Young’s century highlight of leaders Ackworth’s win

James Dunn's 45 was in vain for Featherstone in Saturday's defeat at Division Two's bottom team Whitley Bridge. Picture: Mark Bickerdike.
James Dunn's 45 was in vain for Featherstone in Saturday's defeat at Division Two's bottom team Whitley Bridge. Picture: Mark Bickerdike.

ener Richard Young hammered 12 fours and four sixes in an unbeaten 102 to keep Ackworth on course for the Pontefract League Division One title.

Young’s century was the highlight of Ackworth’s nine-wicket win at Frickley Colliery that kept kept them five points clear of closest rivals South Kirkby who beat Wombwell Main by 22 runs.

Young put on 88 for the first wicket with skipper Peter Hepworth (36) and shared an unbroken 101-run stand with Dale Longfield (41no) as Ackworth overhauled Fricklery’s 183-6 that included 62 by Inderjit Hayre.

Ackworth host Townville and South Kirkby visit Methley in the first round of the Yorkshire Council Championship play-offs on Sunday.

Third-placed Fairburn revived their title bid by bouncing back from three successive league defeats with a 52-run success against Hooton Pagnell.

Ryan Greatrick (42), Mark Abdy (41no) and Simon Kemp (40no) led Fairburn to 194-6 and Jake Abdy (3-19) restricted Hooton’s reply to 142-6.

Steve Hardaker (44no) and Alwyn Dyke (3-19) were best for Hooton.

Last season’s champions Old Sharlston narrowly won a low-scoring game against neighbours Streethouse.

Zuber Patel (3-21) and Michael Bates (2-34) limited Sharlston to 135-8 which included 30 from Ste Roberts.

In reply, Streethouse were sent reeling from 63-2 to 117 all out by Adam Fox (5-33) and Jason Ball (3-42).

Featherstone’s Division Two promotion hopes faded with their fourth successive defeat at bottom team Whitley Bridge.

It left Featherstone 16 points adrift of second-placed West Bretton who beat Allerton Bywater by nine wickets.,

Will Thorne (49no) and Matt Daniel (41) guided Whitley to 169-8. Ian Tennant was Featherstone’s best bowler with 3-38 from 14 overs.

Matt Draper (6-34) and Thorne (2-33) dismissed Featherstone for 148, despite 45 from James Dunn and 33 by Jamie Robinson.

Gareth Portman (46) top-scored as Allerton were bowled out for 144 at West Bretton who comfortably knocked off the runs thanks to an unbroken 101-run stand between Tom Atkinson (90no) and Greg Walton (20no).

Only one team will be relegated from each of the top two divisions this season and Whitley Bridge’s recent revival has left second bottom Knottingley looking anxiously over their shoulders.

Knottingley are now only 14 points clear of Whitley after losing a high-scoring game at Sandal on Saturday.

Dan Riley (90) and Sam Noden (72) steered Sandal to 235-5 and Knottingley’s reply fell short on 208-8, despite 90 from Matthew Stones.

Division Three title contenders Glasshoughton repeated their AJS Teamwear Trophy final victory over Darton when the teams met again last Saturday.

Rob Sperrin hit 106 and Liam Hopton 69 as the Castleford side piled up 233-4 and Jordan Mills (4-56) and Craig Bryant (3-35) ended Darton’s reply at 156.

Glasshoughton remain eight points adrift of leaders Brook-Walton who won by 130 runs at Rossington.

Lowly Hundhill Hall were indebted to all-rounder Simon Jewitt as they recorded their second successive win at Kilnhurst.

Jewitt (4-17) restricted Kilnhurst to 130-9 and then struck a crucial 67 as the East Hardwick side overhauled the target with just one wicket to spare.

Streethouse eased to 60-run win against Brodsworth.

Yunas Josat snapped up 3-39 from 14 overs as Brodsworth were kept at 151-7, chasing Streethouse’s 211-5 that featured 86 by Damian Bowles and 31 apiece from Jonathan Nickerson and Dylan Bowles.

Division Seven leaders Glasshoughton suffered a trouncing at Knottingley.

A superb 173 from Andrew Lund saw Knottingley rack up a formidable 287-4.

In reply, Darren Green (7-30) routed Glasshoughton for 59.

West Bretton beat Kilnhurst by five wickets in last Sunday’s Bob Martindale Trophy final.

Thorpe Audlin take on Barnby Dun in the Heywood-Williams Trophy final at Whitley Bridge on Sunday.

Last Saturday’s results:

Division 1: * Frickley 183-6 (I Hayre 62, K McIntyre 41no), Ackworth 189-1 (R Young 102no, D Longfield 41no); Fishlake 123 (R Hazlehurst 5-27), *Monk Bretton 124-1 (L Ogden 44no, C Roebuck 38no, J Taylor 35); *Fairburn 194-6 (M Greatrick 42, M Abdy 41no, S Kemp 40no; A Dyke 3-19), Hooton Pagnell 142-6 (S Hardaker 44no; J Abdy 4-19); Nostell 182-8 (J Rowett 46, M Rowett 44; S Bamforth 4-37, T Reid 3-34), Stainborough 140 (M Raw 53; J Garrick 6-35); *Old Sharlston 135-8 (S Roberts 30; I Patel 3-21), Streethouse 117 (A Fox 5-33); *South Kirkby 153-8 (S Secker 59; C Bond 4-35), Wombwell Main 131 (M Tonks 41; D Rollin 4-35, M Heritage 4-29).

Division 2: Allerton Bywater 144 (G Portman 46; C Degnan 4-43), *West Bretton 145-1 (T Atkinson 90no); Askern 182 (A Gillies 38, J Gillies 36; K Cleobury 4-38, T Shepherd 3-50), *Crofton 116 (D Longley 5-19); *Whitley Bridge 169-8 (W Thorne 49no, M Daniel 41; I Tennant 3-38), Featherstone 148 (J Dunn 45, J Robinson 33; M Draper 6-34); *Hatfield 103 (C Webster 4-27), Hemsworth 107-5 (L Perks 35); *Sandal 235-5 (D Riley 90, S Noden 72), Knottingley 208-8 (M Stones 90); Barnby Dun 233 (K Dinnage 73, S Barnes 53), *Rothwell 231 (L Toole 48, R Hopwood 37).

Division 3: *Streethouse 211-5, Brodsworth 151-7; *Glasshoughton 233-4, Darton 156; Kilnhurst 130-9, Hundhill Hall 132-9; Normanton 78, *Thurnscoe 81-5; Brook-Walton 193-9, *Rossington 63.

Division 4: *Newton Hill 247-4, Ferrybridge 108; *Sykehouse 168-5, Garforth 88; Hensall 166-9, *Notton 167-4; Monk Bretton 113, *Ryhill 117-6; *Ackworth 181, Frickley 150.

Division 5: Fairburn 144, *Bullcroft 150-3; *Featherstone 206-4, Old Sharlston 120; Stainborough 106, *Thorpe Audlin 109-2; *Pledwick 98, Fenwick 100-2.

Division 6: *Hemsworth 89, Hatfield 92-4; Whitley Bridge 89, *Pollington 91-2.

Division 7: West Bretton 149-9, *Allerton Bywater 98; Eggborough 165-7, *Brodsworth 93; Thorpe Audlin 150-5, *Ferrybridge 95; *Knottingley 287-4, Glasshoughton 59; Bentley 191-3, *Stanley 80.

Division 8: *Askern 116, Kilnhurst 93; *Garforth 123, Sykehouse 55; *Hensall 116, Notton 117-3; Peglers 144, *Normanton 145-7; *Nostell 114, Rossington 58.