Defeat sees Euxton in relegation zone

Oliver Marsden for Euxton

Oliver Marsden for Euxton

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An agonizing defeat for Euxton has left them in the relegation zone of the Houldsworth Ribblesdale League.

Batting first on an excellent wicket against Great Harwood, Euxton posted a mammoth 255-7 off 45 overs.

Euxton lost Andy Winrow early on, but the early setback didn’t effect the Balshaw Lane outfit as Oliver Marsden and Nick Dunn both hit numerous boundaries to all areas of the park.

Marsden hit 38 off 45 balls including five fours.

When Marsden fell, professional Uli Van Duyker continued to accelerate the score as he smashed 32 off 46 balls.

But Van Duyker and Dunn failed to convert there excellent starts and as Mark Winrow fell cheaply it was left to Craig Millward to take the Euxton score passed 200.

Millward playing excellent shots all around the ground and hit 87 off 69 balls, including 10 fours and two sixes.

Youngster Chris Pearson supported Millward as he scored 22 and Euxton posted an excellent 255-7.

Skipper Mark Winrow opened the bowling with Marsden and Van Duyker and Marsden struck instantly removing opener Ian Haworth for a duck.

Van Duyker showed his overseas class as he destroyed the Great Harwood batting order, taking 7-93.

But as wickets fell Euxton struggled to contain Great Harwood professional Tian Cloete.

Cloete smashed 114 off 113 and Euxton struggled to contain the overseas.

Van Duyker finally removed Cloete, but the damage had been and he edged Great Harwood to an unlikely win.

But the tides turned in Euxton’s favour as Van Duyker continued to bowl well and Andrew Emmerton also claimed a wicket.

The final over saw Euxton needing one wicket, but Great Harwood scampered over the line to snatch the victory.

n In the Houldsworth Ribblesdale League Division One, Brinscall slipped to a surprise defeat against Ribblesdale Wanderers 2nd XI.

Brinscall bowled tightly without giving much away as Ribblesdale were bowled out for 131.

Adam Bolton the pick of the Brinscall bowlers as he took 5-15. Lee Burgess, Andrew Whittle and Ian Chaplin all chipped in with wickets in a fine bowling display.

But the reliable batting order for Brinscall finally came unstuck as they were bowled out for 129.

In a game that Brinscall really should have claimed victory, Burgess and Chaplin hit 27 and 25 respectively but the Brinscall batsmen failed to stay with them and left them to a shock defeat.

Brinscall still hold a convincing lead at the top of the league with promotion in site.