Weather the winner in a torrid weekend

Wet scenes at Mawdesley Cricket Club
Wet scenes at Mawdesley Cricket Club
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The wet and windy conditions caused havoc with teams over the weekend as the Palace Shield was a total wash out for sides in the area.

A handful of teams started fixtures but due to thundery downpours, games were left incomplete and sides shared the points.

In the Premier Division, Withnell Fold completed the majority of their game against BAC/EE before rain intervened with the match nicely poised.

Fold posted a total of 137-8 off 37 overs, Alan Grogan top scoring with 28.

Michael Atkinson (2-30) and Lee Fowler (2-35) shared four wickets each but when the rain came, the match ended with BAC 67-4.

In a Division One derby, White Coppice restricted Mawdesley to 126-9.

Chris Gibirdi (33) and Ben Ward (30) the contributors for Mawdesley as young spinner Harry Bates took 4-35.

Only one over was managed in the Coppice innings before the heavens opened and the match was abandoned.

Darren Eccles top scored with 70 as Hoghton posted 170-6 against Eccleston.

Skipper Phil Hurst also hit 46, Stu White was the pick of the bowlers taking 4-38.

Dec Tracey scored an unbeaten 64 but wickets tumbled around him. Will Monks took 3-36 before the rain came with Eccleston at 121-8.

Torrential rained denied Croston the chance to chase leaders Vernon Carus seconds 169-4. Jonny Driver (1-30) and Simon Marsh (2-46) shared three wickets.

Sam Marsh, able to bowl again after injury bowled tirelessly taking 1-55 off 20 overs.

Skipper Lee Childs (8) and Simon Marsh (13) both fell early in the Croston chase.

Stephen Langton (21) and Sam Marsh (14) were both unbeaten when the rain came and the umpires had no choice but to call the game off.

Alex Proctor took 4-58 for Whittle-le-Woods as Rufford blasted 157-6 off 24 overs in Division Two.

Whittle got off to a quick start scoring 50 off the first 10 overs but like all the other fixtures the heavens opened and the match was ended.

The rain denied Charnock Richard a second consecutive victory in Division Two.

Dave Fortune’s side are battling against relegation and battled fellow strugglers Thornton Cleveleys.

Charnock won the all important toss and bowled first.

Fortune and the dangerous Mick Brown bowled through as the visitors closed on 72-8 off 35 overs. He bowled superbly taking 4-28 off 17 overs and Fortune again was in the wickets taking 4-43.

Charnock lost openers Ross Demming and Mark Richardson early, but Tom Flanagan and Rob Gardner rebuilt taking Charnock to 40-2.

But with Charnock edging to victory the rain opened to deny them victory.