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Match Day 1st May 2010

Leyland maintain winning start

By Michael Latham

Barrow pro Pasan Wanasinghe hits out during his match-winning innings

Leyland continued their winning start to the season in the Furness Building Society Northern Premier Cricket League (incorporating Readers Cricket Balls) as they also beat the threatening rain clouds to record their third successive win, defeating Blackpool by four wickets at Fox Lane.

While neighbours Preston were rained off at tea time at West Cliff Leyland's South African pro Brett Pelser made a crucial 40 to steer his side home in a tense finish to a low-scoring game. Tom Reece (20) and Andrew Makinson (21 not out) also played their part as Blackpool fought tigerishly in the field in an attempt to protect their total of 126 for 9. Richard Gleeson and Steven Mercer each took two wickets for the visitors.
Earlier Mike Moore, who has bravely resumed his cricketing career after suffering a multiple leg fracture early last year top-scored with an unbeaten 34 as ex-Blackpool opening bowler Luis Reece continued his fine start to the season by taking three for 19 in 14 hostile overs. Pelser weighed in with two wickets including Blackpool's Sri Lankan pro Nimesh Perera on debut and James Rounding, benefitting from a winter playing in Australia also claimed two victims.

Barrow gained their first win of the season as their experienced Sri Lankan professional Pasan Wanasinghe hit an undefeated 71 to steer them to a six wickets win at Birch Hall. Darwen had struggled on a freshly prepared pitch after the umpires had ruled the original pitch unsuitable as Cumberland county bowler Graham Dawson claimed the first four wickets in an impressive opening spell.

Darwen's Jordan Clarke hit a defiant unbeaten 41 to deny the rampant Graham Dawson

Skipper John Cordingley (40) and wicketkeeper Jordan Clarke (41 not out) rescued their side from 49 for 7 with a defiant eighth wicket stand of 55 in 20 overs and Darwen's total of 128 looked competitive in the circumstances. Playing at Birch Hall for the first time Dawson returned four for 40 and skipper Daryl Wearing three for 39.

John Cordingley made a captain's innings for Darwen

Despite a brief delay for rain, Barrow opener Jon Miles, a century-maker on this ground three years ago got his side off to a fine start with an innings of 40 before he was run out by Andrew Cook. But with Lancashire Academy player Yakub Bhamji bowling with sustained hostility Barrow were indebted to the determination of Wanasinghe who suffered several blows to the hand and survived a confident appeal for a catch behind off Bhamji. Wanasinghe hit 12 fours and one six and faced 101 balls, with Barrow reaching their target at a quarter to seven just before heavy rain began to fall.

Barrow opener Jon Miles faces up to Yakub Bhamji

Chorley's South African professional JJ Smuts continued his fine start at the club with an impressive all round display in a tense two wickets win at Broadwater. Spinner Smuts took four for 48 to support opener Kieran McCullagh's four for 47 as Fleetwood struggled to 138 for 9. The home side were indebted to their Australian professional and captain Matt Frith who made 52 off 88 balls.
Smuts anchored Chorley's reply with 54 off 66 balls but after reaching 78 for 1 the visitors were pegged back by a fine bowling stint by Frith who took four for 36 and spinner Michael Clinning (four for 33). McCullagh, another Northern League cricketer to spend time playing down under during the winter, hit a vital undefeated 14 to calm Chorley anxieties.

Kendal skipper and professional Ross McMillan was the unluckiest cricketer of the day, bowling his side to what appeared to be a winning position at Lune Road before the weather intervened. The South African collected the season's first hat-trick, having Lancaster's new Sri Lankan pro Roy Silva caught by Terry Hunte and bowling Tim Barry for a duck with the last two balls of his fourth over and then having Kiran Uppoor caught by Paul Dodds with the first ball of his fifth over. Lancaster, 7 for 5 at that stage, had struggled to 68 for 9 when play was abandoned, McMillan taking five for 24.

