Scores and reports from Saturday's action: Bury and Flixton lead way in title race
Daisy Hill 109-4 Atherton 108-9. Daisy Hill won by 6 wkts.
Darcy Lever 81-8 Bury 165-6. Bury won by 84 runs.
Edgworth 208-7 Winton 205-8. Edgworth won by 3 wkts.
Elton 130 Astley and Tyldesley 129-8. Elton won by 1 run.
Flixton 161 Standish 135-8. Flixton won by 26 runs.
Golborne 101-8 Walshaw 100. Golborne won by 2 wkts.
Little Hulton 81 Swinton Moorside 84-1. Swinton Moorside won by 9 wkts.
Worsley 154-6 Blackrod 41. Worsley won by 113 runs.
FLIXTON and Bury are separated by one point at the top of the table as they both won on Saturday.
Leaders Flixton toiled to a 26-run home victory over second-bottom Standish while Bury won by 84 runs at Darcy Lever.
Flixton had Adrian Holmes to thank for their win. Signed as an opening bowler, his batting has steadily improved and has never been more influential than on Saturday when he came in at number seven and scored a crucial 30 not out.
David Bowden took 5-32 as Flixton were all out for 161 which looked vulnerable when openers Nick Smith (51) and Bowden (31) took the reply to 60-0.
The wickets then started to tumble with Alton Beckford the star for the home side with 6-40.
At Darcy, where the game was reduced to 28 overs each due to the wet conditions, pro Nekoli Parris scored 48 and Mumtaz Mirza 39 as Bury scored 165-6.
Mukhtar Nasir then took 3-12 off 12 overs and Parris 2-24 off nine as Bury restricted the home side to 81-8, Jimmy Hill top scoring with 14.
Elton and Swinton Moorside kept their challenges going with wins which leave them both nine points off top spot in third and fourth, respectively.
Elton scraped to a one-run victory at home to third-bottom Astley and Tyldesley whose pro and captain Jimmy Cutt took 6-22 before scoring 31.
Elton posted 130 (David Murray 34 and Mark Goddard 31) before just about getting over the line, A&T completing their allotted 31 overs with two wickets remaining. Chris Read took 4-31 for Elton.
It was far more straightforward for Swinton Moorside as they passed home side Little Hulton’s 81 all out with nine wickets remaining.
Jamie McDougall was unbeaten on 45 and David Flatley 27 not out and team-mates Jake Brown and Jack Wood earlier took 3-34 and 3-8 respectively.
Shaukat Patel showed most resistance for the bottom club with 31 in the 35-over match.
Daisy Hill are just two points further behind in fifth after an impressive six-wicket win at home to Atherton.
On a pitch which is not producing big scores this season – the highest being 187 – Atherton posted 108-9 in a game reduced to 33 overs.
Amjid Khan was typically key with the ball, taking 5-35 from 15 overs before Daisy got off to a bad start at 14-3 after nine overs.
Mike Chilton (51 not out) and Paul Atherton (31) then settled into their stride and built a 90-run partnership for the fourth wicket.
Daisy reached their target with eight balls remaining despite the efforts of Jamar Griffith who followed up his 23 top score for Atherton with 3-42.
The table is so tight this season that Edgworth find themselves fifth bottom yet only 17 points behind third place.
They picked up 13 points with a three-wicket win at a Winton side who are two points above them.
After Winton posted 205-8 (Justin Kramersh 46, Richard Johnson 43, Tom Fairclough 3-32) Edgworth’s reply was spearheaded by a third-wicket partnership of 94 between pro Liam Watkinson (49) and Guy Haynes (33).
Ally Dickson followed them in at number five and finished unbeaten on 40 as Edgworth won with three and a half overs remaining. Kramersh took 3-51.
Adlington continued to get into their stride after a slow start to the season when they hit their third successive score well over 200 when they posted 262-4 at home to Lostock.
Majid Majeed top scored with 87 and Mark Halliwell hit 45 not out – their 148 stand for the fourth wicket their second successive stand in excess of 100 - and Zak Millington added 41.
Majeed followed up with 5-70 and 15-year-old Tom Shovelton took 2-26 – his first wickets for the first team – as Lostock’s reply ended on 202-9, overseas player Aaron Mullins scoring 61 and Connor Hicklin 39.
Himesh Silva destroyed Blackrod with a devastating display.
The Worsley pro hit 57 as his side posted 154-6 and then ripped through the Blackrod batsmen, taking and incredible 8-16 off 11.3 overs as the visitors were all out for just 41.
Simon Hall added 32 to mid-table Worsley’s score with Blackrod pro Thushendra de Zoysa having some joy with the ball as he took 3-35 off 15 overs in the reduced 35-over game.
Seventh-place Blackrod just could not handle Silva’s bowling with only opener Joey Pryle getting into double figures with 17.
Golborne, who are one place and one point behind Worsley in 11th made it three wins on the trot with a two-wicket success against Walshaw.
Junaid Khan top scored with 48 in his second game for the club as Golborne reached their target of 101 after 27.1 of their 46 overs to record their first home win of the season.
Lewis Clarke was their star with the ball as he took 4-16 from 10 overs to restrict the visitors to 100 – Stephen Holt top scoring with 25 before taking 4-23 while Gavin Nichol took 4-56 for the ninth-placed Bury men.
It was a nervous finish for Golborne whose first three batsmen scored 81 runs between them before the next six managed just two.