STREETHOUSE stepped up their bid to lift the Torbeck Pontefract and District Cricket League championship for the 10th time in 13 seasons with Saturday’s nine-wicket win against Fairburn at Whinney Lane.
It lifted Streethouse to the top of Division One, two points ahead of Rothwell who suffered their first league defeat at Old Sharlston.
Streethouse’s Ismail Patel (4-30) limited Fairburn to 166 which included 50 by Craig Piggott, 38 from Jake Abdy and 37 by Ian Jones.
Streethouse knocked off the runs impressively, with Justin Miller (88no) and Bruce Percy (40no) sharing an unbroken 110-run stand.
Stuart Bailey (63no) and Rob simpson (6-35) led third-placed Sharlston to a seven-wicket victory against Rothwell.
Champions Ackworth are fourth, just seven points behind Streethouse, after easily beating Frickley Colliery who were toppled for 128 by Chris Welburn (4-31).
Ex-Leicestershire all-rounder Peter Hepworth finished unbeaten on 60 as Ackworth coasted to a six-wicket win.
Featherstone moved further away from relegation trouble by beating Upper Haigh.
Adam Perry (65), Jim Robinson (61), Ryan Armitage (40) and Myles Robinson (37no) guided Featherstone to 243-5, the top-flight’s highest total on Saturday.
Upper Haugh’s reply fell narrowly short when they were all out for 238, despite half-centuries by Mark Wright, John Ashton and Rob Oxberry.
Nostell continued their revival with a fourth successive win. They crushed former league champions Fishlake who were routed for 94 by Ken Atkinson (5-40).
Fishlake are level on points at the foot of the table with Hooton Pagnell who were indebted to Adrian Coates (60) for a 33-run win against Crofton.
Whitley Bridge’s Julian Peace produced the season’s best bowling performance with a nine-wicket haul against Division Two rivals Stainborough.
Peace bagged 9-18 to skittle second-placed Stainborough for 57. A dropped catch prevented him taking all 10 wickets.
Ed Wilson hit 31 as Whitley won by seven wickets.
Glasshoughton ended their losing run with a six-wicket success against Barnby Dun.
Veteran Peter Cockroft (4-41) and Rob Sperrin (3-24) were Glasshoughton’s main wicket-takers as Barnby posted 218, which featured 110 by Phil Decent.
Excellent batting by Stuart Adamson (61), Gareth portman (49), Sperrin (42) and Liam Hopton (41no) saw Glasshoughton overhaul their target.
Allerton Bywater’s Division Three relegation worries increased with a 55-run defeat at Normanton.
Matt Weaver took 5-45 on his first appearance this season to limit Normanton to 168, which included 63 by Sufian Patel.
Patel also shone with the ball. He bagged 3-4 and Mohsin Contractor snapped up 3-25 as Allerton were bowled out in reply for 113, despite Richard Lamb’s battling 36.
A half-century by Alistair Cunliffe was in in vain for Ackworth A in a one-wicket defeat at Frickley A, for whom Lee Capstick struck a match-winning unbeaten 92.
Knottingley maintained their Division Four promotion push with a three-wicket win against Upper Haugh A.
Steve Mowbray 93-46), Gordon Davis (2-19), Stuart Camm (2-22) and Craig Larrington (2-22) restricted Upper Haugh to 131-9.
Haigh hit 34 and Martin Cutts 26 as Knottingley recovered from 59-4 to overhaul their target.
Division Five title-chasers Ferrybridge Power Station crushed Sprotbrough A.
Richard Wood (48) and Adam Bracewell (42) guided Ferrybridge to 188-6.
John Storey (3-12), Jack Hart (2-24) and Keith Lumb (2-19) toppled Sprotbrough for 97 in reply.
Craig Robinson (43) and Keith Hardaker (40) put on 82 as Featherstone A recovered from 22-3 to post 162-6 at Garforth.
But it wasn’t enough for Featherstone because Garforth won with an unbroken fourth wicket stand of 115 between Nick Lindley (67no) and Steve Vardy (48no).
Featherstone’s Todd Davis claimed 2-30 from 10 overs.
Whitley Bridge A were skittled for 37, replying to the Peglers total of 211-8. Abraham Smith (15) was the only Whitley batsman who reached double figures.
A sparkling 86 by Martin Farmery was the highlight of Hundhill Hall A’s 60-run win against Hatfield A.
Dave Bunney (31), Paul Wilkinson (23) and John Lowe (20no) were also important contributors to Hundhill’s 189-run total.
Jack Gascoigne (4-23) and Farmery (3-21) dismissed Hatfield for 129, despite Craig Pattinson’s defiant 67.
In Division Seven, Knottingley A’s Daniel Lund hammered three sixes and 12 fours in an unbeaten century against Brodsworth Main A.
Lund put on 157 for the third wicket with Jack Pugh whose half century featured seven boundaries.
In reply, Brodsworth were routed for 95 by Andy Lund (5-33) and Pugh (3-6).
Fairburn A coasted to a 10-wicket win against Pollington A.
Robbie Bancroft (5-10) produced a superb spell of seam bowling to topple Pollington for 102.
Fairburn openers Graham Weaver (69no) and Steve Harrison (28no) knocked off the runs without loss in 29 overs.
Glasshoughton paid dear for a batting collapse against Yorkshire Main A.
Simon Harrison (4-32), Garat Dakin (3-45) and Craig Smith (2-57) sent Yorkshire Main packing for 139.
In reply, Tony Gale 930) and Smith (20) put on 53 for the first wicket but the Castleford side slumped to 131 all out.
Division Eight leaders Ferrybridge Power Station A eased to a seven-wicket victory over Bentley Colliery A who were skittled for 64 by Kevin Mitchell (4-34), Michael Lumb (3-6) and Andy Adams (2-5).