As the Bolton Cricket League splits into two, with the top six teams playing each other twice more, Westhoughton lead the table with 77 points, followed by Horwich on 69 and Farnworth Social Circle on 66.

They are joined by Farnworth, Astley Bridge and Blackrod.

Little Lever struggled to 78-8 with brothers Josh and James Fallows taking 5-74 and 3-29 respectively, but coming in at number 10 Jack Barlow hit 85 to help take the score to 198.

The game was in the balance with Eagley on 136-5, Martin Eccles having scored 41.

But with Will Shuttleworth equalling his team-mate, the game was won without another wicket falling. Curtis Anderton took 3-37 for Lever.

Its a rare event when Westhoughton score fewer than 200, but with Harry Morgan taking 7-36 they were dismissed for 197, Marlon Welcome Goodman (75) and Matty Morris (57).

At 12-8, Walkden were heading for one of the lowest totals ever in the Bolton League, but recovered to post 39, Morris and Rob Brown took three wickets and Kamran Younas four.

Joe Settle struck 80 as Farnworth began with an opening partnership of 92, before Milinda Siriwardana hit a century in a 150-run partnership with Simon Booth (56).

Horwich slid to 63-6, but Marcus Haydock made 121 and they ended the match 260-9, Dan Higham doing most of the damage with 4-68.

Farnworth Social Circle were 2-2 before Elliot Coleclough made 133 not out, sharing in a century partnership with Ryan Ayres (96) and a double century with Jameel Stuart (118no).

Kearsley reached 261 for the loss of four wickets, Cameron Murray (68) and Mo Jameel (74) top scoring, but with Azan Riaz taking 3-74 their innings closed on 304.

Zain Abbas contributed 64 out of Atherton’s 123 all out, Tush De Zoysa having 6-60.

De Zoysa then helped Blackrod recover from 16-2, making 64 in a century partnership with Joey Pryle.

Lesiba Ngoepe was Astley Bridge’s leading wicket taker with 3-10 in Tonge’s 97.

Rick Northrop then led Bridge to victory with 34no.

Shahzad Ahmed top scored for Little Hulton with 38 out of 147, who had been 121-5, Akbar Ur Rehman taking 4-30 for Lostock and Connor Hicklin 3-20.

Hicklin then scored 72no as Lostock won by seven wickets.

In the T20, Horwich, Farnworth SC and Astley Bridge are through to the semi-finals on July 24, with the final place being determined this week.