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Match Day 30th May 2011

RESULTS 30th May 2011

'As You Were' for the Top Three

St Annes, Netherfield and Leyland all win batting second

Atiq Uz-Zaman led leaders St Annes to victory at Carnforth

It was a case of 'as you were' at the top of the Furness Building Society Northern Premier Cricket League (incorporating Readers Cricket Balls) as St Annes, Netherfield and Leyland all recorded 12 point wins batting second on May Bank Holiday Monday.

St Annes pro Dinuka Hettiarachchi captured another five-wicket haul

Leaders St Annes (89pts) defeated Carnforth at Lodge Quarry after bowling out the home side for 135 in the final over. Pro Dinuka Hettiarachchi took 5/58 off 24.3 overs and three run outs contributed to Carnforth's disappointing total. Ryan Nelson again bolstered the Carnforth innings with a high-class 49 off 120 balls before he was bowled by Hettiarachchi and added 62 for the third wicket with Darren Moore (27). Youngsters Ben Willis, Matthew Grindley and Jake Sunderland all bowled well in support of their pro.

Ryan Nelson was again a mainstay for Carnforth

Former Carnforth batsman Atiq Uz-Zaman then steered St Annes to victory with 58 balls to spare, hitting an unbeaten 77 off 104 balls with 11 fours. Atiq and Nanthesh Kiruparan (31) posted 72 for the opening stand before Adam Cowperthwaite took two wickets, including Ben Dowling to a magnificent one-handed catch by Gareth Pedder at cover. Duncan Whalley steadied the ship in a fourth wicket stand of 47 with Atiq before falling leg before to Alex Benson.

Darren Moore leg-glances and St Annes 'keeper Duncan Whalley sets off in pursuit

Netherfield (85pts) beat Kendal by six wickets at Parkside Road after restricting the visitors to 165/8. Terry Hunte made 53 off 61 balls until he was caught by Alex Atkinson off Stuart Nixon and pro Jamie How 44 off 74 balls before falling caught behind by John Huck off deputy pro Saeed Anwar Junior, the Church professional. Cumberland's century hero of the previous day, Jonathan Miles was caught by county colleague Atkinson off Nathan Chambers for 17.

Saeed Anwar Junior took 2/39 off 17 overs but was then bowled by How for 20 in reply. But vice-captain Ben Haddrick made 53 off 69 balls and John Huck (30 not out) and John Mason (13 not out) saw Netherfield home despite Kendal skipper Chris Miller's miserly spell of 2/27 off 19 overs.

Defending Champions Leyland (79pts) had a thrilling last over win against Barrow at Fox Lane with four wickets in hand. In a game reduced to 34 overs after rain Barrow reached 169/5 after being invited to bat, Lancashire Academy player Liam Livingstone hitting an unbeaten 61 off 52 balls including four sixes and opener Guy Heffernan, freed from football commitments with Holker Old Boys 39 off 48 balls. Luis Reece, who had accounted for Barrow's prolific South African pro Pieter Malan, caught by Henry Thompson for 4 then hit a magnificent 84 off 82 balls.

But Barrow fought well in the field and came back into the game after pro Brett Pelser (32) hit his own wicket attempting to cut Gary Collins. Spinners Collins and Livingstone each took two wickets but Karl Cross saw Leyland home with four balls to spare with an invaluable 17 not out.

Fleetwood won the Fylde Coast derby in thrilling fashion, defeating Blackpool at Stanley Park by two wickets off the final ball. Blackpool had made 161/5, pro Con De Lange top-scoring with 39 and Richard Gleeson, fit again after a back injury 31 not out. Opener Alex Smith retired hurt with a knuckle injury. Fleetwood's teenaged spinner Kieran McGann bowled impressively to take 3/26 off 11 overs.

Adam Parker led Fleetwood's reply with a classy 70 off 100 balls but Steven Mercer kept Blackpool in the game with a spell of 5/58 off 20 overs and Gleeson bowled 13 overs to take 2/36. With two wickets intact Fleetwood needed two to win off the final ball and Joe Bell and skipper Mat Clark scrambled the winning runs after Gleeson had thrown down the stumps and appealed for a run out against Clark.

Darwen recorded a welcome 12 points after winning by five wickets at Chorley in a rain-affected game that started at 2pm. Neil Cordingley continued his fine bowling form by recording 5/45 off 19.4 overs including the scalp of in-form captain Andy Holdworth first-ball as Chorley were dismissed for 111 despite Darwen missing an estimated nine chances in the field. Opener Jack Catterall top-scored with 34 off 71 balls; Stu Naden hit a late-order 23 including two sixes.

