Weekend cricket round-up
Charlie Rossiter struck an unbeaten 73 to help Moore and Smalley Palace Shield leaders Fulwood and Broughton to a big victory at Penwortham.
Batting at three in the clash at Middleforth, Rossiter hit three sixes and six fours during his time at the crease.
Opener Amin Patel struck five sixes on his way to a knock of 52, with Chris Brookes adding 41 further down the order as F&B put 220-7 on the scoreboard.
Pick of the Penwortham bowlers was Jonathan Hothersall who claimed 6-49.
In reply, the home side were 116 all out as the F&B bowling attack got on top.
Brooks took 4-28 and Usman Sadaqat 4-23, Matthew Smith weighing in with 2-41.
After his six wickets with the ball, Hothersall top-scored for Penwortham with 22.
The 104-run victory kept Fulwood top of the Premier Division table with six more rounds of fixtures to play.
Hot on their heels are Vernon Carus, who recorded a six-wicket win over Torrisholme at Factory Lane.
Torrisholme elected to bat after winning the toss, posting 177-5 in their 45 overs.
Vernons’ reply saw them knock off the runs in 26 overs, scoring 181-4.
Longridge beat Garstang by three wickets in the battle of fourth versus third at the Newsham Memorial Ground.
It enabled Longridge to close the gap on their visitors to six points.
Garstang were asked to bat first after their hosts won the toss, and were 157-7.
There was steady scoring in the upper order, opening pair Michael Walling and Allan Cook hitting 22 and 21 respectively.
Mark Walling, batting at three, top scored with 36 – his knock featuring five fours. For Longridge, Alex Mason claimed 3-42, Matt Greenall 3-45 and Tom Howarth 1-14.
In reply, Kyle Helm’s men were 158-7, wrapping up victory in the 43rd over.
Mason, batting at eight, top-scored with an unbeaten 42, John Simpson having hit 31 at the top of the order and Daniel Wilkinson 29.
Skipper Helm joined Mason at the crease to see Longridge home.
Gareth Jennings took 3-23 for Garstang, Michael Walling 2-44 and Andy Booker 2-39.
Wickets tumbled during Whittingham and Goosnargh’s clash with Freckleton at Guild Park.
W&B were bowled out for 72 in under 30 overs in the first innings.
Fareez Moosa with 25 and Husein Yusuf (15) were the only two home batsmen to reach double figures.
Michael Rigby claimed 4-20, Jacob Holland 3-4 and Jonathan Millward 2-6.
The visitors lost wickets themselves in their chase but reached their target inside 23 overs, posting 74-5.
Ashley Moreau scored 28 and Joshua Holden 14.
Last season’s champions Great Eccleston won by three wickets against Croston in their trip to Westhead Road.
Electing first use of their track, Croston were 174-8, a tally which Great Ecc chased down, posting 176-7.
Fylde remain rooted to the foot of the table after being blitzed by Thornton Cleveleys at Moorland Road.
Asked to bat first, Fylde were skittled out for 47 – Greg Tirrell and Jordan Beech taking four wickets each.
Thornton replied with 49-0, Jon Eade hitting 33 an unbeaten 33.
Chorley enjoyed their visit to West Cliff, beating Preston by eight wickets in the Northern League.
They performed well in both innings, producing a strong bowling display and chasing down the runs with little fuss.
Batting first, Preston were 140 all out a ball shy of their 50 overs.
Mustafa Durrani struck a half-century off 85 deliveries, with two sixes and two fours.
Further down the order, Miya Ahmed Lunat added 29.
The wickets were shared around by the visiting attack.
Ian Oakes took 4-32 and Will Moulton 2-23, while Joe Barker collected two wickets in his one over.
In reply, Chorley were 141-2 to claim victory.
Stuart Naden hit 24, with fellow opener Ian Dickinson unbeaten on 38.
Nekoli Parris scored 23, with Edwin Moulton hitting 31 not out after joining Dickinson in the middle.
Yasin Patel and Akmal Shah took the two wickets for Preston.
Blackpool continue to set the pace at the summit, with them completing a resounding victory over Penrith at Stanley Park.
They won by 175 runs , Daryl Mitchell clubbing a mighty 106 not out.
Kiwi pro Mitchell’s ton came off just 90 balls, featuring 12 fours and two sixes.
Andy Furniss hit an unbeaten 57, while openers Ciaran Johnson and Matthew Houston scored 45 and 43 respectively.
Blackpool closed on 272-3, a formidable target for the Cumbrian visitors.
They were duly bowled out for 97, Richard Gleeson and Joshua Boyne doing much of the damage.
Gleeson, who is playing first-class cricket at Northampton, took 4-32 and Boyne reeled in 4-22, Chris Baines and Daniel Pile taking the other two.
Fleetwood remain in second place, above Leyland, who had a free weekend.
The Broadwater outfit beat Kendal by three wickets.
Asked to bat first, Kendal were 161 all out, Wesley Fernando scoring 71.
It was a powerful knock, as he hit 14 boundaries.
Mike Clinning claimed three wickets in just 10 balls, Fernando one of his victims.
Fleetwood were 162-7 in reply, Adam Parker scoring 36 and Patrick Ashton 33.
Morecambe were beaten by 100 runs at Netherfield.
The hosts piled on the runs in the first innings, scoring 288-5, New Zealand pro Tom Bruce hitting 118 off 89 balls.
Skipper Josh Dixon hit 63 in Morecambe’s reply and Ryan Pearson 40, the visitors 188 all out.
St Annes beat Darwen by four wickets at Vernon Road, Shadley Van Schalkwyk taking 6-30.