Chorley Building Society

Northern League
Reader Cricket Balls

3D Sports

Match Day 17th April 2010


Champions St Annes earn maximum points

By Michael Latham

Luis Reece celebrates his seven wickets haul for Leyland

The Furness Building Society Northern Premier Cricket League (incorporating Readers Cricket Balls) exploded into life on a glorious spring afternoon as the fall-out from the Iceland volcanic eruption impacted on the competition.

Several prominent professionals and players were unable to take their places on the opening day after being stranded by the flights disruption.
St Annes professional Dinuka Hettiarachchi and top all-rounder Stephen Twist, Blackpool professional Nimesh Perera and Lancaster's Roy Silva were among those affected.
Leyland captain David Makinson did make it to Fox Lane after a nightmare 60 hour home journey from holiday in Goa but was too tired to play.

Reigning champions St Annes earned maximum points from their trip to Lune Road to face a much-changed Lancaster side captained for the first time by Michael Stevens.
Lancaster, who finished with the wooden spoon last year, bowled and fielded superbly to dismiss the visitors for 126 with the returning off-spinner Ben Simm taking three for 19.
Stand-in 20-year-old South African professional Andrea Agathagelou, a Greek passport holder who is on Lancashire's books and who will pro for Rishton in 2010, and the talented teenager Charlie Swarbrick each took two wickets as St Annes lost their last nine wickets for 59 runs.

Bit St Annes played a masterstroke thanks to the connections of club coach Atiq Uz-Zaman who managed to employ the services of Saqlain Mushtaq as sub-pro. A veteran of 49 Tests and 169 ODIs for Pakistan, Saqlain bowled St Annes to victory, taking six for 39 with his off-spin as Lancaster collapsed from 68 for 1 with Jamie Heywood and Agathagelou batting well to 101 all out.
Veteran David Bartholomew weighed in with three for 20.
Both teams will take heart from a thrilling game at Lune Road.

Last season's runners-up Preston suffered a late collapse and went down by three runs to Fleetwood at West Cliff.
New Preston skipper Adam Parker batted superbly for 75 but was run out by Joe Bell with his side on the verge of victory and the last three Preston wickets fell at 157.
Fleetwood's Ryan Smith, the opening bowler for Penrith in the Sydney First Grade competition and holder of a British passport bowled impressively, taking five for 61.
The new Fleetwood captain and professional Matt Frith, who plays in the same competition as Smith took the last wicket when Charlie Williams was caught by Michael Clinning.

Earlier a second wicket stand of 121 between Nick Coultas (54) and Clinning (60) provided the cornerstone of Fleetwood's 160. Lukman Vahaluwala, fully fit again after being troubled by shoulder problems last season took four for 32 and deputy pro Aqab Ahmed, deputising for Bilal Asad collected five for 52 and also contributed 36 with the bat. Ahmed is the professional for Rushden Town CC.

Mark Woodhead scored his first Northern League Division One hundred as Tommy Clough's re-shaped Morecambe earned a thrilling seven wickets win at Netherfield.
Woodhead, playing his 20th season of first-team cricket fulfilled a long-standing ambition with a memorable knock, finishing exactly 100 not out as Morecambe overhauled Netherfield's imposing total of 240 with five balls to spare.

Woodhead added 133 for the opening stand with Phil Dennison, whose 76 came off only 89 balls, and went on to face 156 balls and hit seven fours and two sixes. Phil Thornton came out of retirement to hit an invaluable unbeaten 31 off only 18 balls including three sixes in Morecambe's victory charge.
Netherfield's new professional Nick Kruger, the Queensland opening batsman looked in prime form making 39 on debut before he became one of Tommy Clough's seven victims.
The Morecambe skipper's off-spin will be vital this season and he returned seven for 73 in an impressive stint.
Teenager Alex Atkinson underlined his potential with an outstanding innings of 97 off 115 balls with Ryan Wilson (34) providing late support in a ninth-wicket stand of 65.

