Garstang beat the rain to hit the top

Daniel Wilkinson
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Four matches in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield top flight managed to survive the wet weekend weather.

But the entire fixture card in the Northern League Division One was washed out.

Garstang sit top of the Palace Shield after a narrow six-run victory over BAC/EE Preston at the Riverside Sports Ground.

It was a contest reduced to 20 overs per side by the rain and Garstang got first use of their home track.

They posted 87-9, Andrew Fletcher – batting at number six – hitting four fours on his way to an unbeaten knock of 30.

Higher up the order, Ian Walling contributed 19 and Adam Senn 14.

Danny Wilcock and Thomas Wilson bowled unchanged for BAC/EE, Wilcock posting figures of 5-49 and Wilson 4-35.

In reply, the visitors made a decent chase but fell just short of their target, closing on 81-7.

Opening the batting, Wilcock struck 23, while there was a gutsy 35 from Jonathon Hothersall which included two sixes and three fours.

Hothersall eventually lost his wicket to the bowling of Gareth Jennings who also accounted for Mark Jeffries and Mark Whelan.

There was a rare tied result in the meeting between Great Eccleston and Freckleton at Hall Lane.

Both sides finished on 117-9 in their allotted 27 overs, this being the first tie in the Premier Division this summer.

Great Ecc were asked to bat first in the rain-reduced clash, Adam Green top-scoring with a knock of 28.

Mohamed Nadeem added 19 and Will Thistlethwaite 16.

Freck’s Joshua Holden was in good form with the ball, claiming 6-72, with Jonathan Millward taking 3-42 at the other end.

In reply, Freck struggled early doors with their top order out cheaply.

But Holden’s arrival at the crease steadied the ship, with a knock of 43 following up his six wickets.

Kevin Whitsey hit 14 while No.11 Daniel Fisher added a vital unbeaten 19 to ensure a share of the spoils for the visitors.

Longridge were six-wicket victors in their clash with Penwortham at Middleforth Green. They elected to bowl after winning the toss and limited the home side to 120-6.

Openers Martin Hewitt and David Jackson gave Penwortham a solid start with knocks of 30 and 28 respectively.

Rory McDowell took 5-30, the other wicket to fall being a run out. In reply, Longridge chased down their target in 26 overs, scoring 121-6.

Daniel Wilkinson struck two sixes and seven fours on his way to a fine knock of 65, with Joshua McDowell adding 34.

Fylde won their home clash with Thornton Cleveleys by seven wickets.

Batting first, Thornton were 106 all out in 26.3 overs, Daniel Smith taking 5-57 and Darren McKenzie 4-30.

An unbeaten half-century from Michael Watkinson and Paul Willis’ 46 saw Fylde through to victory.

Fulwood and Broughton’s clash with Vernon Carus was abandoned, as was Whittingham and Goosnargh meeting with Withnell Fold.