Coppice hold nerve to claim vital victory

Chris Maguire bats for White Coppice.
Chris Maguire bats for White Coppice.
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White Coppice beat fellow strugglers Wrea Green by three runs to climb out the Division One relegation zone.

In a pulsating match, there were only four double figure scores, 57 extras and eight ducks but what the contest lacked in quality was more than made up for in endeavour and excitement.

Batting first ,White Coppice collapsed to 29-5.

However Chris Maguire went on the attack and hit 24 off two overs and shared a crucial seventh-wicket partnership of 60 with Wayne Dixon.

Dixon fell for 22 but Maguire went on to register his first half-century for three seasons as Coppice were dismissed for 125.

Wrea Green’s response was a carbon copy of Coppice’s innings as they slipped to 22-5 with Raja Farhan taking the first four wickets.

However veteran Phil Wood (44) and youngster Jack Dudgeon (26) shared a seventh-wicket stand of 84 as they reached 106-5 – 20 runs from victory.

Dudgeon was then stumped by Tony Ryder and Wayne Dixon roared in to take three quick wickets – all LBW.

Wrea Green were still within one boundary of winning themselves but a diving catch by Harry Bates secured a crucial 12 points.

Khalid Valimulla’s 6-45 was in vain as Eccleston defeated Withnell Fold by 11 runs.

Wicketkeeper Dave Hewson top scored with 65 as Eccleston were bowled out for 138.

Josh Cunliffe took two wickets and Alan Grogan chipped in with 1-34.

In reply, Tom Wilkinson took 4-33 as Fold were bowled out for 127.

Rhendan Pillay top scored with 33 and Cunliffe hit 30.

Mawdesley slipped to a 33 run defeat against table-topper Vernon Carus seconds.

Vernon’s secured maximum batting points as they closed on 187-6 off their allocated overs.

Jamie Rigby was the stand-out batsman with an unbeaten 75, while Neil O’Malley was the pick of the Mawdesley bowlers, taking 3-47.

Alex Berry also took 2-45 and young all-rounder Nathan Trengrove claimed 1-24.

Mawdesley opener Chris Gibirdi scored 43 and Darren Lemarinel hit 37 but the total prove too much as the visitors were bowled out for 154.

In Division Two, Whittle-le-Woods lost by five runs against Gregson Lane.

Lane were bowled out for 141, as Alec Frater took 3-11.

There was also two wickets each for Stuart Barnish and Terence Markham.

In reply, Markham hit an unbeaten 30 but Whittle were bowled out for 136.