White Coppice stay in the Division One relegation mix after losing a low-scoring contest with bottom placed Wrea Green.
The home team were cruising to a comfortable win at 70-2 in pursuit of their victory target of 113 when they lost a flurry of five quick wickets in securing the win to hand Coppice two vital bowling points - which was enough to keep them out of the relegation zone.
Bad batting, bad luck and a very poor wicket cost Coppice on Saturday.
Wrea Green’s track made batting a lottery with some balls bouncing an over the batsman’s head and others hitting their ankles.
However that was still no excuse for collapsing from 66-0 to 112 all out. The three extra overs they handed Wrea Green were crucial.
Last week’s centurion Kyle Dixon scored 43 but was struck several times on the gloves. Fellow opener Tony Moore top scored with 45 but nobody else reached double figures. The visitors were also unlucky with a couple of lbw decisions.
Wrea Green found batting equally difficult but despite playing and missing on a number of occasions they kept chipping away at the score.
Marcus Eaton bowled 15 fiery overs to take 4-33 and was unlucky not to take several more wickets.
Eccleston remained in the Division One promotion places after a convincing win over Withnell Fold.
Wicketkeeper-batsman Dave Hewson scored 50 and Tom Potter hit 40 in the five wicket win.
A nine wicket defeat against Vernon Carus seconds saw Mawdesley slip to the bottom of the Division One table.
Batting first, only David Whiteley (14) made it into double figures as Mawdesley were bowled out for just 58.
Richard McCutcheon took 6-27 for Vernons.
In reply, Nathan Trengove claimed the only wicket as the table toppers reached their target in 11 overs.
In Division Two, Whittle-le-Woods were worthy 50-run winners against Gregson Lane.
Batting first, Whittle posted an excellent score of 197-6 off their 45 overs.
Jon Huckfield top scored with 56 whilst James McIver hit 46.
All-rounder Stu Barnish chipped in with a crucial 38.
Barnish then starred with the ball returning figures of 3-34 as the Lane closed on 147-8.
Croston’s Palace Shield Premier Division future looks bleak as Lee Childs’ men were defeated by fellow strugglers BAC/EE Preston.
A near full game was completed at Croston with the visitors sealing the win in the 43rd over.
Batting first, Croston closed on a competitive 187-5 off their allocated overs.
Stephen Langton and Sam Marsh were the standout batsmen as both scored half centuries.
Langton hit 10 boundaries and two maximums in his 78 whilst Marsh finished unbeaten on 52.
His knock including four fours and three sixes.
Danny Wilcock took 3-53 for BAC/EE.
Former Blackpool batsman John Mounsey scored 94 in the visitors’ chase.
Mounsey’s knock was vital as BAC/EE lost regular wickets.
Jonathon Hothersall (38) batted well alongside Mounsey but he became one of Simon Marsh’s three victims.
Sam Marsh also took three wickets but a key knock of 30 from Wilcock saw BAC/EE home with nine balls to spare.
Sam Marsh finished with 3-64 whilst Simon Marsh returned figures of 3-32.
Hoghton slipped into the relegation places after a heavy defeat against Fulwood and Broughton.
Matt Parkinson took three wickets in Fulwood’s 179-5.
In reply, Darren Eccles and Imran Thava made it into the thirties but Hoghton were bowled out for 128.