Hoghton secure much needed victory

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Hoghton secured a vital 12-point win at Fylde in the Palace Shield Premier Division.

Bowling first, the Hoghton opening partnership of Ed Brown and Andy Taylor brought instant success.

Brown removed Paul Willis in the first over and Taylor struck soon after.

WillMonks was introduced into the attack and bowled

excellently, taking 4-21 off seven overs.

Taylor also grabbed four wickets as he finished the innings with 4-37 off 15overs as Fylde were bowled out for 100

Hoghton’s reply started brightly with the evergreen Darren Eccles hitting a couple of boundaries.

Eccles opened up with Geeth Malinda, who bludgeoned a quick fire 28 off just 22 balls hitting six fours.

Malinda soon fell and Brown six balls later, but skipper Phil Hurst walked to the crease and hit an excellent 26 off 46 balls ensuring Hoghton would be leaving the Fylde Coast with maximum points.

n Mawdesley turned the form book on its head by hammering high-flying White Coppice to take a huge step away from the relegation zone in Division One.

Openers Keiran Crompton (32) and Tony Moore (54) put on 63 for the first wicket before Crompton fell to the bowling of Nathan Trengrove.

But after the openers Coppice collapsed from 107-2 to 133 all out.

Alex Berry bowled accurately and ended up with excellent figures of 6-35 off 14 overs.

Mawdesley put on 50 for the first wicket as Brian Parr (28) was the first man to go falling to the legspin of Cooke.

But fellow opener David Whiteley hit his second half century of the season to all but seal the win.

Berry and Matthew Watkinson saw the side home chasing 134 down in 38.1 overs for the loss of two wickets.

n Withnell Fold took advantage of the White Coppice slip as they secured a convincing 87-run win against South Shore.

The impressive Gavin Cooper smashed 65, while all-rounder Josh Cunliffe also chipped in with 40.

Fold posted an impressive 179 off 45 overs.

In reply, South Shore had no answer to Cunliffe who took 6-40 off 14 overs.

Graham Sharples also took two wickets as Michael Atkinson Jnr and Nick Fowler both took a wicket apiece.

n Eccleston have a 16point lead at the top of Division Two after beating Gregson Lane.

After being asked to bowl, Lane posted 173-3 off their 45 overs. Declan Tracey was the stand-out bowler with a seven-over spell which took 4-13.

Jamie Maitland stole the show in the Eccleston innings as he hit a brilliant unbeaten 102.

Maitland’s 102 was accompanied by 27 from Adam Russell, as the leaders secured the win with nine overs to spare.