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OFFICIAL WEB SITE

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To access the site you still will login to "northerncricketleague.org/uk"


LEAGUE FIXTURES AND RESULTS FOR 2019

The League fixtures for 2018 are now on both sites, See FIXTURES for full programme and see below for indvidual Club fixtures.

CLUB FIXTURES AND RESULTS FOR 2019

Barrow Blackpool Chorley Fleetwood

Fulwood & Broughton Garstang Kendal Leyland

Longridge Netherfield Penrith St Annes


TWENTY/20 CUP FIXTURES FOR 2018

The Twenty/20 Cup fixtures for 2018 are now on site, See FIXTURES for both draws.


IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2019

NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE

League

First Match - 20th April 2019

Last Match - 7th September 2019

Readers Twenty/20 Finals Day

Sunday 7th July 2019


League Committee Meetings

Tuesday 19th March 2019 at Leyland C.C.

Thursday 6th June 2019 at Netherfield C.C.

Thursday 8th August 2019 at Blackpool C.C.

Wednesday 23rd October 2019 at Garstang C.C.

AGM Thursday 6th Decamber 2019 at Fulwood & Broughton C.C.

Fixtures

Saturday 20th April Opening NPCL fixtures

Sunday 28th April ECB Club Championship Round 1

Sunday 5th May Readers Cup Twemty/20 Round Robin 1

Sunday 12th May ECB Club Championship Round 2

Sunday 19th May LCF Cup Round of 64

Sunday 26th May Readers Cup Twenty/20 Round Robin 2

Sunday 2nd June LCF Cup Round of 32

Sunday 9th June ECB Club Championship Round 3

Sunday 16th June Readers Cup Twenty/20 Round Robin 3

Sunday 23rd June LCF Cup Round of 16

Sunday 30th June ECB Club Championship Round 4

Sunday 7th July Readers Cup Twenty/20 Finals Day

Sunday 14th July LCF Cup Quarter-Finals

Sunday 21st July ECB Club Championship Round 5 Readers Cup Twenty/20 Finals Reserve Day

Sunday 28th July ECB Twenty/20 Area Finals Day

Sunday 4th August NPCL 40 Over Cup Round 1 LCF Cup Semi-Finals

Sunday 11th August NPCL 40 Over Cup Round 2 ECB Club Championship Quarter-Finals

Sunday 18th August NPCL 40 Over Cup Semi-Finals ECB T20 Quarter-Finals

Sunday 1st September NPCL 40 Over Cup Final LCF Cup Final ECB Club Championship Semi-Finals

Saturday 7th September Final NPCL fixtures

Sunday 8th September NPCL 40 Over Cup Final Reserve Day

Sunday 15th September ECB Club Championship Final

Sunday 22nd September ECB Twenty/20 Finals Day


Chairman's Report 2018

In more ways than one the 2018 cricket season was particularly memorable. Apart from two rain affected weekends the season was blessed with long dry spells of hot and sunny weather, perhaps the only people who longed for rain were club groundsmen who found it increasingly difficult to produce wickets in the hot dry conditions.

2018 also marked the first year of our link with the Palace Shield (PS). Garstang and Fulwood & Broughton, both promoted from the PS played in the Northern Premier Cricket League (NPCL) for the first time.

Having two new clubs in the NPCL gave fresh impetus to our competitions with new clubs, grounds and friendships to forge. The newly merged Umpires Association was successful and rose to the challenge of officiating under two different sets of rules.
General feedback from all clubs including our 2nd elevens who played in the PS was positive overall and we hope that this promising start to the link between both Leagues will develop and continue well into the future.

For the 2019 season yet another new team, Longridge, will be playing in the NPCL. We welcome them to the NPCL and hope they will, like their predecessors, enjoy the experience. We welcome back Kendal after their very successful season in the PS.
The continuously changing mix of teams can only be good for the future of cricket.

Results of the Questionnaire regarding what clubs wishes were in relation to Professionals and Overseas players became known during last winter. The outcome confirmed an overwhelming desire to continue employing Professionals. The outcome was not as clear cut with regard to Overseas players but, on balance, clubs indicated that we should continue to have them pointing to their positive contribution to the quality of cricket, standard of coaching and their enthusiasm which was good for young players.

It was evident for the 2018 season that clubs had done their homework in choosing suitable Professionals who largely fulfilled their contracts for the whole season. It was pleasing that matches were generally played in a positive spirit and although there were some disciplinary issues the Disciplinary Committee did not have too many cases of poor behaviour to deal with.

