DARCY Lever and Westhoughton continue to set the pace at the top of the Bolton League Second XI Premiership table after both teams won again last weekend.

Darcy Lever’s game with Lostock was delayed by a wet outfield and reduced to 29 overs a side and having been put in to bat, Darcy got off to a flyer as Toseef Hanif raced to a run-a-ball 54, and with Mujtaba Khan adding 32 they looked set for a big score.

However, they were pegged back by Asghar Ali who claimed 5-31 to help restrict them to 139-9.

The Lostock batsmen never really got to grips with a stiff target and, despite Jimmy McLoughlin hitting 30 and Will Berry 20, they only managed 107-7 in reply.

Westhoughton kept up the chase, beating Bradshaw by 11 runs despite a great fightback from the home side which saw them recover from 66-8 before finally closing on 169-9 chasing 181 to win.

Ian Ross, with 53 not out, Joe Legg (24) and Ryan Counsell (24) had the main contributions as Mason McKenna took 4-38.

Jamie McAndrew, with 71, and Mark Atherton (34) had been the mainstays of the Westhoughton innings as Ross, Tom De Gelder and Toby Legg each took three wickets.

Heaton kept a share of third place after a thrilling game at Sharples Park where they edged out Astley Bridge by just one run.

Mehr Khan led the recovery with a rapid unbeaten 59 off just 35 balls with good support coming from Bilal Patel (31), Paresh Patail (25) and Luke Wainman (24) as Robin Isted took 3-36.

Heaton had earlier made 189-8 on the back of 50 from Isted, 34 from Banderi and three other scores in the 20s, while Ramesh Patel took 5-54.

Horwich RMI are level with Heaton following a 27-run win against Farnworth Social Circle at Piggott Street.

Going in first they were indebted to a fine unbeaten 50 from Sam Little and 26 from Andy Hancock as Andy Brookes recorded a remarkable 8-39.

His efforts, though, were to prove in vain as Keiran Barlow and Matt Gibbons took three wickets each to help restrict them to 126 in reply.

Max Perry with 29 was the highest of three scores of more than 20 for Social.

In the final game of the day, Adlington picked up a valuable win as they defeated Kearsley by 13 runs at home.

Adlington went in first and Andrew Chamberlain (25) and James Wilson (22) were the main contributors to a total of 123 as the Kearsley bowlers shared the wickets around.

Stephen Nice led the chase with 47, but no one else was able to make much headway against the bowling of Leon Morris (4-20) and three wickets each for Wilson and Chamberlain.

Despite losing at home to Walkden, Farnworth remained top of the Association Division with their lead cut to just six points over Golborne.

Tom Gaskill hit a fine 78 to help Walkden to a total of 164 as they batted first at Bridgeman Park, with Harry Morgan adding a useful 21.

Victor Walcott took 5-24 and Abdullah Ishaq 3-37 for Farnworth. Ishaq then top scored with 25 but only Simon Harrison, with 24 not out, of the other batsmen got going as they recovered slightly from 38-6 but in the end Morgan’s 4-33 and 3-41 for George McManus restricted them to 132-9.

Golborne kept the chase going with a 44-run win against Atherton at Higham Park where they bowled the home side out for 116 in response to the Golborne total of 160.

Ben Lyon followed up his earlier top score of 33 by taking 3-38 to help restrict the home batting, with only Brad Eckersley (27) and Dan Ashton (21) making much of a score.

Lyon was backed up well by the returning Jamie Foster (27) and Dave Szostick (23) as Ashton also completed a good personal day with 4-31.

A low-scoring game at Vicarage Road saw hosts Blackrod beaten by Tonge by a margin of 43 runs.

Blackrod must have been relatively confident having bowled Tonge out for just 113 but only Paul Gregory (28no) reached double figures as they slumped to just 70 all out in reply, having no answer to the bowling of Dan Holt (6-14) and Hasib Patel (3-35).

Will Cook, with 46, had been the standout batter for Tonge as he and Sajid Patel (21) made the bulk of their runs, Tony Tipping taking 4-15 for the home side.

Eagley demolished Daisy Hill by 172 runs at St James Street as they took full advantage of a depleted home side.

Tom Marshall led the way with an unbeaten 106no aided by 50 from Craig Faulkner as Eagley built up a useful total of 208-5.

Mick Craig, with 5-12, and George Jackson (4-23) then simply blew away the Daisy Hill batting order as they slumped to a miserable 36 in response with only Mayank Patel reaching double figures.

The last game of the day was a hard-fought one between Little Lever and Little Hulton which ended in the home side edging to a four-wicket win.

They were made to work hard for the runs as they chased a target of just 107 but in the end, despite Neil Jarvis taking 3-25, 25 from Tuseef Ahmed and 21no from Jack Barlow was enough to see them to the win and third place in the table.

Roger Kumah had earlier top-scored for Little Hulton with 28 as he and Darren Mullineaux (27) provided the bulk of the runs in a disappointing total.

Joe Rushton (3-15) and Tamoor Jehangir (3-20) did the damage with the ball for Lever.