Moore and Smalley Palace Shield roundup

Kyle Dixon White Coppice- Go 2 Pics- Josh Vosper
Kyle Dixon White Coppice- Go 2 Pics- Josh Vosper

White Coppice secured a huge 12 points after a tetchy five-wicket win against Withnell Fold in Division One of the Palace Shield.

On a green wicket after two nights of rain, Fold skipper Michael Atkinson surprisingly elected to bat.

But Fold lost former Coppice man Michael Atkinson snr early.

And then Coppice took the crucial wicket of in-form opener Gavin Cooper.

Cooper made 32 off 45 balls and he appeared to be a shade unlucky as he was given out leg before off the bowling of Wayne Dixon.

Dixon bowled excellently as he left the field with figures of 5-37 off 21overs. Bowler Phil Jackson also bowled unchanged and took 5-81.

Andrew Robertson was left stranded on 19 as Fold were bowled out for 121.

In reply, Fold came out and attacked Coppice and did take early wickets but they had no answer to the other in-form Dixon brother, Kyle.

Kyle sealed a five wicket victory with an unbeaten 58.

Cunliffe took 4-53.

Hoghton continue to struggle in the Premier Division as they slumped to an eight-wicket loss to Freckleton.

Batting first, Hoghton struggled to get going and only late blows from Josh Holland (22) and Matt Parkinson (17) saw the side slowly get to 80.

In reply, Hoghton then failed to make early breakthroughs and had no answer to the Freckleton batsmen.

Andy Taylor and Ed Brown took a wicket each.

Mawdesley suffered a seven wicket defeat away at Longridge 2nd XI.

Mawdesley batted first and posted a competitive 152-8.

Skipper Darren Lemarinel hit 55 and was well supported by Ian Caunce (21).

Longridge knocked off the runs for the loss of three wickets. Neil O’Malley took 3-46 as Mawdesley now sit just five points outside of relegation.

Eccleston now lead Division Two of the Palace Shield by 14 points after they won away at Whittingham and Goosnargh.

Batting first, Eccleston posted 197-8, Chris Speak top scoring with 38.

In reply, Eccleston secured a comfortable 74-run victory.

Fresh off his seven wickets last week, Stuart White was the pick of the bowlers taking 4-37.