Pontefract League: Title-chasing Rossington Main push Bentley Colliery closer to drop

Tom Butterworth bowls for Bentley Colliery.
Tom Butterworth bowls for Bentley Colliery.

Rossington Main brushed aside Bentley Colliery to stay on course for promotion and push their opponents closer to the relegation trapdoor.

Pete Mawdsley scored a brilliant 132 to help Main post an impressive 290-9.

Bentley opener Stephen Ashworth (63) showed plenty of fight but he was one of only two Colliery batsmen to reach double figures in the visitors’ 124 all out.

The result left Main level on points with Division Three leaders Hundhill Hall.

But at the other end of the table bottom club Bentley are staring relegation in the face after suffering an 11th defeat out of 14.

Century maker Mawdsley had to wait patiently for his opportunity as Rossington openers Thomas Green (34) and Sam Roby (61) got the innings off to a solid start with a partnership of 62 for the first wicket.

But when Green departed he took the baton on in style, hitting eight fours in a superb anchoring innings.

Rossington’s total looked out of reach for a side low on confidence and so it proved, despite the best efforts of Ashworth who had earlier claimed four wickets.

Richard Morrall finished with 3-32 and Joel Evans took 3-12 as Main completed a 166-run win.

Meanwhile, Fishlake remain deep in relegation trouble in Division One - just eight points clear of the drop zone - after a ten wicket defeat at Hooton Pagnell.

Tim Elliot top scored with 32 not out in Fishlake’s 102 all out, as Matthew Harrison and Jacob Jaye both claimed four wickets apiece.

Luke Lodge (59no) and Steve Hardaker (36no) guided Hooton Pagnell home in 27 overs.

Kevin Marshall and Mark Walton both claimed five wicket hauls to help Division Two promotion chasers Hatfield Town to an eight wicket win over Glasshoughton.