Batley: Bulldogs brushed aside as Whitehaven pull clear of bottom two

Batley tryscorer Shaun Ainscough.
Batley tryscorer Shaun Ainscough.
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Whitehaven climbed out of the bottom two at the expense of Batley after gaining a 24-12 win over the Bulldogs at the Recreation Ground.

Long-serving winger Craig Calvert touched down twice and half-back Grant Gore also scored a try to help the Cumbrians to a decisive18-0 lead at half-time.

Louis Jouffret scored Whitehaven’s only try after the break while Shaun Ainscough and Joe Chandler touched down for Batley, with Scott Leatherbarrow kicking two goals.

Winger Liam Kay, meanwhile, scored a hat-trick of tries to take his tally for the season to 25 as Leigh strengthened their position at the top of the Kingstone Press Championship with a 58-18 win over third-placed Sheffield Eagles.

Full-back Gregg McNally also touched down three times and Greg Worthington, Adam Higson, Tom Armstrong and Ryan Brierley got the other tries, with Martyn Ridyard kicking nine goals, as the Centurions warmed up in style for their Challenge Cup quarter-final against Warrington.

Sheffield scored tries through Sam Smeaton, Dave Petersen, Dane Straughier and Misi Taulapapa, who was sin-binned along with Leigh’s former England forward Gareth Hock for fighting.

Bradford remain level on points with Leigh after extending their winning run to 16 matches with a 38-16 win at Workington.

Australians Adam Henry and Jake Mullaney both scored two tries and others came from Adam Sidlow, Epalahame Lauaki and Danny Williams, with Ryan Shaw kicking five goals.

Half-back Sam Powell, playing on a dual-registration from Wigan, scored two first-half tries to keep Town in touch while his Wigan team-mate Connor Farrell touched down in the second half.