League’s top two meet at Ackworth in showpiece final

Streethouse's Craig Tennant in bowling action against Frickley. (h701d331)
Streethouse's Craig Tennant in bowling action against Frickley. (h701d331)

Ackworth will be bidding to lift the Dyson-Skidmore Trophy for the fifth time in 15 years when they host Streethouse in the clash of Division One’s top two teams in Sunday’s final (2pm start).

League leaders Ackworth will aim to avenge a six-wicket league defeat at Streethouse earlier this month.

Ackworth skipper Peter Hepworth, the former Leicestershire county all-rounder, missed that game but he is set to play on Sunday in the league’s showpiece final.

None of the league’s top three teams won last Saturday. Streethouse and Fairburn lost at Frickley and South Kirkby respectively while Ackworth were thwarted by rain against bottom side Rothwell.

Dave Harris (91), Joe Seddon (80) and Dale Longfield (39) guided Ackworth to a formidable 283-4, the top-flight’s highest total on Saturday.

In reply, Rothwell reached 106-5 from 25 overs before the match was abandoned.

John Lumb (54) was Rothwell’s top scorer.

Ackworth are three points clear of second-placed Streethouse, who were beaten by lowly Frickley.

Steve Secker (81), Ashley Vickers (62) and Lovepreet Singh (44) steered Frickley to 244-5.

Openers Jonathan Hughes (43) and Paul Langley (39) gave Streethouse’s reply a solid start but wickets then began to tumble and although tail-ender Jordan Page hit a defiant 38 they were bowled out for 217.

Fairburn’s hopes of retaining the championship suffered a setback when they lost by eight wickets at in-form South Kirkby who coasted to their fifth straight league win.

Dave Rollin (3-28), his son Liam (3-35) and Max Heritage (3-25) skittled Fairburn for 127 and Nick Percival (71) led Kirkby’s successful reply.

Featherstone ended their slump by winning at Fishlake.

Jamie Robinson (5-31) and Danny Robinson (2-18) toppled Fishlake for 125 after Ian Tennant (49) and Danny Robinson (30) had guided Featherstone to 182.

An unbeaten century by Dale McMullan was the highlight of Old Sharlston’s five-wicket success at Stainborough.

In Division Two, Knottingley were routed for 54 in a 150-run defeat at Askern.

Whitley Bridge collected maximum points at Barnby Dun.

Sam Lodge (28) and Dan Montgomery (21) top-scored in Whitley’s total of 146-9.

Barnby’s reply was soon in dire trouble at 37-6 and they were eventually all out for 118.

The Whitley bowlers who did the damage were Will Thorne (5-33 from nine overs) and Lewis Longstaff (4-27 from eight).

In Division Five, Featherstone 2nds beat Fishlake 2nds by 60 runs thanks to excellent work by Mick Smith (64), Jason Picken (62) and Stuart Galey (4-50).

Thorpe Audlin’s Scott Murray produced one of the season’s outstanding bowling performance in a 56-run success against Sprotbrough 2nds.

Murray bagged 9-67 as Sprotbrough were bowled out for 141, replying to Thorpe’s 197-6 that featured 67 by Chris Roughley and an unbeaten 41 from Matthew Faulkner.

Chris Dillerstone struck 68 for Fairburn 2nds in a four-wicket win against Thurnscoe 2nds.

Hundhill Hall 2nds came out on top against Allerton Bywater 2nds in Division Six.

Tom Malyan (60) and Fred Gunthorpe (41) led Hundhill to 215-6 and Allerton’s reply fell 14 runs short, despite the efforts of Paul Wadsworth (42), Hassan Raja (37) and Ben Cartmel (33).

Hundhill’s main wicket-takers were Jack Gascoigne (3-65), Nev Malyan (3-62) and Steve Clowes (2-22).

Glasshoughton 2nds crushed Division Seven strugglers Stanley Falcons 2nds.

Thirteen-year-old Luke Jaques (3-8) and Garrat Dakin (3-25) were aided by excellent catching as Stanley were routed for 55.

Glasshoughton knocked off the runs for the loss of just one wicket with Tony Gale hitting 30 not out and Andy Richards 23 not out.

Thorpe Audlin 2nds were toppled for 88 in a three-wicket defeat against Hooton Pagnell 2nds.

Knottingley 2nds beat Ferrybridge 2nds by five wickets.

Stuart Camm (32), Abdul Ghaffar (30) and Mark Scott (18) steered Knottingley to victory after Richard Hayes (4-44), Frank Causier (4-19) and Camm (2-25) sent Ferrybridge collapsing to 103 all out.

Sam Angell (20), Paul Snowdon (3-12) and Andy Adams (2-19 were Ferrybridge’s best performers.