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Match Day 24th April 2010

Champions St Annes thwarted by Chorley resistance

Leyland earn second 15-pointer despite losing pro
By Michael Latham

Lancaster captain Michael Stevens led from the front with 92

The second round fixtures in the Furness Building Society Northern Premier Cricket League (incorporating Readers Cricket Balls) were played on another glorious spring-like afternoon with the heavyweight clash between champions St Annes and challengers Chorley taking centre-stage.

St Annes were again without Sri Lankan professional Dinuka Hettiarachchi but top all-rounder Stephen Twist was back in the fold after being stranded in the United States on holiday and missing the opening game. Former club professional Mansoor Ahmed was employed as sub-pro.

Charles Boucher took command with a superb 108 off 100 balls including 19 fours as St Annes made 265 for 8 on a fine batting track. Boucher, who returned to the club this season after playing with Morecambe shared a third wicket stand of 127 with Twist who reached 57 off 82 balls. Chorley's South African pro JJ Smuts' spin bowling accounted for five wickets at a cost of 88 runs.
After openers Jack Catterall (39) and Jack Bentham posted 48 for the first wicket, Smuts then anchored Chorley's reply, underlining his reputation as arguably the top-rated professional in the league this year reaching his 50 off 46 balls. But after appearing to be in a challenging position in mid-innings at drinks Chorley then settled for a draw and they closed on 192 for 5, Smuts finishing unbeaten on 90 off 107 balls.
Mansoor Ahmed wheeled away with his leg-spin to take four for 77

Barrow CC 2010

Barrow, meanwhile, started their campaign with ambitious designs on the title after a winter of team-strengthening. Daryl Wearing's side faced Lancaster at Ernest Pass with Cumberland County duo Darren Clark and Graham Dawson back in the ranks and former Cockermouth batsman Greg Platten on debut.

But Lancaster, who finished with the wooden spoon last season, demonstrated just what an improved side they are this season and dominated the game without being able to force the win. Skipper Michael Stevens stroked a classy 92 off 134 balls to provide the backbone of his side's 253 for 6 on a picture-book Ernest Pass surface. Sub-pro Andrea Agathagelou made an impressive 47 and Tim Barry 45, sharing a third-wicket stand of 105 with Stevens. Dawson toiled away for figures of two for 69 and Lancashire Academy leg-spinner Liam Livingstone, recovered from a broken arm took three for 65.
Barrow's victory hopes disappeared when pro Pasan Wanasinghe was caught at long on off Agathagelou for 50 off 87 balls having seen openers Jon Miles and Platten run out by keen Lancaster fielding. The home side closed out the game on 160 for 6.

Lancaster CC 2010

Carnforth, bowled out for just 27 by Leyland in Round One, played Darwen at Lodge Quarry. Opener Ryan Nelson batted throughout the home innings for an unbeaten 79 and with Phil Bovis making 58 Carnforth made 176 for 9, suffering a clatter of wickets after Bovis was leg before to the Darwen pro Mohammed Zaman Khan who collected three for 36. Lancashire Academy player Yakub Bhamji took three for 41.
Mohammed Zaman Khan then batted superbly as Darwen reached their target with seven wickets and 20 overs in hand. He reached his half century with 13 fours and only one single and had made 97 with 21 fours and one six before he became one of Adam Cowperthwaite's three victims. Teenaged opener Niall Burke supported his professional with 40.

A Netherfield side rocked by the decision of long-serving opening bowler Scott Clement to leave the club and take up a professional appointment with Appleby Eden in the North Lancashire & Cumbria League travelled to Stanley Park to oppose a Blackpool side who had Radcliffe's Pakistan professional Anwar Ul-Haq as deputy professional.

Netherfield's Australian professional Nick Kruger emerged as the key man in the contest taking five for 33 with his medium pace as the home side were bowled out for 146 and then scoring an impressive 75 off 62 balls (with eight fours and three sixes) to spearhead his side's six wickets win. Blackpool opener John Mounsey provided the main resistance with 47 off 101 balls for the home side.

Kendal entertained Preston at Shap Road with the visitors still awaiting the arrival of professional Bilal Asad and had the best of a drawn game. Preston had Lancashire Second XI batsman Adrian Shankar as sub-pro but he did not bowl and was dismissed for 4.
Kevin Howarth continued his fine start to the season with an unbeaten 54 off 63 balls as Kendal reached 236 for 5 after openers Gareth Ashburner (43) and Jack White (40) provided a solid backbone with a stand of 98. Lukman Vahaluwala toiled away to take two for 101 for Preston.
Preston all-rounder David Fisher, who had taken two for 27 with his off-spin, then opened with a patient 58 off 119 balls but despite solid contributions from Sajid Patel (34) and skipper Adam Parker (35) Preston fell well short on 174 for 6.

