Pontefract Cricket League round-up: Old Sharlston and Nostell off the mark with first wins of season
Old Sharlston were relieved to get off the mark for the season with their first win of 2021 in Division Two of the Pontefract League coming by the tightest of margins.
Up against Whitley Bridge, they edged home by one wicket after bowling their opponents out for 183 with Kallum Pickard taking 4-26. Simon Kemp (54) led the reply.
In another close contest Nostell St Oswald also enjoyed their first win as they beat Brodsworth Main by three runs.
Paul Dalby hit an unbeaten 104 as Nostell posted a 192-5 score. Main were then all out for 189, Aakash Dutta (5-43) doing most of the damage.
Streethouse seconds continued to struggle as they were hammered by 10 wickets after being bowled out for 69 by Garforth Parish Church.
In Division One, West Bretton moved up to fourth with an 84-run win against Hundhill Hall.
With good batting from George Naylor (89), Jonny Winwood (69) and Greg Walton (54) Bretton made 286-5 then kept their opponents to 202-9 with Chris Reece taking 6-54.
Elsewhere in the top division there were defeats for Crofton Phoenix and Streethouse.
Crofton were all out for 115 to fall 31 runs short against Askern Welfare.
Ahsan Mir (23) top scored while Zamurad Khan, Akhlaq Mehmood and Muhammad Abrar all took three wickets in Askern's innings.
Streethouse are still looking for their first win after they went down by eight wickets to Hatfield Town.
They produced an improved batting effort, but their 184-9 total did not prove enough. Asad Bukhari (60) and Dylan Bowles (34) top scored.
Early Division Three pacesetters Pledwick maintained their 100 per cent record with a seven-wicket win over Ackworth seconds.
Tommy Hyde (50), Jonathan Banks (39), Darren Hyde (35) and George Tinker (31no) brought Pledwick home after they had bowled their opponents out for 179.
Calder Grove came out on top by six wickets after putting Horbury Bridge in and responding by bowling them out for 142.
Andrew Waterson top scored with 35 for Bridge while Ben Brown took 3-28 for Grove, whose top scorers were James Davies (52no) and Jake Holliday (26).
Notton raced to a nine-wicket success against Old Sharlston seconds after bowling them out for 75 with Joe Grove taking 5-1.
Jonathan Habe (42no) led the successful Notton reply.
Despite 4-62 by Samuel Foxy and 57 runs from Thomas Render, Newton Hill went down by 86 runs at Stainborough, who posted a 220-7 total.
With Andrew Walker taking 4-5 Denby Grange were able to record a 46-run victory over Hemsworth MW seconds in Division Four.
Grange posted a 145 total with best contributions from Craig Murphy (39) and Nick Finnigan (34).
Unbeaten Normanton St John's were comfortable five-wicket winners over Knottingley Town in Division Five.
Kumar Gadhraj took 4-27 and Vipin Reddy 3-26 as Knottingley were dismissed for 107. Ebrahim Patel (36) and Reddy (34no) then led Normanton home.
In Division Six, Crigglestone made short work of beating Sykehouse by eight wickets after bowling their opponents out for only 44. Peter Towers claimed 3-12, Chris Eames 3-9 and Kabir Bisht 2-11.
Matthew Charlton hit an unbeaten century as Notton seconds moved up to third place in Division Seven with an 102-run win at Barnby Dun seconds.
Charlton hit exactly 100 not out with his runs coming out of a Notton total of 165. Barnby Dun were all out for 63 in reply with Gordon Joubert taking 6-0 to wrap up their innings.
Early Division Seven pacesetters are Denby Grange seconds after they beat Horbury Bridge seconds by 29 runs.
Batting first, Grange made 120 with Scott Drury (32) top scoring and Glenn Swindell taking 7-26. In reply, Bridge were all out for 91 as Andrew Simpson hit 35 and Danny Dickinson claimed 4-19.