Atkinson in gr-eight form for pacesetters Fairburn

Robin Sykes hit an unbeaten 38 in Fairburn's win at Knottingley on Saturday.
Robin Sykes hit an unbeaten 38 in Fairburn's win at Knottingley on Saturday.

BOWLER Andrew Atkinson was in outstanding form for Division Five East pacesetters Fairburn in a seven-wicket win at derby rivals Knottingley.

Captain Ian Brown (42) was the only batsman who made an impact as Atkinson snapped up 8-38 to send Knottingley collapsing to 106 all out.

Andy Clegg (44no) and Robin Sykes (38no) shared an unbroken fourth wicket stand to see Fairburn home after Paul Barnnes (2-38) grabbed two early wickets.

Hemsworth Miners Welfare’s promotion bid suffered a setback with a seven-wicket defeat at second-placed Barnby Dun.

Gavin Stevens (52), Liam Murphy (28) and John Briggs (23) were the main contributors to Hemsworth’s total of 130-8 which Barnby comfortably overhauled thanks to an unbeaten 81 by Carl Dykes.

Whitley Bridge were 100-6 from 38.4 overs against Eggborough Power Station when the match was abandoned because of rain.

Nathaniel Reeson (27) and David Brunyard (24) led Whitley’s scoring and Eggborough’s Paul Thwaites collected 3-18.

Glasshoughton lost by three wickets at Division Five West rivals Denby Grange in a match reduced to 34 overs a side.

Solid batting by Garret Dakin (30no), Tony Gale (25) and Danny Weaver (21no) saw Glasshoughton post 110-3.

Peter Cockroft (3-37), Lucas Whipp (2-16) and Dakin (2-47) kept Glasshoughton in the game but Denby won with seven overs to spare.

Ryhill and Havercroft trounced Newton Hill by 77 runs in Division Six West.

Nathan Potton’s 56 was the feature of Ryhill’s score of 136-8.

Richard Boldy (5-21) and Richard Grange (3-13) skittled Newton Hill for 59.

In Division Six East, Nostell beat Ferrybridge Power Station by four wickets.

David Shaw (32), Paul Hart (25) and Paul Snowdon (22) provided the bulk of Ferrybridge’s total of 99-4 from 40 overs.

There was no play in Hundhill Hall’s rain-hit home game against Thorpe Audlin.

Leaders Streethouse beat Bentley Colliery by nine wickets in one of only two completed games in Saturday’s rain-hit Division Three programme.

Martin Rhodes took 6-17 as Bentley were dismissed for 101 and openers Jordan Page (47) and Johnathan Nickerson (35no) put on 75 as Streethouse coasted home in 17.5 overs.

Nostell won by five wickets at Newton Hill in the only other completed match.

Hundhill Hall were cursing their luck when the weather foiled them at neighbours Thorpe Audlin.

Reece Johnson (7-15) skittled Thorpe for 53 and Hundhill replied with 28-2 from six overs before play was washed out.

Fenwick, Ferrybridge Power Station and Pledwick are level on points at the top of Division Four, with Ackworth just two points adrift in fourth spot.

Ackworth stepped up their challenge by inflicting Ferrybridge’s first league defeat.

Jack Willis (80) and Kevin Booth (69) steered Ackworth to 199-5 and Dean Mathews (3-20), Keelan Booth (3-9) and Billy Briggs (2-26) toppled Ferrybridge for 107, despite Joe Angell’s 43.

South Kirkby beat derby rivals Frickley Colliery by one run in a dramatic finish.

Gary Mitchell (71) top-scored as Kirkby were dismissed for 129 by Matthew Pinder (5-26) and Tom Collis (3-28). Frickley’s reply started well when Pinder (47) and Jamie Gaskell (22) put on 41 but Jack Danks (4-36) and Aimee Danks (4-43) eventually bowled them out for 128.