DEBUT ace Steve Davey shot a quickfire 63 as Leigh strolled to victory on the opening day of the new cricket season.

They beat Bolton by 73 runs in the 45-over Penketh Cup, never in trouble on a slow wicket at Green Lane.

Davey, one of six new signings in the team, faced just 75 balls, firing some powerful shots straight down the ground and making the most of anything short.

Queenslander Kane Kersnovske chipped in with 36 and Rob Clews 24 as Leigh made 212-7.

Steve Duxbury, with two wickets, and 19-year-old off-spinner Chris Hall (3-20 in a tight nine-over spell) kept Bolton in check and they finished on a disappointing 139-6.

Leigh 2nd beat Bolton comfortably. The visitors were all for 64, Chris Melia snapping up six wickets, and Leigh knocked off the runs without loss, Steve Whalley on 36 and Michael Bond on 18.

GOLBORNE Sports & Social Club are deep into junior training.

Coaching for the U15s is held at the ground off Stonecross Lane (6.30pm) on Tuesdays while for the U13s (including youngsters aged eight) coaching is on Wednesdays (6pm) at £1 per session.

Call the club on 01942-510161 for details.

ATHERTON'S Abbot Ale match with Cheshire League side Cheadle Hulme was washed out after Jonathan Harrop had scored 47 in a total of 122-2 for the Bolton Association side. Andy Hall had added an unbeaten 31.

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