Nostell St Oswald maintain strong start with victory over neighbours Hemsworth MW

KEY COG: Nic Oram played a key role in Nostell's victory over Hemsworth MW
KEY COG: Nic Oram played a key role in Nostell's victory over Hemsworth MW
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The wet weather played havoc with the weekend’s Pontefract Cricket League fixture list but Nostell St Oswald were able to continue their good start to the season.

The Garmill Lane club, targeting an immediate return to the top flight following relegation last season, enjoyed victory over local rivals Hemsworth MW on a largely rain-soaked day of action around the area.

Nostell won the toss and chose to bowl, despite the slippery conditions making things difficult.

Hemsworth opener Phil Crapper was dropped twice on his way to an impressive knock of 78 as the hosts made 149-9. Lee Perks also chipped in with an unbeaten 24.

Lee Hurst was the pick of the Nostell bowlers with 5-27, while Tim Oram bagged 3-39.

In response, Nostell cruised to victory with the top order firing on all cylinders. The openers hit 35 before George Firth was bowled for 16.

Hurst showed his all round abilities to add 68 and guide the visitors to victory, again with the help or Oram who added 21.

Hemsworth will look to bounce back at Sandal on Saturday while Nostell are back on home soil against Hatfield.

Hemsworth MW 2nds saw their game at West Bretton in Division 7 called off and are set to return at home against Hooton Pagnell on Saturday.

Nostell 2nds came agonisingly close to inflicting defeat on Division 8 leaders Eggborough PS on Saturday.

St Oswald were looking good at 72-2 after opening the batting but collapsed to 100 all out, with four ducks included.

Lee Gray (23), Dan Hurst (30) and Phil Brown (13) led the way with the bat.

Hurst then ripped through the opposition with figures of 6-18. Nostell had a great chance to win the game but dropped a catch with Eggborough needing just two runs.

Nostell were in cup action on Sunday and an experimental 11 went down by 70 runs against Hooton Pagnell.

Mackenzie Noble, 14, produced a solid bowling display and Neil Clegg bagged 39 runs.

Nostell visit Bentley Colliery on Saturday.

South Kirkby went down by four wickets against Hooton Pagnell in Division 1.

Kirkby chalked up 119 before Pagnell reached 121-6.

Kirkby visit Featherstone Town this Saturday.

Frickley Colliery saw their Division 1 game against Rothwell postponed and they will look for a return to action at Ackworth this Saturday.

Frickley 2nds are set to host Darton in Division 3 after seeing their game at Yorkshire Main called off at the weekend.

Ryhill and Havercroft 1sts and 2nds saw their games postponed at the weekend. Ryhill 1sts visit Peglars in Division 4 this Saturday while the 2nds host the Doncaster team in Division 8.

South Kirkby 2nds are scheduled to host Ferrybridge C PS on Saturday.