Frickley Colliery fall short in Fairburn defeat

Frickley's Phil Howell bowls against Hooton. Picture: Andrew Roe
Frickley's Phil Howell bowls against Hooton. Picture: Andrew Roe

Despite managing to dismiss league leaders Fairburn, Frickley Colliery ultimately had to settle for five points in a close-run defeat in the in the Pontefract Division 1 on Saturday.

A second wicket partnership of 94 by Guy Abdy (61) and Craig Piggott (62) laid the foundations for the Fairburn total of 225, and despite some lively knocks from Stephen Secker (61) and Greg Johnson (59), Frickley closed on 203-6, an agonising 22 runs short.

Frickley visit Fishlake this Saturday, start 11am, with a trip to Rothwell in the Dyson/Skidmope Trophy on Sunday at 2pm.

Frickley Colliery 2nds also fell to an eight-wicket defeat at Glasshoughton in Division 3.

After a fine start by James Handley (37) and Danny Burke (31), some good knocks from Matt Charlton (24) and Matty Crompton (35), took Colliery to a healthy total of 163.

But an unbroken stand from Rob Sperrin (62) and Liam Hopton (46) guided Glass Houghton to 166-2, Lee Capstick taking both wickets for 39 runs.

Frickley host Hundhill Hall this Saturday, wickets pitched 1.30pm, with Bentley Colliery in the AJS Teamwear Trophy on Sunday, start 2pm.

In Division 2, Hemsworth Miners Welfare completed a narrow two-run win over Sprotbrough on Saturday.

The hosts finished on 191-8, and though them came close to bowling Hemsworth out, a knock of 60 from Steven Perks was enough to see the visitors to 193 runs for nine wickets.

On Saturday, Hemsworth will look for another win as they face third-placed Barnby Dun at home.

There was another victory for Hemsworth 2nds in Division 7, as for wickets apiece from Connor Williams and Adam Gill earned them a two-run win over Pollington.

After Moosa Patel had taken five wickets for just 18 runs, Pollington were bowled out for 93, leaving them just two runs shy of Hemsworth’s total of 95-8.

This weekend, Hemsworth face a trip to eighth-placed Glasshoughton.

South Kirby were comprehensively outplayed in Division 1 as they lost to Rothwell by nine wickets.

Kirby were bowled out for a meagre 79 before Mark Bentley hit 58 as Rothwell cruised to 81, losing just one wicket in the process.

Kirby 2nds fared much better in their Division 4 clash with Pledwick, easing to a 95-run win.

Kirby finished their innings with an excellent 238-4, Pledwick only able to total 143-6 in reply.

On Saturday, South Kirby face Streethouse, while Kirby 2nds make the trip to Bentley.

Ryhill and Havercroft CC were forced to settle for three points as they lost out to Ackworth 2nds in the Pontefract Division 4 on Saturday.

Danny Whelan hit 46 for Ryhill as they finished their innings on 107-9, but Ackworth cruised to a winning total of 111-7 to complete a comfortable victory.

Ryhill will look to get back to winning ways on Saturday as they travel to Bullcroft.

Ryhill 2nds suffered a similar fate in their Division 8 clash with Eggborough on Saturday, well beaten as the hosts took a 75-run win.

Chasing the 181 set by Eggborough, thanks to a hit of 54 from Scott Tyson, Ryhill were bowled out for just 106.

They will now look to make amends as they go on to face Nostell this weekend, with just one point separating the two teams in the table.

Nostell St Oswald also found themselves on the wrong end of defeat as they were crushed in their Division 2 match with Askern.

The home side set an impressive score of 220 for Nostell to catch, but a devastating spell of bowling from Scott Mantovani (6-11) saw the visitors bowled out for a meagre total of just 40 runs.

Nostell will hope to bounce back this weekend as they face Sprotbrough at home.

It was better news for Nostell 2nds, who eased to a ten-wicket win over Notton in Division 8.

After bowling out the visitors for 51, Nostell wasted no time in racing to a winning total of 54 without dropping a single wicket, leapfrogging Notton in the Division 8 table as they move to eighth.

Next up for Nostell is a clash with Ryhill and Havercrofton Saturday.