Hesketh post first victory
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.