Vital win for Fishlake is timely boost

Defend: Bentley Colliery's Tony Smith at the crease. Picture: Steve Taylor
Defend: Bentley Colliery's Tony Smith at the crease. Picture: Steve Taylor
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Fishlake improved their chances of avoiding relegation from Pontefract and District Cricket League Division One by climbing out of the bottom two with a nine-wicket win at fellow strugglers Hooton Pagnell.

Matt Windass (4-26), Major Singh (2-34) and Peter Roper (2-21) for the former champions skittled Hooton for 133.

Peter Butterworth (82no) and Kevin Pearson (38) shared an opening 106-run stand as Fishlake knocked off the runs in 20.4 overs to gain only their second victory in 11 league matches this season.

Division Two sides Sprotbrough, Askern and Barnby Dun all suffered narrow defeats. Chasing Darton’s 244-6 that featured 129 by Andy Wood, Sprotbrough were all out for 242 when Dave Carr was run out with two balls remaining.

Mark Hargraves (63), Michael Threapleton (45) and Andrew Fairclough (41) led Sprotbrough’s scoring. Askern’s Josh Gillies (3-33) and Adam Carr (3-26) limited Stainborough to 181-9 but Askern’s reply fell narrowly short when they were dismissed for 167, despite Dean Smith’s half century and 39 by Ashley Towler. Barnby’s run chase also failed when they were toppled for 164, replying to Whitley Bridge’s 180-8. Steve Barnes (43) and Mark Nurse (3-43) were Barnby’s best performers.

Thurnscoe and Sykehouse maintained their Division Three promotion bids.

Danny Ravenscroft (37) guided Thurnscoe to a four-wicket success at Brodsworth Main who were bowled out for 134 by Michael Harvey (3-14) and Lee Wilson (3-24).

Phil Townsend (106) and Phil Sanders (54) steered Sykehouse to 305-4 at Frickley Colliery A whose reply was restricted to 193-4 by Richard Munro (3-32).

Thorne Colliery’s promotion hopes were dented by a 51-run defeat at Hensall, despite the efforts of all-rounder Mark Walton (32 and 3-48).

Fishlake A beat South Kirkby A and Bentley Colliery pipped Bullcroft Main in matches involving the Division Four’s bottom four teams. Fishlake emulated their first-team by achieving only their second league win this year when Anthony Garrigan’s unbeaten 42 guided them to a five-wicket victory after Phil Wood (4-32) limited Kirkby to 146.

Darren Birkett (4-15) sent Bentley collapsing to 121 all out but they were rescued by Chris Brown (8-44) who toppled Bullcroft for 120 in reply. Peglers remain level on points with Ferrybridge Power Station at the top of Division Five after beating Featherstone A by 69 runs thanks to Stephen Dinnage (80) and Dean Williamson (66no).

Barnby Dun A maintained their promotion bid by beating Whitley Bridge by 50 runs but bottom placed Sprotbrough A lost by 100 runs to Darton A, despite Tom Wright’s 54.

Neil Johnson’s unbeaten 110 was the highlight as Thurnscoe A defeated Hooton Pagnell A by 156 runs in Division Six. Hatfield Town A were trounced by 218 runs at leaders Thorpe Audlin. In Division Seven, Ian Wardle hit 64 for leaders Askern A in a 62-run success at Allerton Bywater A and Richard Miller (75) gave lowly Brodsworth Main A the edge at Hemsworth A.