Frickley Colliery CC got a much-needed win under their belt last Saturday with a solid 27-run home triumph over Streethouse.
Frickley had slipped towards the foot of the Pontefract and District Cricket League Division 1 in recent weeks with an alarming run of results.
But they put some daylight between themselves and the league’s bottom two with a thrilling win over high-flying Streethouse.
Batting first, Frickley finished on an impressive 244-5, Ashley Vickers top-scoring with 62.
Steve Secker added 51, while all-rounder Lovepreet Singh chipped in with 44.
Streethouse set about their innings looking to continue their good form this season, but Singh completed a fine day’s work with figures of 4-46 as the visitors were bowled out for 217.
Frickley 2nds were not so impressive as they slipped to a four-wicket defeat at Streethouse 2nds in Division 3.
Matthew Charlton hit 77 as Frickley racked up 186-9, Streethouse’s Dylan Bowles taking four wickets.
The home side then eased their way to a winning total of 188 for the loss of six wickets, Jason Holmes the pick of the batsmen with 71.
This weekend, Frickley will look to build on their win as they visit bottom side Rothwell, while the second team host Yorkshire Main.
South Kirkby remain safely mid-table in Division 1 after a comfortable win over third-placed Fairburn.
The visitors, one of three teams separated by just six points at the top of the table, failed to live up to their high billing as Kirkby tore through their batsmen, dismissing them for 127.
In response, the hosts stormed to a winning total of 130 for the loss of two wickets, Nicholas Percival leading the charge with a knock of 71.
South Kirkby 2nds did not play this weekend, as their scheduled clash at Peglers was called off after the home side resigned from the league.
The postponement leaves Kirkby precariously poised one place ahead of bottom club Pledwick, although with a cushion of 17 points.
Next weekend, South Kirkby face Hooton Pagnell away, while the second team will play host to Ryhill.
Nostell St Oswald CC are still top of the Pontefract and District Cricket League Division 2 after a quickfire home win over Crofton.
With heavy rain predicted, Nostell knew only a quick win would do, and duly dismissed Crofton for 64 as James Rowett took six wickets including four in one over.
The hosts raced to 65-2, Matthew Rowett and Lee Hurst ending on 18 and 15 n.o.
Nostell 2nds were also winners with victory away to Garforth in Division 8.
After a slow start, 18-year-old Oliver Townley’s half-century set the visitors on their way to 186-7.
Townley then chipped in with two wickets in the final over as the home side were dismissed for 158.
Nostell play Hemsworth next week, while the 2nds visit Eggborough.
Hemsworth remain safely mid-table in Division 2 after a thumping away win at bottom club Thurnscoe.
Phil Crapper continued his good form with the bat as he hit 58 to help the visitors to an intimidating 256-8.
Thurnscoe had no answer to Hemsworth in their innings, putting up little fight as they were dismissed for 116.
Hemsworth 2nds also grabbed a win in their Division 7 clash at home to Pledwick to stay second.
Steven Perks and Mitchell Crapper both took four wickets as Pledwick were dismissed for 105, Hemsworth going on to reach the finish line with four wickets left.
Hemsworth visit Nostell this weekend, with the second team hosting West Bretton.
Ryhill missed out on Saturday as they went down at home to Monk Bretton in Division 4.
Despite six wickets for Mark Perrin, Monk Bretton finished on 190-9, and Ryhill could only manage 142-8, with half-centuries for Danny Whelan and John Lomas.
Ryhill 2nds climbed off the bottom of Division 8 with victory at Notton.
Craig Warren hit an unbeaten 104 as Ryhill finished on 180-5, and three wickets apiece for Ian Bragger and Edward Kaye saw Notton dismissed for 150 in the penultimate over.
Ryhill visit South Kirkby this weekend, with the 2nds hosting Normanton.