Pontefract League: Last pair clinch narrow Whitley Bridge win

Mathew Draper delivers on the way to taking three wickets for Whitley Bridge at Crigglestone. Picture: Paul Butterfield
Mathew Draper delivers on the way to taking three wickets for Whitley Bridge at Crigglestone. Picture: Paul Butterfield

Whitley Bridge improved their position in Division Two of the Pontefract League on the back of a thrilling win at Crigglestone.

It took a great effort from their last pair at the wicket to see Bridge over the line for a one-wicket win in a closely contested match.

Set 210 for victory, George Wright (32), Lewis Longstaff (22), Ben Lodge (31) and Matthew Lodge (35) helped put Bridge in sight, but they found themselves nine wickets down with still work to do and Bradley Richardson (6-66) bowling well. However, Mathew Daniel (40 not out) and Mathew Draper (13 not out) came to the rescue in an unbroken last wicket stand.

The same pair had earlier been Whitley’s best bowlers with Daniel taking 4-47 and Draper 3-72. Top scorer for Crigglestone was Lee Speight (87).

An 152-run opening stand between Liam Hopton (70) and Chris Sherriff (79) put Glasshoughton on their way to a win over Featherstone Town.

With Rob Sperrin also making 35 Glasshoughton posted a 279 score and Town fell 162 runs short when all out for 117.

Featherstone had good displays from Richard Askham (7-57) and Joe Bakali, who hit 72, but Houghton bowlers backed up their batsmen’s efforts with Clinton Speight taking 5-28 and Noor Sahaq 4-22.

Chamila Wijesinghe took 4-51 in vain as Knottingley Town went down by 59 runs at home to Darton.

With John Clark also taking 3-21 and Daniel Lund 2-49, Darton were all out for 201, but Knottingley could only make 143 in reply with Lund (34) top scoring.

Streethouse seconds maintained their Division Two title bid as they edged home by three runs at Thorpe Audlin.

Craig Bryant (4-64) bowled them to victory, with his last victim proving the most important as he bowled Matthew Faulkner for 25 just as the Thorpe batsman looked to be bringing his side home.

Thorpe were all out for 225 in the 42nd over after Streethouse had made 228-9 with Lee Stuckey hitting 66 and Martin Rhodes 33 not out.

Fifth-placed South Kirkby edged home by one wicket in a closely fought Division One match with Hooton Pagnell in the Pontefract League.

Steve Secker (96 not out) brought them home for the narrowest of wins with an over to spare after Hooton Pagnell had been kept to 175-8 with Stephen Ashworth taking 3-38.

Leaders Streethouse were also pushed, but maintained their 100 per cent record with a six-wicket success against Fairburn.

Although Jonathan Hughes took 3-44 it was generally a struggle for the Streethouse bowlers as Fairburn posted a 248-7 total.

But the batsmen hit back well, Brent Law leading the way with an unbeaten 132, including 21 fours and a six. Connor Fisher hit 44 and Mark Robinson 42 with the table toppers timing their run chase perfectly to reach their target with a ball to go.

Second-placed Ackworth beat West Bretton by 44 runs after making 234 thanks largely to Kieren Dinnage (69) and David Barrett (59).

Chris Reece took 5-27 for Bretton, who were kept to 190-8 in their reply, George Naylor (34) top scoring. Shaun Longfield (4-69) and Dale Longfield (3-35) were the best Ackworth bowlers.

Only two batsmen reached double figures – Lee Perks and Jason Garrick, who both hit 20 – as Hemsworth MW were skittled out for 61 by third-placed Old Sharlston.

Luke Reeves (4-28) and Dale McMullan (4-11) did most of the damage for Sharlston who sailed home for a nine-wicket win with Simon Kemp hitting 29no.

Frickley Colliery remain fourth from bottom after losing by 97 runs away to Askern Welfare.

An unbeaten 112 from opener David Longley helped Askern to post a big score as they made 245.

Mohammed Ayub plugged away to take 3-42 while Pali Singh Gil also took 3-33 for Colliery.

Ayub followed up with a good batting effort for Frickley as he smashed 10 fours and a six in a knock of 61, but only Gil, coming in at number eight, could offer much support as he hit 40 and the visitors were all out for 148 in the 30th over.

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