EGERTON went down to defeat against Clifton in the latest round of matches in the Greater Manchester Cricket League Premier Division.

Professional Janith Liyanage made a patient 52 that was the mainstay of the home side’s 166 all out batting first.

Former Lancashire keeper-batsman Gareth Cross was the star of the show though, his unbeaten 106 seeing the visitors to a seven-wicket victory inside 40 overs.

Will Halton took two of the wickets to fall.

In Premier 2, Bradshaw got back to winning ways with a 91-run win at home to Royton.

Tom Liversedge led the way with 63 at the top of the order as the hosts posted 195-6 batting first in another game impacted by the wet weather.

The total was aided by a quick-fire 51 from Zafir Patel down the order, the unbeaten half century coming from just 24 balls and including seven maximums.

Liversedge then took 3-36 with the ball as Royton were all out for 104, Ross Dickinson finishing with remarkable figures of 4-4 from two overs as the visitors lost their last four wickets for just 12 runs.

Elsewhere in the GMCL’s second tier, Edgworth moved up to third after chasing 194 at Flowery Field for a five-wicket win.

Ste Dearden and Liam Watkinson proved to be the match-winners. Both took three wickets before impressing with the bat, Waktkinson making 90 and Dearden finishing unbeaten on 50 as they put on 135 for the fifth wicket.

In the Championship, Heaton slipped from the top of the table after suffering their first loss of the 2021 league season, an 81-run defeat to Brooksbottom, after Mohsin Iqbal scored 102 and took four wickets.

Amal Dalugoda and Muhammad Irfan had both taken three wickets in the Bury side’s total of 228-7 batting first, before Heaton were all out for 147, Tilaksha Malshan top scoring with 47.

Adlington bowled out Milnrow for just 34 in Division One to defend their total of 126, Saj Khan top scoring with 30.

Kamran Hussain proved too hot to handle as he took 7-15, Khan taking the other three wickets to fall to complete a good all-round day.

In Division 2A, Deane and Derby picked up a big 99-run win against Tottington St Johns.

Mohammad Patel made 55 as they recovered from 75-6 to post 166-8 battling first with the visitors then all out for just 67. Dawood Rawat took 5-38 and Faruk Ughradar 4-18 to wrap up the victory.

Daisy Hill went down to a six-wicket defeat against East Lancs Paper Mill in another Division 2A clash.

The hosts were all out for 109, struggling against Paul Hewart, 6-49, and Louis Birmingham, 4-59, before Mark Robinson, 40, top scored in reply to help his side over the line.