Sam’s the man to provide Brinscall a derby victory

Photo: David Hurst'Brinscall CC V Euxton CC at Brinscall Cricket Club.''Euxton's Oliver Marsden bowls to Ian Chaplin

Photo: David Hurst'Brinscall CC V Euxton CC at Brinscall Cricket Club.''Euxton's Oliver Marsden bowls to Ian Chaplin

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Six wickets from Sam MacLachlan and a maiden league half-century from Zandre Cloete gave Brinscall the derby-day honours over Euxton.

MacLachlan took 6-83 and overseas amateur Cloete top scored with 71 as Brinscall secured the double over the Balshaw Park outfit.

Stand-in Euxton skipper Preston White won the toss and inserted Brinscall on a green-topped wicket.

Stuart Parker and Phil Lowe started solidly against White and Louis Sweeney.

Parker was the aggressor against Sweeney which forced White to switch ends and introduce Oliver Marsden into the attack from the Football Field End.

Lowe (15) was then caught behind and he was quickly followed by Winstanley (0) lbw, both to White.

Marsden then removed MacLachlan bowled as Brinscall went from 34-0 to 42-3.

Cloete came to the crease and after a nervy start, his confidence grew nudging singles around the ground.

Marsden (4-80) then removed Parker (44) and Steve Hawke before Paul Chaplin (36) and Cloete started to up the rate.

Cloete brought up his half-century with a four through mid-wicket much to the delight of the crowd.

He eventually fell with two overs to go as White ran through the lower order to finish with figures of 5-94.

Euxton’s reply started strongly, with Chris Pearson (16) and Sam Tolley (30) putting on 50.

But both openers then fell in quick succession and the onus was on White and Marsden to help up the run rate.

The pair played well together with White hitting

MacLachlan into the road three times to really signal his intent.

But then the reply faltered, as White fell to an excellent catch by Andrew Whittle at square leg off Lee Burgess

(4-90) for an excellent 44.

Marsden was then left in limbo, unable to find the boundary while MacLachlan began to set about the Euxton middle order with some accurate bowling, and Burgess was proving just as nagging at the other end.

Dan Rigby hit a quickfire 19 but the total proved to be too much and on the final ball of the match, MacLachlan bowled Jimmy Hill to seal two additional bonus points.

Burgess and MacLachlan have now taken 100 wickets between them this season.