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Match Day 10th May 2003


By Gerry Wolstenholme

Chorley had wrapped up their game at Stanley Park by early afternoon on Saturday and the 12 points that they earned took them to the top of the table. Stephen John started the demolition of the home side with 4-15 and Ross Demming finished it off so that Blackpool totalled a miserable 56 all out. Chorley lost two wickets in their brief reply but coasted home by eight wickets at 58-2.

At St Annes, Stephen Twist's 84 not out and a quick-fire 55 not out from Adam Cotton saw the home side set Morecambe a considerable target with a total of 214-4. Phil Dennison, 55, and stand-in professional Johan Louw, 43, gave them a chance but they had to settle for the draw in the end at 205-8.

Darwen made short shrift of Fleetwood at Birch Hall as they compiled a formidable 191-5 with Gareth Cordingley making a top score of 64, with six fours and two sixes, skipper Chris Lowe making 31 not out and Keith Semple chipping in with 28. Fleetwood's often brittle batting then subsided from 44-2 to a meagre 74 all out with only John Wright, 11, James Ellis, 12, and Wayne Clarke, 14, making double figures. Andrew Mercer picked up 4-32 and Jeff Hacking took his customary three cheap wickets, 3-7 from 10 overs.

Kendal piled up 201-8 against Leyland Motors with Kabir Khan making 46 not out and Simon Little 41 as the pair took Kendal upwards from a miserable looking 120-7. Motors reply relied heavily on Asif Ashraf who made 67 but Khan, 4-24, and Richard Ellwood, 4-40, made sure that Kendal were victorious as Motors were bowled out for 130 to lose by 71 runs. James Aspinwall, 25, was the only other Motors batsman to reach double figures.

The Lancaster versus Netherfield game ended in an exciting draw at Lune Road. Lancaster made their best score of the season to date with 220-4, David Heywood just missing out on his century with 94 not out, and Rennier Munnik once again in the runs with 92. The pair added 162 for the third wicket. For Netherfield only Gareth White showed much early resistance as he made 44 but Scott Clement, 33, and Ryan Wilson, 20, held up the Lancaster bowlers for whom Graham Barnes took 4-54. At the close Netherfield were hanging on with 170-9.

Preston's early season bubble burst at Fox Lane as they lost by 30 runs to Leyland who batted first and made a modest 140-9 with Manoj Parekh taking 4-33 and Alex Gill's 35 being top score. It was still too many for Preston who stumbled to 110 all out courtesy of Steve Pallet's great return of 7-38. Raouf Akbar top scored with 37 for Preston who fall to third place in the table.

Scores in brief (home team in bold):

Blackpool 56 (John 4-15), Chorley 58-2

Blackpool 0 points, Chorley 12 points

Darwen 191-5 (Cordingley G 64), Fleetwood 74 (Mercer 4-32)

Darwen 15 points, Fleetwood 2 points

Kendal 201-8 (Khan 46*, Little 41), Leyland Motors 130 (Ashraf 67)

Kendal 15 points, Leyland Motors 3 points

Lancaster 220-4 (Heywood 94*, Munnik 92), Netherfield 170-9 (White 44, Barnes 4-54)

Lancaster 11 points, Netherfield 4 points

Leyland 140-9 (Parekh 4-33), Preston 110 (Pallett S 7-38)

Leyland 15 points, Preston 4 points

St Annes 214-4 (Twist 84*, Cotton 55*), Morecambe 205-8 (Dennison 55, Louw 43)

St Annes 10 points, Morecambe 5 points



Division One
Club P W15 W12 D4 D1 L NR4 BP Pts
Chorley 5 0 2 1 0 1 1 9 41
Darwen 5 1 1 0 0 0 3 0 39
Preston 5 1 1 0 0 2 1 7 38
Morecambe 5 0 2 0 1 0 2 4 37
St Annes 5 0 1 1 1 0 2 9 34
Netherfield 5 0 1 1 1 0 2 5 30
Kendal 5 1 0 0 0 1 3 2 29
Leyland Motors 5 1 0 0 0 3 1 9 28
Lancaster 5 0 0 1 1 1 2 15 28
Leyland 5 1 0 0 0 2 2 2 25
Fleetwood 5 0 1 0 1 2 1 5 22
Blackpool 5 0 0 1 0 2 2 9 21



Blackpool 56, Chorley 58-2

St Annes 214-4, Morecambe 205-8

By Gerry Wolstenholme

Chorley had an easy afternoon at Stanley Park on Saturday, making short work of the Blackpool batting to have the game finished by six minutes past four. Stephen John made early inroads into the Blackpool batting and with good support from the Smith brothers and Ross Demming the home side were dismissed for a paltry 56. Chorley did lose a couple of wickets in reply but cruised home in 12 overs with 58-2 two in by eight wickets.

The day seemed to begin on a bright note for Blackpool as Tom Smith dropped Martin Pickles in the gully early on and seven overthrows were gathered in two poor pieces of fielding by the Chorley side. It was soon 22-0 and Blackpool looked as though they were going to go on to a reasonable total. But it was not to be for the whole side were then bowled out for the addition of only 34 runs.

Pickles, a top score of 15, was first to go when he edged the dangerous Stephen John through to wicketkeeper Neil Senior and Blackpool were on the slippery slope at 22-1. Steven Croft failed to score as he was adjudged leg before wicket to John and Blackpool were 22-2. Skipper Mark Lomas hit one boundary then, in a much delayed decision, was given out caught behind off John, and the following ball professional Deon Kruis was bowled by an inswinging yorker from the same bowler. That was 26-4.

