Ackworth pair share club record stand

Ackworth's David Harris shared a club record first-wicket stand of 239 with Peter Hepworth on Saturday.
Ackworth's David Harris shared a club record first-wicket stand of 239 with Peter Hepworth on Saturday.

ACKWORTH openers David Harris and Peter Hepworth were in record-breaking form in Saturday’s 10-wicket win at Upper Haugh in Torbeck Pontefract and District Cricket League Division One.

The pair shared a club record unbroken first-wicket stand of 239 as champions Ackworth overhauled Upper Haugh’s 236-8 in just 33.2 overs.

Harris (125no) hammered four sixes and 17 fours and ex-Leicestershire county player Hepworth smashed three sixes and 16 fours in an unbeaten 106.

Hepworth and Dean Matthews also bagged three wickets each.

John Ashton (88) led Upper Haugh’s scoring.

Ackworth are fourth, 13 points behind leaders Rothwell who maintained their unbeaten league record with a two-wicket win against Featherstone.

Nick Frankland (45) and James Dunn (36) guided Featherstone to 187-8.

Featherstone looked favourites when Stuart Hardaker (5-66) reduced Rothwell’s reply to 138-7.

Rothwell were rescued by Edward MacDonald who hammered an unbeaten 48 off just 18 deliveries including 22 off one over. He shared an unbroken 32-run stand with Howard Madden as Rothwell won with three overs to spare.

Rothwell are six points ahead of closest rivals Streethouse who defeated Frickley Colliery by 65 runs.

Mark Robinson (83), Jonathan Hughes (65) and Justin Miller (44) guided Streethouse to 230.

Ismail Patel snapped up 4-25 and Michael Bates bagged 3-20 as Frickley were toppled for 165 in reply.

Third-placed Old Sharlston coasted to a nine-wicket win at Fishlake who were routed for 36 by Robert Simpson (6-13) and Jason Ball (4-19).

Fairburn narrowly came out on top against bottom team Hooton Pagnell.

Darren Weaver (64) top-scored as Fairburn posted 175-9. Mick Grace (70) led Hooton’s reply which fell just short when they closed on 172-7.

Whitley Bridge moved further away from relegation trouble in Division Two by beating Wombwell Main by 57 runs.

Matthew Stones struck 11 fours and two sixes in a sparkling century as Whitley raced to 244-6 in their allotted 46 overs.

Nick Kirton (41) and Simon Vaux (36) were the other main contributors.

Wombwell’s reply was soon in trouble at 19-2 but they held out at 187-5 thanks to an unbeaten 108 by opener Harper.

Matt Draper was Whitley’s most successful bowler with 2-51 from 14 overs.

Glasshoughton slipped deeper into relegation trouble with an 87-run defeat at Hemsworth.

Richard Locke hit 86 as Hemsworth posted a challenging total of 245-5.

Gareth Portman, who hit in a century in Glasshoughton’s eight-wicket defeat against Sprotbtrough the previous week, was again in outstanding form last Saturday.

Portman finished unbeaten on 86 but his efforts were again in vain as the Castleford team were bowled out for 158 by Jack Heritage (6-46).

Division Three strugglers Ackworth A and Allerton Bywater both lost.

Kevin Booth (50) led Ackworth’s scoring as they closed on 177-7, replying to Brodsworth Main’s 210-8 that featured 80 by Will Drury and 50 from Richard Hull.

Chasing Frickley Colliery A’s 202-8, Allerton were skittled for 76 by Lee Capstick (6-21) and Adam Lowery (4-42).