Marsh double act sees Croston to vital win

Hoghton bowler Will Monks
Hoghton bowler Will Monks
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Lee Childs’ ever-improving Croston side continued their Division One promotion push with a comfortable 56-run victory over Torrisholme.

Electing to bat first, it was skipper Childs who led from the front scoring 40 at the top of the order.

Stephen Langton top scored 45 for Croston as they were bowled out for a

below-par 122.

But Croston showed why they are challenging for the league after a perfect bowling display.

Pace bowler Sam Marsh bowled with guile as he took 5- 26 off 12.3 overs.

Simon Marsh chipped in with 2-12 and left-arm seamer Jonny Driver took 2-19 as Torrisholme fell well short in their chase being bowled out for 66.

Eccleston slipped to a nine-run defeat against second placed Longridge

seconds.

Spinner Thomas Wilkinson bowled 20 overs taking 5-55 as Longridge closed on 161-7.

Edward Deane also took 2-53.

Wilkinson top-scored with 59 in the Eccleston chase but he failed to find a partner that could stay at the crease.

Jamie Maitland (20) and Chris Speak (22) both had starts but neither capitalised and Eccleston fell nine runs short closing on 152-9.

Table-toppers Vernon Carus seconds defeated Hoghton by five-wickets.

Skippered by Will Monks in the absence of Phil Hurst, Hoghton batted first and hit 166-8 off their 45 overs.

A number of Hoghton batsman contributed in the innings with Mohmed Banka top scoring with 33.

Neil Eccles finished unbeaten on 20 as Monks (23), and Calum Roberts-Aldridge (21) both chipped in with scores.

Rob Bolton removed Andrew Tate early but Jack Airey (39) and Matt Stevenson (58) countered for Vernons.

Tousif Patel (1-24) took the wicket of Airey and Monks removed Stevenson.

Monks took his second soon after as did Bolton as the game headed for a close finish.

But an undefeated 30 from Dan Cairns ensured Hoghton couldn’t produce the upset in Division One as Vernons chased the total in 42.2 overs.