Opening-day Fold sees new boys consigned to a defeat

Michael Atkinson Junior
Michael Atkinson Junior

After back-to-back promotions which saw them take a spot in the Palace Shield Premier Division for the first time, Withnell Fold were brought back down to earth by suffering an opening-day defeat against Fylde.

Batting first, Fold made a solid start, reaching 45-2 before an almighty collapse saw them bowled out for 70.

Michael Atkinson senior top scored with 19 and youngster Nick Fowler made 11 before being bowled.

In reply, Khalid Valimulla claimed two wickets but Fylde eased home by eight wickets.

Hoghton comprehensively beat White Coppice by six wickets on Saturday to underline their potential as one of the promotion favourites in Division One.

Batting first, White Coppice reached 92-3 but 5-32 from Will Monks turned the game on its head as the home team were dismissed inside 34 overs.

Captain Tony Moore hit a run-a-ball 63, with Kyle Dixon (26) and Chris Maguire (18) making starts but failing to build on them.

In reply, Hoghton lost Calum Roberts-Aldridge first ball to a beauty off Wayne Dixon, but evergreen Darren Eccles (68*) and captain Phil Hurst (35) helped seal victory.

Eccleston defeated Mawdesley by three wickets in Division One.

Batting first, Mawdesley were bowled out for 87 – Pete Cummings and Stuart White sharing six wickets.

In reply, Eccleston stuttered to their target losing seven wickets, Dave Hewson top scoring with a vital 36.

Croston claimed an excellent 15-run victory over Penwortham 2nds.

Batting first, Croston posted 145-9 off their 45 overs, with Stephen Langton top scoring with 50.

In reply, Phil Caunce took 5-56 with Simon and Sam Marsh sharing the other five wickets as Penwortham were bowled out for 130.

Charnock Richard had a tough start to the Division Two season losing by 110 runs against Gregson Lane.

Gregson Lane made a slow start with David Fortune and Mark Mitchell picking up early wickets.

But poor fielding helped Gregson Lane post 202 off 44.5 overs.

Fortune finishing with figures of 4-42 and Mitchell 4-97.

In reply, the Charnock reply never got going and they were bowled out for 92.

Whittle-le-Woods edged out Longridge 3rds winning by one wicket. Longridge posted 165 off their 45 overs.

In reply, a last-wicket partnership from Alex Proctor (26*) and Terence Markham (12*) helped seal the win.