Pontefract League: Askern, Hatfield, Rossington all post wins

Yorkshire beats its neighbours
Yorkshire beats its neighbours

Askern Welfare surprised Old Sharlston on their own patch to continue their good start to life in Pontefract League Division One.

Newly-promoted Welfare were indebted to 68 from Ash Towler as they posted 179 all out from 43.2 overs.

The hosts would have fancied their chances of surpassing that total but only three batsmen made it into double figures.

Sachira Madapatha dominated with the ball, claiming 6-39 from 13.4 overs.

He received support from David Longley who took 3-35 to help dismiss the home side for 122.

Fishlake were well beaten at South Kirkby.

Jake Rimington (77) and Ritchie Brennan (54) top scored in the hosts’ imposing total of 266-4. Ian Walker took 3-39.

Opener Peter Butterworth made 42 for Fishlake but the innings never really got going and the visitors closed on 103 all out. Tim Elliot contributed 30.

Dale Woolsey was the chief destroyer, finishing with figures of 5-43.

Hatfield Town kept the pressure on the top two in Division Two with a three wicket win at struggling Allerton Bywater.

Mark Walton and James Stewart each took three wickets to help remove Allerton for 109.

Town’s top order wilted but a valuable 47 not out from Kevin Marshall saw Hatfield somewhat limp over the finish line.

Barnby Dun are finding life a lot tougher and are hovering just above the drop zone following an 85-run defeat to Hemsworth MW.

Phil Crapper (107) and Lee Perks (65) steered Hemsworth to an impressive total of 257-6.

Michael Fell top scored for Barnby Dun in their response of 172 all out.

Rossington Main made up ground on the Division Three frontrunners with an impressive win over second-placed Kilnhurst Colliery.

Peter Mawdsley (56), Sam Roby (43 retired hurt), Jamie Kelly (41no) and Andrew Gardiner (43) all made important contributions to see Rossington reach 196-4 in 46 overs.

Richard Morrall (4-12) and Scott Wood (3-28) then shone with the ball to help dismiss Colliery for 75.

Rossington sit fourth in the table, just four points adrift of the promotion places.