Watkinson’s stunning display slays Standish

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LIAM Watkinson produced a stunning all-round performance in Edgworth’s 170-run victory over Standish on Sunday.

The 20-year-old began with 110 as his side posted 232-9 before taking 5-39 as the second-bottom side collapsed from 53-0 to 62 all out.

Earlier, Guy Haynes scored 36 for Edgworth and Sam Heeley took 7-100, before Standish’s Usman Khushnood scored 36 and Edgworth’s Steve Foster took 4-21.

There were some outstanding bowling performances, Elton’s Toby Bulcock following his eightwicket haul on Saturday with another seven against Spring View.

He has now taken 109 wickets this season, a record for an Elton professional.

The Bury side’s captain, John Ashworth, continued his outstanding season with an unbeaten 91, and Jamie Stone scored 44 as they posted 181-6, Mian Ul-Haq taking 3-53.

David Gornall scored 45 as Spring View replied with 138.

Elton are second going into the last two games of the season, 11 points behind Blackrod who suffered a surprise home defeat to Golborne.

Jon Partington was key to the victory, coming in at number five and hitting an unbeaten 43 to lead Golborne to 148-5.

Blackrod were looking good at 88-3 with 17 overs left.

But they lost two quick wickets and some tight bowling saw them take eight overs to get out of the 90s.

Lee Baldwin was a thorn in their side with 6-34 and Graham Marston took 2-33.

Tushendra de Zoysa top scored for Blackrod with 54 off 50 balls.

An amazing last over of the day saw Daisy Hill’s Imtiaz Cheema take four wickets, including a hat-trick, to complete a 40-run victory over Adlington.

Jake Wilde scored 59 as Daisy posted 164. Majid Majeed took 4-52 for Adlington before top scoring with 49.

The key to victory was the tight bowling partnership of Sean Dunning and Neil Redford who conceded just 39 runs in the opening 20 overs.

Nick Murphy followed up his five-wicket haul on Saturday, with 8-56 in Walshaw’s 57-run win against Atherton.

Gavin Nichol scored 43 and Matt Stevenson took 5-51 and Dale Tyrer 3-62 as the Sycamore Road men posted 160 before Murphy stole the show with the ball.

Third-placed Darcy Lever beat Astley and Tyldesley by six wickets with Cameron Murray scoring 88 of their 172 runs.

Earlier, deputy pro Stuart Hornby hit 58 and Harnet Patel 52 for A&T, Ziggy Kulesza taking 5-38.

Shaukat Patel took 6-63 and Ali Niazi 4-49 as Little Hulton restricted Flixton to 114 in reply to 158-7.

Niazi top scored for last season’s champions with 65 while Brenton Parchment took 4-58 and scored 39 for the losers, while Ashley Perry hit 38 against his old club.

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