Pontefract League: Walker is five alive as Ackworth remain unbeaten

Ackworth bowler Craig Walker.
Ackworth bowler Craig Walker.

Craig Walker produced an impressive bowling display to help early season pacesetters Ackworth to maintain their unbeaten start to the season in Division One of the Pontefract League.

Up against Hatfield Town, they won by 10 wickets to make it four wins out of four.

Walker was the key player as he bowled eight maidens in his 10 overs and took 5-5. With Dale Longfield claiming 2-30 and Shaun Longfield 2-6 Hatfield were all out for only 79.

Ackworth did not lose any wickets in their reply with openers Danny Bridges (29 not out) and Kieran Dinnage (42 not out) bringing them home.

Streethouse also made it four wins out of four in the top division as they beat Old Sharlston by seven wickets.

Set a challenging 242 for victory they reached their target with surprising ease as Brent Law (96) smashed 14 fours and a six and opener Jonathan Hughes (75 not out) cracked 11 fours.

Jase Ball had earlier hit 73 not out in Old Sharlston’s 241 all out with Byron Dean contributing 37. Scott Bland took 3-29 and Kevin Marshall 3-79.

South Kirkby went down by five wickets to Brodsworth Main after being bowled out for 164 with Adam Rollin (47) top scoring.

Frickley Colliery posted a decent 212-8 total in their Division One game against Hooton Pagnell, but lost by two wickets.

Inderjit Singh Hayre top scored with 56 while Mohammed Ayub hit 37. However, Hooton Pagnell edged home despite 3-56 from Jason Mills.

Jake Taberner (5-15) and James Gorton (4-32) combined to bowl Hemsworth MW to an 163-run victory over West Bretton as they dismissed their opponents for 56.

Phil Crapper (65 not out) Lee Perks (53) top scored as Hemsworth made 219. Patrick Mullins had done most to restrict them with 6-49.

Featherstone Town were disappointed to go down by 23 runs at Darton in Division Two.

They did a good job in the field as they bowled Darton out for 127 with David Hiorns taking 3-27 and Tommy Hyde 3-38.

But Featherstone were all out for 104 in reply as Danny Robinson (22) and Joe Bakali (21) top scored.

Craig Larrington took 5-40 to help Knottingley Town to a 92-run win over Thurnscoe Institute.

Chamila Wijesinghe also claimed 3-36 as Thurnscoe were all out for 115 in reply to 207-5 when Andy Clay (57) and Matthew Stones (44) top scored for Knottingley.

Streethouse seconds made it three wins from four as they beat Glasshoughton by seven wickets after keeping them to 190-7.

Despite Diljit Singh’s knock of 56 Whitley Bridge were restricted to 134-8 as they lost by six wickets to Rothwell.

Crigglestone were all out for 103 to lose by seven wickets away at Barnby Dun. Junaid Yousaf was their top scorer with 37.

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