Carr is the driving force in vital win

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DAVE Carr was Sprotbrough’s match-winner as they climbed to fourth place in Pontefract and District Cricket League Division Two by beating title-chasers South Kirkby.

Carr bagged 6-32 in a 13-over spell that included four maidens to rout Kirkby for 91, replying to Sprotbrough’s 134 which included 34 by Andrew Fairclough.

Sprotbrough climbed above Askern and Hatfield Town who were foiled by rain against Barnby Dun and Stainborough respectively.

David Longley (4-44) and Andrew Lunn (3-20) bowled out Barnby for 150. In reply, Jeff Morton (35no) led Askern to 69-2 from 18 overs before the match was abandoned.

David Barrett (46) and Steve Barnes (33) were Barnby’s top scorers.

Wayne Silvester (24) and Jonathan Holmes (22) guided Hatfield to 161-8 against leaders Stainborough who were 68-2 from 22 overs when play was washed out.

Fishlake recorded a vital win at Old Sharlston in their battle to avoid relegation from Division One. Major Singh claimed 4-30 from 10 overs to restrict Sharlston to 183-8.

Charlie Metcalfe (48), Peter Butterworth (38) and Singh (37) led the way as Fishlake knocked off the runs to move seven points clear of the relegation zone.

Last season’s Division Four champions Sykehouse boosted their chances of winning promotion for the second year running.

They climbed to second in Division Three with a 10-wicket victory at strugglers West Bretton who were skittled for 73 by Peter Sanders (4-29) and his brother Phil (4-38) in a 36-over match that started late because of rain. Openers Phil Townsend (49no) and James Davies (22no) shared an unbroken 75-run stand as Sykehouse cruised to victory in just 16 overs.

Sykehouse moved above Thurnscoe Institute who were thwarted by rain at Hensall.

Michael Harvey (5-20) restricted Hensall to 138-8 from their full 46 overs before a torrential downpour resulted in the match was being abandoned during the tea interval.

Brodsworth Main’s relegation worries increased when they were routed for 29 - the lowest total in any of the league’s eight divisions this season - in a 10-wicket home defeat against bottom side Ackworth A. None of Brodsworth’s batsmen reached double figures. The highest scorer was Michael Burns with seven.

Bentley Colliery and Bullcroft Main both collected maximum points to improve their chances of escaping relegation in Division Four. All-rounder Chris Brown hit 44 and snapped up 4-25 in Bentley’s 55-run victory against bottom team South Kirkby A.

Adam Stott (74) steered Bullcroft to 188-4 at Monk Bretton A who were toppled for 119 in reply. Josh Denby’s battling 46 was in vain for Fishlake A who fell for 187, chasing Ryhill’s 198-6.

Last year’s Division Six champions Peglers boosted their hopes of lifting the Division Five title when beating Ferrybridge Power Station by four wickets to join them at the top of the table with three games to go.