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James Ashcroft starred for Thurnscoe Institute.

James Ashcroft starred for Thurnscoe Institute.

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Pontefract and District League

THURNSCOE Institute maintained their strong start to the season with a comprehensive win over Yorkshire Main at Togo Street.

The visitors managed to reach 182-8 with Steve Lumley’s 51 the biggest contribution.

The chase was never beyond Thurnscoe, with an unbeaten 64 from James Ashcroft helping them to a second straight comfortable win on 183-4.

Frickley Colliery Seconds suffered another heavy defeat as they lost to visiting Hensall.

Frickley’s knock ended on 146-9 with the lion’s share coming from final pairing James Blacker and Barry Wathey, with 54 and 31 respectively.

James Calvert picked up 3-34 for Hensall, who were under early pressure from Wathey, who finished with 2-22.

But opener Chris Thornton dominated the Hensall response, hitting an unbeaten 114 in their winning 150-2.

JOHN Ashton was on inspirational form but could not prevent Upper Haugh from slipping to defeat at Crofton.

Ashton hit 70 to boost Haugh’s total to 181-9, under pressure from Tracy Shepherd with 4-55 and L Sivarajah’s 4-32.

Ashton then captured 4-30 but could not slow Crofton who reached 182-9 with R Cooper hitting 70.

Frickley Colliery claimed their first win of the season with a 14 run triumph at Fairburn.

A second wicket partnership of 85 by Callum Honeyman and Matt Charlton – with 56 and 53 respectively – laid the foundations for the Colliery knock of 194-9

After losing two quick wickets, Fairburn rallied through C Piggott’s unbeaten 83, but he lacked support and they were all out for 180.

Khalid Hussain picked up 3-37, L Singh 3-39 and Scott Fairbrass 2-24.

Hooton Pagnell had to settle for three points against Ackworth.

Chris O’Grady hit 43 in the chief contribution to Ackworth’s 184-9.

Restricting them was Alwyn Dyke who captured 4-29, Steve Hardaker 3-50 and Peter Atkinson 2-41.

In response, Hooton were held to just 129-8 with Ian Jackson’s 26 the biggest score, as D Matthews with 3-29 and Peter Hepworth with 2-3, caused problems.

* COMPREHENSIVE COVERAGE OF THE PONTEFRACT AND DISTRICT CRICKET LEAGUE CAN BE FOUND IN THIS WEEK’S SOUTH YORKSHIRE TIMES.