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Northern League Preview for Weekend 18th April

The 2015 Northern Cricket League Season gets underway this Saturday in what promises to be one of the most competitive seasons.

Division 1

All Teams in the Division have strengthened as they aim to make a charge for the Northern Cricket League title.

Defending League champions Blackpool have retained the same squad last season, the bowling attack of Christi Viljeon and Richard Gleeson was one of the most dominating bowling attacks throughout their title winning year.

The team from Stanley Park begin the defence of their crown with a potentially tricky encounter with Netherfield.

Netherfield who had an inconsistent 2014, have pretty much kept the same squad as last season, however they do bring in Dieter Klein as Club Professional, whilst Rick Potter also comes in to replace Ben Phillips who was unable to return due to work.

At Vernon Road, St Annes entertain Darwen, both sides have eyes for the big prize, however Darwen who finished in the top 3 last season have had a disruptive off season as they have fought hard to bring in a Professional.

Once the Team from Birch Hall heard that last seasons paid man George Linde was unable to return, they quickly moved for Yassin Vallie.

However after announcing the signing they then found out that Vallie was unable to join them. This spurred them into action and they signed Pakistani Sami Aslam.

Aslam though will not be available till mid May due to him being called up to The Pakistani Twenty/20 squad.

St Annes and Andy Kellett will look forward to seeing South African Xander Pitchers make his debut, replacing Toby Bulcock.

In the other games, Kendal and Lancaster go head to head at Shap Road, with both sides keen to improve from a largely disappointing 2014 campaign.

Kendal who see Chris Miller take over the captaincy from Stu Parkin hope to welcome new South African professional Eldred Hawkins. They also see former Preston captain Saeed Bariwala make his debut.

Lancaster who are looking to replicate their top 4 finish in 2013, will look forward to seeing Rameez Raja as they hope he will spur them into an improving season.

At Windsor Park Chorley entertain Leyland, with Chorley looking towards their cup exploits as inspiration.

Leyland who announced the signing of Richardt Frenz are hoping to win back their league title after losing out to Blackpool last season.

Daryl Wearing's Barrow face Fleetwood at Ernest Pass. Barrow are aiming high for 2015 see Daniel Sal Pietro sub Pro as they await the arrivial of Sri Lankan Tharanga Paravinatana.

Fleetwood are excited by the arrival of destructive Australian batsman David King.

The final game sees Penrith host Preston, Preston have a new captain in Yasin Patel and Sajid Petal is their professional.

Penrith with the dangerous Paul Hindmarch once again their professional are looking to improve on last season.

Division 2

Defending holders Leyland begin at home to Chorley. Ian Farrington's Team looking to continue their dominance of the Division.

Netherfield skippered by Scott Clement will also fancy their chances as they face a dangerous Blackpool team at Parkside Road.

Kendal make the short trip to Lune Road as they play Lancaster,Preston aiming to improve host Penrith, whilst Darwen entertain St Annes, with Fleetwood hosting Barrow at Haw coat Park CC due to their ground


The Umpires list below will be updated on Friday by 8-00pm

Please check for any changes


18th April

Wickets pitched at 1-00 pm

Barrow v Fleetwood

Umpires -

Mr Kevin Howarth
Tel: 01229 716943
Mob - 07799 020151
Mr Albert D'Leny
Tel: 01768 776615
Mob - 07979 560044

Blackpool v Netherfield

Umpires -

Mr Barry Evans
Tel: 01253 729369
Mob - 07971 641433
Mr Ken Shenton
Tel: 01253 343988
Mob - 07742 715595

Chorley v Leyland

Umpires -

Mr Kevin Hart
Tel: 01257 793837
Mob 07812 921874
Mr Phil Watmough
Tel: 01772 615642
Mob - 07980 934329

Kendal v Lancaster

Umpires -

Canon Stephen Jones
Tel: 01524 732948
Mob - 07733 159557
Mr Joe Waters
Tel: 01539 562917
Mob - 07974 108501

Penrith v Preston

Umpires -

Mr David Lightburn
Tel: 01931 716688
Mob - 07899 045405
Mr Brian Nixon
Tel: 01768 863938
Mob - 07860 914699

St Annes v Darwen

Umpires -

Mr Bob Cairns
Tel: 01253 728104
Mob - 07850 684309
Mr John Whiteside
Tel: 01253 855518
07511 671398

Morecambe CC - No Game


Wickets pitched at 1-00 pm

Darwen v St Annes

Umpires -

Mr Chris Coxhead
Tel: 01704 513873
Mob - 07513 431222
Mr Alf Dunn
Tel: 01772 746281
Mob - 07985 633095

Fleetwood v Barrow
at Haw-coat Park CC

Umpires -

Mr Peter Harrison
Tel: 01524 380719
Mob - 07947 385534
Mr Peter Wright
Tel: 01524 414978
Mob - 07895 004995

Lancaster v Kendal

Umpires -

Mr Sam Antcliffe
Mob - 07964 577974

Mr Stephen Renney
Tel: 01229 828576
Mob - 07902 875266

Leyland v Chorley

Umpires -

Mr Steve Godfrey
Tel: 01253 724893
Mob - 07901 860493
Mr Andrew Wilson
Tel: 01524 68793
Mob - 07747 673815

Netherfield v Blackpool

Umpires -

Mr Ron Fullard
Tel: 01229 839927
Mob - 07973 257291
Mr Eddie Payne
Tel: 01229 832038
Mob - 07798 772662

Preston v Penrith

Umpires -

Mr Ken Ashworth
Tel: 01772 632633
Mob - 07875 588291
Mr Colin Wilson
Tel: 01524 822133
Mob - 07759 080614

Morecambe CC - No Game

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