BOLTON ASSOCIATION: Flixton going strong at the top of the league
FLIXTON continue to set the pace in the Bolton Association after a convincing eight wicket win against Blackrod.
Ash Perry’s 28 and Steve Hammond’s 29 helped Flixton to their reduced target of 107.
Thusendra de Zoysa had earlier hit 35 for Blackrod as they posed a total of 131-9 with Steve Hammond 3-31.
Flixton will be keeping an eye on last season's champions Atherton who are making a charge up the table up to sixth after beating Elton by seven wickets.
Elton batted first getting 178-7 thanks to Chris Read’s 60 and Danny Fenton’s 38 but Jamar Griffiths took 5-57.
Rain-affected play and they needed to get 168.
Rason Primus was 51 not out while Griffiths added 44 and Dale Tyrer (33) and Philip Wakefield (32) guided Atherton to their fifth consecutive win.
Second-placed Darcy Lever wrapped up a two-wicket win over Walshaw in a rain affected game.
Set a revised total of 105 to win in 24 overs, innings by Chris Senn (22) and Michael Norris (20) played key roles with Gavin Nicholls taking 4-9.
Earlier in the game, Danny Hornby hit 69 and Darren Foy 2-41 as Walshaw reached 142
Meanwhile Daisy Hill enjoyed a five wicket win against Swinton Moorside.
Swinton Moorside made a slow start reaching only 62 after 24 overs but rallied to finish on 158-9 by the close of their innings.
Callum Flynn was unlucky to be out one run short of a half-century then Craig Norvall added 26 and Sriram Krishnamurthy chipped in with 23 while Amjid Khan did most of the damage 3-46 and Paul Hart 3-48.
In reply, Daisy Hill stuttered by losing two wickets for only four runs with Craig Atherton and Mark Cowan out early.
Mark Chiltern (34), Paul Atherton (37), Mark Wood (34 not out) steadied the ship but Khan did not want to hang around with three sixes and two singles in the final overs on his way to 45 to wrap up the win.
Elsewhere, Simon Belston says his Bury side must bounce back after a disappointing defeat to Worsley.
Chris Taylor (86) got Worsley on the road in their total 178-4 with Nekoli Parris taking 2-38.
Belston said: “With the rain, we were set a reduced target of 136 and in 33 overs, you have to be confident you can get that.
“But credit to Worsley they put in a good performance and got the win.
“It is a long hard season in the Bolton Association but have to bounce back next week.”
Worsley managed to skittle their opponents out for 79 with Himesh Silva taking 7-41 and Michael Gould taking 3-16.
One of the biggest upsets on the day was at Edgworth where Golborne defeated the mid-table side by six wickets.
Liam Watkinson’s 123 included 16 four and four sixes added 49 as Edgworth set a total of 197-3.
Solid innings by Tony Kelly 83 and Chris Vesey’s 37 helped Golborne over the finish line, Darren Williams took 3-66.
Adlington were at their batting best in their tie with Standish but it was a nailbiting match until the end.
Chris Mulligan’s outfit batted first with Zac Millington (65) and Tom Foster (47) put on a stand of 113 for the second wicket.
Then further down the order Jack Shovelton was 51 not out in 21 balls as Adlington closed on 267-7, with Duncan McPhail 3-48.
Nial Burke 39, Sam Heeley 23 and Jack Heaton 28 led the fightback but it was David Bowden’s 79 that kept Adlington guessing and it was touch and go whether the hosts would get the points.
However, a flurry of wickets helped Adlington to victory with Majid Majeed (6-48) and Ben King (2-20) playing key roles in the win.
Jimmy Cutt led by example in Astley and Tyldesley’s nine wicket win against Lostock.
He took 4-64 as Lostock batted first and scored 201-8 thank to good knocks by Danny Copton (38), Adrian Mullans (72) and Neil Jess (28).
In reply, Cutt scored 68 while Travis Wordsworth chipping in with 28.
Results: Lostock 201-8 Astley and Tyldesley 127-1, A&T won by nine wkts (revised target 127).
Swinton Moorside 158-9 Daisy Hill 163-5, Daisy Hill win by five wks.
Worsley 178-4 Bury 79 all out, Worsley win by 57 runs (revised target 136).
Elton 178-7, Atherton 168-3, Atherton won by seven wickets (revised target 168).
Walshaw 142-5 Darcy Lever 105-8, Darcy Lever won by two wkts (revised target 105).
Edgworth 197-3 Golborne 202-4, Golborne won by six wickets
Blackrod 131-9 Flixton 108-2,
Flixton won by eight wickets (Flixton had revised target 107).
Adlington 267-7 Standish 190 all out, Adlington won by 77 runs.