HIGH scores and top batting displays were the main feature of the first day of the Anthony Axford Bolton Association’s new 40/40 tournament.
Danny Hornby stole the show for Walshaw as they saw off the challenge of Astley & Tyldesley by 142 runs.
Batting first, Walshaw started brightly with Rakitha Weerasundara getting 46 but it was Hornby’s 127 in 20 overs that put the hosts in the box seat to finishing on 288-5.
Matt Moore (26) and Darren Barclay (24) top-scored for A&T but they were always going to struggle and finished on 146-9.
Steve Holt (2-16) and Hornby (2-47) enjoyed the most success with the ball.
Another contender for the performer of the day was Atherton’s Jamar Griffith who helped his side to a six-wicket victory against Edgworth.
Jaco Fourie (62), Ashley Williams (42) and Josh Fallows (35) helped Edgworth set a convincing total of 223-9.
Rason Primus was the pick of the bowlers with 3-39.
Professional Griffith led by example in the reply and was 102 not out at the end of play with Phil Wakefield chipping in with 35.
Another century came in the Flixton against Darcy Lever match.
Steve Hammond set the ball rolling with 100 and Adrian Holmes chipped in with 54 not out as one of the three early Association pace-setters reached 295-6.
Alex Lee (3-59) did most of the damage with the ball.
In reply, Chris Fenn (60), Tosseff Hanif (39), Rashid Yousef (33) and Dominic Gavin (30) were among the runs but Darcy Lever ended on 213-7.
Blackrod’s Thushendra de Zoysa took his tally to 175 for the weekend by adding 94 to his Saturday total of 81 but he could not stop his side falling to a 10-run defeat to Winton.
Will Driver (54) and Lewis Johnson (52) laid the foundations for Winton’s score of 192.
In reply, Blackrod were on the ropes but the combination of de Zoysa and Graeme Walsh put on 122 for the third wicket.
When de Zoysa was out on 149, Blackrod struggled to get past the target.
Curtis Hayes took 5-49 which included three wickets in one over.
Little Hulton sprang the upset of the weekend with a seven-run win against Swinton Moorside.
Jabir Patel stole the headlines with an unbeaten 87 while Ansar Javed added 48 and Suleman Mohammed (47) took Little Hulton to 233. Chris Navells took 2-34.
Swinton Moorside’s Sriram Krishnamurthy gave them hope with 78 and Callum Flynn (45) chipped in but they could not get over the finish line.
Elsewhere, Elton made it back-to-back wins at the weekend defeating Worsley by 20 runs.
John Ashworth (34), Daniel Fenton (87) and Adam Stansfield (34) saw Elton finish on 244-6, with James Kilner taking 4-53.
In response, Simon Hall was 77 not out and Karl Lowe reached 39 but Worsley fell short.