Arnold Under-12A gave an outstanding display to win their Lancashire Cup third- round tie at Rossall by 152 runs.
With Rossall in devastating form in their last round against King Edward VII & Queen Mary’s, who they bowled out for 26, Arnold knew they were in for a tough match.
Put in to bat, Arnold openers Taylor Cornall and Callum Preece soon scored 20 runs before Cornall was lbw for seven, having made over 200 for the season.
Preece and Myles Child looked in terrific form as they went from 20-1 in the third over to 69-1 in the 11th.
Preece punished anything short and wide on the offside but was well caught behind on 29 to leave Arnold 71-2.
Josh Radley now entered the fray and added 40 runs in the next five overs with Child.
Radley eventually reached 31 not out with his seventh four and had to retire with the score at 125-2 in the 18th over.
Kyle Preece made seven and Luke Hind a quick and important 17 from nine balls to move Arnold past 150.
Hind was bowled attempting another big shot and Child retired on 30 not out after batting for 80 minutes and facing 47 balls.
The lower order collapsed but Radley was able to return to the crease to hit another boundary to finish top scorer with 35 not out from just 23 deliveries.
Arnold’s impressive total of 170-8 from their 25 overs put Rossall under immediate pressure.
Peter Walton opened the bowling and made an immediate impact, taking wickets with the final two balls of his first over to leave Rossall in early trouble at 1-2.
Josh Moreau, who had taken 11 wickets in three B matches, took one with his first ball for the A team, caught by Radley at point.
Walton then bowled a wicket maiden and Rossall were 6-4 after just 18 deliveries.
Moreau then matched that wicket maiden with one of his own to make it 6-5. It got worse for Rossall, as Josh Billingham’s catch made it 6-6 and left Walton with figures of 4-2.
Moreau took three more wickets in his third over, including a caught and bowled, for figures of 5-5, one of the 10 best returns since the school started keeping records 10 years ago.
Ben Moore’s caught and bowled wrapped up the innings for 18.
It was a near perfect display by Arnold, who travel to Lancaster RGS in the next round.