All Saturday’s matches in the top two divisions of the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield resulted in home wins except the fixture between Norcross and Rufford, which fell victim to a wet outfield. Longridge are the only team with a 100 per cent record four games into the premier division season.
South Shore recorded their first win after dismissing New Longton for 79, while Great Eccleston defeated Thornton Cleveleys to leapfrog them for sixth spot.
Standish lead division 1A but then Fylde coast clubs occupy the rest of the top four, with Fylde still unbeaten after a close encounter with Hoghton. Third and fourth spots go to Freckleton and Kirkham and Wesham, for whom Stephen Wright scored 132 from 117 balls against BAC-EE Preston.
There were victories on Sundayfor all three Fylde coast clubs involved in the preliminary round of the Meyler Cup.
Premier Division: Croston (246-3) beat Torrisholme (150) by 96 runs, Eccleston (112-7) beat Vernon Carus (111-9) by three wickets, Great Eccleston (162-9, ) beat Thornton Cleveleys (160-9) by one wicket, Kendal (91-1) beat Lancaster (90) by nine wickets, Longridge (133) beat Penwortham (58) by 75 runs, South Shore (83-6, N Bolus 47no, C Hadfield 3-10) beat New Longton (79, N Bolus 4-16, T Davis 3-21) by four wickets.
Division 1A: Freckleton (128-1, J Goodin 37, E Fiddler 36no, H Fiddler 35no) beat Grimsargh (126-9) by nine wickets, Fylde (149-9, B Anderson 39, P Richardson 4-43) beat Hoghton (138-8, P Hirst 70, A Arbrar 3-37) by 11 runs, Kirkham and Wesham (272-8, S Wright 132, J Thomas 5-81) beat BAC-EE Preston (169, T Wilcock 63, A Wilson 7-44) by 103 runs, Mawdesley (128-4) beat Withnell Fold (126-8) by six wickets, Standish (82-0) beat Tarleton (78) by 10 wickets.
Meyler Cup: Grimsargh (166-8, M Hitchen 77, J Holland 3-22) lost to Freckleton (172-9, F Street 58) by one wicket, Hoghton (143) lost to Kendal (219) by 76 runs, Mawdesley (96) lost to Thornton Cleveleys (159-4) by 63 runs, South Shore (158-7, A Mehmood 36) beat Lancaster (127-9, C Swarbrick 47) by 31 runs, Withnell Fold (212-8) lost to New Longton (229-6) by 17 runs
Eccleston’s run at an end
In the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division Eccleston suffered their first defeat of the campaign – as Penwortham’s Ashley Billington exposed their battling frailties.
The opening bowler took 6-29 as the visitors were dismissed for 87 off 28.5 overs. Only Thomas Wilkinson had any sort of success with the bat, scoring 29.
In reply, Penwortham did not have things all their own way, losing six wickets but an unbeaten 25 from Ed Duckworth secured their victory.
Croston enjoyed a comfortable 52-run away win over New Longton at Chapel Lane.
In Division 1A Hoghton beat Norcross by 158 runs.
Paul Richardson’s 91 and Aaran Eccles’ 92 helped them on their way to a commanding 241-6 total batting first.
Then Matt Parkinson’s five wicket haul stopped any hopes of a chase as they skittled Norcross out for 83.
Rufford lost to Freckleton by 16 runs. Freckleton posted 162-8 batting first but despite openers Rob Kenny (35) and Gregg Ashcroft (43) making starts they just fell short, all out for 146.
Mawdesley also lost to Tarleton by 59 runs.
Matthew Watkinson and Darren Lemarinel picked up three wickets each as they bowled Tarleton out for 146. Watkinson was the hero with the bat too, the number four was left at the wicket when the final man fell.
He was the only Mawedsley player to hit double figures, finishing on 34 as Mawdesley fell for 87. Withnell Fold lost by six wickets to Kirkham and Wesham.
Double disappointment as Lancaster lose twice
It was a disappointing weekend for Lancaster Cricket Club after suffering two defeats. On Saturday, the Lune Road side were in Palace Shield Premier Division action at Kendal, before taking on South Shore in the Meyler Cup on Sunday.
