Coleclough century keeps Social Circle out in front

FIVE-FOR: Farnworth's Matthew Hicks took five wickets. Picture by Harry McGuire
FIVE-FOR: Farnworth's Matthew Hicks took five wickets. Picture by Harry McGuire

After Saturday’s programme, the Bolton Cricket League splits into two with Westhoughton, Horwich and Farnworth Social Circle on 70, 68 and 60 points respectively already assured of a place in the top six.

Farnworth, Astley Bridge, Little Lever, Blackrod and Lostock are competing for the other three places.

A 136-run partnership between Ross Sutton (70) and Milinda Siriwardana (71), was followed by one of 99 between Simon Booth (62) and James Fox as Farnworth ending their innings on 275-5 against Kearsley on Saturday.

Kearsley began well in reply, reaching 71-1, but with Matthew Hicks taking 5-42 they were dismissed for 155.

James Evans hit 72 and James McLaughlin 62 not out in Lostock’s 194-8 against Westhoughton, Kamran Younas taking 3-45.

Westhoughton lost a wicket with two runs on the board, but then Marlon Welcome-Goodman with a century and Matthew Morris (82) steered them to victory without any further mishaps.

James Enslin struck 132 in Horwich’s 292-8, including a 98-run partnership with Brett Pelser.

Nipun Gaikwad took 4-76 for Little Lever, then followed this up with an innings of 145 out of 206.

The Lever innings would have ended much sooner than it did but for a last-wicket partnership of 71 between Gaikwad and Josh Hill.

Jack Berry was Horwich’s most successful bowler with figures of 4-59.

Elliot Coleclough was another centurion, with 127 for Farnworth Social Circle.

Max Perry added a half-century and the innings closed on 306-6.

Nazim Patel scored 46 out of Little Hulton’s 136 with Ryan Ayres taking 6-54.

Atherton recovered from 33-5 to reach 154, thanks mainly to 48 from Leighton Smith and 47 from Rhys Webb. Junaid Farooq had 4-30 for Walkden.

Adnan Mufti’s undefeated 62 then steered Walkden to a five-wicket victory.

A century partnership between Lesiba Ngoepe (61) and Rick Northrop (52) helped Astley Bridge to 196, with Harvey Seigne recording figures of 5-39, and Josh Fallows 3-53 for Eagley.

At 83-2, Eagley appeared well placed, but Ngoepe took 4-57 and Haaris Akhtar 3-32 to give Bridge a 26-run victory.

Blackrod’s 190-9 was based around 64 runs for Ankit Lamba, Naseer Ahmed taking 3-26 for Tonge, and Connor Lord 3-66.

Chetan Bisht made 71 for Tonge, who were heading for victory until the last four wickets fell for six runs, leaving then still five runs adrift. Lamba had 4-33 for Blackrod and Matthew Ready 3-52.

On Sunday, in the Lancs Knockout, a century partnership between Morris and Younas was not enough as Westhoughton finished more than 50 runs short of Northern’s 282-6.

Northern are joined by fellow Liverpool Competition sides Ormskirk and Leigh along with Longridge from the Northern League in the semi-finals.