Garstang take big step in title charge

Garstang captain Ian Wallings bowls to Great Eccleston's Jim Thistlethwaite
Garstang captain Ian Wallings bowls to Great Eccleston's Jim Thistlethwaite
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Garstang strengthened their Moore and Smalley Palace Shield title challenge with victory over rivals Great Eccleston.

The clubs had started the day first and second respectively in the Premier Division, Garstang holding a slender one-point advantage ahead of the Hall Lane clash.

Their lead at the summit is now 11 points, with Longridge having moved into second place after their victory over BAC/EE Preston.

Batting first, Great Ecc were 86 all out in the 33rd over with Ian Walling taking 5-30. Garstang chased down their target inside 23 overs but lost five wickets along the way, Michael Walling top-scoring with 38. Their nearest challengers are now Longridge who have hit form of late after a wobble.

Ian Simpson’s men saw off the challenge of BAC/EE in a game hit by the rain.

Asked to bat first on their home track, Longridge were 180-5 in their 40 overs.

James Whitehead, who was the league’s player of the month for June, performed well with the bat again.

The opener struck 77 before being caught behind by Ben Dawson off Michael Keane’s bowling.

Joshua McDowell, opening with Whitehead, scored 38, with Daniel Wilkinson Jnr adding an unbeaten 27.

Keane finished with figures of 3-55, with Nikesh Modessa and Oliver Austin taking a wicket each.

BAC/EE had their target adjusted to 167 after playing time was lost to the weather.

The visitors fell short though, bowled out for 85 in 31.3 overs.

Jonathan Hothersall was their top scorer with 21, Keane contributing 17.

For Longridge, there were five wickets for Alex Mason, skipper Simpson took 3-24 and Rory McDowell 2-9.

Fourth-placed Freckleton remain firmly in the title chase after a four-wicket victory over Fylde at Bush Lane.

Freck elected to field after winning the toss and bowled out their visitors for 116.

Jamie Hogarth, Danny Gilbert, Edward Fiddler, Bobby Bithell and Jonathan Millward claimed two wickets apiece.

For Fylde, skipper David Crawforth scored 42 and Joe McMillan 37.

Freck replied with 119-6 to claim the victory, Gilbert leading the charge with an unbeaten knock of 31.

Vernon Carus returned from their trip to Thornton Cleveleys with a 46-run win.

Electing to bat first, Vernons were 186-9 with the bulk of the runs coming in the lower order.

Ben Llewellin, batting at eight, hit three sixes and three fours on his way to 52, with Daniel Gray scoring 25.

Thornton were 140 all out in reply, Paul Hayton claiming 5-54 and Jack Duerden 2-25.

Penwortham won their visit to Hoghton by three wickets.

The hosts batted first and were 87 all out, Andrew Taylor scoring 31.

Jon Roebuck and Andrew Sidegreaves shared the wickets, Roebuck posting 6-27 and Sidgreaves 4-24.

Jack Aspden’s 46 helped Penwortham launch a successful chase, with them closing on 88-7.

Fulwood and Broughton won by 14 runs at Croston.

Charlie Rossiter hit 36 and Amin Patel 34 as F&B posted 168-7 after batting first.

Croston fell short in their chase, Sam Marsh hitting 71 as they closed on 154-9.

Meanwhile, a maximum 15-point haul from their visit to Barrow saw Morecambe increase their lead at the top of the Northern League.

They won by 29 runs at the Ernest Pass Memorial Ground and are now 12 points clear at the summit.

Morecambe were 151-9 after electing to bat first, Lewis Edge unbeaten on 43 and Josh Dixon scoring 42.

Edge faced only 47 balls, his knock featuring four sixes.

They bowled out Barrow for 122 inside 40 overs, Tharanga Paranavitana scoring 81.

He was one of four victims for Suraj Randiv, with Edward Read taking 3-34 and Tommy Clough 2-13.

Defending champions Blackpool moved back up to second place after victory over Kendal at Shap Road.

Plenty of wickets fell in a low scoring clash, Blackpool 118 all out in the first innings.

Their top scorer was Andy Furniss with 36, his knock featuring a six and six fours.

Former Preston player Saeed Bariwala claimed 4-30 for the home side.

Bariwala scored 35 in Kendal’s reply but only two of his team-mates made it into double figures as they were bowled out for 105.

Steve Mercer took 5-14 and Richard Gleeson 3-38.

Chorley and Netherfield’s game at Windsor Park ended in a draw, the visitors taking seven points back to Cumbria.

After winning the toss, Chorley asked Netherfield to bat first.

They put 190-9 on the board with consistent scoring all the way down the order.

Peter Cummings was the pick of the Chorley bowling attack, returning impressive figures of 6-57.

Chorley replied with 177-4 in 32 overs, opener David Fisher hitting 66 – seven fours and six coming from his bat.

His opening partner Will Moulton scored 35 and Ian Dickinson, batting at three, hit 39 off 38 deliveries.

Fleetwood beat Darwen by seven wickets, helped by a superb performance with the ball by Ian Holland.

He took 8-32 as Darwen were skittled out for just 58.

Lancaster beat Preston by 117 runs at Lune Road.

They were 192 all out after being put in to bat, Stuart Phillips hitting 61 – Shabnan Ali and Saffarz Navaz taking four wickets each.

In reply, Preston were bowled out for 72, Ben Simm taking 6-41.

Penrith beat St Annes by seven wickets at Vernon Road.

l Leyland reached the last four of the Readers Cup on Sunday, beating Fleetwood by 34 runs at Fox Lane.

Luis Reece hit 123 as Leyland posted 223-7.

In reply, Fleetwood were 189 all out, Andrew Jacques taking three wickets and Sam Oldham two.