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St Annes' Atiq Uz-Zaman is currently the league's leading run maker


Friday 13 June

Barrow v Netherfield

Carnforth v Lancaster

Tuesday 17 June

Leyland v Darwen

Friday 20 June

Kendal v Barrow - now postponed (TBA)

Morecambe v Carnforth - now postponed (TBA)

Darwen v Chorley

Sunday 22 June

Round Robin at St Annes (3 matches):

St Annes v Blackpool (10-30am)

St Annes v Preston (2pm)

Blackpool v Preston (5pm)

Wednesday 25 June

Leyland v Chorley

Friday 27 June

Darwen v Leyland

Lancaster v Morecambe

Tuesday 1 July

Chorley v Leyland

Friday 4 July

Chorley v Darwen

Friday 11 July

Carnforth v Morecambe


3D Sports Northern Premier League leaders Leyland entertain third-placed Kendal in arguably the match of the day on Saturday. Both teams will be smarting after losing last weekend, Leyland for the first time this season when they went down to a 51-run defeat at Preston while Kendal suffered a late batting collapse to go down to a 46-run defeat at St Annes.
But both clubs quickly recovered to win cup games on Sunday, Leyland coming out on top by two wickets against Thwaites Cup holders St Annes while Kendal made further progress in the ECB Cockspur Cup with a home victory over Lytham.

Steven Pallett leads Leyland's bowling attack against Kendal

Blackpool were the main beneficiaries, coming out on top in a thrilling low-scoring game at Stanley Park against Netherfield to move into second place, five points behind the leaders and one place above Kendal. Pace bowlers Richard Gleeson and Luis Reece grabbed eight wickets between them as Netherfield were bowled out for 101, chasing 114 for victory.
Blackpool followed that up with a high-scoring victory at Lancaster in the Thwaites Cup, Sri Lankan pro Seejewa Weekaroon hitting his first century for the club.
But Paul Danson’s men face a stiff test when Mark Lomas’s fifth-placed Morecambe side visit Stanley Park on Saturday in what looks to be an intriguing encounter. Vishnal Goyal showed a welcome return to form for Morecambe at the weekend, taking some of the weight off the consistent Lomas as many of Morecambe’s famed batting line-up have so far failed to fire consistently.

St Annes will not give up their title without a fight and they entertain resurgent Preston at Vernon Road. Atiq Uz-Zaman is currently the top runs-scorer in the league after his second century of the season against Kendal while Mansoor Ahmed is a well respected professional and a consistent performer with bat and ball.

But successive 15-point victories over Fleetwood and Leyland have kick-started Preston’s season, timed as they were with the return of skipper Glenn Johnstone to action after a knee injury. Lukman Vahaluwala has recovered from a shoulder injury to hit top form with bat and ball in recent games, scoring 95 in the defeat of Leyland.

Rhys Williams returns to the Preston team this weekend

Darwen and Lancaster have the chance to each earn a welcome win when they meet at Birch Hall. Darwen, having lost several key players over the winter, are in the unfamiliar position of next-to-bottom while Lancaster, with a wealth of young talent in their ranks have slipped to seventh and need to find a replacement professional this weekend with Pakistan Test player Taufeeq Umar having returned home for personal reasons.

Sixth-placed Chorley, with wicket-keeping opening batsman Josh Tolley in great form entertain Barrow for whom 14-year-old leg-spinning all rounder Liam Livingstone top-scored with 78 in last Saturday’s win over Darwen. Fridel de Wet, Chorley’s South African fast bowler, has already captured 30 league wickets. But without de Wet’s services Chorley bowed out of the ECB Cockspur Cup at Clifton’s hands last Sunday.Professionals are not eligible in that competition.

Barrow captain Daryl Wearing takes his side to Chorley

Netherfield entertain Carnforth at Parkside Road in what looks likely to be a runs feast. Netherfield’s Australian pro Callum Ferguson has so far scored 444 runs at 63 while Carnforth’s South African pro Ryan Bailey has hit 459 runs at an average of 91.

Fleetwood, buoyed by their first win of the season at Lancaster last Saturday, will perhaps be rueing the fact that it is their turn to take a weekend off league action.


