Taylor stars with bat and ball for Hoghton

Eccleston batsman Chris Speak in action against Hoghton

Eccleston batsman Chris Speak in action against Hoghton

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With the sun shining on the hottest weekend of the year so far, Hoghton recorded a fine nine-wicket victory over Eccleston in Division One.

Bowling first, Hoghton made early inroads into the Eccleston battling line after the usually consistent Dave Hewson was run out without troubling the scorers.

Lee Heyes, Tom Potter, Spencer Bibby and Josh Pope all fell to the bowling of Andrew Taylor, while Mohamed Banka claimed the wicket of Tom Wilkinson.

Iain Bradley (27) and Chris Speak (22) restored some credibility to the Eccleston score but Banka, Will Monks and James Thexton shared the remaining wickets as Eccleston were bowled out for 89.

Calum Roberts-Aldridge (16) was the only scalp Eccleston could claim as unbeaten knocks from Darren Eccles (31) and Taylor (26) sealed a win inside 27 overs.

White Coppice snatched defeat from the jaws of victory in an exciting game against Mawdesley.

Mawdesley posted an impressive 216-5.

Opener Ben Ward (48 off 98 balls) and Nick Marsden (49 off 61) posted a 94-run partnership for the second wicket.

But both fell short of a half century to the excellent Rana Javeed (4-80). But with wickets in hand, the lower order could afford to swing the bat and Darren Lemarinel (27) and David Whiteley (33 not out) did just that.

Tony Moore (52) and Chris Maguire (39) were the main contributors for Coppice.

But as Moore’s wicket fell at 179-3 with seven overs remaining, the wheels came off and they reached 208-8.

Croston lost by 18 runs against a strong Vernon

Carus 2nd XI.

Jonathan Driver took 4-37 as Vernons were bowled out for 113 off 37.1 overs.

Lee Childs, Simon Marsh and Phil Caunce shared the remaining six wickets with some accurate stuff.

But Croston fell short in their run chase as they had no answer to Ali Shabnan who took 6-19 off 17 overs.

Skipper Childs top scored for Croston with 19 as they were bowled out for 95.

Charnock Richard lost on the coast as Thornton Cleveleys claimed a 38-run victory over Dave Fortune’s men.

Thornton were bowled out for 180 in the 45th over with Fortune claiming 6-15 off 17 overs.

In reply Mark Richardson (55) ,Ross Demming (38) and Rob Gardner (24) all got in but they were bowled out for 142.