Pontefract League: Wakefield new boys on the rise

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NEW club Brook-Walton are handily placed to lift the Division Three championship in their first season after maintaining their unbeaten league record by crushing title rivals Glasshoughton.

The Wakefield team increased their lead to eight points when Richard Wild (4-15) and captain Richard Vigars (2-9), pictured, routed Glasshoughton for 106, replying to Brook-Walton’s 225-7 that featured 85 by Liam Geddis.

Glasshoughton remain 26 points clear of third-placed Thurnscoe, who surprisingly lost to lowly Hundhill Hall.

Opener Ben Dunn-Birch hammered 28 boundaries in an unbeaten 145 and Iain Barton hit 51 and Jack Gascoigne 41 as the East Hardwick team ended their losing run by piling up the division’s highest total this season of 301-4.

Dyson-Skidmore Trophy winners South Kirkby stepped up their bid for a cup and league double by climbing to second in Division One.

Jake Rimmington (62) led Kirkby to 195-9 at Hooton Pagnell who were skittled for 96 by Max Heritage (5-24).

Kirkby are seven points adrift of leaders Ackworth who they visit on the final day on September 13 in what could be a title decider.

Richard Young (44) guided Ackworth to a three-wicket success against last year’s champions Old Sharlston.

Former leaders Fairburn’s championship hopes took another knock with their third straight league defeat at Fishlake.

Frickley Colliery eased their relegation worries when Alec Elliott (78), Darren Lovell (5-58) and Lovepreet Singh (5-38) gave them the upper hand at fellow strugglers Nostell. All-rounder Lee Hurst (4-35 and 33) was best for Nostell.

West Bretton boosted their chances of winning promotion for a second successive season when Luke Smith’s half-century guided them to a five-wicket victory at Featherstone.

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