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Match Day 3rd September2011

Results 3rd September 2011

St Annes clinch title on rain-hit afternoon

Leyland retain Division Two title

St Annes players and supporters celebrate the club's success

St Annes were crowned Champions of Furness Building Society Northern Premier Cricket League (incorporating Readers Cricket Balls) after rain washed out the entire programme on the penultimate Saturday of the season.

Andy Kellett's side managed an hour of their game against Kendal at Vernon Road before the rain closed in with the visitors on 62/3.

St Annes, who had South African all-rounder Gulam Bodi as sub-pro were frustrated by Kendal opener Gary Baker who was unbeaten on 30 when the rains came. Ben Willis claimed the wickets of Cumberland opener Jonathan Miles and pro Jamie How, the latter to a brilliant running catch in the deep by Nathan Bolus while Charles Boucher then pulled off a magnificent left-handed slip catch to claim the wicket of Terry Hunte off Matthew Grindley's bowling.

Defending champions Leyland never got going against Blackpool at Fox Lane, rain arriving just as Blackpool, who had Lancashire's Steven Croft in their team were about to start their innings 45 minutes late after a delayed start.

Both games were called of at 3pm with St Annes then having an unassailable 18pt lead over Leyland. Third-placed Chorley's game at Netherfield was washed out.

With one game remaining St Annes (235pts) lead the way from Leyland (217pts) and Chorley (205pts). Next Saturday St Annes are at Preston while Chorley entertain Leyland.

Blackpool (190pts) meet Morecambe (188pts) at Stanley Park next Saturday with both sides having hopes of leapfrogging Netherfield into fourth place. Netherfield (197pts) have finished their fixtures.

League Executive Committee member David Sykes made the presentation of the Championship trophy to St Annes Captain Andy Kellett in front of the pavilion.

St Annes Captain Andy Kellett recives the Championship trophy from Dave Sykes

Kellett skippered St Annes to their last Division One Championship in 2009 and St Annes have now lifted the Division One title four times in the last seven years, in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Darwen's Centenary season ended in miserable fashion, their last first team home game of the campaign against Preston being abandoned. Barrow's scheduled home game against Fleetwood was an early morning call-off and Morecambe managed three overs at home to Carnforth, reaching 8/0 before rain stopped play.

Carnforth have confirmed the signing of former Lancashire U19s captain Toby Bulcock as club professional in 2012. Bulcock, who celebrates his 21 st birthday on Monday has played successfully as professional for Elton CC in the Bolton Association for each of the last two seasons and was previously with Baxenden, Accrington and Rawtenstall.

Bulcock who made his Cumberland Minor Counties Championship bow in the final two matches of the season is a highly-rated left-handed batsman and slow left arm bowler who has ambitions of becoming a county cricketer.

He will replace Gareth Pedder as professional at Lodge Quarry after Pedder stood down following three successful seasons. Commenting on Bulcock's signing Carnforth skipper Adam Hornby said: "We wanted an English pro after the way Gareth interacted so well with the team and heard good things about Toby. We invited him to the club and were immediately impressed by him; he fitted in straight away and he can't wait to get going.

"Toby has a determination and aggression about his cricket that will help us enormously as a side; he will give some of the players a kick up the backside that they need. I'd like to pay tribute to the way Gareth has played and conducted himself as Carnforth pro for the last three years. He has had a promotion at work and wished to return to the amateur ranks having proved himself as a pro in the northern League."

Pedder has scored 1,252 league runs for Carnforth at an average of 24.55 and taken 132 wickets at an average of 18.89 after joining the club from Morecambe.

Lancaster are scheduled to play Lancashire Colts at Lune Road on Sunday.

Barrow's South African pro Pieter Malan, who leaves for home on Monday is the only batsman so far to reach 1,000 runs. Malan scored 1,051 league runs at an average of 65.69, a new league record for Barrow. He is expected to join a Lancashire League club as professional in 2012.

Three other batsmen are chasing the magical 1,000 runs mark; St Annes' opener Atiq Uz-Zaman has hit 974 runs and the Leyland pair of Luis Reece (954) and pro Brett Pelser (967) are also closing in on the target. Reece has set a new Leyland amateur batting record while Pelser needs another ten runs to surpass Gordon Greenidge's pro record set in 1993. Atiq needs 102 to set a new St Annes amateur record, held by Ian Austin with 1,075 runs in 2006.


