ACKWORTH’S former Leicestershire county all-rounder Peter Hepworth hammered a superb 155 in Saturday’s victory against Rothwell in Pontefract and District Cricket League Division One.
Hepworth (pictured), who was the league’s top batsman last season, struck 11 sixes and 14 fours and shared a second wicket stand of 154 in 15 overs with Richard Young (42) as Ackworth piled up 328-6.
Andy Humphries (52) and Mark Bentley (40) led Rothwell’s reply of 148-4.
Featherstone, who finished second bottom in the top-flight last season, are the new leaders after beating lowly Crofton by 35 runs.
Alex Clemo (55), Jamie Robinson (54) and Joe Bakali (40) guided Featherstone to 206-7 and Crofton replied with 181-8 which included 70 from Richard Cooper.
Frickley Colliery slipped to second after collapsing from 56-1 to 116 all oit in a five-run defeat at Nostell whose first league win this season lifted them off the foot of the table.
Champions Streethouse narrowly came out on top against Fairburn.
Alwyn Dyke (54) and Ismail Patel (42) guided Streethouse to 179-7 and Scott Bland (3-39) kept Fairburn’s reply at 162-9.
Ryan Greatrick (46) and Paul Clark (4-53) were Fairburn’s best performers.
Old Sharlston were indebted to all-rounder Jason Ball (64no and 4-26) for a one-wicket victory against Monk Bretton.
Division Two strugglers Whitley Bridge slumped from 54-0 to 111 all out in a seven-wicket defeat against Askern, for whom Dave Longley snapped up 7-22.
James Pearson (26) was Whitley’s top scorer and Matt Draper (2-8) their best bowler.
Liam Hopton (47) and Sohail Iqbal (46) steered Glasshoughton to 195-5 at Hooton Pagnell but it wasn’t enough to deny the hosts a four-wicket win.
Hooton recovered from 128-6 to knock off the runs thanks to an unbroken 68-run stand between Matthew Harrison (42no) and Joshua John (41no).
Knottingley, aiming to win promotion for the second successive season, continued their excellent start in Division Three by beating Allerton Bywater by six wickets.
Steve Mowbray (4-43) bowled out Allerton for 165, which featured 63 from Jack Bridges and 37 by Paul Lyon.
Knottingley’s reply started badly when they lost Mathew Stones and Eddie Wilson cheaply but Nicky Kirton (71no), Andy Bedford (36) and Scott Haigh (22no) saw them home without any further problems.
Second-placed Knottingley are three points behind leaders Sandal who beat West Bretton by 16 runs.
Streethouse A beat Darton A by 64 runs but Ackworth A lost by eight wickets at Frickley A.
James Handley hit an unbeaten century as Frickley overhauled Ackworth’s 178-6.
Tom Martindale (51) and Kevin Booth (44) were Ackworth’s top scorers.
Division Four promotion chasers Hundhill Hall maintained their unbeaten league record by trouncing Ferrybridge Power Station.
Hundhill’s Steve Rigby struck seven sixes and 10 fours in a sparkling 111. He put on 118 for the sixth wicket with Peter Ferguson (46) as Hundhill piled up 230-8.
Ferrybridge’s reply swas soon in trouble at 19-3 and although John Storey (30) led a fightback they were all out for 103, with Hundhill’s Sam Malyan snapping up 4-21.
In Division Five, Jamie Gaskell struck one six and nine fours in a half-century and Joshua Bateson claimed 5-45 in a five-wicket win at Whitley Bridge A.
Thirteen-year-old Joe Angel had a game to remember as Ferrybridge Power Station A won a low-scoring Division Seven match against Askern A. David Shaw (25) and Joe Angel (23) top scored as Ferrybridge were bowled out for a modest 104.
In reply, Joe Angel sent Askern reeling to 46 all out by grabbing a hat trick in a return of 6-3.
Glasshoughton A lost by four wickets to Pollington A despite Noor Sahaq’s 34 and 3-34.
Pollington’s Daniel Lawson and Steve Lawson both struck half centuries.