Unlikely action leads to Mawdesley misery

Stuart White for Eccleston
Stuart White for Eccleston

Mawdesley defeated the weather but suffered a damaging loss against league leaders Vernon Carus 2nd XI.

The game was one of only three completed in the Palace Shield on Saturday, and the only fixture played in Division Two.

Mawdesley lost the all important toss in gloomy conditions and were asked to bat first.

But they got off to a terrible start as Jay Bethell fell without troubling the scorers.

Experienced opener Brian Parr was the next wicket to fall, before Mawdesley lost four wickets for zero runs.

Ben Ward top scored with 14 but Mawdesley were bowled out for 49 off just 19.5 overs.

Defending such a small total any hope of a positive result meant Mawdesley needed to take early wickets.

But the Vernons batsmen had other ideas as they manoeuvred the ball to all areas of the ground comfortably chasing down the total inside eight overs.

The defeat leaves Mawdesley tied second bottom, with the only thing keeping them out of the relegation zone the number of bonus points.

n Eccleston were the other side to defeat the weather as they destroyed Vernon Carus 3rd XI at Doctors Lane.

Vernon Carus won the toss and elected to bat and must have been regretting their decision as opener Ryan Toal fell LBW to Peter Cummings.

Alan Maguire and Matthew Stevenson attempted to repair the damage but they had no answer to Cummings and Stuart White.

White bowled superbly taking 6-10 off 15 overs along with Cummings claiming 2-22 off 16 overs.

Vernon Carus slowly made their way to 39 off their reduced 34 overs.

Eccleston had no trouble in chasing down the small total as Matt Ashcroft hit an unbeaten 21.

Dave Hewson (13) and Jamie Maitland (3) were the only wickets to fall but Eccleston comfortably chased down their target in 8.3 overs.

They have now extended their lead to 42 points at the top of Division Two.

n Hoghton went a month unbeaten after their away fixture against Vernon Carus was rained off, while White Coppice and Withnell Fold and Whittle-le-Woods also had their games abandoned after brief starts.