There was no hangover from last week’s promotion celebrations as Croston kept up their fine Division One form with a derby win at Mawdesley.
And Sam Marsh was very much the star of the show as he hit 25 with the bat then chalked up a splendid six-wicket haul to help his top-tier bound side to a thrilling 13 run win.
Skipper Lee Childs top scored with 41 as Croston edged to 115 all out in difficult conditions with Neil O’Malley taking five for 24.
Then Marsh took over as Mawdesley were shot out for 102, only skipper Matthew Watkinson offering any real resistance as he made a
Hoghton will join Croston in the Premier Division next season as they clinched promotion themselves with a convincing win at Norcross.
Phil Hurst’s boys regained their top tier slot in style as they cruised to a 74-run triumph.
The skipper led from the front with 74 of his side’s 188-5, then Michael Parkinson took three wickets as Norcross were bundled out for just 114 as Hoghton regained the Premier Division slot they lost a year ago.
The result meant Eccleston’s 10-wicket win at Penwortham 2nds was in vain.
Stuart White took four wickets and Tom Wilkinson three as the home side were dismissed for just 96, then Wilkinson slammed an unbeaten 73 as he and fellow opener Tom Potter saw their side home.
White Coppice gave champions’ elect Vernon Carus 2nds a few scares before going down by five wickets.
Back-to-back wins had averted the threat of relegation ahead of Coppice’s final home game of the season but the match proved as damp a squib as the weather.
Batting first on a lively wicket Tony Moore’s team never to got to grips with the damp conditions and were bundled out for 82.
Wayne Dixon top scored with 20, while Chris Maguire, Harry Bates and Moore got to double figures without making a significant contribution.
Vernon’s reply was faltering at 40-5 with Wayne and Kyle Dixon grabbing two wickets a piece but a fifth wicket partnership of 46 runs saw them to a vital win.
White Coppice 2nds need a miracle to avoid relegation from Division Four after going down by 39 runs against Vernon Carus 4ths.
A five-wicket haul by the veteran Mark Fishwick was to no avail.