At Kendal, Lancaster captain Iain Perrieman won the toss and elected to bat first, but his team could only muster 90 runs before being bowled out. Joseph Hills (7) and Steven Fisher (2) opened but did not last long, the former fell to Toby Tyson (3-23) while the latter was run out.
Charlie Swarbrick (10) reached double figures before being bowled by Chris Miller (3-21), and Laurie Atkinson became Saeed Bariwala’s (2-21) first victim of the day, Matthew Park taking the catch. Kieran Moffat was Lancaster’s top run scorer with 28 but he was bowled by Miller, and Faizan Khan (11) fell to Park (1-21) as the visitors struggled to make an impact.
Perrieman (1) was caught and bowled by Miller, James Davies managed just four runs before being bowled by Bariwala, while Ben Simm (8) and Lee Sparks (1) both fell to Tyson as Lancaster were all out for 90 in 43.3 overs. Kendal had few problems reaching their target, openers Lachlan Stewart (24no) and Bariwala (39) got them off to a great start although Simm (1-13) struck to remove the latter with the help of Steven Fisher.
It made little difference to the outcome though as Stewart and Edward Price (13no) helped Kendal the 91-1 in just 32.3 overs to claim 12 points.
Lancaster were back in action on Sunday at South Shore but they were beaten once more, this time losing by 31 runs. Lancaster captain, Luke Phillips, won the toss and decided to field first, and it looked to be a good decision as Coady Scott (2-8) struck twice early on to remove Daniel Jardine (4) and captain Ryan Adderley (1), Lee Sparks taking catches for both wickets. Simm (2-37) also got in on the act, first getting rid of Luke Jardine (27), Liam Moffat taking the catch, and then Maqsood Burondkar (6), Kieran Moffat catching well in the field.
Amjad Mehmood was South Shore’s leading run scorer with 36, he eventually fell to Kieran Moffat (2-21), while Maz Iqbal managed a knock of 11 before being bowled by Liam Moffat (1-34). Craig Nettleton (2) became Kieran Moffat’s second victim of the day, trapped in front as the home team finished on 158-7 from their 40 overs.
In reply, Lancaster’s openers Sandy Richards (7) and Perrieman (1) struggled to get things going, although Charlie Swarbrick (47) did accelerate the run rate at three, he just fell short of his half century when he was bowled by Mehmood (2-19). Kieran Moffat (7) was caught by Daniel Jardine off the bowling of Neil Ashford (2-23) although Simm did manage 14 before being run out. Scott (8) failed to make double figures, Hassan Pazeer (2-36) taking the wicket with the help of Luke Jardine, and Mehmood struck again to remove Lewis McGinley for a duck. Lee Sparks reached 16 but was bowled by Maz Iqbal (1-4) and Liam Moffat could only manage six before being caught by Craig Nettleton off Pazeer as Lancaster finished on 127-9.
Torrisholme fall short of target at Croston
Torrisholme lost by 96 runs away at Croston on Saturday in the Palace Shield Premier Division. Croston captain Jonathan Driver won the toss and elected to bat first and the home side went on to post an excellent total of 246-3. Adam Sexton (17) was stumped by James Cookson off Daniel Woods (1-59) and Cookson also took a wicket when he removed Stephen Langton (25). Ian Dickinson (70) impressed for the home side but he was eventually run out, while Sam Marsh (106) took centre stage.
It was always going to be a big ask for Torrisholme to reach their target and they fell well short, being bowled out for 150. Opener Jack Heap (42) got Torrisholme off to a good start before being caught by Sam Marsh off Lee Childs (4-45), while Aaron Tinker (19), Bryson Little (25), Rhaul Gupta (21) and Neil Jordan (11) also reached double figures. However, the rest of the order failed to offer any real support as Croston picked up 12 points in what was a comprehensive victory. Callum Mcilveen (4-38), Jonathan Driver (1-43) and Jack Marsh (1-20) all impressed with the ball for Croston.