Preston fought their way to 174 for 6 at tea against a tight Carnforth bowling and fielding display, Lukman Vahaluwala top-scoring with 41 when the rains came and the match was abandoned shortly after six o'clock. Opener Sajid Patel made 35 and skipper Adam Parker 36.
There was no play in the game between Netherfield and reigning champions St Annes at Parkside Road



Barrow (12pts) defeated Darwen (0pts) by 6 wickets

Darwen 128 (J Clarke 41no, J Cordingley 40, G Dawson 4 for 40), Barrow 131 for 4 (P Wanasinghe 71no, J Miles 40)


Chorley (12pts) defeated Fleetwood (2pts) by 2 wickets

Fleetwood 138 for 9 (M Frith 52, K McCullagh 4 for 47, JJ Smuts 4 for 48), Chorley 141 for 8 (JJ Smuts 54, M Clinning 4 for 33, M Frith 4 for 36)


Match abandoned (4pts each)

Lancaster 68 for 9 (R McMillan 5 for 24 including hat-trick), Kendal did not bat


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

Blackpool 126 for 9, Leyland 129 for 6 (B Pelser 40)


Match abandoned (4pts each)

No play


Match abandoned (4pts each)

Preston 174 for 6 (L Vahaluwala 41), Carnforth did not bat

Morecambe no game


Division One

Club P W15 W12 D4 D1 L NR4 BP Pts
Leyland 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 42
Chorley 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 5 30
St Annes 3 1 0 1 0 0 1 4 27
Darwen 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 6 22
Morecambe 2 0 1 0 0 1 0 5 17
Netherfield 3 0 1 0 0 1 1 3 19
Fleetwood 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 17
Barrow 2 0 1 0 1 0 0 3 16
Kendal 3 0 0 1 1 0 1 7 16
Lancaster 3 0 0 1 0 1 1 7 15
Lancashire Colts 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 12
Preston 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 7 12
Carnforth 3 0 0 0 0 2 1 5 9
Blackpool 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 3


Darwen v Barrow
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Leyland v Blackpool

Blackpool`s dismal start to the season continued today at Fox Lane as the high-flying Leyland boys took winning points from a low scoring affair. Put in to bat on a typical seamer friendly wicket by Leyland skipper David Makinson, Blackpool`s openers Mounsey and Smith got off to a slow start against some tidy bowling from Andrew Makinson and the impressive Luis Reece(3 for 19), who appears to have gained a yard of pace since last season.

He started the ball rolling for Leyland by bagging John Mounsey LBW in the 11th over (12 for 1). Next to go was all-rounder Furniss(10) bowled attempting to pull a short ball from Rounding (30 for 2) It really required some steel and determination from the visitors to graft out their innings where the situation was one of increasing pressure. However, Smith followed fairly quickly ,caught behind off Rounding for 10 (33 for 3) which brought Prash Aga to the crease to join new pro Sri Lankan Nimesh Perera. With the score on 41 Aga nicked one off pro Pelser to be caught behind for 3 and Blackpool were in deep trouble at 41 for 4
Enter Mr Reliable, captain Paul Danson, yet again having to come to the wicket with his team`s innings in tatters. Nobody is better suited to the situation than Danno who will get stuck in and graft whilst making sure he puts any loose deliveries away. He is a great example to his team who would do well to try and emulate his example.
He and pro Perera(15) took the score to 63 before Pelser had Nimesh caught at slip by Reece the ball bouncing out of keeper Watkinsons gloves.(63 for 5)

Michael Moore batting down at no 7 got off the mark with his customary boundary 4 off Pelser before Danno was adjudged leg before to Peter Cummings who had been shifting the ball both ways and getting extreme variable bounce to boot. Unlucky Skip (72 for 6)
Mercer joined Moore in the middle and the pair built a confident partnership of 38 before Merce was out caught for 12 (110 for 7)
Moore`s innings of 34 not out was liberally sprinkled with boundaries including one lovely straight 6 off Cummings but again he was left high and dry with the score on 126 for 9 when the 50 overs ran out.
Keeper Sissons (3n o )kept Bash company for 4 overs as the pair added 15 much needed runs to the visitors tally.
Pelser finished with 2 for 23 with a wicket each for Cummings & Makinson

In the 2nd half Blackpool started encouragingly, nicking 2 early wickets Parkinson falling to a good catch by Mounsey at point off the bowling of Andy Hogarth and Luis Reece being dismissed by Gleeson to a brilliant catch by Furniss in the slips for a duck (5 for 2)& Blackpool were looking good.
Blackpool`s outcricket was really good today with big improvements in bowling and fielding, their best performance of the season so far.
Paceman Gleeson bowled with fire and accuracy , collecting 2 wickets but was worth more than that on the day, beating the edge of Pelser`s bat consistently but without the desired result.

