Law heads run chase as Streethouse stretch lead

Brent Law.
Brent Law.

Streethouse stretched their lead to 21 points at the top of the Pontefract League’s Division One as they enjoyed a convincing victory at Brodsworth Main while rivals Ackworth slipped up against Fairburn.

A ninth win from nine games was recorded as Streethouse had few problems overhauling Brodsworth Main’s 169 total.

In-form opener Brent Law led the run chase with an unbeaten 87, including 17 fours, while Connor Fisher hit 36.

Muhammad Fayyaz had earlier been the pick of the Streethouse bowlers, taking 4-32, with Scott Bland returning 3-42.

Ackworth suffered their first loss of the season after being bowled out for 186 by Fairburn.

Jordan Chase top scored with 80 and Dave Harris hit 36, but their total did not prove enough as Fairburn were brought home for a seven-wicket win by Craig Piggott, who made an unbeaten 82 after earlier taking 6-53.

Elsewhere in Division One, fourth-placed South Kirkby eased to an eight-wicket win at West Bretton.

Lee Tarbuck (4-33) and Liam Rollin (3-32) sent them on the way to victory as they helped bowl Bretton out for 80.

Only Ben Summers, with 27, made much of an impact for Bretton, whose bowlers also struggled as Adam Rollin (37 not out) led Kirkby home.

Old Sharlston moved up to fifth with a nine-wicket hammering of Frickley Colliery.

Luke Reeves (4-32), Simon Kemp (3-24) and Dale McMullen (2-7) combined to bring about a collapse from Frickley who were all out for just 66 after making a decent start through Ashley Vickers (21) and Mohammed Ayub (27). Kemp (27) then led the Sharlston reply as they reached their target in just eight overs.

Hemsworth MW won a thrilling game by two runs against bottom of the table Hatfield Town.

Batting first, Hemsworth made 180 with Lee Perks (48) top scoring. Hatfield looked set to overhaul the score only to suffer a late collapse as Max Heritage took 5-37 after coming on as third change bowler. Jake Taberner also played his part with 3-39.

An unbeaten century from Liam Hopton helped Glasshoughton to move up to fourth place in Division Two as they enjoyed an eight-wicket success against Thurnscoe Institute.

Set a challenging 234 for victory, Glasshoughton got home surprisingly easily as Hopton hit 133 not out and combined with Alex Clemo (60 not out) in a match winning unbroken third wicket stand.

Clemo had earlier taken 4-12 and Noor Sahaq 3-63 as Thurnscoe were all out for 233.

Fifth-placed Featherstone Town beat third-placed Streethouse seconds by four wickets.

James Dunn (68) and Joe Bakali (42) helped Town get home after Streethouse had posted a 209 total.

Top scorer for Streethouse was Michael Tucker, who came in at number eight to hit 57. Todd Davis (3-28) was the pick of the bowlers for Featherstone who are now up to fifth.

Knottingley Town and Whitley Bridge both lost.

Town went down by 153 runs to Stainborough, all out for 82 in reply to 235-9 with Tony Dove (4-72) and John Clark (24) their best performers.

Whitley Bridge were unlucky to go down by one wicket to Darton after making 235-4 with Lewis Longstaff hitting a superb 144.

Their opponents edged home despite three wickets each for Matthew Draper and Chris Welburn.

Elsewhere in Division Two, Crigglestone were bowled out for 164 and lost by five wickets to Thorpe Audlin. Matthew West (23), Lee Speight (22) and Bradley Richardson (21), Jordan Scarth (20) and David Findlay (20) were their top scorers.

More reports from the Pontefract League in today’s edition of the Pontefract & Castleford Express and Hemsworth & South Elmsall Express.