FORMER leaders Featherstone ended a three-match losing run in Pontefract League Division One by beating Frickley Colliery on Saturday.
In a match interrupted numerous times by rain, Featherstone reached 134-8 in their allotted 46 overs, with Adam Perry hitting 28 and Alex Clemo 29.
In reply, Frickley collapsed from 37-1 to 47-7. Gary Proudley (37) tried hard to hold the innings together but received little support as they fell for 90.
Featherstone’s bowling was excellent. Danny Robinson claimed 4-34 and Mark Swales 3-38, both from 14 overs, and youngster Joe Bakali bagged three wickets in six balls to finish with figures of 3-5 from 3.1 overs. Wicket-keeper Ryan Armitage took three great catches.
Leaders Fairburn overcame difficult conditions and fading light to win by two wickets at Old Sharlston.
Paul Clark (4-31) and Guy Abdy (3-19) restricted Sharlston to 166-7 which included half centuries by Simon Ward and Dale McMullan.
James Clegg hit 62 in Fairburn’s successful reply.
Fairburn are eight points clear of second-placed Streethouse who beat lowly Crofton by 33 runs.
Jonathan Hughes (88) and Mark Robinson (60no) steered Streethouse to 221-2.
In reply, Hughes (4-43) toppled Crofton for 188, despite Colin Scattergood’s 58.
Ackworth won a high scoring game against in-form Fishlake who had won the previous five league games they had played.
Chris Welburn (59), Kevin Marshall (40), Peter Hepworth (37) and Dale Longfield (34) led the way as Ackworth overhauled Fishlake’s 235-5.
In Division Two, Stuart Adamson (62) guided Glasshoughton to a two-wicket success at Hemsworth.
A last wicket stand of 52 between Tony Holmes (51no) and Chris Charlton (33) was in vain for Whitley Bridge who were routed for 97 in an eight-wicket defeat at Hatfield.
Knottingley stayed on course for the Division Three title by beating Normanton by 21 runs.
Nicky Kirton smashed four sixes and eight fours in a sparkling 64 and Matthew Stones hammered 50 as Knottingley piled up 220-6.
Normanton’s spirited reply was led by opener Lee Stuckey who struck four sixes and nine fours in an excellent 95 before he was run out. Normanton fell narrowly short when they finished on 199-8, with Knottingley’s Daniel Lund snapping up 3-40.
Damien Bowles (88) and Steve Batty (56no) were Streethouse A’s top scorers as they posrted 231-5 at West Bretton who were bowled out in reply for 145 by Kevin Thurlow (6-36).
Allerton Bywater lost a low-scoring match at Thorne Colliery. Richard Lamb (4-23) and Andy Kunkel (3-30) limited Thorne to 3-30 but Allerton managed only 90 in reply, despite a last wicket stand of 34 between Kunkel and Tom Greenwood.
Division Four pacesetters Hundhill Hall increased their lead to 13 points with a nine-wicket win over Stainborough A.
Peter Ferguson (5-18) and Josh Gill (3-34) skittled Stainborough for 117 in a match interrupted five times by rain.
Hundhill knocked off the runs in 21 overs, with Steve Rigby hitting 11 fours in an unbeaten 63. He shared an unbroken 107-run stand with Reece Johnson whose undefeated 57 featured two sixes and seven fours.
Bottom side Ferrybridge Power Station lost by 29 runs at South Kirkby A when they were bowled out for 110, chasing 139.
Featherstone A are joint leaders with Notton in Division Five after Saturday’s 10-wicket win at fourth-placed Barnby Dun.
Tom Robinson (4-31), youngster Connor Jackson (3-13) and experienced Stuart Galey (3-24) routed Barnby for 77. Jackson was unplayable at times and Barnby’s total could have been even less had Featherstone fielded better and snapped up all their catches.
Featherstone openers Mick Smith (40) and skipper Jason Picken (17) overhauled the modest target in just 18 overs.
Whitley Bridge A were trounced by 220 runs by joint leaders Notton. Duan Kapp struck four sixes and 20 fours in an unbeaten 162 as Notton raced to 254-6.
Kapp completed an excellent afternoon’s work by bagging 4-14 as Whitley were skittled for 34 in reply.
In Division Six, Fairburn A beat Hooton Pagnell A by five wickets. A sparkling 101 off 68 balls by 16-year-old Josh John looked to have set up Hooton for a big total but when he was out at 129-2 they collapsed to 139 all out. Andy Atkinson (4-25) and Andy Clegg (4-42) did the damage for Fairburn.
In reply, Fairburn knocked off the runs with 28 overs to spare thanks to skipper Chris Dillerstone (60no) and Andy Clegg (36).
Ferrybridge A lost by three wickets to Yorkshire Main A in Division Six.
John Goddard (50) and Sam Angel (43no) steered Ferrybridge to 167-8.
Paul Snowdon claimed 4-58 but he was unable to prevent Yorkshire Main overhauling the target.
Knottingley A beat Glasshoughton A by 54 runs in Sunday’s Bob Martindale Trophy game. Gordon Davis hit 71 in Knottingley’s total of 150-7. Glasshoughton’s 13-year-old Jake Medley bowled superbly to claim 2-30.
Despite Andy Simpson’s 57, Glasshoughton mustered only 96-9 in reply.