The occasional adverse comment on social media caused one or two problems.
Managing social media is a relatively new area for both the NPCL and clubs and it is incumbent on us all to ensure that discipline and the reputation of the NPCL is maintained by keeping a close eye on what is put into the public domain.

The identity of the 2018 title winners was not known until the last day of the season. Netherfield had dominated the competition in 2017 but this year got off to a slow start. It was clear from the outset that Blackpool had assembled a strong team and that they would push Netherfield all the way. There was never more than a few points between them.

It became clear that the August Bank Holiday clash between them at Netherfield would be crucial.
Prior to the game Blackpool led by 7 points and a win for Netherfield would have seen them go top and thus most likely go on to win the title.The game never started owing to bad weather and on an exciting last day when either team could have won the title both won their games.

This meant that Blackpool became worthy champions with Netherfield runners up.The excitement on the last day was not confined to the top of the table.

Preston had long been relegated but either Morecambe or Fulwood & Broughton could go down with them. In the event and much to their relief Fulwood & Broughton retained their status sending Morecambe down for the first time.
We shall be sorry to lose Preston and Morecambe and wish them well for next year in the PS Premier Division.

Garstang had a good first season in the NPCL. They got off to a fast start and although they faded towards the end of the season they finished in a creditable mid table position. They also got to the final of the 40 over cup and finished as runners up being well beaten by Netherfield who are to be congratulated on another successful season.

The Readers Twenty/20 Competition was again enjoyed by all. The finals day was held in splendid weather at Fulwood & Broughton who hosted the event very successfully. Congratulations to Chorley who won the competition in dominant fashion and went on to represent the League in the NatWest Twenty/20 competition.

Congratulations also to Fleetwood who lost in the final and to Fulwood & Broughton and Netherfield for reaching finals day and contributing to a memorable occasion.

A word about junior cricket. We know that the future of the NPCL depends upon nurturing, encouraging and developing junior cricket.
As a League we have striven to ensure this development. The League are very grateful to all those coaches and supporters ( including parents) who put in many hours hard work in pursuing these aims.
It has helped us produce good young cricketers who this year have represented Lancashire at U17 and U19 level and also 3 good young cricketers who played minor counties cricket for Cumberland.

Further success for our junior cricket came when Fleetwood U19's became the Twenty/20 champions of Lancashire. This is a wonderful achievement and during the competition they beat a lot of good sides from other Leagues in Lancashire- well done and a great credit to all those who work so hard at Fleetwood.

The League are determined to build on these successes. Our discussions with club representatives has led to the formation of the NPCL Junior Academy. The aim is to create an annual junior development programme, to identify talent for our representative teams and also to identify players for potential county representation.

Plans are afoot to start an 8 week coaching programme in January 2019 and Tom Smith, who played for Chorley before going on to play with distinction for Lancashire, has kindly agreed to be the head coach for the Academy. It is hoped this will strengthen our ties with the county cricket club and Lancashire cricket federation and lead to good exposure of our talented young players at county level.

In addition to this programme the League have asked clubs to state their intentions for 2019 in relation to junior cricket and women's cricket.
The results are pleasing, all clubs will be heavily involved in the All Stars programme and fielding teams from U9 all the way up to U19.

This will hopefully involve approx 1200 children throughout the League being coached by approximately 118 coaches. This shows the commitment to junior cricket and augurs well for the future. As we all know the profile of the women's game has dramatically risen in the past 2 years with increased interest throughout the country.

Women, like men can now at the pinnacle of the game look forward to a professional career, something that even 10 years ago could not have been envisaged. The increased interest is replicated in our League.

Next year the intention is for 8 of our clubs to run a women's section. This represents a huge increase in participation from only 2 or 3 years ago.

Finally, it is pleasing as Chairman to see the League moving forward in much better shape than 2 years ago. This was envisaged but the fact that it is happening is down to the hard work and dedication of all those in running the League and the clubs and let us hope that in 2019 we can build upon what has been started.

Chris Lavery, NPCL Chairman


Match Day 4th May 2019

The Northern Cricket League Review

On a cold blustery day Longridge gained their first Northern Premier win, there were also wins for Fleetwood, Blackpool, Kendal and Leyland with a winning draw for Netherfield

Barrow v Fleetwood

Fleetwood won the toss at the Ernest Pass Memorial ground and invited the hosts to bat, Barrow got off to a good start reaching 51 when Justin Pringle was caught by ? off the bowling of Alex Ryder for 29, 51-1

Ryder struck again having Glen Kermode caught by ? for 1, 65-2, Jordan Nicholson became Ryder's third victim caught by ? for 79-3. Daryl Wearing joined Toby Mowat and they dug in and began to build a defendable total.

