Pontefract League: Bowles and Bland shine in opening win for Streethouse

Streethouse bowler Scott Bland.
Streethouse bowler Scott Bland.

An opening day century from Damian Bowles helped Streethouse to a convincing win in their first game of the new season in Division One of the Pontefract League.

Bowles hit 10 fours and five sixes in a knock of 107 that helped Streethouse to reach 240-5 from their allotted overs.

Opponents Fairburn were all out for 130 in reply with Scott Bland taking 5-26 in 14 overs.

Ackworth were also off to a winning start as they edged to a one run success in a thriller against West Bretton.

Kieren Dinnage top scored with 78 as Ackworth elected to bat first and posted a 144-8 score.

Dale Longfield then claimed 3-20 from 14 overs, but it was a close run thing with West Bretton totalling 143-6. Mark Hinchcliffe top scored with 62.

Elsewhere in Division One, South Kirkby beat Hooton Pagnell by 130 runs.

Fine batting from Lee Tarbuck (73) and Adam Rollin (45) helped Kirkby to reach 217-6 then Hooton Pagnell were dismissed for 87 with David Rollin (3-22) the pick of the bowlers.

In Division Two, Glasshoughton came out on top in a close game with Featherstone Town.

Featherstone must have had high hopes of victory as their bowled their neighbours out for 134 with Tommy Hyde taking 5-32.

But Glasshoughton – for who Alex Clemo top scored with 53 – responded in the field to earn a 12-run success by dismissing their visitors for 122. Jason Picken (38) top scored for Town with Clinton Speight taking 5-40 and Clemo 3-32.

In the only other Division Two game to be played Knottingley Town went down by 10 runs against Darton.

After restricting Darton to 134-7 with Paul Reed taking 4-37 Knottingley also found it tough with the bat as they were all out for 124 despite a 36-ball knock of 62 from Reed.

Hundhill Hall began their Division Three campaign with a 56-run win over Kilnhurst Colliery.

Reece Johnson (45) top scored as Hall made 125 then Johnson led the way with the ball, taking 3-15 as Kilnhurst were all out for 69. Sam Malyan also claimed 3-7.

Ackworth Seconds were all out for 125 to lose by 172 runs to Hensall in Division Three.

Craig Walker took 4-60 for Ackworth and their top scorers with the bat were Kevin Booth (45) and Jack Willis (31).

Knottingley Town Seconds opened with a victory in Division Five East as they beat Brodsworth Main by 19 runs.

James Brown (54) top scored as Town made 161-9 from their 40 overs. Mark Swales (4-22) and Darren Green (4-54) then bowled well as Brodsworth collapsed from a good position to 142 all out.

Featherstone Town Seconds’ game against Fairburn Seconds in Division Five East was abandoned with Town on 26-3 in reply to their opponents’ 103 all out when Joe Colley had claimed 3-27.

In Division Five West, Glasshoughton Seconds lost by nine wickets to Denby Grange after being bowled out for only 42.

David Lunn, with 16, was the only Glasshoughton batsman to reach double figures while Craig Murphy led the Denby Grange attack with 4-15 from 12 overs and Scott Walker (31 not out) was their top scorer.