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On the 6th September, Blackpool defeated Thornton Cleveleys to win the Palace Shield Under 17 Rose Trophy.
Having been asked to Bat, Blackpool lost two early wickets, however a 91 run Partnership between Tom Jefferson (52) and Jake Muncaster put Blackpool on track. When Muncaster was bowled by Jamie Hindley for 74 with the score at 166-4, Thornton pegged Blackpool back taking regular wickets with Blackpool finishing on 190-8. Taylor Cornall (8-1-18-0) and Jamie Hindley (8-0-37-3) were the pick of the TCCC bowlers.
In reply Thornton were dealt a huge blow when Cornall nicked off in the second over for just 5. Ben Anderson (33) provided the most resistance but Blackpool dismissed Thornton Cleveleys for 69.
Jared Watson picked up 4 wickets, but it was Jake Muncaster who added figures of 6-5-1-2 to his batting performance who was awarded the Man of the Match Award.
The Victory sees Blackpool win the Rose Trophy for the fourth consecutive year.
Many Thanks to Croston CC for hosting a splendid occasion, and to Dave Rees and Wally Foster for Umpiring.
The 3rd U12s Inter League game was played on Sunday 23rd August at Penwortham CC v Wigan and District U12s.
The Wigan wicketkeeper took a knock whilst warming up so they asked to bat first to give him time to recover.
In warm and muggy conditions M. Grundy and N. Graham opened the batting for Wigan. In far from deal conditions (after the deluge of rain overnight), the Wigan openers made a solid start and at 40 for 0 after 10 overs, it looked like we could be in for a long afternoon in the field. However, when N. Graham was out for 16 off the bowling of Jithin Surya, to a superb Fred Hackett catch at poiint, the complexion of the game quickly changed. When M. Grundy was the third batsman out for 26 runs with the total on 56, wickets started to fall rapidly. Dan Wilson bamboozled most of the batsmen with his bowling, finishing with the remarkable figures of 3 for 3 off 7 overs.
B. Dukes with 12 runs was the only other Wigan batsman to reach double figures. Z. Donohue batting at number 9 although scoring only 6 not out looked a class batsman, and I couldnt understand why he batted so low. (I was informed that he opens the batting for school). 3 run outs with a couple being direct hits and good catching saw the Wigan innings fizzle out being 88 all out after 29.5 overs. Jithin Surya 2 - 25, Kyle Costin 1 - 9 and Morgan Davies 1 - 9 were the other wicket takers.
With the weather closing in it was unlikely that a result would be achieved before the rains came.
Harvey Vause opening the batting was out for 0 ct behind off the bowling of Z. Donohue in the first over. Fred Hackett and Ewen Mansford with scores of 3 and 7 both not out, saw us safely to 11 for 1 when the heavens opened after 7.3 overs. Both of the Wigan bowlers Z. Donohue and D. Yates bowled a good line and length and made scoring runs difficult. Once the rains came the square quickly became a lake and the game was called off with the match nicely poised.
Thanks to Penwortham CC who looked after our needs on the day and for the use of their ground.
Special thanks also to the Wgan coach Tony Duncan who had only taken over the team Thursday evening 3 days before the game. Phoning round frantically to raise a team he did an excellent job in putting a team out at such short notice. All players on show were a credit to their leagues and put on an excellent display in difficult conditions.
The PS team was: Dan Wilson (Longridge CC and captain), Elias Fairhurst (Vernon Carus CC and wicketkeeper), Marcus Allen (Fulwood and Broughton CC), Josh Blackhurst (Longridge CC), Kyle Costin (St Annes CC) Morgan Davies (Lytham CC), Fred Hackett (Lytham CC), Ewen Mansford (Fulwood and Broughton CC), Zac Procter (Longridge CC), Ben Rosbottom (Fulwood and Broughton CC), Jithin Surya (Blackpool CC), Harvey Vause (Longridge CC),Read more...
The U12s played their 2nd game of the season away to the Bolton and District League on Sunday 9th August at Atherton CC.
Batting first the PS changed their batting order from the previuos game. Openers Jithin Surya and Josh Blackhurst again gave the innings a solid platform to build from. Jithin was first out for 17 runs with the score on 41 in the 12th over. Ewen Mansford 17, Fred Hackett 18, Charlie Clark 27 not out, Josh Blackhurst 21, Morgan Davies 9 and Ben Rosbottom 15 not out all made starts but nobody went on to make a huge score. The conditions favoured the bowlers so all round it was a solid batting performance from the PS team who finished on 146 for 5 after 40 overs.