They had a partnership of 82 when Neels Berg bowled Wearing for 43, 161-4. Berg then took the valuable wicket of Toby Mowat bowling him for 81, 168-5, ten runs later and the sixth wicket fell Jack Hill-Eades caught by off Toby Lush for 4, 178-4

The innings closed 196-7 with Sam Henderson out on the last ball of the innings caught by ? off Toby Lush for 14 with Rashid Ahmad 12no.

Alex Ryder took 3-28 from 8 overs, Neels Berg 2-44 off 15 and Toby Lush 2-51 from 10

The Fleetwood reply had reached 24 when Daryl Wearing bowled Rana Singh for 14, 24-1, Keegan Armstrong joined Fraser Parr and had added 40 to the total when Parr was caught by Jordan Nicholson off Toby Mowat for 28, 64-2

Neels Berg was Armstrong's next partner but with the score on 91 Berg was bowled by Gary Collins for 14, 91-3, Declan Clerkin quickly followed caught by Rashid Ahmad off Justin Pringle for 0, 92-4

The taking of the fourth wicket proved to be Barrow's last success as Keegan Armstrong 72no and Adam Sharrocks 41no guided the visitors to victory in 39.2 overs closing on 197-4. Their unbeaten partnership was 105 in 116 balls

The wicket takers for Barrow were Daryl Wearing 1-36 from 12 0vers, Toby Mowat 1-33 off 8, Justin Pringle 1-20 from 4 and Gary Collins 1-32 off 7

Chorley v Netherfield

Chorley won the toss at Windsor Park and put the visitors into bat, Netherfield made 193-6 in their 50 overs thanks to Bevan Small 83, Josh Dixon 39 and 21 from Lewis Edge

The wickets were shared out amongst the Chorley bowlers five taking a wicket each and Chamikara Edirisinghe taking 2

When Chorley replied Wian Van Zyl and Andrew Holdsworth put Chorley in a strong position but the fall of Van Zyl caught by Ben Barrow of Joel Blain 65 was to be the turning point

The introduction of Scott Clement into the attack saw the Chorley wickets tumble, Will Moulton made 20 but Chorley were 8 runs short of victory at the close on 186-7 with Andrew Holdsworth 61no

Scott Clement finished with 3-23 from 7 0vers, Matt Jackson, Marc Hadwin, Robbie Dwyer ans Joel Blain took a wicket each

Fulwood & Broughton v Longridge

Longridge won the toss at the Highfield ground and decided to bat, they made 125 in 44.1 overs thanks to Ian Simpson 42no with contributions from Luke Platt 27, John Simpson 17 and Lachian Bangs 13

Simon Kerrigan took 4-33 from 17, Chris Brookes 2-13 off 8. Jon Fenton 2-44 from 13 and Lewis Dingle 1-23 off 5

In reply Fulwood & Broughton were bowled out for 107 in 33.4 overs and only an innings of 83 by Matthew Smith prevented the hosts from being bowled out for a small score.

Daniel Wilson got the vital wicket of Smith and then he mopped up the tail finishing with 4-12 from 7.5 overs, Ian Simpson took 3-23 from 8. Jonathan Milward, Matt Greenall and Lachian Bangs took a wicket

Garstang v Blackpool

Blackpool won the toss at the Riverside Sports ground and elected to bat, they got off to a good start but with the score on 51 Ian Walling struck taking three quick wickets, Ciaran Johnson was the first caught by Michael Waling for 14, 51-1

Joshua Boyne was bowled for 0, 51-2 followed by Craig Brown 0, Blackpool were now 51-3, Lahiru Madushanka joined Sam Dutton and they dominated the Garstang attack with a partnership of 180, Madushanka was bowled by Danny Gilbert for 110, 231-4

Andy Funiss soon followed bowled by Danny Gilbert for 1, 235-5, Matthew Grindley was run out by Dan Curwen for 0 and the innings closed on 242-6.

