Parky on form in Great Ecc win

Vernon Carus batsman Wes Royle scored runs on Saturday
Vernon Carus batsman Wes Royle scored runs on Saturday
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Big-hitting Great Eccleston moved to the summit of the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield following victory over title-holders Vernon Carus.

They won the Hall Lane clash by 83 runs, a result which saw them leapfrog previous leaders Garstang, who were beaten by Longridge.

Great Ecc put 242-6 on the board after winning the toss and electing to bat first.

Oliver Parkinson hit 10 fours on his way to a knock of 62 off 75 deliveries, while there was a half century from James Thistlethwaite.

Vernons made a solid start to their reply, openers Ian Dunn and Andrew Tate hitting 22 and 18 respectively.

Wes Royle, batting at three, top-scored with 42 off 50 balls and Christian Ash notched 27.

But the home bowling attack got on top to cut down the lower order.

Nadeem posted fine figures of 5-59 and Richard White took 3-26 as Vernons were 159 all out.

Longridge were nine-wicket winners at Garstang in what proved to be a very successful weekend for them.

After bowling out their hosts for 117, they chased down their target having lost just one wicket, Jim Whitehead hitting an unbeaten 64.

The following day, they beat Atherton by 49 runs in the Lancashire Cup – Whitehead again in good form, hitting 87.

Freckleton are in second place after a resounding 116-run victory over Penwortham.

Asked to bat first, Freck were 214-6, opener Joshua Holden hitting 10 fours and a six in his knock of 60.

Michael Rigby contributed 46, with Jonathan Millward and Danny Gilbert keeping the scoreboard ticking along.

In reply, Penwortham were bowled out for 98 in the 34th over, the bulk of the runs coming from Jack Aspden (25) and Phil Chapple (24).

Gilbert, Rigby and Jamie Hogarth all took three wickets to see Freck home.

Fulwood and Broughton got the better of BAC/EE Preston in their clash at Highfield.

They won by seven wickets, Arbab Munir making a major contribution with the ball.

Munir took 5-29 as BAC/EE were dismissed for 144 after batting first.

John Mounsey struck a half century at the top of the order for the visitors.

F&B were 145-3 in reply, Amin Patel hitting 50 and Ben Finch 32.

Hoghton beat Croston by six wickets in the battle of the newly-promoted clubs.

Croston were 140 all out in the first innings, Sam Marsh scoring 27 and Lee Childs 25.

Six of the wickets were taken by Tousif Patel who finished with figures of 6-24.

Hoghton’s successful chase saw them post 141-4, Darren Eccles scoring 41 and Will Monks 30. An unbeaten 59 from Joe McMillan helped Fylde beat Thornton Cleveleys by four wickets. They hit 189-6 in reply to Thornton’s 188-7.