Mo’s knock keeps Great Ecc on top

Longridge batsman Dan Wilkinson
Longridge batsman Dan Wilkinson
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Great Eccleston’s victory at Penwortham kept them at the summit of the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield.

They won the Middleforth clash by 22 runs, a contest which was reduced to 33 overs per side by the weather.

Electing to bat first, visitors Great Ecc were 165-9.

Opening pair Adam Green and James Thistlethwaite put on 49 for the first wicket.

Mohamed Nadeem found the boundary seven times on his way to a knock of 36.

Thomas Wilson took 4-54 for Penwortham and Jon Roebuck 3-28.

Great Ecc made early inroads into the Penwortham batting, removing the top three for 28.

Martyn Brierley steadied the ship, four sixes and six fours coming from his bat.

He was eventually bowled by Peter Whittle for 75, with just 13 more runs added before Penwortham were dismissed for 143.

Second-place Freckleton were resounding 125-run victors over BAC/EE Preston.

Asked to bat first, Freck were 173-8 in 33 overs, Edward Fiddler scoring 59 and skipper Andrew Hogarth 40.

They were then ruthless with the ball, bowling out their hosts for just 48.

Jamie Hogarth did much of the damage, returning figures of 6-17, Fiddler taking 3-8.

Garstang returned from their visit to Hoghton with a six-wicket win.

Ryan Wells claimed 6-59 to help bowl out the home side for 113 – openers Darren Eccles (41) and Mohamed Banka (38) performing well.

It was a target chased down by Garstang inside 26 overs, skipper Mark Walling hitting 43 and Michael Walling 29.

Longridge maintained their good form with an 18-run win over Fylde.

James Fairclough (64) and James Whitehead (50) scored the bulk of Longridge’s runs as they posted 182-6.

Fylde pushed them close in reply but ran out of overs, closing on 164-8.

Another big knock from Ian Dunn helped Vernon Carus to a nine-wicket win over Croston at Factory Lane.

Dunn, the league’s player of the month for April/May, hit an unbeaten 68 as Carus were 118-1 in reply to Croston’s first innings tally of 117-9.

That included a half century from Simon Marsh.

Thornton Cleveleys beat Fulwood and Broughton by 22 runs at Illawalla.

They put a sizeable 192-5 on the board after being put in to bat, Taylor Cornall scoring 59 and Thomas Higson 45.

In reply, F&B were 170 all out, Charlie Rossiter hitting 32 and Amin Patel 27.

l Longridge, Vernon Carus, Penwortham and Thornton reached the semi-finals of the Meyler Cup on Sunday.

There was a 50-run win for Longridge over Garstang, Tom Howarth’s unbeaten 54 helping the hosts put 181-7 on the board in the first innings.

In reply, Garstang were 131 all out, Mark Walling top scoring with 59.

Thornton beat Great Ecc by eight wickets, bowling out the visitors for 129 and replying with 133-2.

Vernons were five-wicket winners over Fulwood and Broughton at Highfield.

F&B were 168-7 after being asked to bat first, the visitors replying with 169-5.

Martin Hewitt’s unbeaten century helped Penwortham beat Torrisholme by 15 runs.

Hewitt hit 102 and Brierley 74* as the hosts scored 237-2.

Torrisholme were 222 all out, Chris Parry scoring 104.

Meanwhile, Morecambe rushed Preston in the meeting of the Northern League’s top and bottom clubs.

Josh Dixon’s men recorded an emphatic 137-run victory at Woodhill Lane.

Invited to bat first, the hosts were 180-4 in 33 overs, Lewis Edge scoring an unbeaten 74.

Edge’s time at the crease included four sixes and nine fours.

Ryan Pearson scored 38 and Dixon 31 as Morecambe kept the scoreboard ticking along.

Preston were skittled out for 43 in reply, skipper Andrew Starkie – batting at No.11 – the only visiting batsman to reach double figures.

Suraj Randiv did plenty of damage with 7-15, Tommy Clough posting 2-13.

Chorley moved into second place thanks to an 84-run win over Lancaster.

They were asked to bat first on their Windsor Park track and responded with 191-7.

David Fisher scored 70 at the top of the order, his knock including nine boundaries.

Ian Dickinson and Keiran McCullagh both hit 37.

In reply, Lancaster were 107 all out, nearly half of those runs (49) scored by opener Alex Metcalfe.

Brenton McDonald shone in the Chorley bowling attack, taking 6-27 in 11 overs, Edwin Moulton posting 2-30.

Leyland claimed maximum points from their clash with Penrith at Fox Lane, winning by 97 runs.

They put a formidable 263-7 on the board after being asked to bat first by their visitors.

Top scorer was pro Ricardt Frenz with 83 off 95 deliveries, the South African hitting nine boundaries.

Tom Reece struck 54 and Henry Thompson 39.

Penrith were 166 all out in reply, skipper David Makinson taking 4-24 in 13 overs.

James Rounding claimed 2-58, Andrew Jacques, Sam Oldham and Nathan McDonald taking a wicket apiece.

Struggling St Annes lost by eight wickets to Fleetwood at Vernon Road.

A half century from opener Andy Kellet was as good as it got batting wise for the hosts, with them 139 all out.

St Annes were eight down by the time they reached three figures, a late rally by last pair David Watson and Jake Woods nudging the score on.

Fleetwood chased down their target with two wickets down inside 28 overs, David King scoring 47 and Adam Parker 42.

Netherfield were 119-run winners over Darwen at Parkside Road.

John Huck struck 87 and Bradley Earl 82 for the Cumbrians as they reached 244-5 in the first innings.

Mark Clarkson claimed 8-49 as Darwen were 125 all out.

Barrow and Kendal shared a draw.