A tough baptism to Premier Division life

Croston's Simon Marsh

Croston's Simon Marsh

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It was a disappointing start to the Premier Division season for newly-promoted Croston and Hoghton as both sides slipped to opening-day losses.

Croston, who were without key all-rounder Sam Marsh, batted first against Fylde coast outfit Thornton Cleveleys.

But Simon Marsh (34) and skipper Lee Childs (21) were the only two batsmen to offer any resistance for the hosts, as they were bowled out for a lowly 111.

To their credit, Croston battled away after tea and Thornton were reduced to 19-3, with Stephen Langton taking all three wickets.

But a stubborn knock of 53 not out from opening batsmen Taylor Cornall eventually saw the visitors chase down the target in the 35th over.

Langton finished with figures of 3-23.

It was a day to forget for Phil Hurst’s Hoghton as they were bowled out for a measly 61 against Freckleton.

Michael Parkinson took the only wicket as Freckleton chased down the target inside 20 overs.

Mawdesley and Eccleston made winning starts to the Division One season as they comfortably defeated Norcross and Wrea Green.

Neil O’Malley took 4-52 as Mawdesley restricted Norcross to 140-8.

Chris Gibirdi and promising all-rounder Nathan Trengove also took a wicket each.

In reply, it was Trengove who showed quality with the bat as he scored a flashy unbeaten 46.

Skipper Matthew Watkinson hit 33 as Mawdesley chased the total with more than five overs to spare.

Thomas Wilkinson was Eccleston’s hero, scoring a half-century and took five wickets in a win over Wrea Green.

Wilkinson scored 53 while fellow opening batter Tom Potter 64, as the visitors posted 219-9 off 45 overs.

Wrea Green were never in the run chase as they were skittled out for just 80.

Wilkinson was the stand-out bowler taking 5-17, while Dan Flanagan (2-9) and Stu White (1-19) also took wickets.

White Coppice went down by four wickets at Torrisholme, paying the price for losing three wickets in one Graham Lee over when captain Tony Moore, Phil Jackson and Wayne Dixon perished as they slipped to 62-9 and an early finish looked on the cards.

However Graham Hardyman (11 not out) and debutant Raja Farhan (17) shared a last-wicket partnership of 31 to take the score to 93 all out.

Torrisholme’s reply got off to a terrible start when they lost their first three wickets without getting a single run.

However a match-winning knock of 42 by Daniel Woods was crucial to guide his team to a four-wicket win. Wayne Dixon took 4-28.

Withnell Fold lost by eight wickets against Kirkham and Wesham. Fold were bowled out for 120 and Kirkham chased the total with ease losing just two wickets.