Eccles finds premier form in Hoghton win

Hoghton's Darren Eccles
Hoghton's Darren Eccles
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Darren Eccles scored a fluent half-century as Hoghton provided a shock in the Premier Division defeating Great Eccleston.

Phil Hurst’s side were head and shoulders above Saturday’s opponents and romped home to a nine-wicket win.

Bowling first, opening bowlers Will Monks (3-28) and Mohmed Banka (3-24) shared six wickets each.

Rob Bolton and Zaheer Abbas took two wickets each as Great Eccleston were bowled out for 115.

In reply, Monks (37) was the only man to fall as Hoghton chased the total in 32.5 overs, with Eccles finishing unbeaten on 52.

Croston slumped to a 10-wicket defeat against Longridge.

In a rain-affected game, Stephen Langton top scored with 63 as Croston posted

135-7 off 37 overs.

Sam Marsh also hit 45.

Four bowlers were used in the Longridge innings but nobody could make the breakthrough, as the hosts chased the total in 23.1 overs.

Eccleston were comprehensively defeated by Torrisholme losing by five wickets in Division One.

Batting first, Dave Hewson hit 48 as Eccleston posted 123-6 off 41 overs.

In reply, Stu White took 2-36 while Dan Flanagan, Thomas Wilkinson and Nasaar Afsar each took a wicket, but Torrisholme strolled to the total inside 26 overs.

White Coppice are still looking for their first win of the season after going down by 37 runs to Vernon Carus seconds in a high-scoring game.

Vernon’s batted first and posted a competitive 252-3.

Matt Smith (76) and Tony Moore (45) kept Coppice in the game, but as the two fell it signalled the end for hosts as they were bowled out for 215.

Longridge seconds inflicted a 67-run defeat on Mawdesley. Chris Gibirdi, Neil O’Malley and David Wilson took two wickets each as Longridge posted 161-7.

Darren Lemarinel top scored with 23 as Mawdesley were bowled out for a mere 94.

Withnell Fold were soundly beaten by Whittingham and Goosnargh.

Khalid Valimulla took 3-45 as Whittingham posted 223-7.

In reply, skipper Josh Cunliffe hit 31 as Fold closed on 148-9.