BOLTON ASSOCIATION: No change at top as title chasers stand firm
LEAGUE leaders Edgworth continued their good form with a 58-run win at Darcy Lever.
Ashley Marsden (49) and Liam Watkinson (31) helped set an imposing target of 188, with Aiden Green (4-51) and James Hill (3-25) the best of the home side’s bowlers.
Despite resistance from Sam Cook (39), Darcy Lever were eventually bowled out for 130, with Mike Watkinson taking 6-67.
Walshaw remain five points behind in second after a crushing 107-run win at home to Standish.
South African opener Jan Gideon Mocke helped himself to 98 as the hosts posted 159 in the reduced 35-over match.
That figure could have been even higher but for tidy bowling from Arshad Khan (6-53) and Toqeer ul-Hassen (4-60).
The result was never in doubt, however, after veteran Darren Foy took 7-17 in only his second spell with the ball since returning from a back injury, helping to bowl Standish out for 52.
It was an equally good day for the rest of the Association’s chasing pack.
Third-placed Adlington earned a 16-run win in their reduced 33-over match at Elton.
Opener Tom Foster (28) and Zak Millington (38) led the way as they set 136-8, with Elton pro Chris Reid taking 6-74.
Danny Lomax hit 30 near the end of the Elton reply, but Mark Marshall (5-37) and Majid Majeed (3-52) kept the run-rate down to restrict the home side to 120-9.
Rain reduced the Spring View Little Hulton match to 33 overs, with the visitors setting a target of 104-9. Nisar Patel top scored with 37 while Salman Nazar returned impressive figures of 7-25.
Further delays meant that Spring View were set a revised target of 90 to win from 27 overs and they managed that with the loss of only two wickets, Akbar ur-Rehman leading the run-chase with 44 not out.
Daisy Hill, in fifth, edged a low scoring contest at Astley & Tyldesley.
Fine bowling from Amjad Khan (6-25) and Imtiaz Cheema (4-27) saw the home side skittled for just 78 runs, but Daisy Hill found the going just as tough.
Jim Cutt (4-29) made life very difficult for the visitors, who needed a four off the final delivery to seal their two wicket victory.
Blackrod also had to tough it out to win their mid-table clash at home to Atherton.
The home side were going along nicely at 42-0 in the reduced 29-over match, but struggled after the dismissal of opener Joey Pryle (24) and ended their innings on 80-9, Jamie Foster being the pick of the Atherton bowlers with 6-45.
At 51-1, it looked like Atherton would reach their target with plenty to spare, but collapsed after the dismissal of opener Dale Tryer (20) and ended up losing their last nine wickets for just 25 to fall four runs short.
Tushendra De Zoysa did the damage, claiming 9-36.
The only other fixture of the day – Golborne v Flixton – was abandoned due to a water-logged outfield.