Southport Trinity moved to the summit of the Southport and District Premier Division, after beating Tarleton by six wickets at Carr Lane on Saturday.
Coupled with Prescot & Odyssey’s surprising loss at Dalton, Trinity now lead the way with just three points separating the top three teams with all to play for in the remaining five fixtures of the season.
Tarleton won the toss and elected to bat on a fine but blustery afternoon at Carr Lane.
Skipper Paul Higham held the Tarleton innings together with a fine knock of 65, whilst Tony Campbell took three wickets.
Southport Trinity also had their captain to thank for making runs in the reply, as Bobby Eyes scored 74. He put on 103 with Will Marsh (41) for the second wicket as Trinity reached the victory target in 37 overs.
First team debutant Joe Huyton took three wickets and bowled admirably against some very experienced batsmen.
With a team heavily depleted due to holidays, Tarleton 2nd XI were comprehensively beaten at Moss Side Maghull.
The hosts made 214-7 declared with Ian Bagot scoring 70 and Andrew Cropper claiming 5-35.
In reply, Tarleton were skittled for 29 with no batsman making double figures and Tim Lyons taking 5-12.
The 3rd XI were also heavily affected by a significant number of absentees. Tarleton made 94 all out with 22 from the impressive Lewis Johnson.
Halsall West End slipped to 7-2, but Jimmy Bird (20 not out), and Ben Brown (64 not out) saw the hosts to a comfortable victory.
The Pochin Cup final between Tarleton and Churchtown fell victim of the bad weather. The teams will try again at Norley Hall Cricket Club on Sunday, August 17.
Tarleton always welcomes new members.
Kwik Cricket for ages 7 and above and Under 11 sessions take place on Saturday mornings from 9am to 10am and 10am to 11.30am respectively.
Under 13 sessions are on Friday evenings from 6.30-8pm, whilst Under 15, Under 18 and Senior net practices are on Thursdays.