Chorley's new South African professional J J Smuts made a fine debut as the Windsor Park outfit, under the direction of new captain Andrew Holdsworth, beat Blackpool by seven wickets.
Smuts took three for 26 with his slow left-arm, including a smart caught-and-bowled to dismiss Blackpool's deputy pro Chesney Hughes, the Derbyshire CCC contracted player who played for Fleetwood last year.
Kieran McCullagh, fresh from a season in Australia also bowled well to take three for 45 as Blackpool struggled to 146 for 9 thanks largely to a fighting innings of 40 from skipper Paul Danson.
Chorley's new opening batsman James Reynard hit 49 off as many balls on his debut after joining the club from Horwich and Smuts eased his way into the batting ranks with an unbeaten 32 off 60 balls as the home side got home with 13.3 overs to spare.

Darwen's skipper John Cordingley saw a much improved display from his new charges as they earned the best of a drawn game against Kendal. Professional Mohammad Zaman Khan (58) and Mark Emery (49) provided the backbone of the home side's 212 for 8, teenager Kamran Anwar contributing an unbeaten 35 off 27 balls as Darwen reached 212 for 8.
Anwar and Lancashire Academy player Yakub Bhamji each took three wickets in impressive spells with the returning Neil Cordingley opening the bowling and marking his return to the Northern League with two victims.

Darwen's Yakub Bhamji claims the prize wicket of Terry Hunte

Bhamji bowled Terry Hunte for 2 and Anwar had Kendal professional and captain Ross McMillan caught by Khan at mid-wicket for 17.
Kevin Howarth stood firm for Kendal, batting fluently for 66 off 84 balls including nine fours and three sixes until he was caught behind off Anwar. In a tense finish Darwen just failed to force the win, Bhamji bowling Chris Miller off the final ball of the match as Kendal hung on at 140 for 9.

The earliest finish of the day was at Fox Lane where Leyland, without skipper Makinson, wrapped up a low-scoring win over Carnforth before the full-time football results.
Carnforth professional Gareth Pedder bowled unchanged to take five for 31 as Leyland were dismissed for only 77 on a slow Fox Lane pitch.
Adam Cowperthwaite grabbed the prize wicket of Leyland's new South African professional Brett Pelser for 16 and Robert Parker took two wickets in as many balls after coming on as first-change.

But Leyland's left-arm opening bowler Luis Reece upstaged Pedder with an inspired spell as he took a League career best of seven for 10 as Carnforth subsided to 27 all out.

Carnforth pro Gareth Pedder is trapped LBW by Luis Reece

The teenaged Reece has enjoyed an excellent season down under with the Brisbane Scorchers and is currently playing for Worcestershire Second XI after being released by Lancashire. Five of his victims were leg before and he also claimed a superlative slip catch to dismiss Carnforth skipper Darren Moore and earn Pelser his first NPCL victim. Leyland's stand-in captain Peter Cummings took 0 for 1 off four overs.

Leyland CC 2010



Chorley (12pts) defeated Blackpool (1pt) by 7 wickets

Blackpool 146 for 9 (P Danson 40), Chorley 147 for 3 (J Reynard 49)


Darwen (10pts) winning draw; Kendal (4pts)

Darwen 212 for 8 (Mohammad Zaman Khan 58, M Emery 49), Kendal 140 for 9 (K Howarth 66)


St Annes (15pts) defeated Lancaster (3pts) by 25 runs

St Annes 126, Lancaster 101 (Saqlain Mushtaq 6 for 39)


Leyland (15pts) defeated Carnforth (3pts) by 50 runs

Leyland 77 (G Pedder 5 for 31), Carnforth 27 (L Reece 7 for 10)


Morecambe (12pts) defeated Netherfield (3pts) by 7 wickets

Netherfield 240 (A Atkinson 97, T Clough 7 for 73), Morecambe 242 for 3 (M Woodhead 100no, P Dennison 76)


Fleetwood (15pts) defeated Preston (4pts) by 3 runs

Fleetwood 160 (M Clinning 60, N Coultas 54, Aqab Ahmed 5 for 52, L Vahaluwala 4 for 32), Preston 157 (A Parker 75, R Smith 5 for 61)

Barrow no game


Leyland v Carnforth
Click Here

Darwen v Kendal
Click Here

Division Two (2nd XI)

In Division Two reigning champions Lancaster began their defence of their title with an emphatic 68 runs victory at St Annes.
Last season's runners-up Leyland enjoyed a 144 runs win at Lodge Quarry over Carnforth, 16-year-old Liam Hurt making a fine 106 and Chris Kelly taking five wickets.
Yasin Patel hit an impressive unbeaten 96 to steer Preston to victory at Fleetwood.

