Pontefract League: Holders Kirkby face Fairburn cup test

Frickley's Mohammed Shoaib lashes out at South Kirkby.
Frickley's Mohammed Shoaib lashes out at South Kirkby.
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HOLDERS South Kirkby host Division One title rivals Fairburn in the tie of the round in the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy quarter-finals on Sunday.

Kirkby, aiming to repeat last season’s league and cup double, will be out to avenge a league defeat at Fairburn in May.

Hemsworth visit West Bretton, Monk Bretton host Streethouse and Brook-Walton travel to Ackworth in the other quarter-finals.

Brothers Dean and Dale Woolsey helped defending champions Kirkby regain top spot in Division One with Saturday’s 129-run win over neighbours Frickley.

Dale hit 70 and Dean an unbeaten 55 in Kirkby’s total of 245-8 and Dean then bagged 5-39 to rout Frickley for 116.

Kirkby are two points clear of Fairburn who lost at Ackworth.

Joe Seddon struck 80 and Connor Fisher 78 not out as Ackworth overhauled Fairburn’s 225-8 with five overs to spare.

Ian Jones (45), Craig Piggott (41) and Ryan Greatrick (36) led Fairburn’s scoring.

Dale McMullan (5-26) and Jason Ball (3-21) routed West Bretton for 79, replying to Old Sharlston’s 169-6 that included 43 by Ball and unbeaten 41 from Stuart Bailey.

Bottom team Nostell’s dreadful season continued with a 118-run trouncing at Streethouse.

Mark Gibbons (90), skipper Damien Bowles (57) and new signing Chris Kippax (47) guided Streethouse to 255-9 and Nostell managed only 137.

Sandal lost top spot in Division Two with a 119-run defeat against new leaders Brook-Walton.

Mark Robinson hammered five sixes in an unbeaten 125 off 128 balls as Brook-Walton recovered from 23-3 to post 271-6.

Kevin Watson (5-33) and Alwyn Dyke (2-21) sent Sandal’s reply collapsing from 132-4 to 152 all out.

Hemsworth’s promotion hopes faded when they lost by 39 runs to Featherstone, for whom Adam Perry hit an unbeaten 69 and Dave Hiorns claimed 4-25. James Gorton (49no and 3-61) was Hemsworth best performer.

All-rounder Usman Bashir was Allerton Bywater’s match-winner as they climbed out of the bottom two by winning a low-scoring game against fellow strugglers Knottingley.

Bashir (47) steered Allerton to 125 and Knottingley’s reply fell nine runs short, despite tail-ender Craig Ellison’s unbeaten 39. Richard Lamb claimed 5-44 and Bashir 3-22.

Winless bottom team Crofton, with just 11 points from 11 games, look relegation certainties. Their bowlers were put to the sword by Glasshoughton opener Rob Sperrin whose rapid 146 featured 10 sixes and 16 fours.

Chasing Glasshoughton’s 296, Crofton were skittled for 83 by Elliott Spears (5-24), Jordan Mills (3-30) and Noor Sahaq (2-28).

Hundhill Hall increased their lead in Division Three to seven points when Steve Rigby (80) and Josh Hurcomb (6-27) gave them the edge against promotion rivals Kilnhurst.

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