Page’s 83no sets up flying start for Hatfield

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SPROTBROUGH made a winning start to their Pontefract and District League Division Two campaign by scraping a two-wicket win over Askern.

Mike Threapleton (4-23) Dave Carr (3-25) toppled Askern for 119, which included 24 from Dave Longley.

In the reply, Longley (4-32) and Josh Gillies (3-36) gave Sprotbrough problems and the hosts were indebted to Adam Kaye (21), Threapleton (18) and Rob Edmundson (18) as they overhauled the target.

Hatfield Town made a great start by beating South Kirkby, who finished third last year.

Peter Wright (4-36) limited Kirkby to 135-9, replying to Hatfield’s 183-9 that featured an unbeaten 83 by Nick Page.

Barnby Dun suffered a batting collapse in a 92-run defeat at Hooton Pagnell. Barry Smith 4-33 restricted Pagnall to 140-9 but Barnby’s reply never got going as Charlie Kaye (4-8), Steve Hardaker (4-16) and Matthew Harrison (2-15) skittled Barnby for 48.

Fishlake lost by eight wickets at defending Division One champions Streethouse. Matthew Mason (36) and Peter Butterworth (27) top-scored as Fishlake fell for 123. Jonathan Hughes hit an unbeaten 74 as Streethouse knocked off the runs.

Thorne Colliery collected maximum points by winning a low-scoring Division Three game at Ackworth A. Kerry Bissell (3-13) and James Stewart (3-20) routed Ackworth for 95 after Chris Head (36) had led Thorne to 111.

Relegated Brodsworth Main won by eight wickets at Bentley Colliery in Division Four.

Michael Cassinelli (5-25) and Karl Buxton (5-19) bowled out Bentley for 62, despite Stuart Cutmore’s battling 25.

In reply, Joe Southam finished unbeaten on 22 as Brodsworth eased to victory.

In Division Five, Barnby Dun A defeated Old Sharlston A by 38 runs but Hatfield A made a losing start in Division Six with a five-wicket loss at Sandal A.

Promoted Fenwick started impressively in Division Seven with a three-wicket success at Hemsworth A.

Stuart Carrick’s unbeaten 61 guided Fenwick to victory after Gavan Rowley (4-20) bowled out Hemsworth for 108.

Bentley Colliery A defeated Division Eight rivals Brodsworth Main A in a remarkable game in which 20 wickets fell for just 107 runs.

Bentley looked to be heading for defeat when they managed just 58 bt Nicky Smith (5-11) rescued them by skittling Brodsworth for 49.

Peglers A , who won just three league matches last season, coasted to a nine-wicket win against Eggborough Power Station, who were routed for 68 by Richard Marriott (5-10).