Pontefract League: Title race to go down to the wire

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JUST four points separate South Kirkby, Ackworth and Fairburn in a nail-biting finish to the Division One title race.

Kirkby, chasing a league and cup double, are the new leaders after Brayden Clark (49 and 3-23), pictured, gave them the edge at Nostell whose last over defeat was tough on Lee Hurst (6-18) and James Rowett (54).

Kirkby are two points clear of Ackworth, who lost by six wickets at Hooton Pagnell, despite captain Peter Hepworth’s 85.

Ackworth and Kirkby both fell at the first hurdle in the Yorkshire Council Championship on Sunday with defeats against Central Yorkshire’s Townville and Methley respectively.

Ackworth were routed for 103 while Kirkby were bowled out for 153, replying to Methley’s 273-9.

Jake Abdy bagged 6-18 as Fairburn maintained their title bid by crushing lowly Frickley whose relegation worries increased when bottom side Stainborough won at Fishlake. Fairburn are two points behind second placed Ackworth who they visit on Saturday.

Askern need only four points from their last three matches to clinch the Division Two title. Nick Bisby and Mark Illman both struck centuries as they trounced Knottingley by 183 runs.

David Hoyle’s half century was in vain in West Bretton’s 88-run defeat at Barnby Dun.

Hemsworth were beaten by Featherstone, who ended a four-match losing run.Jamie Robinson (3-32), Dave Hiorns (2-32) and Todd Davis (2-21) routed Hemsworth for 100, despite skipper Phil Crapper’s defiant 36.

All-rounder Tom Steel (46 and 4-46) shone for Rothwell in Division Two’s first tie of the season against Whitley Bridge. Steel guided Rothwell to 139-9 and Whitley’s reply finished on 139-7 after Lewis Longstaff (78) led the chase.

Brook-Walton and Glasshoughton clinched promotion from Division Three.

England assistant coach Paul Farbrace. Picture: Mike Egerton/PA

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