ALL-rounder Craig Piggott was in top form as Fairburn continued their surge in Torbeck Pontefract and District Cricket League Division One by crushing Old Sharlston.
Piggott’s blistering opening spell reduced Sharlston to 40-6 after 12 overs. He eventually finished with figures of 7-29 from 11 overs as Sharlston were skittled for 81.
Fairburn’s reply started shakily when they lost openers Arunava Banerjee and James Clegg cheaply.
Piggott (38) steadied the ship, assisted by Mark Abdy (27no), as Fairburn eased to a six-wicket win in 24 overs to collect maximum points for the fourth successive match.
Streethouse retained a 10-point lead with a 58-run win at Upper Haugh.
Ismail Patel (5-38) and Martyin Rhodes (3-28) toppled Upper haugh for 161, replying to Streethouse’s 219-07 that featuted 61 from Bruce Percy and 42 by Alwyn Dyke.
Ackworth kept alive their hopes of retaining the championship with a nine-wicket win at Fishlake who were routed for 124 by Tom Martindale (3-9) and Chris Welburn (3-17).
Peter Hepworth (79no) and Richard Young (33) ensured Ackworth coasted to victory in reply.
Featherstone climbed off the foot of the table with a vital one-wicket win against Crofton.
David Hoyle (89no) and Greg Walton (84) guided Crofton to 229-2 but it wasn’t enough to end the Wakefield side’s losing run. James Dunn hammered 98 and Jim Robinson hit 46 as Featherstone overhauled the target, despite Richard Cooper’s 6-64.
Lee Hurst (67 and 6-35), Matthew Rowett (103) and Richard Hardman (48) led Nostell to a 90-run success at Frickley Colliery, for whom Lee Capstick (61) top-scored.
Lee Welburn (73), Rowan Quarmby (49) and Simon Booth (43) gave Rothwell the edge against Hooton Pagnell whose 43-run defeat was hard on Alisdair Fearns (71) and Mick Grace (46).
Nick Kirton struck four sixes and 15 fours in a sparkling 85 in Whitley Bridge’s six wicket win against Division Two rivals Hemsworth.
Kirton shared a 157-run partnership with Matthew Stones whose stylish 65 included one six and nine fours.
James Pearson chipped in with 25 as Whitley overhauled Hemsworth’s 215-5
Richard Locke (91no), Lee Waldron (44) and Phil Crapper (41) led Hemsworth’s scoring.
Glasshoughton lost by 41 runs at Sprotbrough.
Chasing 226-7, the Castleford team were bowled out for 187, despite Gareth Portman’s 77.
Stainborough reclaimed top spot with a 10-wicket victory against Darton who were routed for 37. Stainborough are two points ahead of South Kirkby whose game at Barnby Dun was abandoned because of bad light.
Allerton Bywater recorded a crucial victory against fellow Division Three strugglers West Bretton.
Opener Paul Wadsworth (59) gave Allerton’s innings a good start.
Tom Greenwood (46), Michael Wade (27) and Richard Lamb (21) were also important contributors as Allerton posted 221-8.
Excellent Allerton bowling and fielding saw West Bretton’s reply fall behind the required run rate.
Allerton snatched victory off the final ball when Matt Weaver (5-36) bagged his fifth wicket to topple West Bretton for 162. He was well supported by Jonathan Ding (3-26).
Callum Honeyman’s 71 was in vain for Ackworth A who were bowled out for 189, chasing Hensall’s 272-5 that featured 133 by Chris Thornton.