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Match Day 28th May 2011

RESULTS 28th May 2011

Netherfield beat the weather to defeat Darwen

Deadly Dinuk inspires St Annes

Dickon Morris bowls Rob Sissons in Carnforth's victory charge

St Annes maintained their four-point lead at the top of the Furness Building Society Northern Premier Cricket League (incorporating Readers Cricket Balls) on a day when the top three sides all recorded wins batting second.

St Annes (77pts) defeated Lancaster at Vernon Road after restricting the visitors to 138 for 8, pro Dinuka Hettiarachchi wheeling his way through 25 overs for a miserly 5/37. With Ben Willis weighing in with two wickets Lancaster never overcame a poor start after slumping to 22/3 with veterans Tim Barry (35) and David Heywood (34) leading the resistance.

Lancaster fought hard in the field, Iain Perrieman taking 3/52 but teenaged opener Nanthesh Kiruparan batted superbly to make 58 before he became one of Ben Simm's two victims with just six runs needed. St Annes Captain Andy Kellett returned after back trouble and was unbeaten on 5 not out at the end as his side won by five wickets.

Netherfield (73pts) had the luck of the toss partly to thank after their game with Darwen at Parkside Road was interrupted by rain. After a late start and further interruptions the game was reduced to 31 overs, Darwen making 145/6 after being inserted. Alex Davies hit 40 off 44 balls with Netherfield sub-pro Ashar Zaidi, professional for Accrington in the Lancashire League taking 4/47.

Netherfield reached their target with 15 balls to spare for the loss of four wickets, Zaidi (31), Marc Brown (36), John Mason (34 not out) and John Huck (20 not out) the major contributors.

Defending Champions Leyland (67pts) romped to a nine wickets win at Kendal after bowling out the home side for 127. Skipper David Makinson took 5/44 off 16.4 overs with Peter Cummings taking 3/36. Jon Miles top-scored for Kendal with 33 but Kiwi international pro Jamie How was caught by Chris Parkinson off Leyland pro Brett Pelser for 7.

Parkinson fell off his first ball to Stu Parkin but Luis Reece (50 not out off 52 balls including four fours and two sixes) and Adam Coates (78 not out) hurried Leyland to victory. Wicketkeeper Coates, a close season recruit from Westhoughton CC hit eight fours and four sixes and faced just 72 balls, ending the match in the grand manner with a six to complete an unbroken stand of 129.

Carnforth earned 15pts from a thrilling victory over Blackpool by six runs at Lodge Quarry. Opener Ryan Nelson anchored Carnforth's 153/9 with a superb innings of 80 before he fell to a stunning catch in the deep by Alex Smith in the 48th over. Blackpool's South African pro Con De Lange bowled well to take 3/32 as Blackpool recovered from losing opening bowler Richard Gleeson to a back injury after he had bowled just eight balls. Teenaged opening bowler Mike Tidmas bowled a fine second spell to finish with 3/31.

Ryan Nelson anchored Carnforth's innings with 80

Blackpool slumped to 28/3 in reply before De Lange hit six fours and four sixes, profiting from a missed chance in the field on 29. With Michael Moore lending valuable support the visitors looked well placed as they reached 91/3.

Blackpool pro Con De Lange hits one of his four sixes in his 55

But the introduction into the attack of 2009 amateur bowling award winner Warren Quinn and Dickon Morris changed the game. Left-armer Quinn bowled De Lange for 55 and off-spinner Morris, a master at Giggleswick School gave a lesson in pressure bowling taking 4/15 in his eight overs. Moore was caught by Quinn off Morris for 30 and though Tidmas hit an unbeaten 20 last man Gleeson, batting with a runner was run out by Gareth Pedder's sharp fielding in a dramatic finish.

Chorley captain Andy Holdsworth continued his fine season by hitting 70 off 105 balls as his side had the better of a drawn game at Ernest Pass. Holdsworth posted 104 for the first wicket with Jack Catterall (53 off 95 balls) which provided the backbone of their side's 199 against Barrow, Lancashire Academy spinner Liam Livingstone taking 4/43 and slow left armer Gary Collins 3/41.

Barrow were indebted to their talented South African pro Pieter Malan for rescuing the game; he batted throughout the innings for a composed undefeated 86 off 149 balls including 15 fours as the home side closed 140/8. Chorley spinners pro Gaurav Dhar and Iain Critchley each took three wickets as Barrow lost eight wickets for 66 after an opening stand of 74 between Malan and Rob Lightfoot.

