBURN boosted their chances of completing a league and cup double with two victories last weekend.

They beat Division One title rivals Streethouse on Saturday and trounced Hemsworth in the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy the next day.

Guy Abdy (3-20), Paul Clark (2-8), Craig Piggott (2-29) and Adam Williamson (2-23) routed Streethouse for 116 after Piggott (44) and James Clegg (43) had led Fairburn to 163-9.

Fairburn visit Fishlake in the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy semi-finals on July 20 after Piggott (100), Danny Murray (49no) and Clegg (43) guided them to 319-5 against Hemsworth who managed only 130 in reply.

Fishlake avenged the previous week’s league defeat against Streethouse by knocking out the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy holders.

Streethouse were skittled for 88, chasing Fishlake’s 197-6 that included 63 by Tim Elliott.

South Kirkby host West Bretton in the other Dyson-Skidmore Trophy semi-final.

South Kirkby had a walk-over against Wombwell while West Bretton comfortably beat fellow Division Two outfit Sandal.

Luke Smith (81no) put on 110 with Tom Atkinson (75) and shared an unbroken 99-run stand with Tony Rushforth (61no) as Bretton piled up 272-2.

Matt Westwood (38) top-scored for Sandal who were bowled out in reply for 159.

South Kirkby’s hopes of being crowned Division One champions for the first time were dented by Saturday’s one-wicket defeat at Old Sharlston.

After Jason Ball (4-19) had toppled Kirkby for 84, Dave Rollin (4-23) reduced Sharlton’s reply to 74-9 but Mark Reeves and Rob Simpson rescued them with a match-winning unbroken last wicket stand of 21.

It left third-placed Kirkby 14 points adrift of leaders Ackworth who are four points clear of closest rivals Fairburn after beating Monk Bretton by eight wickets, thanks to all-rounder Dale Longfield (52no and 4-31).

Hooton Pagnell improved their chances of avoiding relegation when Alwyn Dyke (64 and 3-10) and Steve Hardaker (5-36) led them to a six-wicket win at Stainborough that lifted them above Nostell and Frickley who lost to Fishlake and Wombwell respectively.

Rothwell climbed out of the bottom two in Division Two by defeating fellow strugglers Knottingley who they also beat on the opening day.

Mark Bentley (62no) and John Lumb (52no) shared an unbroken century stand to guide Rothwell to victory after Tom Steel (5-37) and Lumb (4-37) had restricted Knottingley to 130.

Richard Cooper (58) and Tracy Shepherd (4-35) were Crofton’s match-winners as they moved 10 points clear of the relegation zone by beating title chasers Featherstone by four runs.

Featherstone’s only consolation was that promotion rivals Barnby Dun lost at Allerton Bywater, for whom Akeel Ali snapped up 4-19 and Gareth Portman hit an unbeaten 60.

Promotion hopefuls Hemsworth climbed to fourth place by narrowly beating Sandal.

Half centuries by Kevan Locke and Kieran Locke saw Hemsworth post 194-7 and Sandal’s reply fell seven runs short, despite Matt Westwood’s 83.

Glasshoughton and Brook-Walton stayed on course for promotion from Division Three.

Richard Caunce and Rob Sperrin struck half centuries and Elliott Spears bagged 4-9 as leaders Glasshoughton crushed bottom team Normanton.

Jordan Harvey (60no) and Richard Vigars (60no) shared an unboken 85-run partnership as Wakefield side Brook-Walton maintained their unbeaten league record by defeating Brodsworth. East Hardwick team Hundhill Hall, who narrowly missed promotion last season, slipped to fourth bottom in the table after losing at Rossington. Simon Jewitt’s battling 40 was in vain as Hundhill fell for 120, replying to Rossington’s 148-9.

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