White Coppice earn welcome league win

White Coppice's Marcus Eaton
White Coppice's Marcus Eaton

White Coppice picked up only their third win of the season after a much-needed 17-run over Fulwood and Broughton seconnds in Divison One of the Palace Shield.

A 140-run partnership between Rana Javeed (71) and Chris Maguire (53) and a five-wicket haul by Marcus Eaton were the key moments in the game.

Not for the first time this season, Coppice made a poor start and were quickly 12-3. Matt Smith and the belligerent Wayne Dixon shared a crucial partnership of 60 but at 85-6 it looked gloomy.

However Maguire and Javeed changed the momentum of the game with Javeed being particularly brutal with five sixes and six fours in his score of 71.

At one point captain Tony Moore was thinking about declaring to give his bowlers as much time as possible but the loss of the last four wickets for two runs took the decision out of his hands.

At 81-5 Fulwood and Broughton looked out of it but their wicketkeeper batsman Chris Ward had other ideas and blasted a quick-fire 84. At 195-7 his team were favourites but their hopes disappeared when he holed out to long-off.

Eaton ended up with figures of 5-38 and Wayne Dixon took 3-54 to secure the 12 points.

The win was crucial as relegation rivals Kirkham and Wesham and Wrea Green also won.

Eccleston slipped to a surprise defeat against relegation candidates Kirkham and Wesham.

Kirkham posted 177-9 off their allocated overs.

Tom Wilkinson, Iain Bradley and Stu White each claimed a brace of wickets.

Despite a half century from Jamie Maitland and 43 from Wilkinson, Eccleston were bowled out for 152.

Inconsistent Withnell Fold were beaten by four runs against lowly Wrea Green.

Josh Cunliffe, Rhendan Pillay and Khalid Valimulla took two wickets each as Wrea Green posted 189-8 off their overs.

Cunliffe top scored with 63, whilst Alan Grogan and Valimulla both chipped in but the Fold fell short in their run chase.

Whittingham and Goosnargh were worthy 70-run winners against Mawdesley.

Darren Lemarinel and Neil O’Malley shared seven wickets as Whittingham hit a bumper score of 206-9.

Only Matthew Watkinson (67) and Nathan Trengove (20) made it into double figures as Mawdesley were bowled out for 136.

There was yet more Premier Division misery for Croston and Hoghton as both sides slipped to defeats.

Both teams were promoted at the start of the season and have only mustered five wins between them.

Defeat at the weekend saw Croston slip to the bottom of the table whilst Hoghton are only 10 points above the relegation zone.

Lee Childs’ Croston made the trip to Great Eccleston and in truth, the title challengers were too good on the day.

Great Ecc amassed 275-5 off their 45 overs.

Mohammed Nadeem top scored for the hosts with a magnficent 102.

It was a tough day for Croston’s five bowlers as a number of them proved to be expensive.

Simon Marsh, Childs, and Jonny Driver were the wicket takers.

Opener Marsh top scored for Croston with 61.

Sam Marsh and Stephen Langton both scored 33 but the chase proved to be too much as Croston were bowled out for 210.

Woeful Hoghton were thrashed by 185-runs against reigning champions Vernon Carus.

Vernons posted a huge total of 264-7 off their allocated overs.

Spinner Matt Parkinson took 3-53 whilst Josh Holland claimed 2-54.

Andrew Stuart Taylor (32) and Calum Roberts-Aldridge (23) were the only batsmen to make it into double figures as Hoghton were bowled out for just 79 in 23.1 overs.