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Match Day 14th May 2011

RESULTS 14th May 2011

St Annes take over at the top

Leyland bowling ace Cartwright bags another hat-trick

64-year-old legend Mel Whittle took five wickets for Carnforth

2009 Champions St Annes took over the early season leadership of the Furness Building Society Northern Premier Cricket League (incorporating Readers Cricket Balls) after defeating Barrow at Vernon Road after overnight leaders Netherfield lost at Morecambe.

Netherfield hoped to welcome South African professional Brady Barends for Saturday's visit to Morecambe but his arrival has again been delayed. Compatriot Ockert Erasmus, professional for East Lancashire CC took over at Woodhill Lane.

Erasmus was wicket-less as Morecambe posted 179 for 8, professional Anwar Ali making 58 off 80 balls and Chris Williams, selected for Cumberland for Sunday's MCCA Trophy tie against Staffordshire contributing 35. Stuart Nixon and John Mason each took three wickets for the visitors.

Anwar Ali quickly accounted for Netherfield openers Marc Brown and captain Chris Parry on his way to 4/47 and Jono Gates supported him superbly with 4/26. Erasmus held up Morecambe's victory charge with an unbeaten 71 off 82 balls but Alex Atkinson was next top scorer with 12 as Netherfield subsided to 131 all out.

St Annes meanwhile beat Barrow by four wickets after rain interrupted the visitors' innings; they were 106/2 in the 33rd over, came back for one ball and then had an early tea when rain came again. Barrow pro Pieter Malan and stand-in captain Liam Livingstone, deputising for the injured Chris D'Leny then thrashed 76 off 38 balls to take their side to 182/2 in 39 overs.

South African Malan reached his second Northern League century and made an unbeaten 106 off 126 balls with 12 fours and one six while Lancashire

Academy squad member Livingstone hit an unbeaten 54 off 68 balls with seven fours.

Atiq Uz-Zaman (55) and Charles Boucher (47) took St Annes to 90/1 in reply but Malan came into the attack to capture both scalps and finish with 4/68. Ben Dowling (39 not out) and Neil Bradley (21 not out) came together with the home side 141/6 but combined to propel them to victory with three overs to spare, Dowling hitting three sixes and two fours.

Lancaster moved up to third after a thrilling last over victory by four runs against Fleetwood at Lune Road. David Heywood held on to a stunning slip catch to dismiss Sam Bell off Tim Barry with two balls remaining as the visitors' professional Ryan Smith was left becalmed on an unbeaten 59 at the non-striker's end. Lancaster captain Michael Stevens (59 off 113 balls) and Zac Godfrey-Pews (35) posted an opening stand of 77 and Barry made a superb 59 off 67 balls in the home side's 177/7, Joe Bell taking 4/49.

Barry then collected 5/35 to complete a fine all-round performance and with Iain Perrieman supporting him with a spell of 4/57 the visitors fell just short in a tense finale.

Chorley came desperately close to victory at Lodge Quarry as the home side finished 161/9 chasing 190 to win, last man Warren Quinn blocking his only ball from Iain Critchley in an exciting finale.

Iain Critchley took Chorley to the verge of victory

Carnforth's 64-year-old league legend sub-professional Mel Whittle bowled superbly to take 5/68 off 24 overs as the visitors reached 189. Michael Critchley with a fluent 35, Will Moulton (33 including two sixes) and pro Gaurav Dhar (44) were the main contributors.

Ryan Nelson hit a high-class 52 including ten fours for Carnforth but after his dismissal, bowled by Iain Critchley only Tom Barnfield (34), Whittle and Rob Parker (both 18) held up the visitors. Iain Critchley returned 5/32, four bowled and an lbw, as Chorley fell agonisingly short after a superbly contested game played in fine spirit. Kieran McCullagh returned after injury to bowl well for Chorley and take two wickets. The Carnforth ground, under the expert care of groundsman Peter Robinson looked a picture and the pitch was an excellent cricket wicket.

Ryan Nelson made a high class 52 for Carnforth

The Darwen-Leyland game looked on paper to be an intriguing affair with defending Champions Leyland blowing hot and cold so far. Darwen, despite having their innings interrupted by rain came close what would have been a fine victory. The home side made 135/7 in their rain-reduced 38 overs, skipper John Cordingley making an unbeaten 40 off only 30 balls and elder brother Gareth 24 off 39 balls as Luis Reece took 4/65 and pro Brett Pelser 3/46.

With Neil Cordingley bowling superbly on his way to figures of 5/23 off 19 overs, Leyland never looked in the game after Reece was bowled by Yakub Bhamji for 24. Andrew Makinson, with a mature unbeaten 22 off 54 balls with considerable help from Peter Cummings helped steer Leyland to a draw as they closed on 99/8.