Preston skipper Lukman Vahaluwala continued his fine all-round campaign by leading his side to a seven wickets win over Fleetwood at West Cliff. Vahaluwala took 3/39 to help restrict the visitors to 154/7, pro Ryan Smith (32) and Mark Wilkinson (32) making most headway in a fifth wicket stand of 59. Vahaluwala then hit 69 off 97 balls with nine fours and one six and combined with in-form opener Sajid Patel (46 off 54 balls including five fours and three sixes) to steer Preston home with 12.2 overs in hand.

Off-spinner Dickon Morris was Carnforth's hero


Barrow v Chorley

Chorley (9pts) winning draw; Barrow 5pts

Chorley 199 (A Holdsworth 70, J Catterall 53, L Livingstone 4/43), Barrow 140/8 (P Malan 86no)

Carnforth v Blackpool

Carnforth (15pts) defeated Blackpool (4pts) by 6 runs

Carnforth 153/9 (R Nelson 80), Blackpool 147 (C De Lange 55, D Morris 4/15)

Kendal v Leyland

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

Kendal 127 (D Makinson 5/44), Leyland 133/1 (A Coates 78no, L Reece 50no)

Netherfield v Darwen

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

Darwen 145/6 (A Davies 40, A Zaidi 4/47), Netherfield 147/4

Preston v Fleetwood

Preston (12pts) beat Fleetwood (1pt) by 7 wickets,

Fleetwood 154/7, Preston 155/3 (L Vahaluwala 69, S Patel 46)

St Annes v Lancaster

St Annes (12pts) defeated Lancaster (1pt) by 5 wickets

Lancaster 138/8 (D Hettiarachchi 5/37), St Annes 139/5 (N Kiruparan 58)

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Sunday 29th May 2011

Preston v Lancashire Colts

Lancashire Colts (15pts) defeated Preston (0pts) by 58 runs

Lancashire Colts 161/4 (G Platten 63, W Chapples 63), Preston 103


Division One

Club P W15 W12 D4 D1 L NR4 BP Pts
St Annes 8 2 2 2 0 1 1 11 77
Netherfield 8 2 2 1 1 1 1 10 73
Leyland 8 0 5 0 1 2 0 6 67
Chorley 7 2 0 2 2 1 0 24 64
Lancaster 8 3 0 0 1 4 0 9 55
Lancashire Colts 5 1 3 0 0 1 0 3 54
Preston 9 1 1 2 0 5 0 18 53
Blackpool 7 1 1 2 1 2 0 16 52
Kendal 8 1 1 2 2 2 0 15 52
Morecambe 7 1 2 0 1 3 0 10** 50
Carnforth 8 1 1 1 1 4 0 18 50
Barrow 8 1 0 2 2 3 0 21 46
Darwen 7 0 1 2 3 1 0 16 39
Fleetwood 8 0 1 0 1 6 0 16 29

** 2 points deducted for slow over rate

Blackpool CC 1st XI 2011

Barrow CC 1st XI 2011

Match Report by Michael Moore

Carnforth v Blackpool

Needing to pick up desperately needed winning points, Danno`s Boys travelled to Albert Road to take on Carnforth on yet another cold and blustery Saturday afternoon. The Carnforth ground looked vastly improved from last season and is a credit to groundsman Peter Robinson.

Batting first on what turned out to be a somewhat low and slow pitch, Carnforth were indebted to opening bat Ryan Nelson who was the mainstay of their innings making a detemined 80 runs whilst at the crease for 48 of his team`s 50 overs. Only 2 other batsmen reached double figures, Adam Hornby (18) and Lewis Bradley (20) in the home side`s total of 153 for 9.

The visitors` day got off to a very unfortunate start when strike bowler Richard Gleeson had to leave the pitch after bowling only 8 deliveries , suffering from a painful back injury.

This was obviously a major problem for skipper Paul Danson, who then had to revise his plans for the rest of the afternoon, introducing young all rounder Alex Smith into the attack to complete Gleeson`s unfinished over.Alex responded well , picking up the wickets of skipper Hornby and Dickon Morris on his way to figures of 2 for 35 from his 9.4 overs.

The Carnforth batsmen were never really allowed to gain the upper hand due to 2 fine bowling performances. South African professional, left arm spinner Con Delange bowled superbly, returning the very impressive figures of 14 overs, 2 maidens, 3 for 32 and he was ably supported by teenager Mike Tidmas who bowled accurately to finish with 3 for 31 from his 12 overs. Indeed Mike`s 2nd spell of 5 overs returned 3 wickets for only 13 runs. Well done Tiddy.

Skipper Danson would have been happy with the position at the interval,especially after losing Richard so early in the piece. Indeed Blackpool`s outcricket was of a high standard today, highlighted by a magnificent catch in the deep from Alex Smith off the bowling of Mike Tidmas.

In reply Carnforth`s opening attack of Gareth Pedder and Adam Cowperthwaite soon put the visiting batsmen under pressure, Pro Pedder bowling John Mounsey (0) and Andy Furniss (9) and Cowperthwaite removing the in-form Alex Smith for just 8 to leave Blackpool teetering on 28 for 3.