Despite half-centuries from Craig Outram and Sam Owen Blackpool had to settle for the best of a winning draw against Chorley.
Christian Davies took five wickets to earn Darwen a tense win at Shap Road against a Kendal side inspired by teenager Mark Phillips 55.
Netherfield enjoyed an 11-runs victory over Morecambe at Woodhill Lane.
Shane Hyland and Steve Jones each scored half-centuries for Netherfield while Morecambe chairman Nick Milner defied a hand injury to hit 57 in vain for the home side, Josh Stafford taking five wickets.



Blackpool (8pts) winning draw; Chorley (5pts)

Blackpool 231 for 5 (C Outram 52, S Owen 51no, N Wall 43), Chorley 184 for 6 (S Tolley 49no)


Leyland (15pts) defeated Carnforth (2pts) by 144 runs

Leyland 209 for 7 (L Hurt 106), Carnforth 65 (R Gallagher 41, C Kelly 5 for 14)


Preston (12pts) defeated Fleetwood (3pts) by 2 wickets

Fleetwood 151 (A Abbas 4 for 21), Preston 154 for 8 (Y Patel 96no, R Fuse 4 for 29)


Darwen (15pts) defeated Kendal (4pts) by 4 runs

Darwen 151, Kendal 147 (M Phillips 55, C Davies 5 for 30)


Netherfield (15pts) defeated Morecambe (4pts) by 1 run

Netherfield 163 for 7 (S Hyland 68, S Jones 54, S Cockburn 4 for 31), Morecambe 162 (N Milner 57, J Stafford 5 for 81)


Lancaster (15pts) defeated St Annes (4pts) by 68 runs

Lancaster 215 (I Parkinson 53, M Grindley 4 for 41), St Annes 147 (A Cotton 41, A Fletcher 4 for 41)

Barrow no game


Morecambe 2nds 162-10 (4pts) v Netherfield 163 - 7 (15 pts)

Bright sunshine welcomed in the new season at Woodhill Lane with Morecambe losing out by 1 run in a thrilling finish.
Catching practice will be high on the agenda as the old adage catches win was proved right yet again.

Netherfield after winning the toss and choosing to bat soon lost Wilson well caught by debutant Plackett.
Morecambe's fielding woes started with both Hyland and Wilson receiving lives with catches being put down, Jones batted aggressively and was finally caught for 54 by Austin off Cockburn.
A suicidal run out followed and with young spinner Cockburn taking 3 wickets Morecambe got themselves back into the game.
Hyland was finally stumped for 68 after surviving 7 dropped chances. Netherfield limped on to 163-7 at the close with Cockburn and Milner bowling in tandem for the second half of the in innings. Cockburn finished with an excellent 4 -31.

Morecambe's reply started promisingly with Plackett and Izzat looking settled, however when Barton bowled Plackett for 9, Netherfield introduced Stafford into the attack. The young leg spinner bowling mixture of log hops, full tosses and unplayable delivers soon had 4 Morecambe batsman back in the hutch.
After 19 over's Morecambe's reply was in disarray at 50-6. However Club Chairman Milner supported by Pearson (13) started to stead the ship, Austin (12) and Graves (12) also provided good support as Morecambe chipped away at the visitors total.
The 9th wicket fell with 34 runs still required. Newly appointed captain Maartens joined Milner as the home team edged towards their target.

An exciting finish was in store as the bar emptied and the home fans regained interest in the game after what appeared to be a lost cause. The excellent Milner passed 50 and victory was in sight. Disaster followed with only 2 runs required for victory Milner hit captain Barton to veteran Atkinson who took the catch calmly triggering celebrations amongst the Netherfield players, Milner with 57 and Maartens 15 Not Out showed how victory should have been achieved. Morecambe will need all-round improvement if they want to achieve any success this season.

   Click Here to send your comments.