Pontefract & District Cricket League: Sprotbrough undone by late Hem job

Sprotbrough CC. Back l/r Oliver Williams, Andrew Whaley, Nick Boxall, Ben Lyons, James Beattie and David Carr. Front l/r Mark Hargreaves, Michael Threapleton, Adam Kaye, Robert Edmundson and Kieran Lumley. Picture: Malcolm Billingham
Sprotbrough CC. Back l/r Oliver Williams, Andrew Whaley, Nick Boxall, Ben Lyons, James Beattie and David Carr. Front l/r Mark Hargreaves, Michael Threapleton, Adam Kaye, Robert Edmundson and Kieran Lumley. Picture: Malcolm Billingham

Sprotbrough lost ground on Division Two’s leading sides after suffering an agonising last gasp defeat at home to Hemsworth.

It took a wag of the tail for Sprotbrough to post a healthy total of 191-8 from their 46 overs.

But Hemsworth’s response was equally as troubled and they only edged over the line with two balls to go and just one wicket to spare.

Wickets fell with regularity as Sprotbrough took to the crease first and they looked in real trouble with the score at 83-5.

But they began to show some life late on with Kieran Lumley’s haul of 36 leading the way, on the way to a respectable 137-8 before the real rally came.

Ninth and tenth men Michael Threapleton and David Carr stood strong and both closed on 29 not out at the end of the innings.

James Gorton claimed 3-43 for Hemsworth, while Mark Webster and Craig Webster claimed two wickets apiece.

Hemsworth got off to a terrible start in their response, losing both Phil Crapper and Kieran Locke leg before wicket with just seven runs clocked up.

Kevan Locke and Andy Briggs rallied to add 44 runs for the third wicket.

But four wickets fell in the space of less than 20 runs being added, to put the chance of victory in severe doubt.

The introduction of Lee Perks to proceedings changed matters as he stood firm for a 60-run spell.

Craig Webster held things together in the latter stages and was still in when the last gasp winning runs were added, closing on 38no.

Carr (4-57) and Threapleton (3-55) completed strong performances but it was not enough for Sprotbrough, who sit seventh in the standings.

More Sprotbrough pictures in today’s Free Press.

n In Division One, Hooton Pagnell pushed title chasing Ackworth hard before succumbing to a narrow defeat.

After posing a very healthy 267-6 from their innings, Charlie Kaye topscoring with 58, Pagnell would have been confident of picking up a credible win.

But Ackworth had other ideas and big contributions saw them home.

Christopher Welburn led the way with an unbeaten 91 while Dale Longfield hit 74 and Peter Hepworth 50 as they crossed the line with five wickets lost.

RESULTS

division one: Hooton Pagnell 267-6 (C Kaye 58), Ackworth 268-5 (C Welburn 91*, D Longfield 74, P Hepworth 50); Stainborough 130 (S Mason 6-34), Fishlake 134-6 (J Mason 48).

Division two: Askern 220-9 (N Bisby 77, D Longley 64, K Atkinson 4-29), Nostell 40 (S Mantovani 6-11); Barnby Dun 104 (R Ainsworth 4-14), Sandal 206-8 (M Westwood 57, K Hewitt 73, A Wilkinson 4-27); Knottingley 179 (N Kirton 74, C Stothard 4-51), Hatfield 180-7 (P Davies 62, A Lund 4-22); Sprotbrough 191-8, Hemsworth 193-9 (D Carr 4-57).

division three: Hensall 126, Brodsworth 113 (R Whaley 6-39); Darton 78 (L Cockburn 4-13), Thorne 68; Normanton 149 (D Briggs 6-32), Yorks Main 118 (R Kwill 5-41).

division four: Ferrybridge 145 (D Birkett 4-24, M Vickerage 4-20), Bullcroft 95; Rossington 117, Bentley 118-5 (R Adamson 54no).

division five: Fairburn 70, Sprotbrough 71-4; Fishlake 165-9 (K Pearson 100, R Iveson 4-26), Thorpe Audlin 126 (P Wood 4-32); Newton Hill 257-7, Barnby Dun 134.

division six: Fenwick 116, Wombwell 82; Allerton 125-5, Hatfield 126-3.

division seven: Glasshoughton 107 (D Bent 7-18), Hooton Pagnell 108-0 (G Chopping 69no); Brodsworth 214-6 (L Kerrigher 84), West Bretton 217-3 (S Dyson 126no).

division eight: Bentley 173-9 (D Hounsley 56), Askern 112; Rossington 117, Garforth 118-2; Sykehouse 59, Peglers 61-1.