Pontefract League: Hatfield Town fall short in top of table clash

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Hatfield Town lost a thrilling contest with Pontefract League Division Two leaders Brook-Walton by one wicket.

Town opted to bat first but some excellent bowling by the visitors soon had them in big trouble and at 67-9 a low score seemed likely.

An excellent last wicket partnership between Gareth Stent (49no) and Mick Sellars (19no) saw them reach a respectable 140-9 off their full 46 overs.

Town opening bowler Kev Marshall soon had Brook-Walton in trouble at 2-2.

Mark Robinson (55) saw them to 91-6 but when he fell the game was back in the balance.

Visiting skipper Richard Vigars (38) dug in to see them to within five runs of victory before the loss of three wickets for no runs put the game on a knife edge at 136-9.

A tense finish saw the visitors squeeze home at 144-9 to end a great game of cricket.

Kev Marshall 4-34, Connah Pattison 2-28, Luke Cockburn and Mick Sellars 1-25 and Karl Buxton 1-10 were Hatfield’s wicket takers.

Barnby Dun eased their relegation fears with a 45-run win over Featherstone Rovers.

Paul Dykes (59), Mark Nurse (42) and Ben Salter (32) helped steer Barnby Dun to 218-6 from their allotted overs.

Jamie Robinson held Town’s reply together but ran out of partners as the innings closed at 173-9. Thomas Webster took 4-42.

David Longley and Nick Bisby were in the runs as Askern Welfare beat South Kirkby by five wickets in Division One.

Sachira Madapatha and Longley both claimed three wickets to help restrict the visitors to 180-9.

Longley (54) and Bisby (69no) starred with the bat as Welfare made relatively easy work of their run chase, reaching their target in 34.5 overs.

In Division Five Hatfield Town B travelled to Frickley with what looked to be a strong line-up but after deciding to bat first struggled and could only reach 100 all out from 38 overs.

Only Luke Black with 33 made any impression.

The usually impressive Town bowling failed to make much impact and Frickley reached their target with ease for the loss of just three wickets. Jimmy Stafford, Pete Holmes and Chris Stothard were the wicket takers in a disappointing performance.