Copley and Gallagher are Sykehouse stars

Top of the table clash: Phil Townsend batting for Sykehouse. Picture: Steve Taylor
Top of the table clash: Phil Townsend batting for Sykehouse. Picture: Steve Taylor
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SYKEHOUSE stepped up their promotion bid in Pontefract and District League Division Three by inflicting leaders Yorkshire Main’s first league defeat since April.

Phil Sanders (4-38), Michael Gallagher (2-12) and Richard Copley (2-32) toppled Main for 167 after Copley (47) and Gallagher (39) had guided third-placed Sykehouse to 187-7.

Top of the table clash: Martin Spaven bowling for Yorkshire Main.  Picture: Steve Taylor

Top of the table clash: Martin Spaven bowling for Yorkshire Main. Picture: Steve Taylor

Sykehouse have another important home game on Saturday against second-placed Thurnscoe Institute, who closed the gap on Yorkshire Main to four points by beating Allerton Bywater.

Daniel Ravenscroft (51) and Michael Harvey (43) steered Thurnscoe to 238-9 and Lee Wilson (5-54) and Ravenscroft (3-34) bowled out Allerton for 166 in reply.

Thurnscoe take on Yorkshire Main in the Farmery Florist Trophy final at Hooton Pagnell on Sunday (2pm).

Thorne Colliery’s promotion hopes faded when they lost at bottom side Ackworth A.

Chris Broughton’s 54 was in vain for Thorne who managed only 188-8, replying to Ackworth’s 236-5 that featured an unbeaten century by Alistair Cunliffe.

Brodsworth Main lost by seven wickets to promotion contenders Sandal. John Robinson (23) top scored as Brodsworth were routed for 101.

Fishlake climbed out of the bottom two in Division One with a vital three-wicket win against fellow strugglers Frickley Colliery.

Major Singh (3-41) limited Frickley 173-7 and Josh Mason hit 53 and Mark Davis 38 as Fishlake knocked off the runs.

Hatfield Town kept alive their Division Two promotion challenge by crushing Whitley Bridge who were routed for 79 by Kirk Bennett (3-25), John Severn (3-14), Jonathan Holmes (2-12) and Majid Malik (2-26).

Adil Nasim hit 24 as Hatfield eased to a six-wicket win in 18 overs.

Hatfield are four points ahead of fifth-placed Sprotbrough, who beat Wombwell Main by 53 runs.

Ben Lyons (43), Mike Threapleton (24) and Mark Hargraves (22) were the main contributors to Sprotbrough’s 192-run total.

Dave Carr snapped up 6-32 from 6.1 overs and Lyons bagged 4-38 from 14 to send Wombwell collapsing to 139 all out in reply.

Askern and Barnby Dun both lost to promotion-chasing opponents on Saturday,

Barnby slipped to a 22-run defeat at Monk Bretton despite the efforts of all-rounder Andrew Young (3-52 and 27) and John Hughes (41).

Chasing South Kirkby’s 231-7, Askern fell narrowly short, finishing on 220-9.

Josh Gillies (62no), Ashley Towler (62) and Dave Longley (45) led Askern’s scoring.

Fishlake A leapfrogged fellow Division Four strugglers Bullcroft Main, South Kirkby A and Bentley Colliery by beating Newton Hill.

Newton Hill were kept at 183-9, chasing Fishlake’s 193-9 that included 57 by Josh Denby and 47 from Michael Robinson.

Bullcroft Main slipped to the foot of the table with a 112-run defeat at Knottingley.

Third bottom Bentley lost a low scoring match at Stainborough A.

Martin Brown (4-29) limited Stainborough to 139 but Bentley were bowled out for 120 in reply.