Pontefract League: Streethouse end barren run with successive wins

Action from Glasshoughton and Hemsworth.
Action from Glasshoughton and Hemsworth.
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FORMER league champions Streethouse ended their dreadful start to the season with two victories last weekend.

New signing from East Ardsley Mark Heald (3-36), skipper Damian Bowles (2-23), Scott Bland (2-27) and Jordan Page (2-38) toppled Fishlake for 130 to set up Streethouse’s first league win.

Geoff Hunt (100no) and Bland (53) shared a 143-run stand as Streethouse beat Askern by six wickets in the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy the next day to book a quarter-final trip to Monk Bretton on July 5.

The other ties are South Kirkby v Fairburn, West Bretton v Hemsworth and Ackworth v Brook-Walton.

Brayden Clark (76no) and Steve Secker (57) led trophy holders South Kirkby to a seven-wicket victory over Fishlake but their Division One title hopes were dented by the previous day’s surprise defeat at Askern.

Clark (65) top-scored in defending champions Kirkby’s 180-9 which Askern comfortably overhauled thanks to half centuries by Nick Bisby and Dave Longley. Kirkby’s defeat cost them top spot. They are level on points with Ackworth, three points adrift of new leaders Fairburn who easily beat winless bottom team Nostell.

Adam Williamson (3-14) and Craig Piggott (2-4) routed Nostell for 112 and James Clegg smashed an unbeaten 62 off 48 balls as Fairburn knocked off the runs in 17.2 overs.

Connor Fisher (107no) and Liam Hyde (54 and 3-32) were Ackworth’s match-winners in Saturday’s league game against Old Sharlston, for whom Ryan Kelsall hit 64 and Steve Roberts 49.

Liam Hyde shone again the next day, hammering an unbeaten 74 in Ackworth’s Dyson-Skidmore Trophy win against Hooton Pagnell.

Half-centuries from Luke Lodge and Joshua John helped Hooton post 183-9 which Ackworth overhauled with just one ball remaining.

Promoted West Bretton achieved their first victory in the top-flight, openers Jonny Winwood (96no) and Tom Atkinson (52) putting on 139 against Hooton Pagnell.

Hemsworth maintained their Division Two promotion bid and reached the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy quarterfinals by beating Glasshoughton twice in two days.

Jack Whale (53no) and Steve Biddulph (40) led Hemsworth to a three-wicket win on Saturday.

Skipper Phil Crapper (51), John Briggs (49) and Jack Heritage (44no) guided Hemsworth to 220-9 in Sunday’s trophy clash and Biddulph (3-41) limited Glasshoughton’s reply to 202 which included 78 by Chris Sherriff.

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