Pontefract League: Early pacesetters Ackworth in impressive all-round form
A five-wicket haul from Luke Townsend helped Ackworth to make it two wins from two matches in Division One of the Pontefract League.
With Townsend taking 5-27, opponents Crofton Phoenix were dismissed for 108 to fall 179 runs short of Ackworth’s 287-9.
Top scorers in a good batting effort for Ackworth were opener Amitpaul Kundra (61), Bailey Matthews (49), Lovepreet Singh (46no) and Scott Walker (38).
Hundhill Hall suffered their first defeat since arriving in the top division as they went down by six wickets to Frickley Colliery.
Electing to bat first did not work out for Hall as they were dismissed for 107 with Kieran Mcintyre (6-30) doing most of the damage.
Luke Malone claimed 2-24 while Chris Walton (27) and Joshua Hurcomb (21) led the run scoring for Hall.
Frickley’s successful reply was led by Lewis Binns (31), Martyn Crooks (28no) and Jack Danks (25no) as they recovered from 29-3 to reach their target comfortably.
Hemsworth MW produced a poor batting display as they lost their first game.
They were shot out for only 53 by Askern Welfare who then completed a four-wicket win despite good efforts with the ball by Jack Heritage (3-26) and Jake Taberner (2-17).
Streethouse’s disappointing start to the season continued when they were hammered by Fairburn.
They ran into some amazing batting from Craig Piggott (207no) and Danny Murray (199), who combined for a massive 390-run second wicket stand to take Fairburn to an equally huge 439-2 total in 46 overs.
Chasing such a formidable target not surprisingly proved beyond Streethouse who were all out for 101 with Joe Raynor (28no) top scoring.
Pontefract League newcomers Kippax are early joint leaders in Division Two after winning their second game.
Up against Nostell St Oswald, they produced a strong batting display to make 282-8 with the leading contributions from Mahmadsoyeb Gheewala (77), wicketkeeper Zakaria Valimulla (61) and Shakil Khan (29).
Nostell opener Lincoln Steele made 54, but they were all out for 182 as Kippax’s second and third change bowlers did the damage with Munawar Chariwala taking 3-45 and Zuber Patel 5-42.
An unbeaten 78 and some good bowling from Alex Clemo helped Glasshoughton to a 52-run victory over Old Sharlston.
After being put in Glasshoughton responded with Clemo hitting 10 fours and two sixes and support coming from Chris Sherriff (32) and Pubudu Dasanayaka (36) in a 196 total.
Sharlston were all out for 144 in reply with Clemo following up his batting exploits with a bowling spell that brought him 4-26. Noor Sahaq claimed 3-43 and Clinton Speight 2-32.
Whitley Bridge narrowly missed out in a close contest with Rothwell.
Chasing their opponents’ 233, they looked on course to chase down the runs after a good start made by Diljit Singh (46), James Pearson (37), Lewis Longstaff (27) and Karl Buxton (22), but ended up eight runs short despite late order runs by Tom Laffin (29).
In Rothwell’s innings, Pearson had done most to restrict them with 4-52 while Buxton took 3-25 and Mathew Draper 2-64.
Streethouse seconds went down by 246 runs after being bowled out for 97 in reply to Oulton’s 343-7.
Thomas Martindale tried hard to restrict Oulton as he took 4-83 while Craig Ellison claimed 2-95.
In Division Three, Featherstone Town lost by eight wickets to Ackworth seconds despite posting a decent looking 205-7 total.
Myles Robinson (79no, including eight fours and three sixes), Gareth Boucher (51) and Jason Picken (38) all batted well, but Chris Wathen took 4-66 and Town’s total did not prove enough.
Kevin Booth led Ackworth’s reply with a 49-ball 82no while Sam Swindon hit 72 and Daniel Malyan-Walker 40.
Despite a good bowling effort from John Pinkerton, who took 5-28, Allerton Bywater lost by 45 runs to Eggborough Power Station in Division Four.
In reply to Eggborough’s 116, Allerton Bywater were all out for 71 with Pinkerton hitting 24 and Liam Revis 23.