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20/20 Cup Final & Results


Michael Latham

The League's Twenty20 competition was perhaps the most successful of its kind yet with a highly successful Finals Day building on some excellently contested group games. There were four new faces on Finals Day in 2009 compared to the inaugural event held at Blackpool in 2008. Preston emerged as the winners of the competition after defeating Netherfield in the final at Parkside Road.

The winners of the competition had an added incentive in that they qualified to play in the Cockspur Club Twenty20, a national competition organised by the ECB which culminated in a Finals Day at the County Ground, Derby televised live on Sky Sports. But Preston went out of the competition at the first round of the national stage after losing to Chester-le-Street.
The competition was eventually won by Bournemouth CC.

The competition was split into four groups as follows:

Barrow, Kendal and Netherfield (home and away


Carnforth, Lancaster and Morecambe (home and away

MORECAMBE qualified

Chorley, Darwen and Leyland (home and away)

DARWEN qualified

Blackpool, Fleetwood, Preston and St Annes (one fixture against each opponent

PRESTON qualified

The group results were as follows:

Tues 2 June

St Annes v Preston

Preston 112 for 3 defeated St Annes 111 for 7 by 7 wkts

Fri 5 June

Carnforth v Lancaster

Carnforth 174 for 4 (R Nelson 57, D Moore 54) defeated Lancaster 169 for 5 (M Stevens 89no) by 5 runs.

Tues 9 June

Leyland v Chorley- Leyland 117 beat Chorley 107 for 8 (C Hartley 67) by 10 runs.

Tues 9 June

Fleetwood v St Annes

Fleetwood 158 for 7 (C Hughes 52) beat St Annes 92 by 66 runs.

Fri 12 June

Carnforth v Morecambe

Morecambe 153 for 4 defeated Carnforth 150 for 5 (R Nelson 54) by six wickets.

Fri 12 June

Barrow v Kendal

Barrow 105 for 2 defeated Kendal 103 for 6 by 8 wickets.

Tues 16 June

Chorley v Leyland

Leyland 114 for 3 defeated Chorley 113 for 8 (C Hartley 53) by 7 wickets.

Thurs 18 June

Blackpool v Fleetwood- Fleetwood 116 for 3 defeated Blackpool 113 for 7 (A Smith 53no) by 7 wickets.

Thurs 18 June

Kendal v Barrow

Barrow 132 for 4 (P Wanasinghe 62no) defeated Kendal 112 (T Hunte 64) by 20 runs.

Fri 19 June

Darwen v Chorley

Darwen 59 for 1 defeated Chorley 55 for 6 by 9 wickets

Fri 19 June

Lancaster v Carnforth

Lancaster 140 for 7 defeated Carnforth 89 by 51 runs

Tues 23 June

Blackpool v St Annes

Blackpool 114 for 1 defeated St Annes 113 for 8 by 9 wickets

Tues 23 June

Leyland v Darwen

Leyland 122 defeated Darwen 95 (P Cummings 7 for 15 including hat-trick) by 27 runs

Tues 23 June

Morecambe v Lancaster

Morecambe 141 for 4 (M Mashimbyi 70no) defeated Lancaster 120 for 5 (M Stevens 56) by 21 runs

Thurs 25 June

Kendal v Netherfield

Netherfield 162 for 7 (G Batticciotto 64) defeated Kendal 142 by 20 runs

Fri 26 June

Lancaster v Morecambe

Morecambe 102 for 3 (I Ullah 58no) defeated Lancaster 101 for 8 by 7 wickets

Fri 26 June

Darwen v Leyland- Darwen 141 for 6 defeated Leyland 140 for 3 by 4 wickets

Fri 26 June

Blackpool v Preston

Blackpool 145 for 7 defeated Preston 141 by 4 runs

Tues 30 June

Fleetwood v Preston

Preston 126 for 5 (Bilal Asad 54) defeated Fleetwood 123 for 8 by 5 wickets

Tues 30 June

Morecambe v Carnforth

Carnforth 130 defeated Morecambe 128 for 2 (C Boucher 77) by 2 runs

Tues 30 June

Netherfield v Barrow

Netherfield 174 for 6 (A Atkinson 83no) defeated Barrow 148 for 6 (P Wanasinghe 67no) by 26 runs

Thurs 2 July

Netherfield v Kendal

Netherfield 152 for 7 (C Walmsley 60) defeated Kendal 103 for by 49 runs

Fri 10 Juy

Chorley v Darwen

Darwen 220 for 3 (D Wiese 128, J Cordingley 58) defeated Chorley 124 for 7 by 96 runs

Fri 10 July

Barrow v Netherfield

Netherfield 134 for 6 (A Atkinson 58) defeated Barrow 44 by 90 runs

The winner from each group progressed to the finals day at Netherfiield
Originally scheduled for Sunday 26 July, when rain prevented any play, the competition was concluded a fortnight later on Sunday 9 August.


Preston won the Furness Building Society Twenty20 Northern Premier Cricket League Cup after a highly successful Finals Day at Netherfield CC.
They defeated host club Netherfield by 90 runs in the final after edging past Darwen by three wickets in the second semi-final.

A highly successful exhibition of the best of Northern League cricket began at 11am at the beautifully appointed Netherfield ground. On a glorious summer's morning a good-sized crowd was treated to a superb exhibition of batting by the home professional Glen Batticciotto.