The Leyland pro survived to collect a workmanlike 40 runs to underpin the home side`s innings.
Steve Mercer picked up a wicket in his first over trapping Foster LBW (62 for 4) & with the score on 77 Furniss clean bowled pro Pelser to keep Blackpool well in the game.
But try as they might, Danno and his bowlers could not take the necessary wickets needed in the push for victory.
The "chirpy" Tom Reece made a lively 20 before Mercer had him caught behind by the ever improving Rob Sissons
Andrew Makinson then put Blackpool out of their misery by smashing Mercer for a towering straight 6 to pass their target with 4 wickets and 8 overs to spare


Wade is Darwen's hero in Division Two

Darwen continued their winning start in Division Two with a 70 runs victory at Ernest Pass. Mark Bennett hit 55 and 15-year-old Matt Fay added 47 in Darwen's 203 for 7 and then seamer Chris Wade returned the impressive figures of six for 67 as the home side were dismissed for 133.

Leyland are another team in form, earning a nine wickets win at Stanley Park as Nathan McDonnell hit an explosive unbeaten 77 off 81 balls to steer the visitors home in an unbroken second wicket partnership of 127 with Ian Farrington who finished 45 not out. Earlier Dave Newton top-scored with 48 in Blackpool's 129 as veteran seamer Monty Cottam took five for 41.

Preston's opening bowlers Usman Alam and Andrew Starkie toppled Carnforth for just 51 in 24.1 overs at Lodge Quarry, Starkie taking four for 23 and Alam six for 28. The visitors cantered to an emphatic ten wickets win in only 7.1 overs.

There was a thrilling finish at Windsor Park as Chorley's last wicket pair of Matt Parry and James Daniels added six runs to steer their side to a one wicket win over Fleetwood. The visitors' openers Matt Clark (64) and Mark Emsley (25) posted 89 but Chorley's 14-year-old spinner Matthew Critchley engineered a collapse, taking five for 30 as Fleetwood lost ten wickets for 39, Daniels taking two for none. Fleetwood fought hard in the field, Neil Gregson taking four for 53 but they conceded 24 runs from no balls and wides which proved crucial.

Russ Bradley hit an unbeaten 103 as St Annes raced to 279 for 2 at Vernon Road with openers Sean Bickerdike (67) and Adam Taylor (69) also in fine form. Despite a fighting 41 from Josh Stafford Netherfield subsided to 118 all out, Matt Grindley continuing his fine start to the season by taking four for 27.

Darwen continued their winning start in Division Two with a 70 runs victory at Ernest Pass. Mark Bennett hit 55 and 15-year-old Matt Fay added 47 in Darwen's 203 for 7 and then seamer Chris Wade returned the impressive figures of six for 67 as the home side were dismissed for 133.
There was no play in the game at Shap Road between Kendal and Lancaster due to rain.



Darwen (15pts) defeated Barrow (2pts) by 70 runs

Darwen 203 for 7 (M Bennett 55, M Fay 47), Barrow 133 (C Wade 6 for 67)


Leyland (12pts) defeated Blackpool (0pts) by 9 wickets

Blackpool 129 (D Newton 52, M Cottam 5 for 41), Leyland 130 for 1 (N McDonnell 77, I Farrington 45no)


Preston (12pts) defeated Carnforth (0pts) by 10 wickets

Carnforth 51 (U Alam 6 for 28, A Starkie 4 for 23), Preston 53 for 0


Chorley (12pts) defeated Fleetwood (3pts) by one wicket

Fleetwood 128 (M Clark 64, M Critchley 5 for 30), Chorley 129 for 9 (N Gregson 4 for 53)


Match abandoned (4pts each)

No play


St Annes (15pts) defeated Netherfield (0pts) by 161 runs

St Annes 279 for 2 (R Bradley 103no, A Taylor 69, S Bickerdike 67), Netherfield 118 (J Stafford 41, M Grindley 4 for 27)

Morecambe no game


Division Two

Club P W15 W12 D4 D1 L NR4 BP Pts
Darwen 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 45
Leyland 3 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 39
Lancaster 3 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 34
Preston 3 0 2 1 0 0 0 6 34
Chorley 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 9 26
St Annes 3 1 0 0 1 1 0 8 24
Blackpool 3 0 1 1 0 1 0 4 20
Netherfield 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 1 16
Kendal 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 8 13
Fleetwood 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 6 6
Morecambe 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 4 4
Barrow 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 3 3
Carnforth 3 0 0 0 0 3 0 3 3

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