BOLTON ASSOCIATION: Nekoli Parris top scores as Bury close on leaders Flixton

Bury Times: STARING ROLE Nekoli Parris hit 48 as Bury win again STARING ROLE Nekoli Parris hit 48 as Bury win again

Bury are just one point behind league leaders Flixton at the top of the table after both sides won on Saturday.

Simon Belston’s team defeated won Darcy Lever by 84 runs with pro Nekoli Parris scoring 48 and Mumtaz Mirza 39 as Bury hit 165-6.

Mukhtar Nasir took 3-12 and Parris 2-24 as Bury restricted the home side to 81-8.

Belston said: “We had a bit of rain around which made it difficult.

“The wicket wasn’t covered and it was a bit of a tricky wicket but we managed to post a good score and get a good win.”

Bury are at home to Edgworth on Saturday before visiting Daisy Hill in the Cross Cup on Sunday.

“Edgworth will be coming here looking for a win after their success at Winton last week.

“They may be near the bottom of the table but they are certainly not a team that I’d have down close to the bottom of the table, so we are certainly not expecting an easy game.”

Elton moved up to third place, nine points off top spot, as they scraped to a one-run victory at home to Astley and Tyldesley, whose captain Jimmy Cutt took 6-22 before scoring 31.

Elton posted 130 (David Murray 34 and Mark Goddard 31) before just about getting over the line, A&T completing their allotted 31 overs with two wickets remaining. Chris Read took 4-31 for Elton.

Golborne, made it three wins on the trot with a two-wicket success against Walshaw.

Junaid Khan top scored with 48 as Golborne reached their target of 101 after 27.1 overs to record their first home win of the season.

Leaders Flixton toiled to a 26-run home victory over second-bottom Standish.

Flixton had Adrian Holmes to thank for their win as the opening bowler came in at number seven and scored a crucial 30 not out.

David Bowden took 5-32 as Flixton were all out for 161 which looked vulnerable when openers Nick Smith (51) and Bowden (31) took the reply to 60-0.

The wickets started to tumble with Alton Beckford taking 6-40.

Elsewhere in the league, it was far more straightforward for Swinton Moorside as they passed home side Little Hulton’s 81.

Jamie McDougall scored 45 and David Flatley 27 and team-mates Jake Brown and Jack Wood earlier took 3-34 and 3-8, respectively.

Shaukat Patel (35) had showed resistance for the bottom side.

Daisy Hill are just two points further behind in fifth after a six-wicket win at home to Atherton.

Atherton posted 108-9 in a game reduced to 33 overs.

Amjid Khan was typically key with the ball, taking 5-35 from 15 overs before Daisy got off to a bad start at 14-3 after nine overs.

Mike Chilton (51 not out) and Paul Atherton (31) then settled into their stride and built a 90-run partnership for the fourth wicket.

Daisy reached their target with eight balls remaining despite the efforts of Jamar Griffith who followed up his 23 top score for Atherton with 3-42.

The table is so tight that Edgworth find themselves fifth bottom yet only 17 points behind third place.

They picked up 13 points with a three-wicket win at Winton who are two points above them.

After Winton posted 205-8 (Justin Kramersh 46, Richard Johnson 43, Tom Fairclough 3-32) Edgworth’s reply was spearheaded by a third-wicket partnership of 94 between pro Liam Watkinson (49) and Guy Haynes (33).

Ally Dickson followed them unbeaten on 40 as Edgworth won with three and a half overs remaining. Kramersh took 3-51.

Adlington hit their third successive score well over 200 when they posted 262-4 at home to Lostock. Majid Majeed top scored with 87 and Mark Halliwell hit 45 not out – their 148 stand for the fourth wicket their second successive partnership in excess of 100 – and Zak Millington 41.

Majeed followed up with 5-70 and 15-year-old Tom Shovelton took 2-26 – his first wickets for the first team – as Lostock’s reply ended on 202-9, overseas player Aaron Mullins scoring 61 and Connor Hicklin 39.

Himesh Silva destroyed Blackrod by hitting 57 as his side posted 154-6 and then ripped through the Blackrod batsmen, taking an incredible 8-16 as the visitors were all out for just 41.

Simon Hall added 32 to mid-table Worsley’s score with Blackrod pro Thushendra de Zoysa having some joy with the ball taking 3-35.

Seventh-place Blackrod just could not handle Silva’s bowling with opener Joey Pryle top scoring with 17.

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