H. Calvert 2 for 22 off his 8 overs of spin bowled well with excellent control. B. Finch though with 0 for 22 off his 8 overs was my pick of their bowlers. He troubled most of the batsmen and had no luck at all.
After being well looked after by the tea ladies (were nothing seemed too much trouble), the Bolton innings opened. T. Grundy was first out in the first over. Batsman 3 was soon to follow both bowled by Harvey Vause. At 2 for 2, J. Stanley and T. Partington came together and batted superbly, the 2 left handers looking to take singles wherever they could and punishing the few poor balls that were bowled. Both looked strong driving through the covers.
At 56 for 2 at the 20 overs drinks break the game was nicely poised, with both batsmen well set. The introduction of Ewen Mansford brought about the much needed breakthrough, bowling T. Partington for a well made 41. When J. Stanley was also out for 36 soon after, the game swung the PS way. Wickets started to fall regularly as the lower order batsmen started to chase the game. The innings finished on 108 for 9 giving the PS victory by 38 runs. The game was much closer than the scores suggest. Harvey Vause with 4 - 9 off 8 overs was the pick of the PS bowlers. Ewen Mansford 2 - 13, Charlie Clark 1 - 13 and Fred Hackett 1 - 5, were the wicket takers, there being 1 run out as well.
The standard of fielding from both sides was of a level rarely seen in junior cricket. The Bolton League in particular were exceptional. Not until the 38th over did they make a misfield and their backing up was a joy to behold.
The PS team was: Archie Smith (Wicketkeeper and captain) (Longridge CC), Josh Blackhurst (Longridge CC), Charlie Clark (Fleetwood CC), Morgan Davies (Lytham CC), Fred Hackett (Lytham CC), Ewen Mansford (Fulwood and Broughton CC), Harry Morrall (Eccleston CC), Zac Procter (Longridge CC), Ben Rosbottom (Fulwood and Broughton CC), Jithin Surya (Blackpool CC), Harvey Vause (Longridge CC), Scott Whittaker (Fleetwood CC).Read more...
Sunday 14th June saw the PS U12s team entertain Saddleworth and District League at Fulwood and Broughton CC. As is the norm, 1st game of the season and with a lot of players playing inter league cricket for the first time, I was a little nervous.
Having won the tos,s the Saddleworth League asked the Palace Shield to bat. With most players being top order batsmen for their clubs it is always difficult to sort a batting line up in these sorts of matches. Ewen Mansford and Harvey Vause were chosen to open the innings. Tom Potts bowled a maiden over 1st up. Harvey had a look first ball he faced and then proceeded to hit the next 2 balls for 4 runs. 8 for 0 after 2 overs and both players settling in. Ewen played a couple of lovely cover drives but unfortunately straight at the fielder, so was not yet off the mark. After 16 balls he managed to score his first run and his confidence grew. Both batted sensibly and took singles when the opportunities presented themselves. After 10 overs we were 32 for 0. The drinks break curse struck early without Harvey being out lbw on the last ball of the 20th over (ball before drinks) leaving us at 85 for 1 at the half way stage. Harvey with a solid 28 along with Ewen had set the platform. Ben Weaver came in at number 3 and continued to push the score along. Ewen was 2nd batsman out for a well crafted 58 runs with the score on 105. Dan Wilson camne in at number 4. Both players batted sensibly and started to increase the tempo as the overs were starting to count down. Ben was 3rd out with the score on 141, having scored 23 runs. Josh Blackhurst was unlucky to play on soon after leaving us 142 for 4, with 7 overs to play. Morgan Davies was the next player in and out. Having made 14 runs he unselfishly ran himself out in the pursuit of runs in the final over. 182 for 5. Charlie Clark immediately hit his first ball faced for 4 runs. Dan Wilson looking for a big shot on the last ball of the innings was lbw for an excellent 56 runs taking the PS innings to 193 for 6 off 40 overs. A fine batting performance from all. Saban Mahmood 2 - 36, Dan Stock 2 - 41 were the main Saddleworth wicket takers.
After another splendid tea, Saddleworth opened with Sobahn Mahmood and Dan Stock against the new ball attack of Marcus Allen and Scott Whittaker. Both batsmen took a good look at the bowling ,so the first 2 overs bowled were maidens. With every player in our team being able to bowl, Ben Weaver our captain had plenty of options to chose from. After 10 overs the Saddleworth League were 28 without loss a solid start and up with the clock (PS 32 - 0 after 10). The bowlers were rotated regularly in pursuit of the breakthrough. 20 overs came and went, 74 for 0 and very much game on. Morgan Davies in his first over finally got the breakthrough having Dan Stock caught for a good 43 runs, with the score on 77. Charlie Mills came in at number 3. and scored a quick 14 runs before he was 2nd player out caught and bowled Ben Rosbottom 99 for 2, with 13 overs to go.
