A '˜great' win puts Carus top of the table
Vernon Carus went top of the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division after victory over Great Eccleston.
The seven-wicket win at Hall Lane saw them displace Fulwood and Broughton at the summit, F&B having slipped to defeat against Garstang.
Vernons’ skipper Christian Ash had elected to field after winning the toss, the contest reduced to 27 overs because of heavy lunchtime rain.
Hosts Great Ecc put 147-6 on the board, Mohammed Nadeem hitting an unbeaten 69 with James Thistlethwaite scoring 32.
Paul Hayton and Matthew Timms took two wickets apiece for the visitors.
In reply, Vernons chased down their target inside 25 overs, posting 148-3.
Openers Ian Dunn and David Fisher hit 62 and 34 respectively, with Wes Royle’s unbeaten 40 seeing them over the line.
Fulwood and Broughton’s five-wicket defeat at Garstang came despite an unbeaten 74 from Charlie Rossiter.
Batting at four, Rossiter’s knock helped the visitors to a first-innings tally of 151-6 in their 24 overs.
Ben Parkinson added 31 and Sam Berry 27 – Ian Walling taking 4-72 and Michael Walling 2-34 for Garstang.
Michael Walling then did well with the bat, hitting 46 at the top of the order.
Fellow opener Allan Cook scored 35, with Mark Walling weighing-in with 32.
Matthew Crouther hit the winnings runs as he finished unbeaten on 21.
Longridge, in third place, experienced a frustrating weekend with the weather.
Rain forced their league clash with Torrisholme at Chipping Road to be halted without a result.
Then on Sunday, they lost their Lancashire Cup visit to Ribblesdale League outfit Read in a game affected by the conditions.
Having put 191-7 on the board – Luke Platt hitting 63 and James Whitehead 35 – they had Read at 81-2 after 18 overs when the rain came.
Read had the higher run rate and were judged to have won by one run.
In Saturday’s clash against Torrisholme, the visitors had scored 117-6 in 21 overs.
Longridge were 38-2 in reply when the umpires took the players off due to heavy rain.
There was a six-wicket win for Croston over Fylde at Westhead Road.
Electing to bat first, Fylde were 84-8 in their rain-reduced 23 overs.
Jhan Wamakulasooriya was the visitors’ top scorer with 19, Robin Maclaren adding 16.
Lee Childs took 4-20 and Sam Marsh 3-30 for the hosts.
Marsh was the stand-out performer in Croston’s reply, hitting an unbeaten 63.
He hit four sixes and four fours, steadying the ship and then pushing the score along after the first three batsmen had lost their wickets cheaply.
Jack Marsh added 13 as Croston posted 87-4 in 17.2 overs to claim victory.
Thornton Cleveleys enjoyed their visit to Freckleton, winning by five wickets.
Freck elected to have first use of the Bush Lane track after winning the toss, with them 101 all out in 21 overs.
Danny Gilbert top-scored with 31, with Ashley Moreau and Michael Rigby both hitting 19.
Thornton replied with 105-5 to claim victory, Joe McMillan scoring 23 and Joe Bell 22.
Whittingham and Goosnargh’s clash with Penwortham was rained off.