Frickley sink to foot of table after South Kirkby defeat

South Kirkby sent Frickley to the bottom of Division 1 with an 11-run win on Saturday.
South Kirkby sent Frickley to the bottom of Division 1 with an 11-run win on Saturday.

Frickley Colliery CC plummeted to the bottom of Division 1 after losing a narrow relegation showdown to local rivals South Kirkby.

Frickley faced Kirkby in the vital clash last weekend, and looked on course for victory before coming up agonizingly short as Kirkby grabbed a valuable win by 11 runs.

Chasing Kirkby’s total on 167 in their innings, Frickley were dismissed for 156 as they replaced their opponents at the foot of the table.

South Kirkby in turn moved up to 11th with the win, a single point ahead of Frickley having played a game more.

Jack Birkby did the damage for Kirkby on the day, taking five wickets for 15 runs to lead his side to a crucial win in their battle to avoid the drop.

South Kirkby visit Fishlake this weekend, while Frickley will look to get back to winning ways at home to Old Sharlston.

Frickley 2nds remain cut adrift at the bottom of Division 3 after going down to Normanton by six wickets.

Craig Bryant was chief tormentor for Normanton as he tore through the Frickley batsmen, taking figures of 7-27 as the team were bowled out for just 61 runs.

Normanton had no such problems in their innings, and cruised to a winning total of 62, losing just four wickets along the way.

Frickley have the opportunity to bounce back immediately next weekend, as they face mid-table Hensall in a winnable fixture.

South Kirkby 2nds could not replicate the efforts of the first team as they were on the losing side at the weekend, beaten by Sykehouse in their Division 4 fixture.

Kirkby batted first and racked up a respectable total of 117 all out as they looked to move away from the bottom rungs of the table.

However, Sykehouse’s batsmen were in inspired form, and proved too much for the Kirkby bowlers as they stormed to a comprehensive win, amassing a winning total of 120 for the loss of just a single wicket.

Phil Sanders was the driving force behind Sykehouse’s innings as he top scored with an impressive 53.

Kirkby next face Monk Bretton 2nds at home on Saturday, and will be looking to make amends for this weekend’s defeat.

Hemsworth Miners Welfare lost for the second week in a row on Saturday as they went down to Askern Welfare in their Division 2 clash.

Despite James Gorton taking four wickets for 34 runs, Askern smashed their way to 229-9, David Longley and Nick Bisby with knocks of 74 and 62 respectively.

In response, Hemsworth could only muster 98, Longley capping a great individual performance with 4-25 as Ackworth won by 131 runs.

Hemsworth 2nds fared much better than the first team as they took a narrow win away at Ferrybridge in Division 7 on Saturday.

Having set a target of 163, Hemsworth bowled out their opponents for 148, completing a tight win by 15 runs.

Hemsworth 1sts face Hatfield away this weekend, while the second team host Hensall.

Nostell coped well with the hot conditions as they stayed second in Division 2 with a comfortable win over Knottingley on Saturday.

Lee Hurst took 3-11 and James Rowett 4-28 as Nostell dismissed their opponents for 106 runs.

Looking destined for an easy win, Nostell wobbled to 46-5, before Tim Oram’s 42 saw them home for a five-wicket win.

Nostell 2nds also took victory in their Division 8 match with Rossington, who had beaten them on the opening day of the season.

Bowling first, Nostell dismantled Rossington, Dan Hurst bagging two wickets for two runs and Olly Townley taking 4-18 as Rossington were dismissed for 76.

Nostell then eased to 77-1 to take the win, Neil Clegg top scoring with 38 not out.

Nostell 1sts hosts Thurnscoe on Saturday, while the second team visit Sykehouse.

Ryhill completed a good day for local sides with a thumping win over Pledwick.

Having dismissed their hosts for just 121 runs on a hot day, Ryhill smashed their way to a winning total of 125 without dropping a single wicket.

The result leaves Pledwick rooted to the foot of Division 4, while Ryhill sit in eighth place.

Ryhill will face a much harder challenge this weekend, as they go up against league leaders Rossington at home on Saturday.