Premier Division life proving to be tough

Hoghton skipper Phil Hurst
Hoghton skipper Phil Hurst

Palace Shield Premier Division life is continuing to be tough for Croston and Hoghton as both sides were beaten once again.

Croston are currently rock bottom whilst Hoghton sit one place outside the relegation places.

At the weekend, both sides struggled in their respected fixtures.

Lee Childs’ Croston were beaten by 77-runs against title challengers Freckleton.

Bowling first, Childs claimed 5-20 off 15 overs as Freck closed on 175-5.

The Croston innings was a struggle as three batsmen made it into double figures.

Sam Marsh scored 32 whilst Adam Sexton hit 14 and Childs made his way to 10.

Croston were eventually bowled out for 98.

Hoghton were beaten by seven wickets against Thornton Cleveleys.

Captain Phil Hurst top scored with 49 as Hoghton posted 155-9 off their allocated overs.

Opener Darren Eccles hit 40.

Will Monks (2-37) and Tousif Patel (1-40) were the wicket takers in the Thornton innings but the hosts reached their target with three overs to spare.

In Division One, White Coppice slipped back into the relegation zone after a thumping 170-run defeat to high-flying Whittingam & Goosnargh.

Whittingham turned it on against Coppice to post 318-5 despite losing a wicket off the first ball of the match through a run-out.

Opener Mohmed Gajariya, hit a brilliant excellent 138.

Marcus Eaton and Harry Bates took two wickets apiece.

Matt Smith top scored in White Coppice’s reply with 35 but his team slipped to 148 all out.

Title challengers Eccleston continued their promotion push, thrashing Fulwood and Broughton seconds by 114-runs.

An all-round performance from Tom Wilkinson was the highlight of the game.

Wilkinson scored 63 as Eccleston posted 206-6.He then took 4-7 off 5.2 overs as Fulwood were bowled out for 92.

Mawdesley were beaten by 17-runs against Kirkham and Wesham.

Martin Williams scored an unbeaten 99.

Norcross inflicted a 65-run defeat on Withnell Fold.