Nadeem is ton-derful as Ecc stay top of pile

Pictures Martin Bostock'Palace Shield cricket action.'Thornton Cleveleys v Great Eccleston cricket.' Oliver Parkinson batting for Great Eccleston.

Pictures Martin Bostock'Palace Shield cricket action.'Thornton Cleveleys v Great Eccleston cricket.' Oliver Parkinson batting for Great Eccleston.

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Great Eccleston kept their place at the head of the Moore & Smalley Palace Shield with a 106-run win over Thornton Cleveleys.

Mohammed Nadeem top-scored again, this time with an unbeaten 100, while Oliver Parkinson was out one short of his century as the Premier Division leaders scored 288-3.

The second-bottom hosts chased bravely but were dismissed for 182 in 43.3 overs, as Will Procter and Jon Jeffries took three wickets apiece. Harry Northrop led the home reply with 53 at Illawalla, while Rob Dingle added 44.

Second-placed Penwortham are still just two points behind Ecc after their 64-run home win over Norcross.

Naveed Yousaf’s 3-35 couldn’t prevent the hosts reaching 217-6.

Simon Marshall was run out for 63 and Wayne Maddock finished with an unbeaten 39.

Robert Sturzaker’s 6-54 kept Norcross in trouble and they were eventually all out for 153 with eight deliveries remaining. Opener Adam Jackson led the resistance with 68 which included eight fours.

Fylde pulled level with Norcross after completing their second win of the season, by 36 runs at Whittingham & Goosnargh.

The visitors made 200-7 as No.3 Michael Watkinson hit seven fours in his 57 and Keith Moore made 46 before both were victims of Mahmed Harish Patel (3-32).

Whittingham were dismissed for 164 in 42.2 overs as Lloyd George dismissed opener and top scorer Munaf Bavla for 40 en route to figures of 6-40 off 12.2 overs.

Garstang went ahead of Whittingham after a 94-run win at bottom club New Longton.

The visitors compiled 215-7 on the back of a century from opener Michael Walling, while Gary Fawcett added 48.

Paul Haydock and Nasar Afsar both bagged three victims for New Longton, who were then dismissed for 121 with 11.2 remaining.

Mark Hitchens’ figures of 3-21 were almost matched by Tyler Ibbotson (3-24), though No.5 Paul Haydock (47) put up brave resistance.

Freckleton are 15 points clear at the top of Division One after a seventh straight win, this one by nine wickets at Penwortham Seconds, who were skittled out for 66 in 36.2 overs.

Joshua Holden bowled unchanged to claim 4-27, while Mark Rigby helped himself to 3-20 off 11 overs.

Gary Fiddler was then the only casualty as fellow opener Jamie Reddy (36 not out) led Freckleton to 70-1 off 22.3 overs.

Unbeaten South Shore enjoy a commanding lead in Division Two – now 18 points after the six-wicket win at Vernon Carus Thirds. Shore required 19 overs to overhaul Vernons’ 94 all out.

Kirkham and Wesham continued their climb up the table with a second successive win, this one by seven wickets at Withnell Fold.

Javid Patel took 4-33 and Fareez Moosa 3-19 as the hosts were dismissed for 98 in 32.1 overs.

Opener Michael Brooks then carried his bat for 52 (seven fours) as Kirkham won in 19.2 overs.

Norcross Seconds (235-5) were 67-run winners over Wrea Green (168-6).