Eccles drags Hoghton out of relegation

Hoghton all rounder Will Monks
Hoghton all rounder Will Monks
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Hoghton climbed out of the relegation zone in the Palace Shield Premier Division after a convincing victory over Torrisholme.

After being asked to bat, Hoghton took advantage as Geeth Malinda and Darren Eccles got them off to an excellent start.

Malinda scored a quick fire 25 before being caught out.

Andy Taylor and Neil Eccles both fell cheaply, but the star of the innings was Darren Eccles who hit an excellent 65.

Eccles has been in fine form recently along with

all -rounder Will Monks, who hit a valuable 28 as Hoghton closed the innings on 170 off their 45 overs.

The Torrisholme reply got off to an awful start as Rob Bolton bowled tightly claiming two wickets.

All-rounder Taylor claimed a wicket the Torrisholme batsmen on the ropes.

The opposition staged a comeback with a middle order partnership but spinner Matt Parkinson and all rounder Monks ensured Hoghton wouldn’t have any problems.

Parkinson (3-30) bowled excellently and showed his value to the side along with Monks (4-25) as Torrisholme collapsed to 114 all out and giving Hoghton a valuable 12 points.

n Withnell Fold got back to winning ways in Division One after a 69-run victory over Mawdesley.

Fold posted 138 off 45 overs, with Josh Cunliffe hitting an excellent 78. And it was the Cunliffe show with the ball as he claiming 6-34 as Mawdesley were bowled out for 69. Mick Atkinson took 3-30.

n Wayne Dixon was the star of the show for White Coppice as they tied against South Shore.

Batting first Coppice posted 161-9 off 45 overs.

Openers Keiran Crompton(38) and Phil Jackson (30) posted 54 for the first wicket but the rest of the Coppice batsmen failed to pass 20.

But Wayne Dixon was the star of the show with the ball claiming 7-42 off 22 overs.

The game went to the final over and Dixon the star with the ball rounded off the innings with a run out and the scores were tied.

n Eccleston secured a convincing four-wicket victory over Kirkham and Wesham.

Peter Cummings did the damage claiming 5-34 off 16 overs as Kirkham were bowled out for 126 off 43.4 overs.

Cummings has now taken more than 50 wickets this season in Division Two and has been a vital part of the Eccleston bowling attack.

The run chase started steadily with openers Dave Hewson and skipper Lee Heyes hitting 24 and 26 respectively.

But both openers fell in quick succession and wickets began to tumble, but Matt Ashcroft chipped in with 21 but Josh Pope hit a mature 35 not out to seal the win.