Impressive Ecc move into promotion places

Eccleston's Matt Ashcroft and Jamie Maitland score another run
Eccleston's Matt Ashcroft and Jamie Maitland score another run

Eccleston moved into the Palace Shield Division One promotion places with a 99-run win over relegation threatened Mawdesley.

Winning the toss and batting first, two of Eccleston’s batsmen made it past the half century mark whilst one batsman fell four runs short.

Jamie Maitland top scored for Stu White’s team with 56.

He and Matthew Ashcroft (46) put on a crucial partnership in the middle order.

Declan Tracey was 50 and out batting at number eight as Eccleston were bowled out for 220.

Neil O’Malley took 4-48 off 12 overs for Mawdesley.

In reply, Mawdesley struggled with the bat and were bowled out for 121.

Alex Berry top scored for the hosts with 22.

Daniel Flannagan was Eccleston’s top performer with the ball returning figures of 4-34 off six overs.

Defeat for Mawdesley has left them second from bottom.

Kyle Dixon inspired White Coppice to a crucial 27-run win over fellow strugglers Kirkham and Wesham with a magnificent all-round performance.

He blasted 122 for White Coppice’s first hundred in two years and then took 3-33 with the ball to guide his side out of the relegation zone.

On a very green wicket he made batting look easy as he shared a 115-run second wicket stand with Matt Smith, who chipped in with 29.

He hit a dozen fours and six sixes when he perished with the score at 179. No other batsman found it easy although Chris Maguire scored 36 to help his team to 231-8.

Kirkham & Wesham were always behind the run-rate with Dixon and his brother Wayne (3-52) doing the damage.

Josh Cunliffe and Graham Green both scored half centuries as Withnell Fold pulled of the shock of the week beating promotion chasing Torrisholme by two runs.

The Fold only lost two wickets when batting first.

Opener Stephen Rutter failed to trouble the scores whilst his partner Ollie Lomax was out for 14.

That brought Cunliffe and Green to the crease and the pair batted superbly putting on more than one hundred.

Fold closed on 161-2.

Khalid Valimulla stole the show with the ball taking 6-24 off 12 overs.

Cunliffe, Richard Bentham and Graham Thompson also took wickets as Kirkham were bowled out for 159 with four balls to spare.

Sam Marsh’s seven wickets inspired Croston to their second Palace Shield Premier Division victory of the season.

The pacy all-rounder bowled superby to guide Croston to a crushing 126 run win over mid-table Fylde.

The win has left Croston just six points off third from bottom Hoghton.

Batting first, Croston were bowled out for 186 overs.

Number eight batsman Jack Marsh played a key role in the innings scoring 50.

Skipper Lee Childs hit 39 off 28 deliveries.

His knock included five fours and two maximums.

With the bat, sorry Fylde could only muster 60 - two batsmen making it into double figures.

Marsh produced an inspired display of bowling.

He eventually finished the game with figures of 7-32.

Skipper Childs took 1-28 and Simon Marsh returned figures of 2-0 off 1.2 overs.

Hoghton’s poor Premier Division form continued, losing by 60 runs against fellow strugglers BAC/EE Preston.

The visitors’ bowlers were put to the sword at the Riverside, BAC closing on 220-6.

For Hoghton, Will Monks took 3-62 whilst there was a wicket for Stephen Taylor.

In the Hoghton innings, Sam Haydock and Monks both scored 44.

Whilst the pair were at the crease Hoghton threatened.

But as the two departed, the tail failed to wag.

The final four wickets falling for 18. Hoghton were bowled out for 160.