Batticciotto, who is a regular in Queensland's one day side, hit an imperious 100 off 54 balls including seven fours and five sixes against Morecambe.
Craig Walmsley (31) helped Batticciotto add 82 for the first wicket to lay down a solid foundation which was built upon by John Huck (42 not out off 24 balls) as Netherfield reached an imposing 211 for 3.
Graeme Cassidy was Morecambe's best bowler with two for 26 while pro Mandla Mashimbyi eventually dismissed his opposite number to a sharp catch by Phil Dennison.

Despite losing Ikram Ullah early on, Morecambe set about their daunting target positively with Phil Thornton looking in prime form.
Coming out of retirement for the competition, Thornton hit 35 off only 21 balls before he was bowled by Marc Hadwin.
Morecambe's hopes then depended on Mashimbyi who batted superbly to make 56 off only 30 balls before he was expertly caught by Chris Parry, the Netherfield captain, off Chris Miller.
Charles Boucher (20) and Dennison (23) batted well but Morecambe finished short on 164 for 7 as Scott Clement, bowling late in the innings, took two for 13.

Batticciotto was a clear choice of Man of the Match and won a bottle of Cockspur Rum.

Whereas the first semi final had produced 17 sixes the second one was an altogether different affair but none the less engrossing.
Darwen were restricted to 133 all out by a tight Preston bowling and fielding performance.

The key wicket was that of Darwen's South African professional David Wiese who was caught on the boundary by Dipesh Patel off the bowling of Lukman Vahaluwala for 10.
Kamran Anwar batted with maturity to sustain Darwen's innings, making 40 off 27 balls with good late order support from Stuart Hampson (18).
Vahaluwala took four for 13 for Preston with Zabeer Patel and Adam Parker each collecting two wickets.

Darwen bowled and fielded tigerishly and Cris Clarke ran out Sajid Patel and Nathan Jackson accounted for Parker with fine fielding.
David Fisher came in with Preston looking shaky at 79 for 5 and batted nervelessly, making a fine unbeaten 30 to steer his side home by three wickets in partnership with Zabeer Patel (15 not out).
Anwar finished with three for 22 to complete a fine all round performance but Fisher was chosen as Man of the Match.

After a quick turnaround Preston skipper and professional Bilal Asad won the toss and elected to bat in the final against Netherfield.

Openers Sajid Patel and Parker produced some outstanding batting to give Preston the initiative.
Parker made 35 off 24 balls before falling to a well-judged boundary catch by Walmsley after an opening stand of 71.
And Patel reached 48 before he was victim to a stunningly athletic catch in the deep by Batticciotto in front of the old scoreboard.
Valuable contributions by Vahaluwala (15), Fisher (23), Omar Malik (11) and Rehman Shah (20 not out) helped Preston set a challenging score of 178 for 8. Miller and Clement each took two wickets for Netherfield.

Vahaluwala struck a crucial early blow for Preston by bowling Batticciotto for 2.
In no time Netherfied slumped to 25 for 5 as Bilal Asad, defying a calf strain, collected three for 16 in a fiery opening spell, claiming the wickets of Walmsley, Alex Atkinson and Parry. The inspirational Preston skipper also ran out Huck with a fine piece of fielding.
There was no way back for Netherfield after that and their innings subsided to 88 all out with only Ben Haddrick (18), Shane Dixon (12) and last man Stuart Nixon (15) reaching double figures.
Zabeer Patel and Fisher each claimed two wickets for Preston.

Sajid Patel was chosen as Man of the Match by the third umpire, Peter Robinson.
Preston skipper Bilal Asad went up to collect the cup from League President Brian Standing.

"We are very pleased to lift the cup for the first time," said Bilal. "Netherfield are a very fine team and it took a very good team effort to defeat them. We had two very hard games back-to-back but the players came together in a very good way and we are delighted to win the cup, but I am sure that Netherfield will soon bounce back.
"It has been a very enjoyable day and a great experience for the players."

League President Mr Standing said: "Great credit goes to the organisers, sponsors and the Netherfield club for presenting Northern League cricket in the best possible light.
"We saw three excellent games and some outstanding individual performances from some highly talented players in front of a very good crowd.
"The Twenty20 competition has been a big success this year and this, our second Finals Day, was a memorable occasion and built upon the inaugural event at Blackpool last year.
"Netherfield staged the event superbly and the day was a huge success."

First Semi-Final (11am)

Netherfield v Morecambe

Netherfield defeated Morecambe by 47 runs

Netherfield 211 for 3 (20 overs) (G Batticciotto 100, J Huck 42no) Morecambe 164 for 7 (20 overs) (M Mashimbyi 56, P Thornton 35)

Man of the Match: Glen Batticciotto

Second Semi-Final (2pm)

Darwen v Preston

Preston defeated Darwen by 3 wickets

Darwen 133 (19 overs) (Kamran Anwar 40, L Vahaluwala 4 for 13), Preston 134 for 7 (19.1 overs) (D Fisher 30no, Kamran Anwar 3 for 22)

Man of the Match: David Fisher

Final (5pm)

Netherfield v Preston

Preston defeated Netherfield by 90 runs

Preston 178 for 8 (20 overs) (Sajid Patel 48, A Parker 35) Netherfield 88 (18 overs) (Bilal Asad 3 f or 18)

Man of the Match: Sajid Patel

Umpires: John Whiteside, Peter Robinson and Kevin Howarth

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