Former Lancashire man Gareth Cross was the star as Woodbank went down to a seven-wicket defeat at Clifton in the GMCL Premier Division.

Cross took five wickets as Woodbank were all out for 140 and he then made 60 to help his side to a routine victory.

Elsewhere in the top flight, Prestwich’s game against Egerton was off due to Covid issues.

In Premier 2, Bury moved up the standings to fourth after a narrow one-wicket win over local rivals Walshaw.

Ahmed Matloob took 8-56 in the first innings to bowl out Walshaw for 182 for whom Shabnan Ali top scored with 37 batting at number 10.

He then led the way with the ball, taking 4-54, but 44 from Alex Breckin and then an unbeaten 27 from Sam Nolan-Massey got Bury home having needed 43 for victory from the last two wickets.

Stand won for the third time this season in a big game at the bottom, defeating Royton by four wickets in a low-scoring game.

Chris Williams was the star of the show, taking 4-26 as the hosts were all out for 85 before seeing his side home with an unbeaten 49 at the top of the order as wickets fell around him.

Brooksbottom bowled out struggling Edenfield for 76 in the Championship to keep up the pressure at the top of the table.

Mohsin Iqbal did the damage with 6-43 before the visitors completed a routine seven-wicket victory.

Elton moved above opponents Westleigh with a 61-run victory on home soil, defending their total of 210-7 which was anchored by professional Asif Zakir who finished not out on 84.

In Division 2A, Tottington St Johns bowled out Worsley for 86 on their way to their fourth win of the season, Matthew Smalley and Mike Burns both taking three wickets.

The chase was far from straightforward but Totty were four-wicket winners, Burns completing a good day with an unbeaten 32 from 35 balls.

East Lancs Paper Mill were dismissed for just 50 in their nine-wicket defeat at Irlam.

In Division 3W, Unsworth went down to a six-wicket defeat at home to United Stars.

In the Lancashire League, Ramsbottom’s five-game losing run in Division One is over after beating Rochdale by 23 runs.

Professional Daryn Smit hit a superb 117 in Ramsbottom’s 186-8 total with Jonny Dack (28) and Jonny Fielding (10) the only other players to hit double figures.

In reply, Rochdale were bowled out for 163 with Fielding (4-21) and Josh Dentith (3-36) doing the damage.

Greenmount went down a six-wicket defeat against Division Two leaders Littleborough.

Tom Heaton top scored with 73 as Greenmount were all out for 184, Chesney Hughes taking all four wickets to fall in the reply.