For Garstang Ian Walling took 3-51 from 14, Danny Wilson 2-86 off 13

In reply Garstang lost the top 5 batsmen without one reaching double figures, 34 from No 9 Danny Gilbert, 20 from Naqib Rahman and 16 from Matthew Crowther could not stop them being bowled out for 116 in 29.3 overs

Matthew Grindley took 4-44 from 13, Lahiru Madushanka 3-37 off 10, Matthew Siddall 1-9 from 3, Jamie Thomson 1-9 off 2 and Joshua Boyne 1-13 from 1.3

Kendal v St Annes

St Annes won the toss at Shap Road and invited the host to bat, on 21 Saeed Bariwala was bowled by Matthew Yeadon for 19, 21-1, Ryan Shepherd joined Wes Marshall but when he had scored 3 was trapped lbw by Tom Higson, 35-2

Ben Phillips came to the crease and with Marshall took the total to 114 when Phillips was out caught by Tom Higson off Amar Ullah for 34. 114-3

Dan Woods was next in and with Marshall took the score to 193 when both were out, Marshall caught by Andy Drake off the bowling of Mohamed Nadeem for 109, 193-4 Woods also fell to Nadeem stumped by Chris Baines 193-5

Nadeem took a further three wickets as Kendal closed on 225-8, Mohamed Nadeem took 5-55 from 13 overs with Matthew Yeadon, Tom Higson and Amar Ullah taking a wicket each

In reply St Annes lost Andy Drake caught by Dan Woods off Matthew Park for 0, 6-1, Tim Smithies 18, Mohamed Nadeem 17 and Amar Ullah 15 offered some resistance with Tom Higson last out for 15, St Annes crumbled to 86 all out in 34.1 overs

Wes Marshall had figures of 4-20 off 11 overs with Matthew Park 4-28 from 13 and Chris Miller 1-1from 3.1 overs

Leyland v Penrith

Penrith won the toss at the Stanning Memorial ground and invited Leyland to bat. Leyland made 218-6 in their 50 overs, Saif Badar top scored with 67no supported by Nathan McDonnell 42, Karl Cross 34 Henry Thompson 30 and Jacob Wright 21

Asher Hart took 3-52 from 13 overs Samuel Hall 2-37 off 8 and Jamie O'Brien 1-25 from 6

The Penrith innings never got off the ground with only no 11 batsman Jamie O'Brien 12 reaching double figures as they were bowled out for 41 in 26.1 overs

Will Jacques had figures off 13 overs, 5 maidens 16 runs 5 wickets, Karl Cross 12 overs 5 maidens 12 runs 4 wickets with Will Smith taking the final wicket 1-7 from 1.1 overs


SCORES

Barrow v Fleetwood

Fleetwood (15 pts) defeated Barrow (2 pts) by 6 wickets

Barrow 196-7 (Toby Mowat 81, Darly Wearing 43), Fleetwood 197-4 (Keegan Armstrong 72no, Adam Sharrocks 41no)

Chorley v Netherfield

Netherfield (10 pts) winning draw Chorley (5 pts)

Netherfield 193-6 (Bevan Small 83), Chorley 186-7 (Wian Van Zyl 65, Andrew Holdsworth 61no)

Fulwood & Broughton v Longridge

Longridge (15 pts) defeated Fulwood & Broughton (5 pts) by 18 runs

Longridge 125 (Ian Simpson 42no, Simon Kerrigan 4-33), Fulwood & Broughton 107 (Matthew Smith 83, Daniel Wison 4-12)

Garstang v Blackpool

Blackpool (15 pts) defeated Garstang (1 pt) by 126 runs

Blackpool 242-6 (Sam Dutton 110no, Lahiru Madushanka 110), Garstang 116, (Matthew Grindley 4-44)

Kendal v St Annes

Kendal (15 pts) defeated St Annes (2 pts) by 139 runs

Kendal 225-8 (Wes Marshall 109, Mohamed Nadeem 5-55), St Annes 86 (Wes Marshall 4-20, Matthew Park 4-27)

Leyland v Penrith

Leyland (15 pts) defeated Penrith (1 pt) by 177 runs

Leyland 218-6 (Sail Badar 67no, Nathan McDonnell 42), Penrith 41 ( Will Jacques 5-16, Karl Cross 4-12)


NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE TABLE

Division One

Club P W15 D6 T D1 D0 L NR5 BP Pen Pts
Netherfield 3 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 40
Fleetwood 3 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 4 0 39
Kendal 3 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 4 3 31
Blackpool 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 0 29
Garstang 3 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 7 0 27
Longridge 3 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 10 0 25
Penrith 3 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 6 0 22
Fulwood & Broughton 3 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 7 0 22
Leyland 3 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 22
St Annes 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 8 0 19
Chorley 3 0 1 0 1 0 1 0 8 0 15
Barrow 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 2


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