Featherstone slump to foot of the table

Streethouse skipper Richard Vigars hit an unbeaten 57 against Nostell.
Streethouse skipper Richard Vigars hit an unbeaten 57 against Nostell.

FEATHERSTONE slipped to bottom place in Torbeck Pontefract and District Cricket League Division One with Saturday’s eight-wicket home defeat against defending champions Ackworth.

Featherstone made a great start when Jim Robinson (60) and skipper James Dunn (32) put on 87 for the first wicket and they still looked handily placed at 132-2 but they were eventually bowled out for 167 after losing their last eight wickets for just 33 runs.

Ackworth’s wicket-takers were Chris Wathen (4-22), Tom Martindale (3-19) and Dean Matthews (2-14).

Ackworth’s reply started well with an opening 70-run partnership between Peter Hepworth and Richard Young (24).

Hepworth (73no) then put on 37 with Nick Thompson (25) before sharing an unbroken 60-run stand with Chris O’Grady (30no) as Ackworth knocked off the runs in 33.4 overs.

Ackworth remain 10 points behind leaders Streethouse who coasted to a nine wicket win at Nostell.

Alywin Dyke, a recent signing from Hooton Pagnell, bagged 6-17 as Nostell were routed for 106, despite Matthew Rowett’s battling 25.

Skipper Richard Vigars finished unbeaten on 57 as Streethouse easily overhauled the target.

Old Sharlston stayed in the hunt to lift the championship for the first time with a 16-run victory over strugglers Hotton Pagnell that left them 14 points adrift of Streethouse.

Dale McMullan (52) and Jason Ball (38) led Sharlston to 209-9 and David Griffiths (3-26), Ball (3-34) and Rob Simpson (3-48) bowled out Hooton for 193 in reply.

Mick Grace (43) and Adrian Coates (33) were Hooton’s top scorers.

Rothwell retained fourth place when Phil Wood (43) and Simon Old (5-84) gave them the edge in a 19-run win at Frickley Colliery.

Phil Howell (4-44), Lovepreet Singh (43) and Marcus Heptinstall (41) were Frickley’s best performers.

Fairburn are just five points behind Rothwell after comfortably beating Crofton.

Opener Dave Hoyle (38) tried hard to hold Crofton’s innings together but James Doyle (39no) was the only player who provided any support as they were toppled for 116 by Anaruva Banerjee (4-57), Paul Clark (2-7) and Guy Abdy (2-20).

In reply, Banerjee struck 47 and Craig Piggott hit an unbeaten 33 as Fairburn eased to victory in 26 overs.

Glasshoughton and Whitley Bridge remain in relegation trouble in Division Two after they both lost on Saturday.

Rob Sperrin’s unbeaten 94 was in vain for Glasshoughton against promotion-chasers South Kirkby who won by six wickets, thanks to Jacob Peacock (58no) and Mark Walker (52). Robbie Williams (2-38) was Glasshoughton’s best bowler.

Opener Eddie Wilson struck eight fours in a half-century to give Whitley a promising start at Askern before Dave Longley (5-18) sent them collapsing from 104-1 to 154 all out.

Julian Peace 3-27 from 14 overs was not enough to prevent Askern knocking off the runs, with Longley hitting 62 and Dean Smith hammering an unbeaten 42.

Hemsworth eased their relegation worries when Kevan Locke (50no), Jack Heritage (3-32) and Simon Kemp (3-31) led them to an eight-wicket success at Wombwell Main.

Allerton Bywater boosted their chances of avoiding relegation from Division Three with their second successive win when they beat leaders Yorkshire Main by three wickets. Jonathan Ding (4-15), Richard Lamb (3-25) and Andrew Kunkel (2-27) routed Main for 83.

In reply, Allerton collapsed from 35-1 to 60-7 before Danny Alderson (12no) and Neal Patel (17no) saw them home with an unbroken 24-run stand.

Bottom side Ackworth A lost by 77 runs to Sykehouse despite an excellent all-round display by Liam Webber who claimed 5-33 and struck 58.