Kieran McCullagh claimed the scalps of Darwen pro Zimmy Khan, first ball caught by Naden and Niall Burke but Chris Clarke's 42, Jordan Clarke's 23 and Gareth Cordingley's unbeaten 27 saw Darwen home.

Morecambe pro Anwar Ali and Jono Gates tore through some brittle Lancaster batting to record an emphatic victory at Lune Road in the derby game. Anwar Alli took 5/17 and Gates 4/23 as Lancaster, at one stage reeling at 11/7 were bowled out for 49 in 20 overs.

Earlier Morecambe skipper Mark Woodhead hit 54 off 116 balls and new Cumberland County representative Chris Williams an unbeaten 70 off 117 balls in the visitors' 182/4.


Blackpool v Fleetwood

Fleetwood (12pts) defeated Blackpool (4pts) by 2 wickets

Blackpool 161/5, Fleetwood 162/8 (A Parker 70, S Mercer 5/58)

Carnforth v St Annes

St Annes (12pts) defeated Carnforth (0pts) by 6 wickets

Carnforth 135 (R Nelson 49, D Hettiarachchi 5/58), St Annes 137/4 (Atiq Uz-Zaman 77no)

Chorley v Darwen

Darwen (12pts) defeated Chorley (1pt) by 5 wickets

Chorley 111 (N Cordingley 5/45), Darwen 112/5 (C Clarke 42)

Lancaster v Morecambe

Morecambe (15pts) defeated Lancaster (0pts) by 133 runs

Morecambe 182/4 (C Williams 70no, M Woodhead 54), Lancaster 49 (Anwar Ali 5/17, J Gates 4/23)

Leyland v Barrow

Leyland (12pts) defeated Barrow (3pts) by 4wickets

Barrow 169/5 (L Livingstone 61no), Leyland 170/6 (L Reece 84)

Netherfield v Kendal

Netherfield (12pts) defeated Kendal (2pts) by 6 wickets

Kendal 165/8 (T Hunte 53, J How 44), Netherfield 168/4 (B Haddrick 58)

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Division One

Club P W15 W12 D4 D1 L NR4 BP Pts
St Annes 9 2 3 2 0 1 1 11 89
Netherfield 9 2 3 1 1 1 1 10 85
Leyland 9 0 6 0 1 2 0 6 79
Morecambe 8 2 2 0 1 3 0 10** 65
Chorley 8 2 0 2 2 2 0 25 65
Blackpool 8 1 1 2 1 3 0 20 56
Lancaster 9 3 0 0 1 5 0 9 55
Lancashire Colts 5 1 3 0 0 1 0 3 54
Kendal 9 1 1 2 2 3 0 17 54
Preston 9 1 1 2 0 5 0 18 53
Darwen 8 0 2 2 3 1 0 16 51
Carnforth 9 1 1 1 1 5 0 18 50
Barrow 9 1 0 2 2 4 0 24 49
Fleetwood 9 0 2 0 1 6 0 16 41

** 2 points deducted for slow over rate


Carnforth v St Annes
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Division Two (2nd XI)

In Division Two Netherfield (97pts) lead the way from defending Champions Leyland (89pts) with Chorley (85pts) third and Blackpool (74pts) fourth.

Netherfield won a low-scoring derby game against Kendal at Shap Road despite being restricted to 115/9 with Adrian Potts taking 4/56 off 25 overs. Extras top-scored with 24. Opener Paul Fearnyhough hit 35 off 129 balls in Kendal's reply but Muhammad Nazir took 5/32 off 24 overs to dismiss the home side for 83 with the aid of three run-outs.

Barrow's last pair Dan Myles and Paul Riley frustrated Leyland at Ernest Pass as the home side salvaged a draw at 135/9. Ryan Gilmour (40) and Greg Reynolds (37) provided the main resistance against a four-pronged attack in which Tayyab Afsar took 3/39.

Nathan McDonnell earlier made 75 off 107 balls with 11 fours and one six to provide the backbone of Leyland's 193/9, Sean Dunk making 35 off 50 balls as Reynolds claimed 4/51 and Lee Hogg 3/46.

Sam Tolley hit 53 in Chorley's victory by eight wickets at Birch Hall in a game restricted to 31 overs per side, skipper Ian Mawdesley being 35 not out at the close. Lancaster had the better of a drawn game at Woodhill Lane, Ian Parkinson making 72 and Joe Atkinson 46 in his side's 220. Morecambe closed on 148/8.

