After several weeks in pole position, Westhoughton slipped to second place in the Bolton League following a close defeat to Lostock on Saturday.

Lostock recovered from 8-3 to post 145, thanks mainly to 35 from Nick Jeffs.

Adam Patel took 4-30 for Westhoughton and Matty Morris 3-57.

At 95-4 Westhoughton appeared to be well-placed, but wickets fell at regular intervals and after Rob Brown, who had made 38, was the ninth wicket to fall Westhoughton ended five runs adrift.

Adam Syddall was leading wicket taker with 4-42 and there were two apiece for Dave Flanagan, Robbie Holgate and Tom Sheen.

Horwich took advantage of Westhoughton’s defeat, to move three points clear at the summit on 86.

Batting first they made 214-6, Dan Naylor was leading scorer with 79 including a 92-run partnership with Tom Billington (31).

Jack Berry also added 32 key runs towards the end of the

innings.

Farnworth reached 99-2, with Chris Baxendale hitting a half century but Brett Pelser put the breaks on the innings taking 5-53, and the game ended with Farnworth 31 runs short, Tervyn Walcott finishing undefeated on

81.

A seven-wicket win moves Little Lever into third place with 71 points, followed by Walkden (67), Farnworth SC (66), Lostock (61) and Tonge (58).

Lever dismissed Tonge for 133 with Hashan Dumindu contributing 62 of these, Curtis Anderton taking 4-28.

A knock of 67 from opening batsman Dane Hargreaves helped steer Lever to a seven-wicket victory with Dumindu taking two of the wickets.

At 41-9 the Farnworth Social Circle innings against Walkden appeared to be almost over, but Chris Barrow smashed 97 runs from just 61 deliveries, adding 103 with last man Azan Riaz.

Mustafir Bashir took 6-54 for Walkden and Tahir Maqsood 4-67.

A century first-wicket partnership between Akbar Ur Rehman (69) and Nathan Rushton (44) took Walkden to the brink of a seven-wicket victory. In the Association Division there were centuries for Atherton’s Zain Abbas and Saif Ur Rehman who shared a 155-run partnership which dominated their side’s total of 286-3 against Darcy Lever.

Darcy finished on 185-7, with half century partnerships between Chris Fenn and Ian Jones, and later James Walsh-Hill and Scott Burns. Daniel Hughes recorded figures of 4-46 for Atherton.

Jack Hancock was top scorer with 35 in Eagley’s 157-8 against Kearsley, Mohammed Jameel taking 6-52.

Jameel also had a useful afternoon with the bat hitting 31 in Kearsley’s 96 all out. Adeel Baig took 4-23 and Harvey Signe 3-28.