Pontefract League: Key weekend for South Kirkby’s trophy ambitions

Ritchie Bresnan
Ritchie Bresnan
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SOUTH Kirkby have two crucial matches this weekend in their bid to repeat last season’s league and cup double.

They host Fairburn on Saturday in a Division One top of the table game and they face Brook-Walton in the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy final at Ackworth the next day.

Kirkby retained a four-point lead over Fairburn when Adam Rollin (53) and Ritchie Bresnan (4-42 and 33no) steered them to victory at Ackworth whose title hopes ended with a defeat that left them 21 points adrift of the leaders.

Connor Fisher (51) and Chris Wathen (43no) were Ackworth’s top scorers.

Craig Piggott smashed seven sixes and 12 fours in a rapid century and Paul Clark bagged 4-24 as Fairburn beat lowly West Bretton by 82 runs.

Scott Bland produced Saturday’s outstanding bowling performance as Streethouse trounced neighbours Old Sharlston.

Bland (7-25) and Johannes Van Ee (2-19), a recent signing from Brighouse, skittled Sharlston for 94, replying to Streethouse’s 267-6 that featured half centuries by Paul Langley and Steve Roberts.

Sandal retained top spot in Division Two when Matthew Westwood (62no) and Ian Shuttleworth (46no) guided them to victory against Hemsworth whose defeat was tough on Lee Perks (81no).

Sandal are three points clear of Wakefield rivals Brook-Walton who snatched a last-over two-wicket win at Barnby Dun.

Jordan Harvey hit a half-century as Brook recovered from 66-4 to overhaul Barnby’s 189 off the penultimate ball.

Khalid Dar (57) and Adam Perry (55) shared a 113-run stand and Jamie Robinson hammered six sixes in a whirlwind 79 as Featherstone posted 258-5 at Rothwell after losing openers Jason Picken and Craig Robinson with only 17 runs on the board.

Skipper Simon Booth’s unbeaten 61 was in vain as Rothwell were toppled for 184 by Danny Robinson (3-36), David Hiorns (2-43), Jamie Robinson (2-51) and Tom Wragg (2-43).

Winless bottom side Crofton’s dreadful run continued against Hatfield. Robert Crampton (14) and Nigel Rider (11) were the only batsmen who reached double figures as the Wakefield side were routed for 65. Allerton Bywater’s relegation worries increased with an eight-wicket defeat at Glasshoughton, for whom Rob Sperrin hit an unbeaten 75 and snapped up 3-23.

Just eight points divide the top six teams in Division Three.

Hundhill Hall lost top spot when they collapsed from 73-2 to 89 all out, chasing Darton’s 176-9.

It’s also tight at the top of Division Four where only 12 points separate the top eight sides.

League newcomers Crigglestone are the new leaders after Christian Laughton (5-21) set up a two-wicket win at Fenwick.