Aspden’s century is in vain for Pen

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A Brilliant century from Jack Aspden proved to be in vain as Penwortham were beaten at Fulwood and Broughton in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division.

Aspden struck 107 as he attempted to take his side to an unlikely away win after the hosts had earlier piled on the runs to post 246-5.

Unfortunately for Aspden, no other batsmen was able to follow his lead and when he was dismissed – run out by Mark Smith – the writing was on the wall for Penwortham.

They eventually closed on 198-8 – 48 runs shy of their opponents’ total.

Earlier Smith had hit 45 and Charlie Rossiter 62 as the hosts posted a match-winning total after electing to bat first. Arab Munir and Richard Turner both took three wickets.

The status quo remains at the top of the table as reigning champions Vernon Carus lead the way ahead of Great Eccleston in second place.

The leaders enjoyed an emphatic eight-wicket victory over bottom side Withnell Fold.

Tony Knight took 5-47 as Fold were bowled out for 149. Alan Grogan (44) and Michael Atkinson Senior (36) put up spirited performances with the bat.

In reply, Vernons had no problems reaching their victory target as Ian Dunn (42), Wes Royle (37) and James McDonagh (36 not out) blasted their side to victory inside 28 overs.

It was a much tighter affair at Hall Lane as Great Ecc edged past fourth-placed Garstang by two wickets.

The batsmen certainly held sway as the visitors racked-up 242-8 with skipper Michael walling top scoring with 73. Andrew Fletcher (40) and Ian Walling (49) were also among the runs. Great Ecc’s reply was held together by Mohammed Nadeem’s well-crafted 70.

Jon Jeffries 46 lower down the order ensured the home side crossed the finishing line.

There was an entertaining match at Newsham Memorial Ground as third-placed Longridge defeated Freckleton, in fifth, by 13 runs.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Longridge posted 181-5. Joshua McDowell hit a half-century, while Daniel Wilkinson Junior and Vinny Wilkinson both hit 34. Daniel Fisher took 3-22.

Rory McDowell returned figures of 6-40 and Ian Simpson chipped in with three wickets as Freckleton reached 169-8 from their allotted 45 overs. Joshua Holden top scored with 43.

Second-bottom Whittingham and Goosnargh kept their faint hopes of avoiding relegation alive when they defeated Fylde by 45 runs.

After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Whittingham posted 169 all out with Sheeraz Polli top scoring with 44.

Polli then produced an outstanding spell of bowling taking 6-43 as Fylde were dismissed for 124. Harun Patel also took three wickets.

In the final match of the weekend, BAC/EE Preston were eight-wicket victors over Thornton Cleveleys at the Riverside.

The visitors could only muster 143-9 after winning the toss and deciding to bat first. Only Rob Dingle (41) manage to score above 20 as Danny Wilcock and John McKeever took three wickets apiece.

In reply, Thomas Wilcok hit a fine half-century as BAC cantered to victory.

Chorley are hitting form just at the right time as they prepare for next weekend’s ECB National Knockout quarter-final encounter against York at Windsor Park.

After failing to register a single win in the Northern League Division One since May, Andrew Holdsworth’s men have won two on the trot.

After beating Lancaster, they collected their second successive league victory by cruising to a 56-run win over St Annes at Vernon Road at the weekend.

Middle order batsman Will Moulton was the hero for the visitors as his fantastic knock of 65 changed the course of the game.

After Chorley had elected to bat first, they were staring down the barrel of a sub-par score when Moulton arrived at the crease with only 13 overs remaining.

He proceeded to hammer six fours and four sixes in a 49-ball 65 to nudge the visitors score above 200.

David Fisher’s studious 75 – which contained 14 boundaries – was also impressive.

Nathan Armstrong’s run-a-ball half-century maintained St Annes’ hopes of victory, but Fisher (3-27) and Gaurav Dhar (3-19) instigated a batting collapse as the home side were dismissed for 146.

Preston’s long suffering supporters had something to cheer about at the weekend as they watched their team secure a winning draw away at Penrith.

Jibran Khan was the star of the visitors’ batting card as he struck a 15-boundary century as they posted 225-8. Soyeb Dunkanwala chipped-in with 42.

In reply, Ryan Carruthers blasted a quick-fire half-century at the top of the order and Alex Atkinson hit 56, but once they perished, Penrith struggled.

Sayeeb Bariwala took 4-39, but Preston were unable to force an outright win as Penrith’s last-wicket stand held firm.

In other matches, Blackpool took advantage of Leyland’s inactivity to extend their lead at the top of the table by beating Barrow at Stanley Park.

The visitors were dismissed for 123 with Christi Viljoen taking 5-23.

Blackpool were rocked early in their reply as they were reduced to 29-3. However, Alex Smith steadied the ship with a watchful 45 to guide the home side to victory.

Morecambe were narrow two-wicket victors over Netherfield, while Darwen secured a winning draw over Kendal, but were then defeated by Lancashire Colts on Sunday.

Fleetwood were 52-run winners over Lancaster.