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Eccleston maintained their promotion bid in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division at the weekend thanks to a derby day victory.

Eccleston captain Michael Atkinson saw his men defeat Euxton
Eccleston captain Michael Atkinson saw his men defeat Euxton

Michael Atkinson’s men got the better of Euxton at Doctors Lane – the win saw them leapfrog above their neighbours into fifth place in the table.

A solid all-round displayed paved the way for the hosts’ win as they posted a competitive 142-8 and then bowled the visitors out for 101.

Matthew Ashcroft (52) provided the backbone behind Eccleston’s total and he was ably supported by Thomas Charnley (28). Elliot Mackrael was the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-19.

In reply, Euxton lost wickets at regular intervals with Reece Thomas (4-26), Thomas Wilkinson (3-12) and Cameron Smith (2-31) all impressing with the ball. Mark Winrow top scored with 28.

Penwortham remain in the promotion mix after six-wicket rout of Preston at Middleforth Green.

Their victory was built on a stunning bowling display which saw the visitors all out for a paltry 72.

Cameron Fish took a superb 6-28 and he was given able support by Ryan Roberts, who took three wickets.

Imran Mehmood was the only bright spark for Preston with the bat, hitting 42.

In reply, Kriston Yearwood (23 not out) guided Pen home inside 16 overs.

Croston’s season plunged new depths after they were thrashed by Kirkham & Wesham at the Woodlands.

Adam Sexton’s men were dismissed for an embarrassing 39, with only Hakeem Perryman (10) managing to reach double figures. Antony Wilson was the pick of the bowlers with 4-21, but there were two wickets apiece for Bobby Bithell, Jamie Hogarth and Justin Banks.

In reply, K&W knocked off the runs inside 10 overs for the loss of two wickets as Banks finished unbeaten on 18.

Leaders Fleetwood made it 11 wins out 11 by overwhelming Thornton Cleveleys by eight wickets at Illawalla after Jack Wilkinson took 4-22 to help dismiss the hosts for 103.

Second-placed Great Eccleston were five wicket victors at Torrisholme. Alexander Rhodes was the star of the show for Great Ecc, taking 6-28.

Luke Pearson and Gareth Pedder both hit half-centuries as Morecambe defeated Barrow. Shane Burton took four wickets.