Marsden and White the key men in Euxton pointsfest

Oliver Marsden for Euxton
Oliver Marsden for Euxton

Preston White and Oliver Marsden were the Euxton heroes at weekend as the pair played influential roles in sides double victories.

Marsden scored 148 runs over the weekend while overseas amateur White scored 68 runs and claimed 10 scalps.

The Balshaw Park outfit recorded fine victories over Padiham and title-chasers Earby to claim 24 points.

Saturday saw Mark Winrow’s side welcome Padiham to Balshaw Park and the East Lancashire outfit left battered and bruised as the home side recorded a fine 125-run

victory.

White led the way with an excellent 52 off 57 balls and he was well supported by Marsden who hit an unbeaten 68.

Chris Pearson (19), Martin Millward (16) and a valuable 29 from Matthew Johnson saw Euxton post 225-8 off 45 overs.

Padiham had no answer to the bowling of White as he race through their middle order taking 6-49 off 15 overs.

Louis Sweeney chipped in with 2-32 and Londis Lewis 2-13 as Padiham slumped to 100 all out.

Sunday saw Euxton steal the show once again with White and Marsden shining in the sun.

The trip to Earby saw Winrow’s men post a competitive 169 off 45 overs.

Marsden batted the majority of the innings playing shots around the ground and finished unbeaten with 80.

Sam Tolley chipped in with 19 and White 16 for Euxton.

Earby, who have started strongly this season found themselves in an almighty hole at 4-4.

White and Sweeney sharing the wickets early on.

Things went from bad to worse as they were 10-7 and on the brink of an embarrassing defeat.

Skipper Richard Craddock hit 16 before he was bowled by White and Sweeney claimed two more wickets to finish the day with 4-16 off nine overs.

But it was left to the destructive Aussie, White who clean bowled Jake Hargreaves and sealed an emphatic

135-run victory.

n It was a mixed weekend of results for Brinscall as they suffered a heavy defeat against Brinscall but bounced back to winning ways by thrashing Edenfield.

Liam Winstanley’s men felt the full force of the paid ranks as ex-Pakistan international Naeem Ashraf bludgeoned an unbeaten 66.

He was well supported Janaka Gunaratne who hit 70 as Clitheroe posted 280-6 off 45 overs.

Brinscall struggled in their reply yet needed to score quickly throughout the innings. The run rate proved too much and they were bowled out for 102.

Sunday saw Brinscall lose the toss and inserted on a slow pitch.

Overseas amateur Zandre Cloete (19) and Phil Lowe (14) both fell in quick succession.

Skipper Winstanley hit an impressive 42, which included six fours, and he was very well supported by

Sam MacLahlan (20).

Some impressive running in the late stages of the innings saw Winstanley’s team post 144-9 off 45 overs.

Brinscall started strongly with Lee Burgess removing professional Paul Gallagher for a duck.

Burgess (4-14) and new ball partner MacLachlan

2-30) tore through the Edenfield order.

Andrew Whittle replaced MacLachlan in the attack and took 3-16 as Edenfield were bowled out for a mere 61.