Five alive Bland sets up Streethouse win over title rivals Ackworth

Streethouse's Scott Bland.
Streethouse's Scott Bland.

Streethouse took a giant stride towards the Pontefract League’s Division One title when they beat nearest challengers Ackworth by three wickets to go 33 points clear of them at the top of the table.

They were pushed in their bid to get past a disappointing Ackworth score of 179, but came through to maintain their 100 per cent league record in 2018.

Scott Bland paved the way for the latest success with a 5-36 spell while there were two wickets each for Muhammad Fayyaz and Jonathan Hughes. Ackworth did recover from 52-6 as Dave Harris hit 47 and Shaun Longfield 32.

Streethouse were reduced to 47-3 in their reply, but got home thanks to Gary Rhodes (37), Mark Robinson (33) and Liam Geddis (31 not out). Longfield (3-61) was the most successful Ackworth bowler.

A superb unbeaten 128 from Adam Rollin carried South Kirkby to an eight-wicket success in their local derby with Frickley Colliery.

With Lee Tarbuck also hitting 56 Kirkby made light work of overhauling Frickley’s decent 219-6 total when Andy Wathey (68) and Mohammed Ayub (63) had top scored. Aimee Danks (3-31) did most to restrict Colliery.

Struggling Hemsworth MW went down by six wickets to Askern Welfare after never getting going in a poor batting effort that saw them all out for 93.

Mitchell Crapper (19) top scored, but only four batsmen made double figures as MW were all out in 32 overs. Jack Heritage and Buck Rees-McClure tried to hit back as they took two wickets each, but Askern eased home.

Good bowling from Luke Reeves (5-42) and Dale McMullen (4-14) set up a nine-wicket success for Old Sharlston.

They combined to bowl opponents Brodsworth Main out for 85 then Daniel Bullock (41 not out) saw Sharlston home for a convincing win.

Jonny Winwood hit 58 in vain as West Bretton were all out for 119 to lose by 101 runs at Hooton Pagnell. Patrick Mullins had earlier taken 4-78 in the hosts’ 220-9 total.

Knottingley Town came out on top in a competitive derby game with Whitley Bridge in Division Two of the Pontefract League.

Bridge could feel happy at the half way point after Matthew Draper’s 6-55 had helped them bowl out Town for 161.

But they fell 10 runs short in their run chase, all out for 151 with Chris Welburn (64) top scoring and Tony Dove taking 4-35. Chris Larrington, Paul Reed and John Clark also claimed two wickets each for Knottingley, whose top scorer with the bat earlier had been Ian Brown, with 50.

Fourth-placed Featherstone Town maintained their challenge with a 75-run success against Barnby Dun.

David Hiorns took 6-52 as Barnby Dun were all out for 114 in reply to Town’s 189-7, which had included 83 from Tommy Hyde and 40 by Jason Picken.

Glasshoughton lost by nine wickets to Thorpe Audlin after being shot out for 77, Liam Hopton top scoring with 28.

Streethouse seconds were handed the points as Crigglestone conceded their game.

More reports from the Pontefract League in this week’s edition of the Pontefract & Castleford Express and the Hemsworth & South Elmsall Express