Bridges leads run spree

Jack Bridges hit an unbeaten double century for Allerton Bywater.
Jack Bridges hit an unbeaten double century for Allerton Bywater.

ALLERTON Bywater eased their relegation worries in Torbeck Pontefract and District League Division Three by piling up the league’s highest total this season in Saturday’s game against Normanton.

Former Methley second-team duo Jack Bridges (200no) and Michael Wade (107) led the way with a 250-run stand as Allerton recovered from 2-1 to post 362-4, which also included 40 from Tom Greenwood.

Matt Weaver claimed 4-60 to limit Normanton’s reply to 229-4. Their scoring was led by Steve Goodwin (95no) and Craig Bryant (41no).

Allerton’s third straight win put them 14 points clear of second bottom Ackworth A who boosted their survival chances by beating fellow strugglers Frickley Colliery A.

Alistair Cunliffe (101no) and Freddie Gunthorpe (48) steered Ackworth to 235-5 and Frickley replied with 217-9.

Title favourites Yorkshire Main’s lead was cut to five points when they lost by two wickets to Hensall, for whom Chris Thornton hit 65.

Streethouse stayed on course to lift the Division One championship by collecting seven points from a tie at Fairburn.

Ismail Patel (35) top scored as Streethouse were bowled out for 134 by Paul Clark (3-26), Arunava Banerjee (3-52) and Jake Abdy (2-13).

Fairburn’s reply started well, with Banerjee hitting 41 and Guy Abdy 34, but Streethouse off-spinner Jonny Hughes (6-49) then sparked a middle-order collapse.

Fairburn needed one run for victory with four balls remaining but the scores finished level when last man Craig Emmerson was trapped lbw by Martin Rhodes.

With two games remaining, Streethouse are nine points clear of closest rivals Ackworth who kept alive their chances of retaining the championship by winning a high-scoring game at lowly Frickley Colliery.

Lovepreet Singh (95) and Matthew Charlton (45) guided Frickley to 237-8, which Ackworth overhauled thanks to Peter Hepworth (78), Chris Wathen (70) and David Harris (45).

Featherstone’s relegation fears increased when they lost by 106 runs at Upper Haugh.

Chasing 254-3, Featherstone were bowled out for 149 despite Jamie Robinson’s 37 and Danny Robinson’s 25.

Glasshoughton remain in relegation trouble in Division Two after a heavy defeat at Barnby Dun.

The Castleford side were skittled for 76, replying to Barnby’s 220-9.

Whitley Bridge lost by five wickets at leaders Stainborough.

Opener Matthew Stones (44) and Tom Howard (14) were the only batsmen who reached double figures as Whitley were toppled for 86.

Stainborough knocked off the runs for the loss of five wickets, despite the efforts of Julian Peace (2-30), Howard (2-13) and Nathaniel Reeson (1-21).