Sloppy Coppice set for relegation battle

Croston's Simon Marsh

Croston's Simon Marsh

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White Coppice stay in the Division One relegation zone after a disappointing performance in a rain-reduced game against current champions Longridge seconds.

The game finally started at 4pm but John Simpson (64 off 43 balls) punished some loose bowling and poor fielding to take his team to 91-2, which ultimately was crucial.

Wayne Dixon (4-67) and debutant Marcus Eaton (4-59) fought back and shared the wickets as Longridge finished on 158-8 but six dropped chances proved to be Coppice’s downfall.

White Coppice made a slow but solid start against some probing bowling but they could never get ahead of the run-rate.

Harry Bates hit his highest score of the season with 33 but the middle order had too much to do and ultimately White Coppice had to settle for three bonus points.

Eccleston moved up to third in the table as they thrashed Norcross by 87 runs.

It was an all-round performance from Tom Wilkinson that saw Eccleston take the points.

He first scored 52 in Eccleston’s score of 180-7.

Jamie Maitland and Tom Potter both chipped in with 37.

In reply, Wilkinson took 3-15 off eight overs as Norcross were bowled out for 93.

Dec Tracey, Matt Ashcroft and Daniel Flannagan also took two wickets each.

Mawdesley defeated Wrea Green by 50 runs.

Alex Berry hit 49 and Chris Gibirdi scored 44 as Mawdesley were bowled out for 187.

Neil O’Malley was the stand out bowler taking 6-48 as Wrea Green were bowled out for 137.

Withnell Fold were three wicket winners against Fulwood and Broughton seconds.

In the Premier Division, Hoghton run of three wins came to an end at Garstang.

Darren Eccles (41), Mohmed Banka (38) and Tousif Patel (10) were the only players to make it into double figures as Hoghton were bowled out for 113.

In reply, Patel took two wickets but Garstang chased the total with ease.

Croston were defeated by nine wickets against Vernon Carus.

Simon Marsh scored 56 in Croston’s 117-9 before claiming the only wicket as Vernon’s strolled to the total.