Pontefract League round-up: Hatfield Town suffer blow to promotion hopes

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Hatfield Town’s Pontefract League Division Two promotion hopes were dealt a blow at Barnby Dun.

Barnby Dun were indebted to a brisk 79 from opener Dave Barrett in order for them to reach a challenging 162 all out.

Karl Buxton impressed with the ball for Town, claiming 6-35.

Kev Marshall (1-28), Connah Pattison (2-52) and Mick Sellars (1-45) also chipped in with wickets.

After a steady start Town struggled to keep up with the required rate.

Marshall’s belligerent 55 gave them hope until he was last the man out with Town just six runs short of victory.

Defeat left Hatfield 18 points adrift of the automatic promotion places, while Barnby Dun occupy seventh spot and are well clear of the drop zone.

Fishlake secured a vital seven-run win against fellow Division One strugglers West Bretton to boost their battle against the drop.

Josh Yeaman (74) and Charlie Metcalfe (42) anchored Fishlake’s innings of 205-9 from their allotted overs.

West Bretton’s reply got off to a steady start but their lower order crumbled under the pressure in a tense finish.

Chris Barlow claimed 4-55 as the visitors closed on 198 all out.

Hooton Pagnell, level on points with Fishlake just outside the drop zone, were beaten convincingly at title chasers Fairburn.

Only Luke Lodge (42) offered any resistance with the bat as the visitors were dismissed for 78 in 35.3 overs.

Fairburn took just 8.4 overs to knock off the required runs for the loss of just one wicket.

Askern Welfare defeated Frickley Colliery by two wickets to cement their mid-table position.

David Longley (68) top scored in Askern’s successful run chase of 168-8.

James Winstanley snared six wickets to help Hatfield Town B beat Fishlake in Division Five.

Solid contributions of 36 from Pat Platt, 33 from Craig Pattison and 37 from Pete Holmes saw Town reach a respectable 162 off their 46 overs.

Fishlake were soon in trouble against the opening bowlers and collapsed to 41 all out in the 16th over.

Winstanley finished with excellent figures of 6-18, while James Stafford chipped in with 3-16.