Name Club Runs
Atiq Uz-Zaman St Annes 478
Ryan Bailey Carnforth 459
Callum Ferguson Netherfield 444
Ross Mc Millan Kendal 378
Pasan Wanasinghe Barrow 366
Josh Tolley Chorley 360
Ameer Khan Leyland 340
Stephen Twist St Annes 338
Mike Stevens Lancaster 321
Mark Lomas Morecambe 311
Name Club Wickets
Ross McMillan Kendal 31
Friedel de Wet Chorley 30
Mansoor Ahmed St Annes 29
Ameer Khan Leyland 27
Pasan Wanasinghe Barrow 25
Stephen Twist St Annes 24
Nisitha Rupasinghe Fleetwood 23
Scott Clement Netherfield 22
Richard Gleeson Blackpool 21
Bruce Martin Morecambe 21
Ben Simm Kendal 20
Name Club Catches
Mark Lomas Morecambe 10
Name Club Total
Duncan Whalley St Annes 18
Ikram Ullah Kendal 15
James Smith Blackpool 14
Lee Jones Fleetwood 13
Damien Gudgeon Morecambe 12





Blackpool spokesperson Andy Griffiths reports: Our 1st XI host an in-form Morecambe on Saturday, captained by former player Mark Lomas, with 2 changes to the side which took the field for the cup win at Lancaster last Sunday. Captain Paul Danson returns alongside Michael "Bash" Moore. They replace Luke Melville (who is on holiday) and veteran David Newton who is relegated to the 2nd XI. Jamie Hogarth retains his place after promising scores of 19 and 24 last weekend, whilst Steven Mercer suffers for being unavailable for both victories last weekend and will resume in the 2nd XI.

The first XI will be looking to consolidate their position at the top of the table, and will be looking to develop some consistency in the batting department, to go with the consistently impressive bowling performances (Andy Hogarth, who didn't bowl last Saturday, leads the way with 26 wickets at 10.27, with opening pair Luis Reece 23 wickets at 13.74 and Richard Gleeson 23 wickets at 18.43 both having their best seasons so far!).
Professional Sajeewah Weerakoon will take the confidence of his first century for the club (a swashbuckling innings of 111 not out against Lancaster in the cup) into the game, and will be looking to continue his fine form with the bat (276 runs at 69.00) and pick up a few more wickets(15 wickets at 19.07) to challenge the amateur bowlers.
Saturday's 1st XI - Danson (capt), Darlington, Gleeson, Hogarth (A), Hogarth (J), Moore, Outram, Reece, Smith (A), Smith (J) (w/k), Weerakoon(pro)
Morecambe’s team is: Lomas (capt), Goyal, Dennison, Woodhead, Thornton, Pedder, Clough, Smith, Gudgeon (WK), Lee, Martin(p)


Barrow team: D Wearing (capt), I Allington, L Livingstone, J McMenemy (WK), G Smith, G Dawson, D Clark, J Miles, I Kermode, R Adams, P Wanasinghe (pro)


The Darwen team is: A Cook (Capt), A Ashraf (pro), C Clarke, J Clarke (WK), G Cordingley, J Cordingley, M Emery, S Hampson, N Burke, K Anwar, Y Bhamji.
The Lancaster team is: R Nelson, T Umar (pro), M Stevens, J Heywood, T Barry, M Walling, L Sparks, B Hetherington (WK), D Heywood (capt), L Moffat, D Milligan.


Chris Parkinson returns from holiday to open the batting for Leyland in an otherwise unchanged side: C Parkinson, K Cross, Ameer Khan (pro), P Cummings, A Makinson, I Farrington, T Reece, J Rounding, D Makinson (WK), M Watkinson (WK), S Pallett.
The Kendal team is: Ikram Ullah (Cap/Wk); Kevin Howarth; Terry Hunte; Oliver Killiner; Donovan Du Plessis; Gareth Ashburner; Nick Lewthwaite; Ben Simm; Stuart Parkin; Mark Phillips; Ross McMillan (Pro).


