Smith’s all-round display helps F&B to victory

Fulwood and Broughton bowler Matthew Smith
Fulwood and Broughton bowler Matthew Smith
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Matthew Smith played a key role in Fulwood and Broughton’s seven-wicket win over Garstang in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division.

Smith took five wickets and then hit an unbeaten 61 in the Highfield clash.

It was a first league defeat of the season for Garstang, ending their 100% start.

Invited to have first use of the wicket, Garstang were 130 all out in 31 overs.

Michael Walling scored 54 at the top of the order, with the visitors 81-2 at one stage.

Skipper Mark Walling hit 26 but wickets began to fall, with Smith posting 5-29 and Richard Turner 3-18.

F&B lost both openers with just 12 on the board but they soon found their flow.

Skipper Mark Smith came in at No.3 and was joined by Matthew Smith.

Mark Smith hit 48, his knock featuring nine fours.

There were 10 visits to the boundary for Matthew Smith as he clubbed his 61.

Turner joined him at the crease to see the job through in the 30th over.

Longridge remain top of the table but their clash with Vernon Carus at Chipping Road fell foul of the weather.

An exciting contest was halted by rain in the 35th over of Longridge’s innings.

They were replying to the impressive 203-7 assembled by Vernons in 38 0vers.

Ian Dunn hit two sixes and five fours on his way to a half-century, with Mark Hardiker scoring 35.

Longridge were 175-5 when play was halted.

Daniel Wilkinson was their top scorer with 64 not out, seven fours and two sixes coming off his bat.

Eccleston collected their third victory of the summer, beating Penwortham by 59 runs at Doctors’ Lane.

Their decision to bat first after winning the toss proved a good one, the 230-3 put on the board always likely to be a demanding one to chase.

Peter McCauley hit 10 fours on his way to 70, while Matthew Ashcroft finished unbeaten on 58.

In reply, Penwortham were restricted to 171-7, their top scorer being Antony Dark with an unbeaten 54.

Thomas Wilkinson and Michael Atkins claimed three wickets apiece for Eccleston.

There was a nine-wicket win for Great Eccleston in their Hall Lane clash with Freckleton.

Batting first, Freckleton were 138-6, Edward Fiddler hitting 34.

Great Ecc chased down their target inside 21 overs, Will Thistlethwaite’s 73 at the top of the order pushing the scoreboard along.

Croston won their visit to Rufford by five wickets, the hosts having been bowled out for 106.

Torrisholme’s home game with Thornton Cleveleys did not finish because of rain.

Daniel Wood hit 95 for Torrisholme to help them to 171-4 in the first innings.

Thornton were 138-7 when played was stopped.