Half-opening clash

Pontefract and District Cricket League

Division One

UPPER Haugh’s opening day clash with Hooton Pagnell was one of the matches worst affected by last Saturday’s storms with both sides eventually awarded five points.

Though glorious sunshine greeted the pitching of the stumps on the opening day of the Pontefract League calendar, the fine weather did not last, with vicious storms blighting the fixture list.

Pagnell did manage to complete their innings with Adrian Coates’ fine 55 helping them reach 179-9, boosted by 39 from Ian Jackson.

The aptly named Richard Stump claimed 3-38 for Upper Haugh who produced an innings in response that teased a thrilling finale.

Steve Mottram led the way with an unbeaten 45 but Haugh only had 31 overs to work with and closed on 129-5.

Shane Payne claimed 3-62 and Steve Hardaker 2-46.

Frickley Colliery saw their game through to the conclusion but they would probably have preferred the rain as they slipped to a five–wicket defeat at Old Sharlston.

Ben Sutton reached 54 with Gary Proudley and Khalid Hussain adding 27 and 25 respectively as Frickley managed just 144-8.

Jason Ball and Ryan Kelsall bowled superbly for Sharlston to claim 3-22 and 2-18 respectively.

Dale McMullen led the way for Sharlston with 43 as they reached 147-5.

Steven Roberts provided the chief support with 25 while Hussain rounded off a decent day personally by claiming 2-34.

Division Two

SOUTH Kirkby opened their campaign in style with a 120 run mauling of Wombwell Main.

A stylish 85 from James Scott coupled with Nicky Crooks’ unbeaten 25 helped Kirkby reach 185-8.

The target proved well beyond Main who were skittled for just 65.

Jacob Peacock took five wickets for just 25 runs with Greg Johnson 2-5 and Jack Danks 2-22

Newly promoted Hemsworth MW lost by a massive 193 runs at Hatfield Town.

Hemsworth got their attack off to a great start by claiming a wicket in the first over.

But it was downhill from there as Andy Cutts smacked 77, Chris Stothard 57, Wayne Sylvester an unbeaten 45 and Nicky Page 42 in a fine innings of 307-8.

Kevan Locke responded with 52 but he was the only Hemsworth batsman to look comfortable as they were dismissed for 114.

Page completed a fine personal performance in claiming 4-18.