Fairburn set sights on title

IAN Jones hit 78 in Fairburn's win against Stainborough on Saturday.
IAN Jones hit 78 in Fairburn's win against Stainborough on Saturday.
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FAIRBURN stepped up their bid to win the Pontefract and District Cricket League Division One title for the first time with Saturday’s 96-run home win against Stainborough.

Fairburn are just one point behind leaders Featherstone, who lost at Rothwell.

Ian Jones struck two sixes and nine fours in an excellent 78 as Fairburn posted 196-8 that also included 38 from Jake Abdy and an unbeaten 28 by Ian Raynor.

In reply, Fairburn’s veteran bowler Paul Clark (6-18) claimed the wickets of the top six Stainborough batsmen as the visitors were toppled for 100.

Defending champions Streethouse climbed to third place by beating Frickley Colliery.

Michael Bates bagged 4-42 as Frickley were restricted to 160-9. Richard Belk was their top scorer with 41..

Jonathan Hughes hammered 67 as Streethouse knocked off the runs.

Featherstone skipper James Dunn fell just short of his third century in four matches in his side’s defeat at Rothwell.

Dunn hit 94 and Jim Robinson 34 as Featherstone posted 203.

But it wasn’t enough because Rothwell overhauled the target, thanks to Simon Booth (79no) and Rohan Quarmby (35no).

Ackworth maintained their challenge when Richard Young (48), Peter Hepworth (32) and Myles Robinson (25no) steered them to a six-wicket success at Monk Bretton.

Whitley Bridge remain at the foot of Division Two despite achieving their first league win this season by crushing Yorkshire Main.

Matthew Daniel (4-11), Tony Holmes (3-16) and Nathaniel Reeson (2-12) skittled Main for 70.

In reply, Simon Vaux struck two sixes and two fours in an unbeaten 25 as Whitley coasted to a seven-wicket win in 19.1 overs.

Knottingley, aiming to win promotion for the second year, running are joint Division Three leaders with Sandal after beating Ackworth A by 71 runs.

Knottingley stole a march on Sandal whose home game against Darton was abandoned without a ball being bowled.

Graeme Larrington struck five sixes and five fours in an excellent unbeaten 76 and Nick Kirton smashed three sixes and seven fours in a superb half-century as Knottingley piled up 226-8.

Keith Best was Ackworth’s most successful bowler with 5-49.

Ackworth’s reply started badly when they lost openers Freddie Gunthorpe and David Martindale cheaply. They were both victims of Craig Larrington who finished with figures of 4-38.

Tom Martindale (50) and Nicky Thompson (47) led Ackworth’s fightback as they finished on 155-7.

Hundhill Hall stepped up their Division Four championship challenge by beating Ryhill by four wickets.

Nathan Hurcomb (3-13), Keith Breckon (3-11) and Josh Gill (2-13) routed Ryhill for 94.

Simon Jewitt (29) and Gill (22no) led Hundhill’s successful reply.

Featherstone A maintained their Division Five promotion bid with a three-wicket victory over Whitley Bridge A.

Craig Robinson claimed 4-30 as Whitley Bridge were kept at 118-7 which included 45 from Will Thorne.

Martin Hudson (5-37) gave Featherstone’s batsmen plenty of problems but they eventually got home, with Robin Sykes finishing unbeaten on 39 and Dave Merrick hitting 22.

Knottingley A were too good for Division Seven rivals Pledwick.

Gordon Davis hit an unbeaten 37 and Adrian Swales struck 36 as Knottingley produced a solid batting performance on a damp track to post 177-6.

Liam Skidmore (52) tried hard to hold Pledwick’s reply together but he received scant support as the Wakefield side were bowled out for 102 by Jonny Clark (3-27), Andy Lund (2-10) and Frank Causier (2-4).