The steady Chris Simcock and Paul Danson edged the total to 33 with John removed from the attack due to a twinge in the back. It did not give Blackpool any respite as Tom Smith had Simcock caught at slip by John for six. Danson made nine before Ross Demming bowled him at 48-6.

Demming struck again in his next over when Steve Mercer, five, was well held at gully by Tom Smith and it was 49-7. Paul Sidebotham made one before Demming induced an edge to Senior and then John Caunce, in for the unavailable Chris Barrow, called Martin Hackett for an impossible run. The wicketkeeper's expletive as he tried to make his ground was enough to tell him that he was never going to beat Karl Dixon's throw from backward point. Dixon threw the stumps down with Hackett three yards out of his ground and that brought in the veteran Dave Cresswell to partner Caunce. They took the total to 56 before Billy Smith had Cresswell caught behind for three and with Caunce three not out, the innings was over at 56 by 12 minutes to three. Thank goodness there had been the early overthrows and a second top score of 10 extras otherwise Blackpool would have been in an even more sorry mess!

Chorley's reply did not get off to the best of starts with the very much in-form Tom Smith getting an edge to a flier from Kruis for Hackett to take the catch before a run was on the board. Kruis celebrated his second NPL wicket in fine style, running ecstatically down the track and past the batsman! He struck again when the total had advanced to 25 when he had Ian Mawdsley, 16, splendidly caught in the gully by a diving Caunce.

But that was the end of Blackpool's success as Jim Fazackerley, 19 not out, and Nigel Heaton, 20 not out all in boundaries from 13 balls, saw Chorley to their early finish at 58-2. Blackpool fell to the foot of the table and unless things take a turn for the better, that is where they will remain for the season.

The early finish meant a trip to St Annes for the final innings of the game against Morecambe. St Annes had compiled 214-4 with Stephen Twist making 85 not out and Adam Cotton firing a hard-hi and speedy 55 not out, an innings that contained four sixes off the unfortunate Peter Stephens who finished with 2-129.

Morecambe's reply was quickly in tatters as Mark Woodhead and Lewis Edge were both dismissed by Twist for nought with the total on nine. Both were beaten for pace and edged through to wicketkeeper Duncan Whalley. Enter stand-in professional Johan Louw and he scored freely with some fierce drives. He did always give the bowler a chance and when he had made 43 his drive to long-on did not have enough power on it to carry the waiting Twist who snaffled the catch to leave Morecambe on 76-3.

Phil Thornton's arrival at the crease often spells trouble for the opposition but he could not make contact and with Phil Dennison monopolising the strike the Morecambe skipper could not get his big-hitting game into first gear. He did strike two big sixes but when he had made 24 an inspired bowling change brought about his downfall. Adam Cotton, 'Pies' came on and Thornton saw his chance for quick runs, or so he thought. He looked at a couple of balls before launching a huge drive down the ground. As with Louw, it did not have enough power to carry the boundary and Sean Bickerdike took the catch, Thornton gone for 24 and Morecambe 126-4.

Dennison survived a confident appeal for a catch at the wicket off Twist and he went on to make 55 before another bowling change saw him dismissed. Roger Banks returned to the attack and Dennison cut him with power on the off-side only to see a diving Gareth Evans make a spectacular catch at point and Morecambe were 157-5.

Tom Clough then employed the sweep to good effect in making 19 before a yes/no interlude with Andy Bird saw him run out with the total on 166. Faruk Patel made four before he fell leg before wicket to Banks at 176-7 and when Gulam Marge was deceived by a delightful ball from Geoff Love to be bowled for one, Morecambe seemed to be putting up the shutters at 179-8.

But after a couple of watchful overs Bird and Damien Gudgeon suddenly went onto the attack but it was too late, particularly with Love bowling an extremely tight line and length. The game was drawn as the innings closed at 205-8 in an afternoon of entertaining cricket all round.

Division Two scores in brief (home team in bold):

Blackpool 107, Chorley 110-2 (Greenwood 55)

Blackpool 0 points, Chorley 12 points

Fleetwood 115 (Bonner 4-27), Darwen 116-4 (Hadfield 60*)

Fleetwood 1 point, Darwen 12 points

Leyland Motors 168-8, Kendal 147 (Ashburner 57, Totham 6-36)

Leyland Motors 15 points, Kendal 4 points

St Annes 150-6,Morecambe 139-8 (Taylor D 5-67)

St Annes 8 points, Morecambe 3 points

Lancaster 156 (Simm 61, Welbourne 6-64),Netherfield 157-1 (Haddrick 78*, Stewart 76*)

Lancaster 1 point, Netherfield 12 points

Preston 115 (McKenzie 8-48), Leyland 60 (Wright 7-3)

Preston 15 points, Leyland 4 points


Division Two
Club P W15 W12 D4 D1 L NR4 BP Pts
Darwen 5 1 3 0 0 0 1 0 55
Leyland Motors 5 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 47
St Annes 5 1 0 1 0 1 2 11 38
Chorley 5 0 2 0 0 1 2 4 36
Fleetwood 5 1 1 0 0 2 1 3 34
Preston 5 1 0 1 0 1 2 6 33
Leyland 5 0 2 0 0 2 1 4 32
Morecambe 5 0 1 0 1 1 2 6 27
Blackpool 5 0 1 0 1 1 2 2 23
Netherfield 5 0 1 0 0 3 1 6 22
Lancaster 5 0 0 0 0 3 2 10 18
Kendal 5 0 0 0 0 3 2 8 16

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