SPROTBROUGH paid dear for three dropped catches in a one-wicket defeat against Pontefract and District Cricket League Division Two promotion rivals Barnby Dun.
Steve Barnes hit a third successive half-century and Mark Wilkinson struck 35 as Barnby overhauled Sprotbrough’s 197-4 with one over remaining. All-rounder Adam Kaye (54 and 4-33), Mike Threapleton (49no), James Harris (31) and Gordon Laidlaw (3-14) were Sprotbrough’s best performers. Askern coasted to an eight-wicket win against Glasshoughton who were toppled for 100 by Josh Gillies (4-21 from 9.3 overs), David Longley (3-17) and Gareth Williams (2-24) Longley finished unbeaten on 46 and Ashley Towler hit 44 as Askern knocked off the runs.
Hatfield Town lost by 70 runs to leaders South Kirkby.
Chasing South Kirkby’s 269, Hatfield were bowled out for 199, despite 78 by Majid Malik and 63 from Darren Sides.
Fishlake slipped to their third defeat in four matches in Division One when they lost by seven wickets to Crofton.
Charlie Metcalfe (50), Mark Davies (49), Kevin Pearson (34) and Josh Mason (29) guided Fishlake to 223-7 but it wasn’t enough to deny their Wakefield opponents.
Brodsworth Main achieved their first win in Division Three by beating Frickley Colliery A. Will Drury (54no) guided Brodworth to a five-wicket success after Mick Cassinelli (5-30) had skittled Frickley for 104.
Leaders Thorne Colliery collected maximum points for the fourth successive game by crushing Allerton Bywater who were routed for 116.
Thurnscoe Institute slumped to their first defeat against Sykehouse in a clash of last season’s two promoted teams.
Alex Goddard (4-52) limited Sykehouse to 158 but Thurnscoe managed only 74 in reply.
In Division Four, Bullcroft Main lost by nine wickets at Hundhill Hall, Fishlake A were trounced by 137 runs at Monk Bretton A and Steve Ashworth’s battling 40 was in vain for Bentley Collliery in a four wicket loss at Newton Hill.
Division Five leaders Peglers beat Garforth by 28 runs and Barnby A climbed to fourth place with a five-wicket success against Sprotbrough A.
Barnby Dun 1st X1 beat Hemsworth by six wickets in their Dyson-Skidmore Trophy first round tie. Jay Horne (57no) and Phil Decent (51) put on 89 for the fourth wicket after Mark Nurse (4-22) restricted Hemsworth to 170-7.
Fishlake suffered an agonising one-run defeat at Upper Haugh who posted 210 after Paul Moores (5-58) and Peter Roper (3-28) had reduced them to 60-6.
Josh Mason (75) and Mark Davies (46) led Fishlake’s reply which finished on 209-6 when Davies, attempting a winning hit, was caught off the final ball. Askern were routed for 60 in a 167-run defeat against Monk Bretton.
In the Farmery Florist Trophy first round, Thorne’s unbeaten start to the season ended with a 124-run defeat against Stainborough A.
James Sewart (3-25) and his cousin Adam Stewart (3-27) limited Stainborough A 210 but Thorne managed only 86 in reply.Sykehouse lost by four wickets at Ackworth A and Bentley Colliery went down by 60 runs against West Bretton. Brodsworth had a walk-over against Frickley A.