Euxton celebrating after White-hot performance

Euxton CC overseas amateur Preston White.
Euxton CC overseas amateur Preston White.

Destructive Aussie Preston White was once again the Euxton hero as Mark Winrow’s side bounced back to winning ways in style.

The Balshaw Park outfit made the short trip to Salesbury and thrashed their mid-table opponents by seven wickets.

Overseas amateur White was the star of the show taking eight wickets before scoring an impressive half-century.

Electing to bowl, Euxton enjoyed a great start possible as the hosts were reduced to 23-4.

White taking three of the four wickets including that of Salesbury professional Sustantha Pradeep for a first-ball duck.

Louis Sweeney removed stubborn opener Aneeq Hassan before Salesbury recovered taking the score past 50.

But the recovery didn’t last long as White was back in the wickets, running through the lower order.

Oliver Marsden chipped in with a wicket too, taking a caught and bowled to claim the scalp of top scorer Zeshan Shauket for 31.

White took the final two wickets of the innings and finished with outstanding figures of 8-37 off 18 overs.

Euxton didn’t have the greatest of starts, losing both Nick Dunn and Marsden cheaply.

But an impressive third-wicket partnership between White and Sam Tolley steadied the ship.

Tolley hit an unbeaten 33, anchoring the innings at the top of the order.

White smashed the ball to all parts of the scoring before departing on 57.

His knock included 10 fours and one six.

Skipper Winrow (9*) and Tolley then guided the side home to claim a crucial win.

n Brinscall had a day to forget as the glorious sunshine didn’t mean a glorious performance.

Liam Winstanley won the toss – but after an hour’s play batting first was a decision he was made to regret.

Phil Lowe was removed second ball of the innings by Richard Craddock and overseas amateur Zandre Cloete was caught by Earby’s paid man Dave Crotty.

The wickets continued to tumble and Brinscall found themselves at 18-5.

James McVitie (26) and Andrew Whittle (32) added valuable runs at the bottom of the order.

But Brinscall simply couldn’t handle the bowling of Craddock.

The Earby seamer ended the day with figures of 6-36 off 12 overs.

In reply, Lee Burgess trapped Sean Walton LBW for zero and Ian Chaplin had Matt Wilson caught soon after.

Burgess then took his second wicket removing Matthew Haines, before Martin Jackson took a simple caught and bowled to send Crotty back to the pavilion.

Craddock and Danny Kegg built a partnership and the former scored quickly, bullying the Brinscall attack.

Skipper Craddock saw his side home while unbeaten on 43 off 25 deliveries, and Kegg was not out on 21.

n This Saturday, Brinscall have a home tie against Oswaldtwistle Immanuel and Euxton welcome Read.