Preston captain Lukman Vahaluwala produced another fine all round display as his side earned a winning draw at Shap Road in a game reduced to 49 overs per side. Vahaluwala hit 46 in Preston's 174 with fellow opener Sajid Patel (24), Mohsin Modhi (34) and pro Saeed Bariwala (32) also among the runs, before their last eight wickets fell for 26 runs. Kendal off-spinner and captain Chris Miller bowled superbly to take 7/41 off 18.5 overs.

Vahaluwala then returned figures of 4/18 off 17 overs as Kendal salvaged a draw on 121/9, Kiwi professional Jamie How top-scoring with 32. The last pair of wicketkeeper Paul Dowker and Adrian Potts survived the last 16 balls.

Last man Warren Quinn blocks the last ball to secure a draw for Carnforth


Carnforth v Chorley

Chorley (10pts) winning draw; Carnforth (6pts)

Chorley 189 (G Dhar 44, M Whittle 5/68), Carnforth 161/9 (R Nelson 52, I Critchley 5/32)

Darwen v Leyland

Darwen (6pts) winning draw; Leyland 5pts

Darwen 135/7 (L Reece 4/65), Leyland 99/8 (N Cordingley 5/23)

Kendal v Preston

Preston (9pts) winning draw; Kendal 4pts

Preston 174 (L Vahaluwala 46, C Miller 7/41), Kendal 121/9 (L Vahaluwala 4/18)

Lancaster v Fleetwood

Lancaster (15pts) defeated Fleetwood (4pts) by 4 runs

Lancaster 177/7 (M Stevens 59, T Barry 59, J Bell 4/49), Fleetwood 173 (R Smith 59no, T Barry 5/35, I Perrieman 4/57)

Morecambe v Netherfield

Morecambe (15pts) defeated Netherfield (2pts) by 48 runs

Morecambe 179/8 (Anwar Ali 58), Netherfield 131 (O Erasmus 71no, Anwar Ali 4/47, J Gates 4/26)

St Annes v Barrow

St Annes (12pts) defeated Barrow (4pts) by 4 wickets

Barrow 182/2 (P Malan 106no, L Livingstone 54no), St Annes 184/6 (Atiq Uz-Zaman 55, C Boucher 47, P Malan 4/68)

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Division One

Club P W15 W12 D4 D1 L NR4 BP Pts
St Annes 6 2 1 2 0 1 0 11 61
Netherfield 6 2 1 1 1 1 0 10 57
Lancaster 6 3 0 0 1 2 0 6 52
Chorley 5 2 0 1 1 1 0 14 49
Kendal 6 1 1 1 2 1 0 12 45
Leyland 6 0 3 0 1 2 0 6 43
Blackpool 5 1 1 1 1 1 0 10 42
Preston 6 1 0 2 0 3 0 17 40
Barrow 6 1 0 2 1 2 0 15 39
Morecambe 6 1 1 0 1 3 0 10** 38
Darwen 5 0 1 2 2 0 0 13 35
Carnforth 6 0 1 0 1 4 0 17 30
Lancashire Colts 3 0 2 0 0 1 0 3 27
Fleetwood 6 0 1 0 0 5 0 14 26

** 2 points deducted for slow over rate

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Carnforth v Chorley
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Division Two (2nd XI)

In Division Two defending champions Leyland defeated Darwen by 85 runs at Fox Lane, Stephen Cartwright taking a hat-trick as he captured match-winning figures of 6/10 in ten overs.

Cartwright claimed the wickets of Mark Bennett, Andrew Cook and Chris Davies as he earned his second hat-trick in less than two seasons. In a rain reduced innings Leyland made 139/7 after 46 overs, Stuart Hampson and Nathan Jackson each taking three wickets for Darwen who were then bowled out for 54 in reply, Stephen Pallett taking 3/24.

Darren Moore had the performance of the day as resurgent Carnforth won by five wickets at Windsor Park. Moore, who requested demotion to the second team after struggling for early season form hit a magnificent unbeaten 140 off 91 balls including 13 fours and ten sixes.

Chorley had posted 218/4 after Stu Naden (87), John Hotham (55 not out) and Alex Weetman (30) batted well, Moore taking 3/37. Rain then reduced Carnforth's innings to one of 36 overs but thanks to Moore's heroics they won with 13 balls to spare. Moore set a new club record for their highest score in a D2 game.

Morecambe posted 230/5 at Parkside Road, Ryan Pearson making 76 including seven fours and three sixes, Gulam Maje 58 and Gert Maartens an unbeaten 73 off 58 balls including eight fours and three sixes. Netherfield were bowled out for 121, Maartens completing a fine all round game by taking 6/47.

