Penwortham hog top spot after win

oghton batsman Callum Roberts-Aldridge is bowled by Andrew Sidgreaves
oghton batsman Callum Roberts-Aldridge is bowled by Andrew Sidgreaves
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Penwortham are the new leaders of the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division after an emphatic victory over Hoghton at Middleforth Green.

The home side took control as soon as they were asked to field first by visiting skipper Phil Hurst.

Hoghton were soon struggling at 12-3 and they continued to lose wickets at regular intervals as Penwortham’s bowlers dominated.

Only an unbeaten 33 from Matt Parkinson and a quick-fire 27 from Mohmed Banka enabled Hoghton to post a three-figure score.

They were dismissed for 134, with Jon Roebuck the pick of the bowlers with 4-20, while Andrew Sidgreaves and Thomas Wilson both chipped in with three wickets apiece.

In reply, Martin Hewitt’s men cantered to victory without losing a wicket. Jack Aspden hit 74, including two sixes, and David Jackson scored 48.

Freckleton great start to the season continued as they moved into second spot in the table – level on points with Penwortham – after a narrow one-wicket win over Fylde at Moorland Road.

In difficult batting conditions, Fylde could only muster 114 all out from 41 overs as Ashley Moreau (4-15) and Michael Rigby (3-10) impressed for the visitors. Paul Hogarth (34) and Daniel Smith were the only home batsmen to reach double figures.

However, it was a similar story for Freckleton when they went out to bat, but they managed to sneak a win thanks in the main to a terrific half-century from William Norris.

Previous leaders Garstang slipped to third after suffering their first loss of the season at home to Great Eccleston. Will Proctor took 3-50 as the visitors posted 153-9 from their allotted 45 overs. Will Thistlethwaite top scored with 49.

In reply, Michael Walling looked like he was going to take his side to victory but when he was dismissed for 70, Garstang folded to 127 all out.

After a hugely disappointing start to the season, reigning champions Vernon Carus are ominously starting to find their feet. They picked up their second successive victory, but they were made to work hard by a spirited Thornton Cleveleys at Factory Lane.

A brilliant unbeaten century by Ian Dunn and Wes Royle’s half-century allowed the home side to close on 229-1.

The visitors fought hard in reply, but eventually finished 14 runs short of victory despite Taylor Cornall’s excellent 71.

Last year’s runners-up Longridge also look like they are hitting form as they crushed BAC/EE Preston by 132 runs at the Riverside

James Whitehead (94) and Daniel Wilkinson (81) shared an unbroken stand of 146 as the visitors closed on 218-2.

In reply, BAC were routed for 82 in 35 overs with Ian Simpson taking 6-23. Only Jonathan Hothersall offered any sort of resistance with a knock of 35.

Croston lifted themselves off the foot of the table, but still went down to defeat against Fulwood and Broughton at Highfield.

Sam Marsh hit 74 as the visitors posted 187-9.

Arab Munir took 5-43. F&B cruised home in reply for the loss of just two wickets. Charles Rossiter finished unbeaten on 90 and Mark Smith contributed 78.