The Netherfield sideis: C Parry (capt), C Walmsley, C Ferguson (pro), B Haddrick, S Little, G Baker, C Miller, S Clement, T Prime (WK), J Huck, R Wilson.
The Carnforth team is: A Hornby (capt), R Bailey (pro), T Barnfield (wkt), L Bradley, B Hornby, G Denwood, R Forsyth, R Parker, J Denwood, J Relph, A Benson


The St Annes side is: D Whalley (Capt/ WK), Mansoor Ahmed (pro), G Evans, A Cotton, R Bradley, J Musgrave, A Taylor, D Taylor, S Twist, A Uz-Zaman, G Whitehead.
For Preston, Rhys Williams returns from holiday and replaces Sajid Patel who is away at a family wedding.Team: G Johnstone (Capt), Bilal Asad (pro), M Bavla, P Mann, L Vahaluwala, J McDonald, J Davies, Y Patel, C Williams (WK), J Hussain, R Williams

Fleetwood no game


Barrow v Chorley

Barrow team: R Mowat (capt), G Heffernan, G Reynolds, R Lightfoot, G Kermode, J Tweddle, T Bamber, P Renney (WK), P Bayman, J Nicholson, A Cartmell.


Carnforth team: L Potter (capt), J Whincup (wkt), M Bradley, M Preston, L Barnes, G Baxendale, G Russell, J Gibson, W Tomlinson, P Jones, R Bragg


Leyland team: C Dovey (capt), S Parker (WK), T Afsar, M Brown, S Cartwright, T Coxhead, M Cottam, C Kelly, N McDonnell, S Prince, A Richardson


The Lancaster team is: D Welbourne, R Child, D Smith, K Moffat, I Parkinson (capt), P Sparrow, J Sparks (WK), S Sparks, P Moralee, B Akrigg, I Burstow.
The Darwen team is: 1. G Ainslie (Capt), 2. D Bonner 3. C Davies 4. M Clarkson 5. N Jackson 6. A Brown 7. G Lawrenson 8. S Jackson 9. A Davies 10. G Jackson 11. M Grant


Blackpool CC spokesperson Andy Griffiths reports: Our 2nd XI travel to Morecambe looking to bounce back from the league defeat at Netherfield, and buoyed by a gripping one wicket win at home to Lancaster in the Thwaites Cup last Sunday. Promising young wicket-keeper Ben Heath retains his place after two excellent performances with both bat and gloves last weekend, scoring a match-winning 33 not out in the Cup win and taking a couple of outstanding catches.
Steve Mercer and Dave Newton drop down from the 1st XI, Michael Penney is allowed to continue in the 2nd XI after his fine 76 last weekend, and we welcome Chris Taylor back from University. Will Norris (unavailable), Mike Hartley (unavailable), Kevin Reid and Ross Parker (both relegated to the 3rd XI) make way. With John Caunce and Prashant Aga returning from injury and work commitments, the strength of our team is highlighted by the fact that they are asked to return via the 3rd XI.
Saturday’s 2nd XI - Griffiths (capt), Armstrong, Booth, Bracewell, Heath (w/k), Mercer, Newton, Penney, Taylor (C), Taylor (M), Wall


Preston 2nd XI team: 1. Johnny Winter (c), 2. Mike Beevor (wk), 3. Fayaz Ughradar, 4. Dipesh Patel, 5. Omar Malik, 6. Faruq Saiyed, 7. Mark Jefferies, 8. Danny Hall, 9. Mohsin Patel, 10. Usman Alam, 11. Andrew Starkie
St Annes: A Kellett (capt), S Bickerdike, D Bartholomew, N Bradley, G Costin, S Hurst, L O'Dea, R Thomas, D Watson, P Wilks, B Willis

Fleetwood no game


Morecambe were due to play Spring View CC in the Lancashire Cup but Spring View have had to concede the tie due to commitments in their own league.

On Sunday Barrow are at home to Caldbeck CC in the Cumbria Cup. The Barrow team reads:
D Wearing (capt), I Allington, N Lauderdale, T Bamber (WK), G Smith, G Dawson, D Clark, J Miles, I Kermode, P Wanasinghe (pro), AN Other.

On Sunday Preston CC are at Prestwich in the Lancashire Cup second round. They select from a squad of twelve (Saturday’s side plus Sajid Patel).

There is an all NPCL clash between St Annes and Kendal at Vernon Road in the Lancashire Cup.
For Kendal there are two changes from Saturday’s selection with Adrian Potts replacing Kevin Howarth and Tony Yasin coming in for Mark Phillips with Mark travelling as 12th man.
he St Annes side reads: D Whalley (capt/ WK), Mansoor Ahmed (pro), A Kellett, G Evans, A Cotton, J Musgrave, S Hurst, B Willis, D Taylor, A Uz-Zaman, G Whitehead.

On Sunday Netherfield are away at Carlisle in the Cumbria Cup.

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