FRICKLEY Colliery have recovered excellently from a shaky start to the season in Division One.
After losing their first two games against Wombwell Main and South Kirkby, Frickley have won their last two against champions Old Sharlston and Stainborough.
They were the only top-flight team to beat Saturday’s rain when they coasted to an eight-wicket victory against strugglers Stainborough, who never recovered after losing openers Lewis Shepherd and Joe McLee with just two runs on the board.
Lee Capstick bagged 5-16 in an eight-over spell that included four maidens and Alec Elliott snapped up 4-24 from 9.4 overs as Stainborough were skittled for 83, with Jack Steers (21) the only batsman putting up resistance.
In reply, Frickley quickly lost opener Mathew Charlton but Inderjit Singh Hayre (52no) and Ben Sutton (24), above, then put on 58 as they eased home in 16 overs.
Hayre, signed from Yorkshire League Cleethorpes, hit three sixes and seven fours.
In the only other Division One match that started, South Kirkby’s Liam Rollin (4-23) restricted Monk Bretton to 128-9, which included an unbeaten 56 by Dean Crompton.
Kirkby replied with 51-4 before play was abandoned.
In Division Two, Hemsworth were poised for victory against Crofton when they were thwarted by rain.
Hemsworth made 140-7 in a 33-over match and Crofton’s reply was in deep trouble when James Gorton (4-6) reduced them to 8-4 and they were on the brink of defeat at 25-7 from 17 overs when the weather rescued them.
Craig Piggott hit 110 as Fairburn reached the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy second round by beating Rothwell by 104 runs on Sunday.
Postponed first round ties have been re-arranged for this Sunday.