Vernon Carus v Penrith
This was the clash of the top two in the Premiership. Penrith won the toss and inserted Vernon’s, who were missing Dunn. They made a steady start . Ellis & Hart bowled with good pace and wickets fell at regular intervals. Ben Duerden (21) and Wes Royle (41) shared a good partnership. Wes was hampered by a pulled hamstring and use of a runner is never easy. Vernon’s reached 173 for 7 from their allotted 45 overs. Jacob Holland stunned the visitors with a wicket off the first ball. But Hart (47) and Jones steadied the ship with a good partnership until Holland again broke through bowling Jones. A recalled Hadley Gerinaert standing in for the missing Joe Allen bowled the dangerous Cameron with a jaffa. Hart continued to 47 before unluckily falling to Geinaerty again. Nick Hodgson batted well to 42 before a couple of late wickets made for a nervous finish With Penrith winning in the 43rd over with 3 wickets in hand. Holland was the pick of the bowlers with 5 for 47.
Barrow v Great Eccleston
With an early start Great Eccleston elected to bat but lost wickets until the two Joe’s Davies (34) & McMillian (39) took the score past a hundred. Richard Booth (36no) saw Gt Eccleston to 177 for 6. Barrow made short work of this total and an unbroken partnership between Greg Reynolds (76no) & Jack Singleton (61no) who saw Barrow home by 8 wickets. Hope Gt Eccleston enjoyed the early finish and they beat the traffic back down the M6 to the Champions League Final.
Croston v Eccleston
This local derby saw Eccleston invited to bat. The top order were not very successful being 5 down with 81 on the board. Jordan Bentham (21) being the only bat to get past twenty. They succumbed at 127 all out, with Joe Barker (5 for 36) and Jon Driver ( 3 for 34) being the pick of the Croston bowlers. The hosts did not find batting easy and were 50 for 5 until a partnership between the experienced former professional Lee Child (44 no) and Man of the Match Joe Barker (22 no) seeing the hosts home by 5 wickets.
Fylde v Penwortham
Penwortham Captain Ashley Billington won the toss and invited the hosts, to bat. Fylde are still missing their Captain Keith Moore. They performed well last week notching their first win of the season however they could not match last week’s heroics. Fylde were quickly bowled out for 68. Star bowlers were Jack Armer with 3 for 17 and the Skipper with 3 for 25. Maji Rajdeep saw Penwortham home with 30no. It would appear to have been a relatively easy 12 points to keep Penwortham in 3rd place.
Thornton Cleveleys v Kirkham & Wesham
The hosts won the toss and elected to bat, star performer of the past few weeks Jon Eade was to fall quickly followed by Ric Blampied. Josh Sackfield (39) and Jake Apperley (46) starting to show some form but bowlers Andy Hogarth (4 for 43) and Antony Wilson (4 for 46) won the duel with Cleveleys finishing on 155 for 8 in their 45 overs. Kirkham started exceptionally well with Stephen Wright (81) and a welcomed first appearance for Michael Brooks (53 no) putting on 150 for the first wicket. Whilst they did then lose 3 wickets they were able to get home comfortably by 7 wickets and with 18 overs to spare.
South Shore v Preston
South Shore won the toss and elected to field. Preston made a solid if unspectacular start with Neil Ashford doing well with the ball (4 for 55 of his 15 overs). Top scorer’s for the visitors were Suhel Patel and Imran Patel (29). Preston scored 179 all out in the 44th over. In reply South Shore made a poor start quickly falling to 25 for 4 before a good stand by Ryan Adderley (22) and experience second team captain Maz Iqbal (42) gave some hope. However once the stand was broken the Shore fell for 120 all out leaving the visitors victors by 59 runs. Pick of the Preston bowlers was Nivazesh Ali with 4 for 19.