South Kirkby miss out on cup final spot

South Kirkby missed out on a place in the cup final after losing to Ackworth.
South Kirkby missed out on a place in the cup final after losing to Ackworth.

South Kirkby CC missed out on a place in the Pontefract and District Cricket League Dyson-Skidmore Trophy final after losing to Ackworth.

Kirkby went down by four wickets on Sunday as Ackworth eased to a solid win and a final berth against Streethouse next month.

Kirkby posted a score of 179-7 in their innings, thanks to an unbeaten 67 from Jack Birkby and 40 from Jake Rimmington.

Dale Longfield took four Kirkby wickets and Dean Matthews grabbed the other three as Ackworth went into their innings confident of reaching a winning total.

And a solid knock of 61 not out from Chris Wathen helped Ackworth to 181-6 as they secured the win and a place in the showpiece final on Sunday, August 4.

Elsewhere, South Kirkby Social will play South Kirkby Knights in the Gary Marley Memorial Trophy KO Cricket Final at the Old Mill Ground, South Kirkby, on Bank Holiday Monday.

Social came out on top by 28 runs in their semi-final with Upton Rugby thanks to an opening stand of 45 by Steve Lambert, who retired on 33, and Richard Hames (28), who set them on the way to 157-5.

Mick Shaw took 2-10 in the Rugby attack, while Paul Walker and Gary Shipley also grabbed wickets.

Opener Mick Shaw gave Upton a fine start with 29, Neil Morgan (33) and Gareth Ashby (31no) helping narrow the gap, but Brian Williamson (11) was the only other in double figures as they were dismissed for 129 off the penultimate delivery.

Richard Hames did the damage with figures of 3-8, while Richard Harris took 2-5 and Martin Hellewell finished with 2-12.

Knights had a five wickets triumph over Nags in the other semi-final, Shaun Wood (31no) top-scoring as Nags had to rely on 20 extras to post 110-7.

Paul Hopkins took 2-4 for Kirkby, Tony Shotter and Robert Green also bagging wickets.

Opening the Knights reply, Robert Green retired on 30 as a solid batting display saw Kirkby cruise to 111-5 to secure the win.