Morecambe, looking to build on their fine opening day win at Netherfield had Leyland as visitors at Woodhill Lane. Leyland were captained again by David Makinson after the former Lancashire bowler missed the opening day win over Carnforth following travel problems on his return from a holiday in Goa. Leyland all rounder Luis Reece had spent another week on trial with Worcestershire 2nd XI after his sensational seven-wicket haul last Saturday.

Leyland professional Brett Pelser was forced out of the game after suffering a severe migraine during practice and took no part in the game, meaning that Leyland's second 15-points haul of the season was even more meritorious.
Bolton Schoolboy Henry Thompson, a member of the Lancashire Academy squad, batted superbly to make an unbeaten 84 off 119 balls with 11 fours. He shared a second wicket stand of 126 with Reece (55 off 102 balls) as Leyland reached 188 for 9. Chris Williams, Morecambe's winter recruit from Westmorland League side Silverdale took four for 37 and pro Mandla Mashimbyi three for 34.
Morecambe struggled to 61 for 7 in reply, Andrew Makinson marking his first appearance of the season with a superb opening spell of five for 43. Teenager Ryan Smith battled hard to make 54 off 113 balls before he was bowled by Reece and skipper Tommy Clough made a defiant 39 as Morecambe were eventually dismissed for 160, Reece taking three for 55.

The Ernest Pass Memorial Ground looked a picture



Lancaster (8pts) winning draw; Barrow 4pts

Lancaster 253 for 6 (M Stevens 92, A Agathagelou 47, T Barry 45), Barrow 160 for 6 (P Wanasinghe 50)


Netherfield (12pts) defeated Blackpool (1pt) by 6 wickets

Blackpool 146 (J Mounsey 47, N Kruger 5 for 33), Netherfield 149 for 4 (N Kruger 75)


Darwen (12pts) defeated Carnforth (2pts) by 6 wickets

Carnforth 176 for 9 (R Nelson 79no, P Bovis 58), Darwen 179 for 4 (Mohammad Zaman Khan 97, N Burke 40)


Kendal (8pts) winning draw; Preston 4pts

Kendal 236 for 5 (K Howarth 54no, G Ashburner 43, J White 40), Preston 174 for 6 (D Fisher 58)


Leyland (15pts) defeated Morecambe (5pts) by 28 runs

Leyland 188 for 9 (H Thompson 84no, L Reece 55, C Williams 4 for 37), Morecambe 160 (R Smith 54, A Makinson 5 for 43)


St Annes (8pts) winning draw; Chorley 6pts

St Annes 265 for 8 ( C Boucher 108, S Twist 57, JJ Smuts 5 for 88), Chorley 192 for 5 (J J Smuts 90no, Mansoor Ahmed 4 for 73)

Fleetwood no game


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In Division Two Darwen rolled over Carnforth for 60 at Birch Hall after declaring on 213 for 5, skipper Gary Jackson making an unbeaten 72.
Champions Lancaster defeated Barrow by 70 runs at Lune Road, opener Danny Welbourne's 53 the crucial innings.
Morecambe skipper Gert Maartens made a valiant 72 in his side's 120 at Fox Lane as Leyland cruised to a seven wickets win with Australian guest player Daniel Hall 53 not out.

Kendal held out for a draw at West Cliff with nine wickets down, Darren Braithwaite leading the resistance with 50.
Opener Nick Wall hit an unbeaten 61 to steer Blackpool to a four wickets win at Netherfield.
St Annes finished six runs short of victory with nine wickets down in a thrilling finish at Chorley, Russ Bradley scoring 42 and taking four wickets for the visitors.
SamTolley top-scored with 47 in Chorley's 178 for 8.



Chorley (9pts) winning draw; St Annes 5pts

Chorley 178 for 8 (S Tolley 47, I Mawdesley 45, S Naden 41, M Grindley 4 for 22), St Annes 173 for 9 (R Bradley 42)


Darwen (15pts) defeated Carnforth (1pt) by 153 runs

Darwen 213 for 5 dec (G Jackson 72no), Carnforth 60


Lancaster (15pts) defeated Barrow (1pt) by 70 runs

Lancaster 174 for 6 (D Welbourne 53), Barrow 104 (P Sparrow 4 for 38)


Leyland (12pts) defeated Morecambe (0pts) by 7 wickets

Morecambe 120 (G Maartens 72), Leyland 122 for 3 ( D Hall 53no)


Blackpool (12pts) defeated Netherfield (1pt) by 4 wickets

Netherfield 131, Blackpool 133 for 6 (N Wall 61no)


Preston (10pts) winning draw; Kendal 5pts

Preston 183 for 9 (Z Patel 47), Kendal 153 for 9 (D Braithwaite 50)

Fleetwood no game

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