ON a day when the Club fielded four teams due to First and Second team cup matches, and with low availability due to events taking place elsewhere, Leigh Fourths suffered their second defeat of the season, at the hands of Wigan.

bAfter winning the toss, Wigan chose to bat on a perfect afternoon for cricket and amassed 199 for 5 in 45 overs.

Leigh used seven bowlers, none of whom took serious punishment from the batsmen, but three significant stands and a solid batting performance by the Wigan team meant Leigh had to work hard in the heat to keep the score respectable.

Will Banner's two wickets for 40 from 12 overs and Pete Dugdale's one for 22 from 10 provided the best figures, with Mattie McKiernan bowling a good seven over spell for no reward. There were some excellent fielding performances throughout the team, though one dropped catch was to prove costly.

In the Leigh innings, early wickets once again set the scene for a rearguard action which this week was doomed to failure, as only Will Banner was able to offer any real resistance to the Wigan bowlers, top scoring with a hard-earned 17. Tim Edwards, Alex Goodland and Mattie McKiernan all provided some support, but Leigh were eventually bowled out for 53, with eight of the final 20 overs remaining.