Hes­keth post first vic­tory

Southport Visiter - - Visiter Life - BY SAM CAR­ROLL sam.car­roll@trin­i­tymir­ror.com @SamCar­roll0

FLEET­WOOD Hes­keth won their first com­pleted game in three weeks last week­end as they de­feated Burscough.

Church­town con­ceded their Liver­pool Echo Knock­out Cup game with Hes­keth last week­end, but Scott Rim­mer’s men hadn’t tasted a com­pet­i­tive vic­tory since their 50-run win over Liver­pool at the start of May.

It didn’t take them long to re­dis­cover their win­ning touch, how­ever, with just a shade more than 50 overs be­ing needed in the en­tire day to see off the vis­i­tors.

Rim­mer’s day did not get off to the best of starts, with Burscough win­ning the toss and elect­ing to bat first.

Less than 30 overs later, and the de­ci­sion re­flected badly upon op­po­si­tion skip­per Jon Stone.

His men were skit­tled for just 89 runs, with Josh Mur­ray sav­ing his side from fur­ther em­bar­rass­ment with a late knock of 31 af­ter Burscough found them­selves 34-9.

In-form Gavin Dick­en­son recorded fig­ures of 3-24 to con­tinue his fine start to the sea­son, but his fel­low open­ing bowler Paul Mullen stole the show with a dev­as­tat­ing five over spell which prof­fered five wick­ets for the loss of just nine runs.

Mullen started the cam­paign with fig­ures of 3-27 in the open­ing day de­feat to Sefton Park, but had since ap­peared in all of Hes­keth’s games with­out tak­ing a sin­gle wicket.

His re­turn to form could not have come at a bet­ter time for Rim­mer, whose side ini­tially made a meal of their chase.

Neil Rim­mer, Derek Sykes and Geeth Arachchige all lost their wicket early on, and by the time Huw Sum­mer­field was bowled by Stone, Hes­keth were 40-4.

The skip­per com­pleted a sat­is­fy­ing day’s work along­side Lee Rim­mer, though, with scores of 21 and 45 re­spec­tively see­ing the hosts home for a com­fort­able six wicket vic­tory.

Hes­keth are now just four points be­hind fourth place Ains­dale, who they wel­come to Sea Cop on Satur­day.

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