Ackworth return to top of table

Streethouse's Jonathon Hughes hit an unbeaten century against Featherstone.
Streethouse's Jonathon Hughes hit an unbeaten century against Featherstone.

With four matches remaining, just four points separate the top four teams in a thrilling finish to the Torbeck Pontefract League Division One title race.

Ackworth regained top spot by collecting maximum points at Hooton Pagnell.

Joe Seddon (43) led Ackworth to 172 and Dale Longfield claimed 4-30 as Hooton were bowled out for 125, despite 49 by Charlie Kaye.

Ackworth are two points clear of closest rivals Old Sharlston who were thwarted by the weather when they were in a strong position at Monk Bretton.

Dale McMullan (106), Simon Ward (41) and Steve Roberts (36) steered Sharlston to 245-6.

McMullan snapped up 3-13 to restrict Monk Bretton’s reply to 163-7 with nine overs remaining when the match was abandoned because of bad light.

Streethouse are just one point behind Sharlston after beating Featherstone by 76 runs.

Jonathan Hughes hammered an unbeaten 105 and Damien Bowles struck 79 as Streethouse piled up Saturday’s highest total in the top-flight of 261-4.

Featherstone’s reply finished on 185-8, with Jamie Robinson unbeaten on 76.

Streethouse’s Michael Bates had figures of 3-48.

Ackworth, Sharlston and Streethouse will represent the league in the first round of the Senior Yorkshire Council Championship play-offs on Sunday.

Ackworth and Sharlston visit Central Yorkshire League clubs Methley and Townville respectively and Streethouse travel to South Yorkshire League Whitley Hall.

Fairburn missed out on the play-offs by just one point. They lost top spot and slipped to fourth place after Saturday’s match against Frickley Colliery was abandoned because of rain.

Ian Jones (58no) and Craig Piggott (54) guided Fairburn to 199-4.

In reply, Frickley were struggling at 33-2 from 14 overs when the weather intervened.

Nick Percival (110) and Max Heritage (4-41) led South Kirkby to a 38-run victory at Rothwell.

Knottingley achieved an impressive nine-wicket win at Hatfield in the only Division Two match that beat Saturday’s rain.

Matthew Stones (79), Eddie Wilson (55) and Steve Mowbray (45no) led the way as Knottingley overhauled Hatfield’s 194-9.

Whitley Bridge’s bowlers were put to the sword by bottom team Thurnscoe who piled up a formidable 301-4.

Matthew Draper (2-65) was Whitley’s most successful bowler.

In reply, Whitley reached 50-3 from 19 overs before play was abandoned.

Nostell and Sandal bowed out of the Supplementary Yorkshire Council Championship at the first hurdle with defeats against Tickhill and Scholes respectively.

Wombwell beat former Pontefract League club Conisbrough by 35 runs and now host Tickhill in the semi-finals this Sunday.

Allerton Bywater’s Division Three promotion hopes were dented when thyey lost by 69 runs at leaders West Bretton in Saturday’s top of the table clash.

David Hoyle (87no), Jonny Winwood (85) and George Naylor (45) top-scored as Bretton posted 278-6.

Kris Thickett (4-66) was Allerton’s best bowler.

In reply, Allerton were bowled out for 209, despite Michael Wade’s 78 and Daniel Alderson’s 40.

Second-placed Allerton are now 20 points adrift of Bretton and six points ahead of third-placed Hundhill Hall whose game at Streethouse 2nds was ruined by rain.

Paul McMullan and Mick Tucker each hit 35 in Streethouse’s total of 163.

Hundhill’s wicket-takers were Jed Wilkinson (3-18), Sam Malyan (3-30), Peter Ferguson (3-30) and Steve Simpson (1-40).

Opener Steve Rigby (24) top-scored as Hundhill replied 48-2 from 16.1 overs before play was washed out.

Chasing Normanton’s 139, Yorkshire Main were 55-1 from 14 overs when torrential rain ended the match.

Glasshoughton revived their promotion challenge with a 115-run victory at Frickley 2nds that put them 11 points behind Allerton Bywater.

Liam Hopton (127) steered Glasshoughton to 279-8 and Jack Medley snapped up 4-58 as Frickley fell for 164, despite Matthew Charlton’s 78.

Frickley 2nds had better luck in Sunday’s re-arranged match against Hensall.

Ben Elmore (94), Scott Smith (53) and Lee Capstick (39) led Frickley to 266-4.

Capstick (5-28) and Charlton (3-2) skittled Hensall for 86.

In Division Seven, guitarist Andy Richards hit the right note with his first senior half-century as Glasshoughton 2nds reached 227 -6 against high-flying Hooton Pagnell 2nds.

Richards hit 76 and Andy Simpson 67.

In reply, Hooton were 54 without loss when the game was abandoned.