EARLESTOWN'S grip on the West Lancs continued with a convincing win against Liverpool outfit Goodlass. Skipper Williams won the toss and asked the home side to bat again. P Jay (7-12) was outstanding with the ball, supported by tight bowling and fielding the whole team now playing as a unit.

M Gardiner (11) top scored before being snapped up with an excellent catch by D Ashton, the rest of the batsmen went cheaply and the home side ended with only 45 on the board.

Earlestown's openers proceeded to show little regard for the bowling, especially G Davison (39), and they reached the required total with the loss of a wicket.

The Sunday team entertained a below par Arriva side. The visitors won the toss and elected to bat, and after losing opener Clark for a duck, Robinson (19) and Daniels (21) paved the way for a large total, but youngsters J Arnold (3-29) and G Jones (3-10) pegged back the innings and they finished on 113 in 27 overs.

Earlestown's batting began slowly but when G Jones (44 no) and P Harrison (30 no) came together the result was never in doubt. Earlestown finished on 116-2 and now look forward to a semi-final spot.