Carnforth's Dave Robinson hit his maiden Northern League century, 101 off 131 balls including 14 fours and one six but still finished on the losing side at Vernon Road. Reuben Bragg made 46 and Ryan Gallagher 30 in Carnforth's 201/9, Greg Whitehead claiming 4/35. St Annes skipper David Bartholomew was unbeaten on 45 as his side won by four wickets after Mark Emsley made 42.

Fleetwood completed a fine Bank Holiday weekend, Nick Coultas hitting an unbeaten 63 in his side's four wickets victory over Blackpool after Neil Gregson had taken 4/52 to restrict the visitors to 166/9.


Barrow v Leyland

Leyland (10pts) winning draw; Barrow 4pts

Leyland 193/9 (N McDonnell 75, G Reynolds 4/51), Barrow 135/9 (R Gilmour 40)

Darwen v Chorley

Chorley (12pts) defeated Darwen (0pts) by 8 wickets

Darwen 133/7 (S Naseer 46), Chorley 137/2 (S Tolley 53)

Fleetwood v Blackpool

Fleetwood (12pts) defeated Blackpool (3pts) by 4 wickets

Blackpool 166/9 (N Gregson 4/52), Fleetwood 169/6 (N Coultas 63no)

Kendal v Netherfield

Netherfield (15pts) defeated Kendal (3pts) by 32 runs

Netherfield 115/9 (A Potts 4/56), Kendal 83 (M Nazir 5/32)

Morecambe v Lancaster

Lancaster (9pts) winning draw; Morecambe 5pts

Lancaster 220 (I Parkinson 72, J Atkinson 46), Morecambe 142/8

St Annes v Carnforth

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

Carnforth 201/9 (D Robinson 101, R Bragg 46, G Whitehead 4/35), St Annes 203/6 (D Bartholomew 45no, M Emsley 42)

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Division Two

Club P W15 W12 D4 D1 L NR4 BP Pts
Netherfield 9 4 2 1 0 2 0 9 97
Leyland 8 4 1 2 0 1 0 9 89
Chorley 8 3 2 1 0 1 1 8 85
Blackpool 8 1 4 1 0 2 0 7 74
Carnforth 9 1 2 0 1 4 1 17 61
St Annes 9 0 3 1 1 3 1 12 57
Fleetwood 8 1 2 0 0 3 2 6 53
Morecambe 8 2 1 0 2 3 0 7 51
Lancaster 9 1 1 2 1 4 0 13 49
Barrow 8 1 0 1 3 3 0 26 48
Darwen 8 1 1 1 2 3 0 14 47
Preston 8 2 0 0 0 6 0 11 41
Kendal 8 0 1 0 0 6 1 11 27

Match Report by Michael Fisher

Morecambe 2nds 142 - 8 v Lancaster 220 all out

Lancaster got the better of Morecambe in this bank holiday derby clash, asked to bat first Lancaster started steadily only losing Ranga (10) to Morecambe's opening pair of Alam and Maartens. Joe Atkinson batted steadily on his way to an excellent 46. Quyyum accounted for both Atkinson and Moorby bringing the veteran pair of Parkinson and Craig Atkinson to the crease.

After watchful starts the drinks interval signalled a change in tactics with both players looking to take the attack to the bowlers. Graves bowled Atkinson for 25, however this provided the incentive for Ian Parkinson to take the game to the Morecambe bowlers, he was particularly punishing on anything pitched up.

With over 90 added in 15 overs Morecambe turned to Maartens. He had an immediate impact removing first Chambers and then Parkinson for an excellent 72. Lancaster kept the score board moving whilst losing wickets towards the end of the innings, finally being bowled out off the first ball of the last over for an imposing 220. Maartens and Graves both finished with 3 wickets apiece.

In reply Morecambe started brightly with Law looking particular impressive, until a mix up and a slip saw him run out for 12. Morecambe's progress was slow despite the best efforts of the batmen to increase the scoring rate; Cockburn had a particular torrid time trying to increase the tempo. When Maje was caught by the flying Craig Atkinson at mid-week for 36, Morecambe's chances of victory were already looking remote. Cockburn's agony was finally ended by Craig Atkinson for 25.

The re-introduction of Joe Atkinson trigged a mini collapse from the Morecambe middle order taking 3 wickets in 3 overs whilst Chambers removed Pearson at the other end. With 13 overs remaining Lancaster were looking favourites for victory, Fisher having damaged a thumb in the field lasted for 5 overs in support of young wicket keeper Ahmed before coming Chambers 2nd wicket. Alam (4*) and Ahmed (12*) batted the remaining overs out with a few scares along the way to deny Lancaster victory.

Lancaster can take great heart from the performances of some of their younger players, Joe Atkinson have particularly good day scoring 46 and taking 3 - 29.

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