Barrow v Fleetwood

Match abandoned (4pts each)

No play

Darwen v Preston

Match abandoned (4pts each)

No play

Leyland v Blackpool

Match abandoned (4pts each)

No play

Morecambe v Carnforth

Match abandoned (4pts each)

Morecambe 8/0, Carnforth did not bat

Netherfield v Chorley

Match abandoned (4pts each)

No play

St Annes v Kendal

Match abandoned (4pts each)

Kendal 62/3St Annes did not bat

Sunday 4th September

Lancaster v Lancashire Colts

Match abandoned (4pts each)

No Play


St Annes v Kendal
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Division One

Club P W15 W12 D4 D1 L NR4 BP Pts
St Annes 24 5 10 2 0 4 3 20 235
Leyland 24 3 9 4 3 3 2 37 217
Chorley 24 7 3 4 2 4 4 30 205
Netherfield 25 5 5 2 4 4 5 30 197
Blackpool 24 4 6 3 1 8 2 37 190
Morecambe 24 7 3 1 3 7 3 28** 188
Darwen 24 3 4 6 3 3 5 39 179
Barrow 24 1 6 4 3 9 1 54 164
Kendal 24 5 2 2 3 9 3 39 161
Carnforth 24 2 4 1 3 11 3 36 133
Lancaster 24 3 3 0 3 12 3 30 126
Preston 24 1 2 3 2 15 1 47 104
Fleetwood 24 1 2 1 3 15 2 48 102
Lancashire Colts 13 1 3 0 0 6 3 14 77

** 2 points deducted for slow over rate

Division Two (2nd XI)

Leyland Seconds celebrate their title success

In Division Two leaders and defending champions Leyland had an anxious wait to confirm their retention of the title after their game against third-placed Blackpool was washed out.

Blackpool had made 38/3 at Stanley Park with Steven Pallett taking 3/25 and club D2 record-breaking opening batsman Adrian Darlington unbeaten on 35.

Second placed Chorley tried desperately to get their game against Netherfield going again after play was interrupted with visitors Netherfield 27/1; but finally admitted defeat just after 3-30pm. That meant that Leyland were Champions of the Second Division for a second successive season, having an unassailable 16pts lead over Chorley.

The Leyland players went back to Fox Lane where League Chairman Norman Poole and Leyland CC President Terry Wilson made the presentation of the Championship trophy to Captain Ian Farrington.

Leyland Seconds captain Ian Farrington with Terry Wilson and Norman Poole

With one game left Leyland have 257pts with Chorley on 241 and Blackpool 239. Chorley Seconds visit Fox Lane to play Leyland next Saturday while Blackpool are at Morecambe.

Elsewhere Morecambe made 79/1 at Carnforth before the game was abandoned and there was no play in the games at Fleetwood or Preston.

Leyland Seconds Captain Ian Farrington reflected on his side's Championship success. Farrington, who took over the captaincy from Chris Dovey at the end of last season said: "It was an anti-climax to win the title this way but we won the title through our efforts over the season as a whole. If you look at the averages we haven't got the top batsman or bowler but we had a lot of players who contributed to the team at vital times.

"It was a great team effort and if I had to pick my Player of the Season I'd have to choose from eight players. I'd like to thank the experienced players like Steven Pallett and Stephen Cartwright who pit in a lot of selfless effort and didn't just concentrate on their own performances.

"We had two outstanding youngsters in Alex Williams and Danny Lamb, two good all-rounders in Nathan McDonnell and Liam Hurt and two brilliant openers in Ian Dickinson and Wes Royle. Wes scored three hundreds during the season including a club record score of 132.

"Chris Dovey instilled a winning mentality into the team and I carried that on; it was stressful at times but very enjoyable and especially pleasing to me was our tremendous team spirit.

"Chorley and Blackpool were definitely the next best two teams, both try to play the game positively and they pushed us all the way."


Blackpool v Leyland

Match abandoned (4pts each)

Blackpool 38/3, Leyland did not bat

Carnforth v Morecambe

Match abandoned (4pts each)

Morecambe 79/1, Carnforth did not bat

Chorley v Netherfield

Match abandoned (4pts each)

Netherfield 27/1, Chorley did not bat

Fleetwood v Barrow

Match abandoned (4pts each)

No play

Kendal v St Annes

Match abandoned (4pts each)

No play

Preston v Darwen

Match abandoned (4pts each)

Preston 3-0, Darwen did not bat

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Division Two

Club P W15 W12 D4 D1 L NR4 BP Pts
Leyland 23 10 5 5 0 1 2 19 257
Chorley 23 7 9 1 1 2 3 11 241
Blackpool 23 7 8 3 1 3 1 21 239
Darwen 23 7 4 1 3 5 3 20 192
Netherfield 24 6 4 3 0 8 3 12++ 174
Fleetwood 23 3 5 0 0 11 4 27 148
Barrow 23 2 4 1 5 8 3 40 139
St Annes 23 0 7 2*** 3 6 5 18++ 134
Kendal 23 4 1 3*** 0 10 5 29 134
Preston 23 4 0 1 0 15 3 39 115
Morecambe 23 2 2 1 4 12 2 36 106
Lancaster 23 2 1 3 2 13 2 33 97
Carnforth 23 1 2 0 3 13 4 39 97

++ 15points deducted

*** Tied match 5 points

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