BOLTON ASSOCIATION: Walshaw up to fifth after double victory

FOCUSED Elton’s Stephen Ward is a study in concentration

FOCUSED Elton’s Stephen Ward is a study in concentration

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Walshaw made it two wins in two matches at the weekend, notching up the highest score of the day against Standish on Saturday and recording a six-wicket win against Swinton Moorside on Sunday.

The Bury side raced to 286-9 against Standish thanks to 97 from Darren Foy and 44 from Raki Weerasundara.

Foy was frustrated to get out three short of his century when he fell to Sam Heeley (4-80).

In reply, Joe Fielding top-scored for Standish with 53 but Gavin Nicholl (3-37) and Danny Hornby (2-17) ensured the visitors were bowled out for 184.

Just 24 hours later, fifth-placed Walshaw dismissed Swinton.

The Manchester-side batted first posting 141 with Dave Flatley hitting 23 but Gavin Nicholl 3-35 led the way for the bowlers supported by Steve Holt 3-40.

Danny Hornby notched up 55 while Rakitha Weerasundara added 30 to help Walshaw to 144.

Bury put pressure on league leaders Flixton with a nine-wicket triumph over Blackrod on Saturday.

Thusendra de Zoysa (58) top scored for Blackrod but they were were all out for 129, with Sam Nolan-Massey taking 3-5 and Nekoli Parris also taking three wickets.

In reply, skipper Simon Belston top-scored with an unbeaten 60 and Parris added 55 as Bury romped to victory.

Rowan Bricker sampled agony and delight in Winton’s 15-run win against Bury on Sunday.

He was run out on 99 and along with Mike Seenan’s 45 and Lewis Johnson’s 22 saw Winton set a target of 205.

Simon Belson and Nekoli Parris shared two wickets apiece.

In reply, Belston led by example with 60 while Alex Brechin (29) Parris (25) and Matt Twentyman (24) were the batting highlights for Bury.

David Marchment took 3-58 and Simon Brittain 3-40.

Daisy Hill moved above Bury into second place after their stroll in the park against Elton on Saturday, winning by nine wickets.

Elton were bowled out for 187 after looking set for a convincing total at 161-5 with Steve Ward (48), Alistair Lowes (39) and John Ashworth (39) making decent contributions.

Paul Hart was pick of the bowlers with 5-32.

Daisy Hill were going strong before Craig Atherton was out 26 but Mark Wood (62) and Mark Atherton (84) helped them over the finish line.

Elton got back to winning ways in their match on Sunday, beating Darcy Lever by 51 runs thanks to an incredible bowling performance by Alistair Lowes.

He took 9-23 to bowl out Darcy for 74 after earlier top-scoring with 31 in Elton’s total of 155.

Chris Murray also hit 23 with Chris Read and Adam Stansfield adding 20 apiece.

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