White Coppice turned the form book on its head on Saturday with a 56-run win against high-flying Hoghton in Division One.
The visitors opted to bat first and quickly lost both openers to be reduced to 12-2.
Kyle Dixon (51) and Chris Maguire (23) shared a pivotal 86-run partnership for the third wicket before in-form Dixon gloved a lifter from Will Monks to be caught behind immediately after reaching his half century.
Tireless Monks finished with 5-61 but a responsible innings of 36 not out by skipper Tony Moore guided his team to a competitive 165-7 off their 45 overs.
Hoghton’s reply got off to the worst possible start when opener Calum Roberts-Aldridge was caught at first slip off his first ball – completing a golden pair in his two matches against White Coppice this season.
But the crucial dismissal was that of his fellow opener Darren Eccles, who was leg before for 19 as the home team slipped to 29-4.
Captain Phil Hurst (29) and Andrew Taylor (21) shared a fifth-wicket stand of 51 but the skipper was caught and bowled by Kyle Dixon on the cusp of the drinks break to signal a batting collapse.
Dixon finished with 4-20 while his brother Wayne ended up with 3-40. Phil Jackson also chipped in with 2-37.
Lee Child’s Croston continue their promotion push after an 89-run victory over Penwortham seconds.
Childs (63) and Marsh (64) gave Croston the perfect
Stephen Langton scored an unbeaten 50 as Croston posted an excellent 214-2 off 45 overs.
Jonathan Driver (4-25) led from the front running through the Penwortham batting order, and he was well supported by Phil Caunce (3-30) as Penwortham were bowled out for 125.
Eccleston thrashed derby rivals Mawdesley by eight wickets.
Darren LeMarinel’s 55 was the highlight of the Mawdesley innings, while Iain Bradley took 4-28 as Mawdesley were bowled out for 90.
Dec Tracey (2-8), Pete Cummings (1-31) and Thomas Wilkinson (2-17) also took wickets.
Wicketkeeper batsman Dave Hewson scored an unbeaten 56 for Eccleston as they chased the total in 17.4 overs.
Nathan Trengrove and Alex Berry shared a wicket each.
Charnock Richard slumped to another defeat and now sit bottom of Division Two.
This week’s victors were Gregson Lane who were bowled out for 163 off 43.1 overs.
Charnock skipper Dave Fortune took seven wickets.
The Charnock reply never really got going as they were bowled out for 101.
Michael Atkinson’s Withnell Fold were defeated once again in the Premier Division losing by eight wickets against Fylde.
Skipper Atkinson hit 67 and he was well supported by father Michael Atkinson Snr who scored an unbeaten 29 and Sabbir Patel who hit 24 as Fold posted 150-6 off 45 overs.
Graham Thompson was once again the wickets taking 2-44 off his eight overs but that was the best it got for Fold.
Paul Willis hit 58 and Michael Watkinson scored 35.
Paul Hogarth finished unbeaten on 48 as Fylde chase down the total in 34.4 overs.
Whittle-le-Woods edged out Longridge.
Whittle were bowled for 113 with Paul Evans top scoring with 32.
In the reply, Stuart Barnish took 4-35 off 12 overs and he was well supported by Faruk Chabdu (2-13) and Alex Proctor (2-20) as Longridge were bowled out for 91.
n Chorley St James beat Goose Green by 45 runs in the Southport and District League.
St James posted 207-9, as Rob Wood top scored with 95. Paul McNally Jnr added 50.
In reply, Goose Green closed on 162-8.
Paul McNally Snr (3-43), Dave Bath (3-56) and Steve McNally (1-20) were the wicket-takers.