Hemsworth slump to fourth away defeat

Hemsworth v Knottingley  Pontefract League'Mixed emotions  Gavin Stevens  of Hemsworth is out caught by wicket keeper Greg Tucker with slip fielder Richard Hayes also celebrating. Bowler was Stuart Camm
Hemsworth v Knottingley Pontefract League'Mixed emotions Gavin Stevens of Hemsworth is out caught by wicket keeper Greg Tucker with slip fielder Richard Hayes also celebrating. Bowler was Stuart Camm

Hemsworth Miners Welfare 1sts unpredictable Division 2 away form continued this weekend as they slumped to a 57-run defeat at Knottingley.

Hemsworth have won two and lost four of their six away games this term, a stark contrast to their impressive home displays.

And despite trying hard, Hemsworth never looked capable of troubling Knottingley in this match, as the hosts eased to victory.

Chasing the home side’s impressive total of 185, Hemsworth were solid with the bat as Andrew Briggs racked up 45 runs for his side.

But four wickets from Jack Pugh did the damage, the Knottingley bowler tearing through Hemsworth’s batsmen for just 38 runs.

The away side were eventually bowled out for 128 as Knottingley completed a comfortable win.

Hemsworth 2nds also missed out at the weekend, as they went down at home to Knottingley 2nds.

Despite bowling figures of 4-25 for Knottingley’s John Clarke, Hemsworth set their opponents a decent target of 114 to win, as they looked to move up to second place in Division 7.

However, inspired by a knock of 52 from Stuart Camm, Knottingley eased to victory as they passed Hemsworth’s score for the loss of just four wickets.

The result leaves Hemsworth fourth in Division 7, some 18 points adrift of runaway leaders Pollington, ahead of this weekend’s trip to Ferrybridge.

Frickley Colliery 1sts suffered their fifth defeat in six games as they came up short against Monk Bretton in a 19-run defeat in Division 1.

Batting first, Monk Bretton hit an impressive 182-8 in their innings, Ogden top-scoring with an excellent 66.

Frickley went in to their innings knowing they would need a strong display with the bat to secure a second straight league win in what has been a difficult season sop far.

However, despite a knock of 54 for Ashley Vickers, Frickley found themselves agonizingly short as they were bowled out for 163.

Craig Heppenstall did the damage for his side, tearing through the Frickley batting order to finish with five wickets for 32 runs.

South Kirkby 1sts got back to winning ways with a solid three-wicket win over Stainborough in Div 1 on Saturday.

Kirkby were looking to make amends for last week’s defeat at home to Ackworth, and were set a target of 163 by Stainborough, for whom James Cooper scored 60.

Kirkby eased to a winning total of 165, losing seven wickets in the process as Jack Birkby top scored with 66 not out.

Kirkby 2nds missed out in their Div 4 clash with Garforth as the visitors won by 85 runs.

Garforth posted an intimidating total of 214 thanks to an unbeaten 65 from Field.

They then bowled Kirkby out for just 129, Andrew Appleyard claiming five wickets for the loss of 29 runs.

Nostell 1sts thrilled their visiting supporters on Saturday with a thrilling Division 2 win at Barnby Dun.

Batting first, Nostell raced to 212, thanks to hits from Matt Rowett, Neil Graham and Mal Green.

They then skittled out the hosts for just 61, Tim Oram taking 4-21 and James Rowett finishing with job with an excellent 4-15.

Nostell 2nds also recorded a comfortable Division 8 win at home to Peglers in another top-quality display of bowling.

Making the visitors bat first, Nostell tore through the top order to dismiss Peglers for 64, Dan Hurst (4), Rob Clegg (3), Jamie Buttery (2) and Tom Lister sharing all ten wickets.

Nostell cruised to a winning total despite a late wobble, Neil Clegg ending on 31 not out.

Ryhill and Havercroft 1sts were not so clinical, as they lost out in a close game at home to Bentley in Division 4.

Having set 174-5 thanks to knocks of 71 and 61 from Danny Whelan and Josh Banks, Ryhill couldn’t find the wickets as Bentley edged to 177-6 for six and a narrow victory.

Ryhill 2nds were also on the end of a defeat as they were well beaten at Bentley.

Chasing the impressive total of 168-9 set by Bentley in the home side’s innings, Ryhill never came close as they were bowled out for just 56.

Jake Johnson destroyed Ryhill with the ball, taking five wickets for just nine runs as Bentley completed a comprehensive 112-run win.