Dixon dazzles as Coppice record crucial victory

Wayne Dixon
Wayne Dixon

White Coppice climbed out the relegation zone in Division One with an impressive 56-run win against leaders Longridge 2nds.

The visitors asked Coppice to bat – and it was a decision they were soon to regret.

Openers Richard Fox and David Robertson laid the foundations with knocks of 23 before Kyle Dixon blasted 91 off 86 balls, with four sixes and 10 fours. Crucially Dixon was dropped on the boundary when he had just 12 to his name.

Captain Tony Moore hit 51 off 38 balls and Wayne Dixon smashed 37 off just 19 balls as Coppice closed on 245-6 – their highest score of the

season.

In reply, Longridge got off to a flier before drizzle forced the players off much to the frustration of both sides.

When the game resumed Rana Javeed (2-25), Wayne Dixon (3-62) and Phil Jackson (5-46) shared out the wickets as Longridge were bowled out for 189 in 38 overs.

Vinny Wilkinson top scored for Longridge with 70 off 47 balls.

Hoghton claimed the derby bragging rights by thrashing Mawdesley by nine wickets.

Batting first, Mawdesley struggled losing early wickets and never really recovered.

Dave Whiteley top scored with 30 and Ian Caunce chipped in with 25 as they were bowled out for 118.

Spinner Matt Parkinson led the way with the ball taking 4-42 and all-rounder Will Monks finished with 3-20 off 14 overs.

Evergreen Darren Eccles top scored for Hoghton with an unbeaten 62 as Phil Hurst’s side chased down the target inside 30 overs.

Croston continued their fine form with a 15-run victory over Torrisholme.

Sam Marsh (69) and Tom Caunce (14) were the only batters to make double figures as Croston were bowled out for just 121.

But a combination of tight bowling in the Lancaster-based oufit’s innings saw them bowled out for 106, the experienced Simon Marsh taking 5-13 off 12.4 overs.

Phil Caunce also took 3-34.

Eccleston continued to move in the right direction up the Division One table with a fine seven-wicket win over Fulwood and Broughton 2nds.

Fulwood elected to bat first but the decision backfired as they were bowled out for 115.

The menacing opening partnership of Stuart White and Peter Cummings took three wickets each before spinner Tom Wilkinson (4-17) came into the attack and showed control mopping up the tail as Eccleston cruised to victory.

Withnell Fold were no match for Premier Division leaders Great Eccleston.

Batting first, Michael Atkinson’s side were bowled out for just 88.

Great Eccleston never looked in trouble in the second half of the game.

And they chased down the total in 24 overs for the loss of three wickets.