Thornton Cleveleys’ total of 68 was enough for a 20-run victory at Lancaster but not enough to stave off premier division relegation on the final weekend of the Palace Shield season. Lancaster’s loss meant Kendal secured second place and a possible immediate return to the Northern League with an emphatic win over Great Eccleston.
South Shore could not spoil champions Longridge’s party but are the Fylde coast’s highest-placed Shield finishers in seventh.
Fylde will join them in the premier division next season but not as division 1A champions, having lost their title decider with Standish.
Freckleton missed out on promotion but sealed third spot with a derby win over Kirkham and Wesham.
Norcross secured their second tier status in nailbiting style with a two-run victory over Mawdesley. The win lifted Norcross out of the bottom two, though only one team will be relegated, Whittle and Clayton-le-Woods replacing BAC/EE Preston.
Northern League champions Blackpool celebrated a title double as their second XI clinched Palace Shield 1B with a 79-run win over Morecambe 2, opener Tomas King scoring 65 in Blackpool’s 200-8. As in the Northern League, Blackpool got the better of Netherfield by seven points, while Fleetwood 2 finished third.
Moore and Smalley Palace Shield premier division: Eccleston 95 lost to Croston 96-3 by seven wickets, Kendal 206-6 (R Shepherd 63no, B Phillips 45) beat Great Eccleston 71 (T Tyson 5-16, C Miller 4-24 ) by 135 runs, Lancaster 48 lost to Thornton Cleveleys 68 by 20 runs, Longridge 181-4 (J Whitehead 55no) beat South Shore 178-6 (N Bolus 66,D Wilson 3-52) by six wickets, Vernon Carus 280-3 beat Torrisholme 115 by 165 runs, Penwortham v New Longton cancelled.
Division 1A: Freckleton 139 (A Hogarth 40, J Hogarth 4-31) beat Kirkham and Wesham 110-6 (A Harrison 37, J Holland 3-36) by 29 runs, Fylde 103 (Z Khan 5-21) lost to Standish 151-4 (U Kushnood 69) by 48 runs, Grimargh 156 beat BAC/EE Preston 68 by 88 runs, Hoghton 97-1 beat Tarleton 96 by nine wickets, Norcross 138 (I Green 43) beat Mawdesley 136 (P Caunce 44, D Harris 5-28) by two runs, Rufford 72-3 beat Withnell Fold 69 by seven wickets.