WESTHOUGHTON opener Matty Morris hit an unbeaten century to see off a persistent Tonge in the latest round of matches in the Bolton Cricket League.

It was far from straightforward for the second-placed side after Tonge had made 215-7 thanks to Sam Hardman contributing 73 and Chetan Bisht 71, with Kamran Younas taking 3-70 for the Howfeners.

But Morris led his team to a one-wicket victory with 120 not out, Stephan Van Der Burg being Tonge’s most successful bowler with 3-39, maintaining the pressure on leaders Farnworth Social Circle.

They dismissed Little Lever for 170, with Jameel Stuart taking 4-48.

David Tonge then made 72no in Circle’s six-wicket victory.

Third-placed Horwich also had a scare chasing Atherton’s 169-9.

Zain Abbas hit 39 for Atherton, and Jack Berry took 6-50 in the first innings.

After the interval, Horwich stumbled to 70-5, but a half-century for Berry and 34 for Jordan Higham assured victory with only the loss of one more wicket. Saif Ur Rehman made Horwich work for their victory with 4-66.

With their team Lostock struggling at 29-4, Nick Jeffs (84) and Robbie Holgate (56) added 134 to help steer them to 174-6.

However, this wasn’t enough as Asif Bhojani (54) and Tush De Zoysa (65no) led Blackrod to a fairly comfortable seven-wicket victory.

Harvey Seigne (88), Josh Fallows (84) and Asif Hussain (68) were the major contributors as Eagley reached 300-8.

Yashoda Lanka, with a century, and Joe Capstick, with a half-century, helped Kearsley reach a challenging 203-4, but the remaining six wickets fell for five runs with Fallows taking 4-39 and Seigne 3-54.

Shan Ali was top scorer with 117 out of Little Hulton’s 182, Ross Sutton taking 3-31 and Milinda Siriwardana 4-58 for Farnworth.

The Farnworth innings began badly with the first six wickets falling for just 50 runs, but Siriwardana and Dan Higham knocked the remaining runs off.

Adnan Mufti’s 49 represented more than half of Walkden’s 94 all out, which Astley |Bridge overtook in just 16 overs.

On Sunday, in the Lancs Knockout, Horwich reached 180-1, James Enslin with 99 and Joe Baldwin hitting 71, with 15 overs remaining so would have been slightly disappointed with a total of 246.

Leigh were 70-3 before Sam Dorsey and Adam Shalcross added 130.

In the closing stages, 30 runs were required from three overs, but new batsman Darren Low required just five deliveries to achieve this.

Longridge totalled 267-6 against Farnworth Social Circle, who began badly losing three wickets for 12 runs, and 70 from Ben Hamilton and 61 from Stuart was insufficient for a recovery, Circle finishing 62 short.

Rob Brown took 4-31 in Burnley’s 180 then Agha Salman saw Westhoughton to victory with 96no.

On Friday in the T20, Curtis Anderton smashed 63 off 36 deliveries and Nipun Gaikwad 93 off 39 in Little Lever’s 227-3, however Westhoughton overtook this with five balls to spare with Salman hammering 111 off 53.