Nick Coultas hit 51 to steer Fleetwood to a five wickets win over Lancaster at Broadwater in a match reduced to 33 overs. Alex Laird took 4/28 as the visitors were restricted to 111/5. Preston had a last-over victory by 24 runs against Kendal at West Cliff, bowling out the visitors for 132 with four balls to spare.

St Annes came within one wicket of victory at Ernest Pass, reducing the home side to 96/9 after 48 overs with Richard Thomas taking 4/36 off 21 overs and Nathan Bolus 3/7 off five overs. The visitors were indebted to Luke Wilks who made 43 off 88 balls in their 151/9 as Lee Hogg captured five wickets for 24 to continue his fine start to the season.


Barrow v St Annes

St Annes (8pts) winning draw; Barrow 4pts

St Annes 151/9 (L Wilks 43, L Hogg 5/24), Barrow 96/9 (R Thomas 4/36)

Chorley v Carnforth

Carnforth (12pts) defeated Chorley (4pts) by 5 wickets

Chorley 218/4 (S Naden 87, J Hotham 55no), Carnforth 219/5 (D Moore 140no)

Fleetwood v Lancaster

Fleetwood (12pts) defeated Lancaster (1pt) by five wickets

Lancaster 111/5 (A Laird 4/28), Fleetwood 113/5 (N Coultas 51)

Leyland v Darwen

Leyland (15pts) defeated Darwen (2pts) by 85 runs

Leyland 139/7 (D Lamb 45), Darwen 54 (S Cartwright 6/10 including hat-trick)

Netherfield v Morecambe

Morecambe (15pts) defeated Netherfield (1pt) by 109 runs

Morecambe 230/5 (R Pearson 76, G Maartens 73no, G Maje 58), Netherfield 121 (Shane Dixon 42, G Maartens 6/47)

Preston v Kendal

Preston (15pts) defeated Kendal (2pts) by 24 runs

Preston 156/7, Kendal 132 (N Phillips 40)

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Division Two

Club P W15 W12 D4 D1 L NR4 BP Pts
Leyland 5 4 0 0 0 1 0 1 61
Netherfield 6 2 2 0 0 2 0 4 58
Chorley 5 2 1 1 0 1 0 8 54
Blackpool 5 1 3 0 0 1 0 1 52
Carnforth 6 1 2 0 1 2 0 10 50
Barrow 6 1 0 1 2 2 0 21 42
St Annes 6 0 2 1 0 2 1 9 41
Darwen 5 1 1 1 0 2 0 8 39
Preston 6 2 0 0 0 4 0 7 37
Morecambe 6 2 0 0 1 3 0 3 34
Lancaster 6 1 1 0 0 4 0 3 30
Fleetwood 5 0 1 0 0 3 1 6 22
Kendal 5 0 1 0 0 4 0 7 19

Match Report by Michael Fisher

Netherfield 2nds 121 v Morecambe 2nds 230-5

This game will remain in the memory for a long time for two reasons, the quality of Ryan Pearson batting and Gert Maartens unorthodox batting and his outstanding bowling. League leaders Netherfield won the toss and soon got reward for asking Morecambe to bat with in-form Izzat caught for 0. Maje and Fisher set about re-building from this early loss; progress was slow against Nazir and Hill. The introduction of Girdhari brought the breakthrough with Fisher caught for 17.

Netherfield may have regretted this as Pearson started where he left off last Sunday against Netherfield 1st team striking the ball very sweetly, with Maje progressing pass 50 the scoreboard was starting to tick along nicely. A mix up saw Maje run for an excellent 58 quickly followed by Cockburn. Pearson and Maartens then set about the Netherfield attack, the latter with the sort of stroke play which drives bowlers to distraction, Pearson continued to punish the bowling and with Maartens running amuck at the other end Morecambe Passed first 150 and then 200 in double quick time. The last 14 overs brought a remarkable 120 runs for the visitors.

Netherfields only success came off the last ball of the innings when Nazir bowled Pearson for a superb 76. Maartens was left 73 not out off only 58 balls, he'd entertained the crowd with his own unique but effective batting style.

Netherfields reply started badly with Girdhari suffering from an injury sustained whilst bowling was trapped by Alam for 0, Wilson soon followed for 6. Nathan Dixon was then run out by a direct hit by Pearson for 4 and Netherfield were in trouble. The remainder of the innings became the Gert Maartens show; he bowled uninterrupted for 17 overs taking 6-47.

These excellent figures do not however do him justice, he was practically unplayable for the whole of this spell moving the ball both ways and extracting extra bounce. He made the batsman pay and miss on numerous occasions as well as have a couple of chances dropped. Only Netherfield's captain Shane Dixon put up any real resistance scoring 42 before falling to Maartens, even he had suffered more than an hour of torment at Maartens hands. It was left for Quyyam to seal victory with the final wicket with 15 over remaining when he had Robinson caught behind for 22.

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