Pontefract League: Fading title-holders hit by double trouble

Action from Streethouse v Old Sharlston (100495f). PIC: Steve Riding
Action from Streethouse v Old Sharlston (100495f). PIC: Steve Riding
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OLD Sharlston’s trophy hopes suffered a double whammy with two defeats last weekend.

Their chances of retaining the Division One championship faded with their third league defeat of the season at neighbours Streethouse on Saturday.

Jonathan Hughes (93) and Lee Ogden (49) steered Streethouse to 210-9 and Scott Bland (3-39) restricted Sharlston’s reply to 147-8.

Dale McMullan (5-45) and Wayne Walker (40) were Sharlston’s best performers.

Sharlston bowed out of the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy the next day when they lost by 35 runs to Monk Bretton, despite all-rounder Mark Reeves’s 5-23 and 34.

Lee Hurst was Nostell’s match-winner as they climbed off the foot of Division One with their first league win.

Hurst struck 52 and snapped up 5-7 as promoted Nostell beat Stainborough by 56 runs in the clash of the bottom two teams.

Hooton Pagnell and Frickley Colliery’s relegation worries increased when they lost to title-chasers Fairburn and Ackworth respectively.

Guy Abdy (5-18) toppled Hooton for 138, replying to Fairburn’s 177-7 that included 45 apiece from Ian Jones and James Clegg.

Fairburn are nine points adrift of leaders Ackworth who beat Frickley by 101 runs.

Chris Welburn (5-14) and Kevin Marshall (3-7) routed Frickley for 50 – the top-flight’s lowest total this season – after Keiron McIntyre (3-29) and Alec Elliott (3-43) had limited Ackworth to 151.

Featherstone and West Bretton stayed level on points at the top of Division Two.

Joe Bakali (67), Jamie Robinson (65) and Adam Perry (56no) led Featherstone to 223-6 against strugglers Whitley Bridge, who were skittled for 28 by Dave Hiorns (6-7) and Todd Davis (3-20).

Usman Bashir’s 7-28 was in vain for Allerton Bywater in a 38-run defeat against West Bretton, for whom Jonny Winwood hit 53.

West Bretton completed a successful weekend when Luke Smith (53), Dan Wood (3-19) and Matthew Rushforth (3-32) led them to a five-wicket victory against Ackworth in the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy first round.

West Bretton host Featherstone in the second round on Sunday. The other ties are: South Kirkby v Allerton Bywater, Wombwell v Hooton Pagnell, Stainborough v Sandal, Whitley Bridge v Fishlake, Streethouse v Monk Bretton, Barnby Dun v Fairburn, Hatfield v Hemsworth.

Jack Heritage (46no) and James Gorton (23) shared a 53-run partnership as Hemsworth halted their slide in Division Two by recovering from 73-7 to overhaul Hatfield’s 150-9.

Sandal eased their relegation worries when Karl Hewitt (6-38) gave them the edge at Knottingley but Crofton slipped deeper into trouble when they were routed for 51 at Askern.

Rob Sperrin (97) took his tally to 489 runs in six matches as Division Three pacesetters Glasshoughton beat Darton.

Wakefield club Brook-Walton climbed to second by maintaining their unbeaten league record by trouncing Rossington.

Former Glasshoughton player Robbie Williams (9-24) produced the league’s best bowling performance this year as Rossington were routed for 55 after Brook-Walton made 193-8.

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