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Northern Premier League Preview for the 22nd August

Morecambe face another tough challenge


The Northern Premier Cricket League enters into Round 22 of the Competition and with only 5 more rounds left, the race to be crowned Northern Premier Cricket League Division One Champions reaches a critical point in the season.

Morecambe continue to lead the way at the top after their victory over Fleetwood last weekend and currently sees them 14 points clear of second placed Darwen, and 18 points clear of Blackpool with a game in hand on both its rivals.

The team from Woodhill Lane will be given yet another challenge when they travel to face Leyland who pushed Blackpool all the way last weekend in a game which saw 3 centuries.

Leyland will be disappointed to have lost the Readers Cup Final to Darwen last weekend, but will still pose a major threat for Josh Dixon's men, with the likes of Luis Reece and Richardt Frenz in action.

In another key game League Champions Blackpool host second placed Darwen at Stanley Park. Blackpool need to win to stay in the running for the title, while Darwen will be looking at their Readers Cup success as a spring board for the remainder of the season.

Ernest Pass sees Barrow host Chorley. Chorley's season somewhat gone off the rails in recent weeks, while Barrow will be keen to build on their win over St Annes last weekend. Fleetwood host Netherfield. And will be still eyeing up the top prize. However Netherfield defeated Fleetwood earlier in the season and they look at their win over Lancaster last Saturday as something to build on.

Two struggling sides go head to head at Shap Road as Kendal entertain St Annes, both sides looking to stop the rot with a result. The final game sees Lancaster host Penrith,


Netherfield will be eager to push on at the top of the League as they host a youthful Fleetwood side, Second placed Leyland travel to Morecambe. Blackpool play a much improved Darwen at Stanly Park.

Third places St Annes host Kendal and Chorley entertain Barrow with Penrith facing Lancaster at Tynefield Park.

Preston with the weekend off.

On Sunday Fleetwood entertain Darwen in the fixture postponed in May


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

Please check for any changes

Will any umpires who cannot fulfil their appointment contact Roy Booth as soon as possible


22nd August

Wickets pitched at 1-00 pm

Barrow v Chorley

Umpires -

Ken Ashworth
Tel: 01772 632633
Mob: 07875 588291
John Whiteside
Tel: 01253 855518
Mob: 07511 671398

Darwen v Blackpool

Umpires -

Canon Stephen Jones
Tel: 01524 732948
Mob - 07733 159557
Steve Godfrey
Tel: 01253 724893
Mob: 07901 860493

Fleetwood v Netherfield

Umpires -

Kevin Hart
Tel: 01257 793837
Mob 07812 921874
Chris Coxhead
Tel: 01704 513873
Mob - 07513 431222

Kendal v St Annes

Umpires -

Colin Wilson
Tel: 01524 822133
Mob - 07759 080614
Phil Watmough
Tel: 01772 615642
Mob - 07980 934329

Lancaster v Penrith

Umpires -

Barry Evans
Tel: 01253 729369
Mob: 07971 641433
David Lightburn
Tel: 01931 716688
Mob - 07899 045405

Leyland v Morecambe

Umpires -

Andrew Wilson
Tel: 01524 68793
Mob - 07747 673815
Peter Wright
Tel: 01524 414978
Mob: 07895 004995

Preston CC - No Game


Wickets pitched at 1-00 pm

Blackpool v Darwen

Umpires -

Roy Booth
Tel: 01253 391207

Ken Shenton
Tel: 01253 343988
Mob - 07742 715595

Chorley v Barrow

Umpires -

Jim Briscoe
Tel: 01695 733945

Ian Falkingham
Tel: 01253 301683
Mob - 07905 392543

Morecambe v Leyland

Umpires -

Kevin Howarth
Tel: 01229 716943
Mob - 07799 020151
Joe Waters
Tel: 01539 562917
Mob - 07974 108501

Netherfield v Fleetwood

Umpires -

Brian Nixon
Tel: 01768 863938
Mob - 07860 914699
Stephen Renney
Tel: 01229 828576
Mob - 07902 875266

Penrith v Lancaster

Umpires -

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

St Annes v Kendal

Umpires -

Tony Armer
Mob - 07873 625397

Bob Cairns
Tel: 01253 728104
Mob - 07850 684309

Preston - No Game


Sunday 23rd August

Wickets pitched at 1-00 pm

Fleetwood v Darwen

Umpires -

Tony Armer
Mob - 07873 625397

Ken Ashworth
Tel: 01772 632633
Mob: 07875 588291

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