Hoghton collapse in bid for their first win

Stu Taylor bowling
Stu Taylor bowling

Phil Hurst’s Hoghton side continue to find results hard to come by in the top flight of the Palace Shield Competition.

The Smithy Brow side are still hunting for their opening win of the campaign after their promotion to the Premier League last season.

They lie third from bottom but they know that they are not far of getting that elusive win.

On Saturday, they took on Great Eccleston and opted the bowl first.

They managed to restrict their opponents to 152-7 – largely thanks to Stuart Taylor’s 4-37, while Will Monks and Ed Brown bagged a wicket apiece.

In reply, Hoghton struggled to get out of first gear.

Opener Darren Eccles was out of 12 and the wickets of Stuart Taylor, James Ainscough and Phil Hurst quickly followed.

Monks added 15 to the scoreboard but that was as good as it got with Geeth Malinda (12) as Hoghton collapsed to 70 all out.

In Division One, White Coppice made it four wins from four games with a five-wicket victory at Penwortham 2nds.

Veteran Wayne Dixon was the hero again with his third five-wicket haul of the season and an unbeaten knock of 42 to guide his side home.

Following the morning rain, Coppice captain Kyle Dixon had no hesitation in bowling first.

Penwortham’s batsmen found scoring difficult and it needed some late order hitting to get them to a respectable 139 all out.

Wayne Dixon took five wickets and Phil Jackson grabbed four.

In reply the visitors quickly slipped to 7-2, but Tom Bates (20) and Kyle Dixon (29) steadied the ship before his brother Wayne and Jackson (31) shared a match-winning fourth wicket partnership.

The only downside was a broken finger suffered by Chris Maguire in the field which will mean a spell on the sidelines.

White Coppice 2nds’ game fell victim to the weather.

In the same division, newly promoted Withnell Fold suffered their first defeat of the season losing out to Vernon Carus by 162 runs.

Croston were also disappointed falling to a four-wicket defeat to Longridge.

Croston batted first and set a low target of 64 with only Sam Marsh getting double figures.

In reply, Marsh and skipper Lee Childs took three wickets apiece.

There was no result in Mawdesley’s match with Whittingham and Goosnargh.