Coppice undone by bad run of injuries

Simon Marsh top scored for Croston at the weekend
Simon Marsh top scored for Croston at the weekend

An injury-hit White Coppice side were well beaten by Torrisholme in Division One.

Traffic delays meant only six Coppice players were there at the time of the toss so Kyle Dixon had no alternative but to bat first.

Fellow opener Richard Fox injured his groin going for a quick single on his way to a patient 24 off 77 balls.

Wayne Dixon suffered exactly the injury and needed his brother Kyle to run for him as he top scored with an undefeated 51.

Youngster Harry Bates and Chris Maguire chipped in with 15 apiece as White Coppice closed on 131-8 off their 45 overs.

In reply, Rana Javeed dismissed both Torrisholme openers but Karl Hansson hit an undefeated 67 to secure a five-wicket win.

Special mention must go to teenager Bates who took his first two first-team wickets with 2-29.

Withnell Fold suffered their third defeat of the Premier Division season but can take positives as they moved off the bottom of the table.

Fold posted 151-9 off 45 overs, Josh Cunliffe top scored with 34 and was well supported by Alan Grogan (31) and Michael Atkinson Jnr (24).

Nick Fowler claimed two early wickets but a series of dropped catches meant Thornton chased down the total for the loss of five

wickets.

Eccleston sit top of Division One as they defeated a strong Vernon Carus 2nd XI team by four wickets.

Eccleston restricted Vernon’s to 143 off their allocated overs, with the experienced Peter Cummings taking 5-56 off 22 overs.

Spinner Tom Wilkinson claimed 4-49.

David Hewson led the Eccleston chase hitting 37.

Lee Heyes and Chris Speak fell cheaply but Tom Potter (40) and Jamie Maitland (27) and an unbeaten 14 from Wilkinson saw Eccleston home.

Croston continued their fine start to the Division One season defeating Longridge 2nd XI by 10 runs.

Simon Marsh top scored for Croston making 52 and was well supported by Philip Caunce who hit an unbeaten 22 as Croston posted 136-8 off 45 overs.

Sam Marsh was the Croston hero as the youngster took 7-62 off 20 overs as Longridge were bowled out for 126.

Hoghton slumped to their first defeat of the season, losing by 38 runs against New Longton.

New Longton posted a huge 209-5 off 45 overs, all-rounder Will Monks the pick of the bowlers taking 3-56.

Hoghton’s were always in with an outside chance as Calum Roberts-Aldridge (28), Mohmed Banka (24) and unbeaten knocks from Neil Eccles (30) and Rob Bolton (34).

But Hoghton could only reach 171-8 off 45 overs.