Pontefract League: Oh brother! Four Abdys targeting Fairburn glory

Old 'Sharlston batsman Rob Simpson
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BROTHERS Simon, Jake, Guy and Mark Abdy aim to help Fairburn lift the Division One championship for the second time in four seasons.

All four were in the Fairburn team that retained top spot by beating the rain and title rivals Old Sharlston on Saturday.

Guy Abdy claimed 3-23 and Simon 3-6 as Sharlston were toppled for 110.

Skipper Craig Piggott hit 32 and Guy Abdy 22 as Fairburn won by six wickets to move four points clear of champions South Kirkby who bounced back from a surprise defeat at Askern the previous week by scraping home against Monk Bretton.

Brayden Clark hit three sixes and 12 fours in an excellent 90 as Kirkby posted 224-8 which also included 45 from Jake Rimmington and 37 by Adam Rollin.

Luke Ogden (93) and skipper Danny Ogden (46) led Monk Bretton’s reply which fell narrowly short on 216-8.

Former champions Streethouse continued their revival against Hooton Pagnell.

Hooton looked set for a huge total when openers Alasdair Fearns (109) and Steve Hardaker (66) put on 194 but Mohammed Bashir (6-39) restricted them to 234-8.

Martin Rhodes (83) and Geoff Hunt (77) shared a 97-run partnership and Bashir chipped in with 30 as Streethouse knocked off the runs with five balls remaining.

Wakefield teams Sandal and Brook-Walton stayed on course for promotion in Division Two.

Leaders Sandal easily beat Barnby Dun who were routed for 86 by Sam Noden (5-27) and Ray Aignworth (4-41). Matthew Westwood (38no) and Karl Hewitt (27no) steered Sandal to a nine-wicket win that put them three points clear of closest rivals Brook-Walton who won a 36-over game at Featherstone.

OIiver Lightfoot (3-12) and Richard Wild (3-55) limited Featherstone to 113-8 which Brook-Walton overhauled with 13 overs to spare. Hemsworth climbed to third place with a two-wicket victory against Hatfield Town who were sent reeling from 92-3 to 152 all out by James Gorton (4-53), Steven Biddulph (3-1) and Jack Whale (2-24).

Openers Andy Briggs (39) and Craig Webster (29) gave Hemsworth’s reply a solid start with a 59-run stand and they won after surviving a middle-order collapse.

Newton Hill captain Adam Hayton hammered Saturday’s highest individual score in a 222-run win against Division Four rivals Thorpe Audlin.

Hayton struck four sixes and 24 fours in a magnificent 156 as Newton Hill piled up 316-9 which also included 67 from Gary Jennings. William Hayton (4-35) and Anthony Ogley (3-34) routed Thorpe for 94.

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