Left hander Michael Moore joined Pro Delange at the crease and the pair set about repairing the early damage.Con showed his all round prowess as he initially dug in deep to stop the rot and then set about the Carnforth bowlers with some fine aggressive batting. His innings of 55 off only 52 deliveries included 4 sixes and 6 boundary fours and formed the base of the visitors quest for victory and he was somewhat unfortunate to be bowled by Quinn from a ball which kept rather low.

His partnership with Moore (30 inc 5 x 4s) produced 63 valuable runs.

Prashant Aga batted with good positive intent before dragging one on off spinner Quinn making 13 and leaving Blackpool 113 for 5 and the game still in the balance.

A positive result was still very much in Blackpool`s sights but off-spinner Dickon Morris had other ideas as he set about destroying Blackpool`s lower order, removing Danson and Mercer in consecutive balls and when he had Moore caught at long on the task became a daunting one for the Seasiders.Stern resistance and some late attacking shots from Tidmas (20 not out ) pushed Blackpool to within 6 runs of their target but when the rocket arm of Gareth Pedder , surely one of the best fielders in the league , produced the vital run out for Carnforth, Blackpool`s hopes of a late victory were dashed.

Cricket can be a cruel mistress at times and so it proved today for Danno and his Boys. We need to put today behind us fellers and go into Monday`s game against Fleetwood with renewed hope and determination.

Division Two (2nd XI)

In Division Two Netherfield (82pts) lead the way from defending Champions Leyland (79pts) with Chorley (73pts) third and Blackpool (71pts) fourth.

Netherfield had the better of a drawn game at Darwen, skipper Shane Dixon in the runs with 66 though Scott Jackson led the resistance with 77. Leyland opener Danny Lamb hit an unbeaten 53 in his side's six wickets win over Kendal at Fox Lane after Tayyab Afsar had captured four wickets with his leg-spin.

Chorley's Adam Peacock hit 50 off 44 balls and Chris Harty took 4/26 as they defeated Barrow at Windsor Park while Blackpool skipper Kevin Reid took six wickets and Adrian Darlington hit 97 in their side's victory over Carnforth.

Lancaster had the best of a drawn game against St Annes, Dinesh Ranga and Sam Moorby each passing 50 while Zac Coultas took six wickets and Tom Clarke the remaining four as Fleetwood defeated Preston at Broadwater. Earlier Nick Coultas and Andy Singleton made half-centuries with Hussain Haji taking six wickets for Preston.


Blackpool v Carnforth

Blackpool (12pts) defeated Carnforth (3pts) by 8 wickets

Carnforth 180/9 (J Cornthwaite 49, R Bragg 45, K Reid 6/42), Blackpool 181/2 (A Darlington 97, S Owen 43no)

Chorley v Barrow

Chorley (15pts) defeated Barrow (2pts) by 105 runs

Chorley 202/7 (A Peacock 50), Barrow 97 (C Harty 4/26)

Darwen v Netherfield

Netherfield (9pts) winning draw; Darwen (5pts)

Netherfield 197/6 (Shane Dixon 66), Darwen 188/7 (S Jackson 77)

Fleetwood v Preston

Fleetwood (15pts) defeated Preston (3pts) by 81 runs

Fleetwood 157 (N Coultas 50, A Singleton 50, H Haji 6/43), Preston 76 (Z Coultas 6/33, T Clarke 4/38)

Lancaster v St Annes

Lancaster (9pts) winning draw; St Annes (2pts)

Lancaster 199/6 (D Ranga 62, S Moorby 55), St Annes 107/7

Leyland v Kendal

Leyland (12pts) defeated Kendal (1pt) by 6 wickets

Kendal 140/9 (T Afsar 4/37), Leyland 141/4 (D Lamb 53no)

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Division Two

Club P W15 W12 D4 D1 L NR4 BP Pts
Netherfield 8 3 2 1 0 2 0 9 82
Leyland 7 4 1 1 0 1 0 3 79
Chorley 7 3 1 1 0 1 1 8 73
Blackpool 7 1 4 1 0 1 0 4 71
Carnforth 8 1 2 0 1 3 1 13 57
Darwen 7 1 1 1 2 2 0 14 47
Morecambe 7 2 1 0 1 3 0 3 46
St Annes 8 0 2 1 1 3 1 12 45
Barrow 7 1 0 1 2 3 0 23 44
Preston 8 2 0 0 0 6 0 11 41
Fleetwood 7 1 1 0 0 3 2 6 41
Lancaster 8 1 1 1 1 4 0 8 40
Kendal 7 0 1 0 0 5 1 8 24

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