FISHLAKE’S relegation worries increased when they lost by four wickets at Rothwell in their Pontefract and District Cricket League Division One clash on Saturday.
The only consolation for the division’s bottom club was the fact that fellow strugglers Hooton Pagnell and Frickley Colliery were also beaten.
The Doncaster side made an excellent start and stood at 109-1 at one stage. They still looked set for a big total at 190-5, but they were eventually all out for 201 in the 45th over after losing their last five wickets for just 11 runs.
Their scoring was led by Charlie Metcalfe (49), Josh Mason (42) and Graham Ackroyd (31).
Ian Walker (3-45 from 14 overs) reduced Rothwell’s reply to 109-5 but the home side were rescued by opener Mark Bentley (112),
Fifth-placed Sprotbrough’s inconsistent form continued in Division Two when they conceded a league at new leaders Stainborough.
David Carr (4-22) restricted Stainborough to 203-9 which included a half-century by Liam McFadyen. In reply, Anthony Clark (4-42) and Tom Reid (4-31) toppled Sprotbrough for 135.
Hatfield Town’s promotion hopes were rocked by a 43-run defeat at lowly Glasshoughton.
Hatfield looked handily placed when Kirk Bennett (4-37) and Chris Stothard (3-39) routed Glasshoughton for 122.
But their batsmen fared even worse as Darren Sharp (4-22) sent them collapsing to 79 all out.
Bennett (12) and Nick Page (10) were the only batsmen to reached double figures.
There was no play in the Division Two matches involving Barnby Dun and Askern.
The entire Division Three programme was wiped out by rain.
Bottom side Fishlake A improved their chances of avoiding the drop from Division Four by beating promotion-chasers Stainborough A who were bowled out for 176, chasing Fishlake’s 191-5.
Bentley Colliery lost a low-scoring match against Upper Haugh A.Bentley were routed for 86 but Chris Brown (5-48) gave Upper Haugh some anxious moments before they beat the modest target for the loss of seven wickets.
Fenwick’s Division Eight title hopes were jolted by a one-run defeat at Sykehouse A.
Peglers A lost by seven runs to Bentley A when they were bowled out for 100,