Pontefract League round-up: Askern Welfare power past Hooton Pagnell

Aaron Gillies bats for Askern against Hooton Pagnell. Hooton wicketkeeper Scott Exley is also pictured. Photos: Marie Caley
Aaron Gillies bats for Askern against Hooton Pagnell. Hooton wicketkeeper Scott Exley is also pictured. Photos: Marie Caley

Askern Welfare dispatched high-flying Hooton Pagnell to move level on points with them in Division One.

Hooton arrived at Manor Way sat second in the early standings but proved to be no match for the dominant hosts.

Mark Ilman scored 61 for Askern in their win over Hooton Pagnell.

Mark Ilman scored 61 for Askern in their win over Hooton Pagnell.

Nick Bisby (63no), Mark Ilman (61) and Andrew Lunn (46) shone with the bat for Askern to elevate them to 254-5 from 46 overs.

Steve Hardaker was the pick of the visitors’ bowlers, claiming 3-56.

Opener Scott Exley (40) and Ian Taylor (32) offered some resistance but Hooton could only manage 139 all out.

Lunn starred with the ball for Askern, recording figures of 4-31. Bisby and Sachira Madapatha also chipped in with two wickets apiece.

Andrew O'Grady bats for Askern, while Steve Hardaker bowls for Hooton Pagnell.

Andrew O'Grady bats for Askern, while Steve Hardaker bowls for Hooton Pagnell.

The result saw Askern leapfrog their opponents into fourth spot with both sides on 50 points from five games.

At the other end of the table Hatfield Town’s home clash with neighbours Barnby Dun was abandoned due to rain with the hosts on 140-9.

Paul Davies top scored for Hatfield with 45. Thomas Webster claimed 4-40 and Philip Decent took 3-40 for Barnby Dun.

The weather failed to save Rossington Main as they slipped to a fourth defeat from five at Old Sharlston.

Greg Mann was the mainstay for Main with 77 but his teammates failed to provide any back-up as the visitors struggled to 128 all out.

Old Sharlston reached their target for the loss of two wickets in 36.5 overs.

Brodsworth Main maintained their one hundred per cent winning record in Division Two with a 76-run win at Darton.

Ross Weston top scored with 40 in Brodsworth’s 154 all out.

Adrian Price then almost single-handedly did the damage, taking 7-34 as Darton could only muster 78 all out.

The Division Three programme was hit by the weather but bottom side Bentley Colliery did get a game in.

However, they were unable to take advantage of their rivals’ inactivity as they went down by nine wickets at leaders Streethouse B.

Bentley were dismissed for 101 before the home side chased it down with minimum fuss.