LITTLE Lever sit nine points clear at the top of early Bolton Cricket League table after making it five wins out of five this season against neighbours Darcy Lever.

Deputy professional Asher Zaidi took 6-25 as the hosts were bowled out for 95.

The leaders then completed a routine 10-wicket victory, Dane Hargreaves (57) and Ayaz Hahif (28) knocking the runs off inside 14 overs.

Westhoughton also recorded a comfortable win against Little Hulton.

Rob Houghton (64) and Matty Morris (40) fell just one run short of a century opening partnership before Marlon Welcome-Goodman also hit 40 and Mark Atherton 30 off 19 balls in their 257-7 batting first.

Kumar Patel (34) and Habib Ur Rehman (33) were Hulton’s main contributors in their 134 all out with Adam Patel and Rob Brown taking four wickets apiece.

Farnworth Social Circle were one of Saturday’s other big winners, seeing off Eagley by 129 runs.

Ryan Ayres (64), James Tierney (51), David Tonge (44) and Chris Barrow 35 from 15 deliveries steered Social Circle to 263-6 despite Adeel Baig taking 4-69.

Harvey Seigne hit 32 in Eagley’s 136, David Dempster taking 4-26.

Zain Abbas (92) and Saif Ur Rehman (35) were the mainstays as Atherton scored 228-7 in their 49-run win at Astley Bridge.

Harsha Rajapaksha took 6-62 for Astley Bridge who then replied with 179, Jack Bentham making 35 of these.

Abbas completed a good all-round performance with 4-38.

Farnworth’s 278 in their 136-run win at Kearsley was largely comprised from the following contributors – Ross Sutton (62), Dan Higham (40), Simon Booth (58) and Matthew Hicks (34).

Tayler Jay-Heyes was Kearsley’s leading wicket taker with 4-67.

Hicks took 3-35 in Kearsley’s 142.

Akbar Ur Rehman led the way with 93 in Walkden’s 166 as they lost by nine wickets at home to Tonge, Shoyab Haji taking 4-27.

Tonge lost an early wicket but then Naseer Ahmed (90) and Hashan Dummindu (62) put on the 163 required for victory.

Lukman Vahaluwala made a half century and Nick Jeff 33 in Lostock’s 185-9 batting first against Horwich. Usman Tariq took 5-62 and Jack Berry 3-48.

Tariq made 67 and Joe Settle 47 early in the Horwich innings but it was Josh Little who took them to a five-wicket victory from a slightly precarious 144-5 with an unbeaten 39, Adam Syddall taking three wickets.


Friday: T20 – Astley Bridge 146-4 (R Northrop 43) v Lostock 147-2 (L Vahaluwala 43, D Vincent 66no), Lostock won by eight wkts; Blackrod 84-9 v Eagley 138-5 (A Baig 76, Seigne 4-12), Eagley won by 54 runs; Atherton 151-7 (Z Abbas 54) v Farnworth SC 125-2 (R Ayres 52no), Atherton won by 26 runs; Little Hulton 133 all out (M Atique 55) v Farnworth 130-9, Little Hulton won by three runs; Darcy Lever 117 all out v Little Lever 132-7 (J Hill 4-22), Little Lever won by 15 runs; Walkden 121-9 (J Farooq 56no) v Tonge 166-3 (S Hardman 50), Tonge won by 45 runs.

Saturday: 1st XI – Astley Bridge 179 all out (H Rajapaksha 6-67) v Atherton 228-7 (Z Abbas 92, 4-38), Atherton won by 49 runs; Darcy Lever 95 all out v Little Lever 98-0 (A Zaidi 6-25, D Hargreaves 57no), Little Lever won by 10 wkts; Farnworth SC 265-6 (D Tonge 44, R Ayres 64, J Tierney 51, D Dempster 4-26) v Eagley 136 all out (A Baig 4-69), Farnworth SC won by 129 runs; Horwich 189-5 (U Tariq 67, 5-62, J Settle 47) v Lostock 185-9 (L Vahaluwala 50), Horwich won by five wkts; Kearsley 142-9 (T Hayes 4-67, Price 73) v Farnworth 278 all out (R Sutton 62, D Higham 40, S Booth 58), Farnworth won by 136 runs; Walkden 166 all out (A Ur Rehman 93) v Tonge 167-1 (S Haji 4-27, N Ahmed 90no, H Dumindu 62no), Tonge won by nine wkts; Westhoughton 257-7 (R Houghton 64, M Morris 40, M Welcome-Goodman 40, A Patel 4-57, R Brown 4-39) v Little Hulton 133 all out, Westhoughton won by 124 runs.