SADACL Premier Division
Moorfield (102-2) beat Tarleton (100 all out) by 8 wickets
Tarleton first XI started the second half of the cricket season in disappointing fashion, as Moorfield secured a comfortable 8-wicket victory on Saturday.
Rob Magee and Michael Harrison starred for Moorfield. Both men took 4 wickets as Tarleton stumbled to 100 all out after winning the toss on a fine afternoon at Moorfield CC.
Then Harrison (45) and Magee (41 not out) made light work of the run chase, as the hosts overhauled Tarleton’s effort in just 19 overs.
Skipper Paul Higham made Tarleton’s only meaningful contribution with the bat, scoring 37.
Tarleton remain eighth in the table but the gap to the relegation places was cut to 10 points, ahead of a meeting with 10th placed Haydock next weekend.
The 2nd XI also fell to defeat as Churchtown chased down 131 to claim a five wicket victory at Carr Lane.
There was better news for the 2nd XI however in the Pochin Cup on Sunday, with Tarleton beating Dalton by a slender 5 runs to secure a place in the final.
Father-and-son combination Dave and Joe Huyton bowled the hosts to victory by taking 6 wickets between them as Tarleton restricted Dalton to 128-9 chasing 134 for victory.
Earlier Richard Chicken hit a crucial 44 for the hosts at Carr Lane. The win completed a successful week for Dave Huyton, who was nominated on a 3 man shortlist for Lancashire Cricket Board’s prestigious Coach of the Year award.
Dave’s hard work is already paying off with many juniors playing key roles in senior matches, reflected by both 2nd and 3rd XIs reaching the finals of their respective cup competitions.
Tarleton 3rd XI also maintained their promotion push with a 3 wicket win over Halsall West End.
Mike Webster made 35 and Brian Parkinson chipped in with 26 as the hosts chased down a victory target of 113. Tarleton always welcomes new members of all ages and abilities. Kwik Cricket for ages 7 and above and Under 11 sessions take place on Saturday mornings from 9-10am and 10 to 11.30am respectively. Under 13 sessions are on Friday evenings from 6.30 to 8pm, whilst Under 15, Under 18 and Senior net practices are on Thursdays at the same time.