Zakir and Kerr fire leaders to the brink

Zakir and Kerr fire leaders to the brink

BOWLED OVER Tonge batsman Will Newman is the last man out as Little Lever wrapped up a 119-run victory

Kevin Bath celebrates a successful over in a losing cause

First published in Cricket

GREENMOUNT are just one victory away from winning the Bolton League for the first time since 1988 following a crushing defeat of Eagley on Saturday.

The Bury side can now win the title at Little Lever next weekend or, failing that, 24 hours later when they host defending champions Farnworth at Brandlesholme Road.

AndyKerr cracked125 as the villagers racked up 294-3 against Eagley, but the real fireworks came from professional Asif Zakir who scored 94 in just 45 balls.

Phil Heaton then took over with the ball, returning 6-54 to break through the 100-wicket barrier for the season, as Eagley were bundled out for 165.

Farnworth Social Circle went down to a surprising defeat at Egerton.

The title challengers were dismissed for 155 in their 25 overs, Matt Parkinson making 67, before Paul Stafford helped the home side to victory with an assured half-century.

Usman Tariq was in scintillating form for Walkden against sorry Kearsley.

The skipper hit 114 in his side’s 209-6 before taking 3- 23, as support to Dale Jones (6-26), to seal a 118- run victory.

Horwichduo Liam Bones and David White both took four wickets to restrict Bradshaw to 107-9 in a rain-affected match at RMI.

And Martin Walters finished the job for Horwich with 71 not out to complete a seven-wicket win.

Tonge’s miserable season slumped to a new low as they were routed for 36 against Little Lever – professional Waqas Ahmed taking 5-9.

The visitors had earlier posted 155 all out, with Ahmed making 32 to complete a fine all-round performance.

Heaton’s game against Astley Bridge and Farnworth’s clash against Westhoughton were abandoned without a ball being bowled.

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