Division Two outfit Askern continue their upward climb

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ASKERN’S revival continued in Pontefract and District Cricket League Division Two as they they beat strugglers Glasshoughton by nine wickets to claim their third straight win.

David Longley (4-25), Josh Gillies (3-41) and Gareth Williams (2-26) routed Glasshoughton for 115. Ashley Towler (41 not) and Andrew O’Grady (38 not out) shared an unbroken 75-run stand and Longley hit 24 as Askern knocked off the runs in 19 overs.

Hatfield Town remain in relegation trouble after collecting only four points from a rain-ruined game against Sprotbrough. Mike Threapleton (3-40) limited Hatfield to 148-6 that included 39 by Paul Davies.

The match was abandoned before Sprotbrough’s reply started.

Sprotbrough’s promotion hopes have ended. With three games left, they are 21 points adrift of second-placed Hooton Pagnell. Steve Jackson (31) led Thurnscoe to 177 at Hooton Pagnelll who were 114-4 from 24.4 overs when rain ended play.

Bottom side Yorkshire Main were foiled by rain when they were handily placed against fellow strugglers Whitley Bridge in a 36-over match.

Martin Spavin (5-24) restricted Whitley to 96-8.

In reply, Steve Lumley (33) guided Edlington-based Yorkshire Main to 79-5 with eight overs remaining when the weather intervened.

Barnby Dun’s game at Wombwell Main was abandoned without a ball being bowled after the pitch was flooded by a thunderstorm.

Fishlake lost by three wickets at Old Sharlston in Division One. Peter Butterworth (27) was the only batsman who made an impression as Fishlake fell for 97 and although Sam Mason (5-15) gave Sharlston’s batsmen plenty of problems they eventually scraped home.

Brothers Phil and Peter Sanders were in top form as Sykehouse climbed out of the bottom two in Division Three by collecting maximum points for the second successive week by crushing Allerton Bywater. Phil Sanders bagged 5-18, Peter claimed 4-29 and David Beevers snapped up 1-7 to skittle Allerton for 54. In reply, Phil Townsend (38 not out) and Andy Edwards (18 not out) shared an unbroken 56-run stand as Sykehouse coasted to a ten-wicket win in 13 overs.

Chasing Hensall’s 199-6, Thorne Colliery were 5-0 from 1.3 overs when torrential rain saw the match abandoned. Kerry Bissell (4-29) was Thorne’s best bowler.

Brodsworth Main need just one point from their last three games to clinch promotion in Division Four. They cruised to a nine-wicket against Stainborough A, who were routed for 51.

Brodsworth are 29 points clear of third-placed Bullcroft Main who reached 61-6, replying to South Kirkby A’s 208-7, when the game was abandoned.

Stephen Dinnage (86) steered Peglers to 144 at Fishlake A who were 9-1 when rain ended play. Bentley Colliery (Dale Cox 65) won by 68 runs at Monk Bretton A.Nick Smith (5-21) toppled Monk Bretton for 85, chasing Bentley’s 153-5.