Lack of runs proves costly for Mawdesley

Chris Gibirdi is caught behind against Norcross
Chris Gibirdi is caught behind against Norcross
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Mawdesley struggled with both bat and ball in their seven-wicket defeat to Norcross.

Skipper Matthew Watkinson’s unbeaten 69 was the only bright spark in the Mawdesley innings as they were bowled out for 122 off 33.5 overs.

Watkinson was one of only three batsmen to make it into double figures.

On a superb batting wicket at Rectory Field, the visitors made light work of the chase reaching their target inside 23 overs.

Nick Marsden (2-40) and Neil O’Malley (1-20) were the Mawdesley wicket takers.

Eccleston continued their promotion push after they romped home to an eight-wicket win against strugglers Wrea Green.

Thomas Wilkinson took 3-36 as Wrea Green were restricted to 132-7.

Matthew Ashcroft (58) and Dave Hewson (53) both scored half centuries as Eccleston chased the total in just three 23 overs for the loss of two wickets.

Rhendan Pillay took seven wickets in Withnell Fold’s victory against Kirkham and Wesham.

Pillay tore through the Kirkham line-up as they were bowled out for 123.

In reply, an unbeaten 65 from skipper Josh Cunliffe saw Fold chase the score in 27.5 overs.

White Coppice remain rooted to the bottom of Division One of the Palace Shield but there were some signs to be positive during parts of their defeat against leaders Torrisholme.

Coppice had no answer to Torrisholme’s Chris Parry, who hit 93 not out off 73 balls to help his side to a comprehensive nine-wicket win.

Batting first Coppice were well placed at 87-2 with Tony Moore (47) and Kyle Dixon (42) showing a welcome return to form. However Graham Lee took 5-44 and it needed an unbeaten 36 from Wayne Dixon to make sure all the overs were used up.

After an economical start the visitors broke the shackles.

Leg spinner Harry Bates caught and bowled James Ferguson for 26 but that was as good as it got as Parry and Andy Butler shared an unbroken partnership of 118 runs to seal the win.

Croston registered their first league victory of the season and in turn moved off the bottom of the Palace Shield Premier Division after defeating Thornton Cleveleys by 38-runs.

Batting first, Croston closed on 198-7 at Illawalla.

Opener Simon Marsh top scored with 51 whilst Sam Marsh fell one short of a deserved half century.

Stephen Langton chipped in with 32.

The wickets were shared amongst four bowlers as Thornton fell short of their target.

Skipper Lee Childs took 3-51 and opener Jon Driver claimed 1-24.

Simon Marsh capped a fine all round performance taking 2-23 and Sam Marsh also took two wickets.

Hoghton sit one place outside the Premier Division relegation zone as they slipped to a five-wicket defeat against title chasing Freckleton.

After being asked to bat, Phil Hurst’s side posted a commendable 160-7.

The innings was based around opener Darren Eccles as he top scored with 72.

Hoghton gave it their all with the ball but Freckleton reached the total with eight overs to spare.

Rob Bolton took 2-32 whilst Will Monks and Greg Gorrell took a wicket each.

In Division Three, Charnock Richard lost by 93-runs away at Torrisholme seconds and Leyland thirds were pipped to the points by New Longton seconds.