Pontefract League: Hatfield Town go top of Division One

Hatfield Town beat Ackworth by 21 runs to leapfrog them into top spot in Division One of the Pontefract & District League.

David Barrett carried his bat for 87 to anchor Town’s innings of 187-4 which also included 35 from Luke Cockburn.

James Winstanley claimed 4-22 as Ackworth replied with 166 all out.

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Hatfield’s excellent start to the season has seen them win seven out of ten league games and lose only once.

They have an eight-point lead at the summit.

Askern Welfare lie third in the table after a 16-run victory at home to West Bretton.

David Longley top scored with 77 to help Askern post 205-8.

The visitors gave the chase a good go but came up just short, closing on 189-8. Sachira Madapatha claimed 3-40.

Hooton Pagnell, who sit seventh in the table, were also victorious against Hundhill Hall.

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They were indebted to Sam Illsley (60no) and Steve Hardaker (42no) whose unbroken eighth wicket partnership lifted their total to 144-7 after the top order failed to fire.

The visitors could only muster 138 all out in response as Thilantha Perera snared 5-29 and Hardaker took 3-38.