Pontefract League: Vigars and Lightfoot set up Brook-Walton’s win

South Kirkby's Braydon Clark.
South Kirkby's Braydon Clark.
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SKIPPER Richard Vigars kept Brook-Walton on course to reach the top-flight in only their second season.

They were in deep trouble against Division Two promotion rivals Hemsworth when James Gorton (4-67) and Jack Heritage (3-31) reduced them to 63-7.

Vigars rescued the Wakefield team by hitting 75 off 73 balls and sharing an eighth wicket century partnership with Oliver Lightfoot (29) as they reached 183-9.

Richard Wild (4-21) sent Hemsworth’s reply reeling to 15-6 and although captain Phil Crapper (67) tried to hold the innings together, they were all out for 136.

Second-placed Brook-Walton are just three points adrift of leaders Sandal who won by seven wickets at strugglers Crofton.

Sam Noden (6-32) and Kieran Dransfield (4-33) routed Crofton for 119, despite captain Richard Cooper’s 71.

Jamie Robinson (108 and 3-32), Adam Perry (67) and Jason Picken (42) were Featherstone’s match-winners at Allerton Bywater whose 88-run defeat was hard on Gareth Portman (58no).

Glasshoughton opener Chris Sherriff’s 122 was in vain against Stainborough who were indebted to Josh Abson (104) and Luke Potter (57) for a four-wicket win in a high-scoring game.

Division One pacesetters Fairburn retained a four-point lead over champions South Kirkby by comfortably beating Askern.

Simon Abdy (3-32) and brother Guy (3-44) bowled out Askern for 149 after Danny Murray (53), Guy Abdy (46), Ryan Greatrick (37) and James Clegg had steered Fairburn to 252-7.

The Woolsey brothers – Dale (47no) and Dean (4-40) – and Richie Bresnan (4-7) led South Kirkby to a 65-run victory at Hooton Pagnell who slumped from 63-4 to 78 all out.

Liam Hyde hammered an unbeaten 116 and Dale Longfield claimed 4-26 as third-placed Ackworth maintained their challenge by trouncing Fishlake.

Chasing Monk Bretton’s 212-5, Old Sharlston salvaged three batting points by recovering from a middle-order collapse to reach 185-9, thanks to tail-enders Luke Reeves (45) and Rob Simpson (26no).

Streethouse’s revival ended when they lost at fellow strugglers West Bretton.

Openers Jonny Winwood (78) and Keith Whitehouse (43) put on 106 and skipper David Hoyle hit an unbeaten 73 as Bretton posted 248-6. Streethouse’s reply fell 33 runs short, despite half centuries by Paul Langley, Martin Rhodes and Mohammed Bashir.

Streethouse 2nds lost by eight wickets to Division Three leaders Hundhill Hall.

Josh Hurcomb (5-33) and Jack Gascoigne (3-14) toppled Streethouse for 137 and Peter Ferguson was unbeaten on 44 as Hundhill knocked off the runs.

England's  Jonny Bairstow celebrates his century on day two at the WACA. Picture: Jason O'Brien/PA

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