Hoghton collapse in daunting run chase

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Hoghton suffered a heavy loss at the hands of Palace Shield Twenty20 champions Garstang in the Premier Division on Saturday.

Conditions were warm for the first match played since the ground accommodated travellers for the night.

Hoghton bowled first and Andy Taylor had instant success removing Curtis Morris for a duck.

But Hoghton struggled against Garstang’s attacking pair of Michael Walling and Mark Winstanley.

Winstanley fell for 48 off the bowling of the returning Aaran Eccles, who finished with 3-31 off nine overs.

Spinner Matt Parkinson

(2-60) claimed the wicket of Walling but some late blows meant Garstang finished on 221-6 off 45 overs.

Hoghton struggled in their reply and slumped to 89 all out.

Only Andy Taylor offered any resistance hitting 21.

n White Coppice slumped to another defeat losing to Croston by five wickets.

Batting first, in-form skipper Kyle Dixon hit 59, while Chris Maguire (24), Phil Jackson (23) and Steve Cooke (20) all chipped in and took Coppice to 153-8 off 45 overs.

Croston skipper Lee Childs took 6-81.

In reply, it was again Childs who steered his side to victory hitting 48 and Jake Parsons hit an unbeaten 31 ensuring Croston took the points in Division One.

n Mawdesley secured an excellent 41 run victory over Great Eccleston 2nd XI.

Batting first, Mawdesley posted an impressive 202-8 as Dave Whiteley top scored with 70. Matt Watkinson and Ian Caunce hit 32 and 30 respectively.

In reply Great Eccleston had no answer to Neil O’Malley, who took 6-59 off 17 overs as they were bowled out for 161.

n Withnell Fold stay in touch with the promotion hunt in Divison One as they beat Whittingham and Goosnargh by 28 runs.

Fold posted 149-9 off 45 as the impressive Gav Cooper hit an unbeaten 62.

But the Fold bowlers showed their quality and bowled superbly as they skittled Whittingham for 121.

All-rounder Josh Cunliffe took 4-58 off 16 overs and skipper Michael Atkinson bowled excellently, taking 5-22.