Pontefract League: Ten out of ten for Askern Welfare

Askern's Andrew Lunn struck a half century.
Askern's Andrew Lunn struck a half century.

Askern Welfare leapfrogged Hooton Pagnell in the Division One standings with a 44-run win over the Dearne outfit.

Aaron Gillies and Andrew Lunn both hit half centuries for Askern, who have adapted well to life in the top tier following their promotion last season.

Scott Mantovani, David Longley and Ellis Meek then each claimed three wickets apiece to complete a maximum ten-point haul for the home side.

Gillies and Lunn were the only Welfare batsmen to make any serious inroads against Hooton’s attack, led by the experienced Steve Hardaker.

However, it was second change Jacob Jaye who proved to be most problematic, snaring six victims to finish with 6-37 off 12 overs.

Matthew Crapper also claimed 3-21 as Askern posted a total of 173 all out.

Hooton lost Hardaker early on but Scott Exley (36) and Luke Lodge (29) raised hopes of a successful chase.

However, the visitors collapsed from 97-3 to 113-8 and eventually closed on 130 all out, with Mantovani, Longley and Meek all chipping in with three wickets.

Askern’s outright win saw them go sixth in the table, 24 points clear of the drop zone.

Fishlake’s relegation fears heightened following a 20-run defeat to Monk Bretton.

Ian Walker took 4-34 in 14 overs to help restrict the visitors to 121-9 from their allotted overs.

Fishlake might have fancied their chances but their reply was soon in tatters as their first seven batsmen left for a combined total of 17 runs.

Walker (34) led a fightback with fellow tailenders Sam Mason (16) and Anthony Garrigan (23) but the innings closed on 101 all out.

Fishlake sit five points clear of the drop zone.