GLASSHOUGHTON’S 72-year-old Peter Cockroft claimed his first ever hat trick in Saturday’s Pontefract and District Cricket League Division Seven match at Fenwick.
Slow left arm bowler Cockroft ([pictured) made his senior debut for Glasshoughton in 1954 and took his 2,000th wicket in senior cricket in 2006.
In Saturday’s game, Cockroft bagged 4-18 and Simon Harrison 3-14 as Fenwick were toppled for 97.
In reply, opener Tony Gale’s unbeaten 40 steered Glasshoughton A to a five-wicket win.
Knottingley A made full use of their experience on a drying pitch to overcome a spirited, youthful Hemsworth team by four wickets.
Abdul Ghaffar ()6-14), Mark Scott (27) and Jack Pugh (26) led the way for Knottingley.
Ferrybridge A beat Pledwick A by 22 runs thanks to Paul Snowdon (4-56), James Metcalfe (3-22) and Rory Dixon (35).
Hundhill Hall maintained their Division Four promotion bid by collecting maximum points against Monk Bretton A.
Seventeen-year-old Josh Hurcomb was Hundhill’s top scorer, hammering six boundaries in a sparkling 46 in their total of 166.
He shared a fourth wicket partnership of 69 with Josh Gill (30).
Nathan Hurcomb (3-34), Peter Ferguson (2-6), Gill (2-23) and Sam Malyan (2-26) toppled Monk Bretrton for 111 in reply.
Ferrybridge Power Station are still looking for their first win in Division Four after losing by seven wickets to Bentley Colliery, for whom Edwin Wilburn struck 45.
In Division Five, Featherstone A produced a stunning performance to win at Old Sharlston A.
On a bowler friendly wicket, Featherstone posted a highly respectable 155-8. Opener Picken (59) batted patiently and was well supported by Merrick (27).
Featherstone’s opening bowlers Appleyard (4-37) and Jackson (0-19 off 10 overs) put Sharlston under pressure.
Nathan Beck chipped in with two wickets and slow bowler Robinson claimed 3-4 as Sharlston were toppled for 97.
Whitley Bridge A lost by 66 runs against Garforth.
Gareth Jones (4-23) and Jake Punton (3-15) bowled out for Garforth for 137 after they had looked set for a much bigger total when Lee Edwards (60) shared in an opening 70-run stand.
Whitley’s reply never got going and they were bundled out for 71.
Fairburn A are third in Division Six after comfoertably beating Stanley Falcons.
Andy Clegg (6-11) showed great guile and change of pace to send Stanley reeling from 68-1 to 128 all out.
Gareth Weaver led Fairburn’s successful reply, hitting a magnificent unbeaten 96. He shared an opening 93-run stand with Steve Harrison.