In-form Frankie continues Euxton’s promotion push

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Euxton extended their lead at the top of Section B to 11 points with quick-fire victory over Brooksbottom.

The hosts beat Brooksbottom by four wickets in a match of only 160 runs at Balshaw Park.

Francois Haasbroek took 4-18 from 11 overs as Brox were all out in 29.2 overs.

Andrew Winrow’s side made hard work of their chase as they were reduced to 13-3, all the wickets were taken by Mohsan Iqbal.

But Haasbroek’s 28 steadied the ship and they got home with nearly 17 overs in hand.

Brinscall were left frustrated as they slipped to a 29-run defeat away at Whalley.

Liam Winstanley’s side were in pole position as Whalley looked down and out at 32-7.

But the Whalley tail certainly wagged as they were eventually bowled out for 149.

Chasing more than expected, two run-outs cost Brinscall and they were bowled out for 120, 29 runs short of their target.

Euxton’s victory over Brooksbottom was their fifth in six fixtures.

Brox won the toss and elected to bat and they were soon made to regret their decision.

Haasbroek’s excellent spell of seam bowling saw Brox reduced to 42-5.

With the top order back in the pavilion, Louis Sweeney (2-11) and Matt Dawson (2-4) joined the party as the visitors continued to struggle.

Chris Pearson and Oliver Marsden took a wicket each before Brox were bowled out for 79.

The chase should have been a comfortable one until Iqbal removed Winrow, Nick Dunn and Marsden.

Haasbroek (28) and Pearson (19) took Euxton close to the total and it was left to Mark Winrow (9*) and Matthew Johnson (8*) to seal an Euxton victory.

Inconsistency is proving to be a thorn in Brinscall’s side as Whalley scraped through to claim the points.

Lee Burgess took 6-29 but it was Richard Palmer’s 70 that frustrated the Villagers.

Palmer put on 71 for the last wicket as Whalley were bowled out for 149.

Brinscall’s innings never got going as several batsmen failed to build on useful starts.

Stu Parker (17) and overseas amateur Lehann Van Rensburg (11) both looked good until they were run out as Brinscall were bowled out for 120.

On Saturday, Brinscall host Salesbury whilst Euxton travel to Cherry Tree, both games start at 1.30pm.