Sobahn Mahmood was the next player to be dismissed, the ball after he had reached his 50, caught by Harvey Vause off the bowling of Harry Morrall for a good 50 although it had taken him 36 overs to reach 50. This was the first chance that he had given all innings. The score was 143 for 3 and the Saddleworth League were behind on the clock. Thomas Mayor, Tom Potts and Nathan Walker all perished run out chasing quick runs trying to bring them back into the game. With 4 wickets all falling in the 39th over it was effectively game over as the SL still needed 27 runs off the final over. Marcus Allen bowled the final over and took a wicket to leave the Saddleworth League on 172 for 9. The PS had won by 21 runs. Harry Morrall 2 - 11, Marcus Allen 1 - 17, Ewen Mansford 1 -16, Morgan Davies 1 - 17 and Ben Rosbottom 1 - 7 were the PS wicket takers.
A good performance fior the first game of the season. Batted well, also bowled and fielded well. The only down side was the 12 wides we bowled against only 3 from the Saddleworth League.
The Palace Shield team was: Marcus Allen (Fulwood and Broughton CC), Josh Blackhurst (Longridge CC), Charlie Clark (Fleetwood CC), Morgan Davies (Lytham CC), Ewen Mansford (Fulwood and Broughton CC), hary Morrall (Eccleston CC), Ben Rosbottom (Fulwood and Broughton CC), Archie Smith wicketkeeper( Longridge CC), Harvey Vause (Longridge CC), Ben Weaver captain (Leyland CC), Scott Whittaker (Fleetwood CC) Dan Wilson (Longridge CC).
The 2nd inter league game is Sunday 9th August v Bolton and District League Away.Read more...
Sunday 12th July saw 4 teams, Chorley, Fulwood and Broughton, Lytham and New Longton roll up at Lytham CC for the U10s Finals Day. As is the norm on finals day, everyone was a little nervous, would the players be able to perform at their best or would nerves get the better of them. I think that all players should be congratulated on the spirit that all of the games were played in and the standard of play was excellent.
New Longton played Fulwood and Broughton in SF 1 whilst on the next pitch Chorley faced Lytham in SF2. The beauty of 2 games being played simultaneously, side by side, is that there is plenty of cricket to watch.
New Longton batting first posted a very creditable 285 for 8, net 245 runs, a score that often is a winning score on finals day. Fulwood in reply, managed 290 for 8, net 250 runs, thereby winning by 5 runs or the narrow margin of 1 wicket.
On pitch 2, Chorley 297 for 6 net 267 runs, squeezed past Lytham 300 for 9, net 255 runs by 12 runs. Two evenly contested semi finals that could easily have gone either way.
After a break for lunch,(thanks to the catering staff for a banquet of food), the players came back out to play the final and 3rd v 4th match. New Longton beat Lytham by 44 runs in the 3rd v 4th match, with Max Faulkner (NL) taking a hat trick, with all being clean bowled.
Fulwood and Broughton batted first in the final; Dillon Patel and Kyle Summers the opening batsmen saw off the potent Chorley pair of Loius Johnson and James Critchley. Enter the 2 girls, Emma Hurst and Katy Redmond and obviously batting to orders, taking few chances and defending resolutely against a good Chorley bowling attack. Although neither scored any runs off the bat, the score had increased due to wides and other extras. After 8 overs Fulwood had yet to lose a wicket. A sound start. Enter the kamikaze batting pair of George Lowe and Elias Carter Darwen. Having umpired the Fulwood SF, I knew what was coming. Although a little more restrained than in the semi, they sometimes still took chances, taking singles to the wicket keeper, even if he had taken the ball cleanly, only a couple of yards behind the stumps. Entertaining stuff for the neutral observer, hearts in mouth stuff for the coaches and spectators. Both were dismissed twice but still the scoreboard kept ticking over. Jake Forshaw and Dan Green the 4th pair again pushed the score along, but some good bowling and fielding and taking wickets at vital times meant that all was still to play for, when Matthew Wood and Anupam Tripathi came out for the last 4 overs. At the end of the 20 overs Fulwood had scored 304 for 9 net 259 runs, a competitive score.
After a few words from both coaches to the players, Chorley came out for the 2nd innings. Benjamin Lee and Matthew Howarth opening the innings, both played steadily and although both were dismissed once the scoreboard kept ticking over nicely. Mitchell Kos 15 runs and Finley Eisenneger 3 batted their 4 overs without alarm and Chorley appeared to be in the box seat, although it was still game on. Alfie Dobson 19 runs batting with Harry Ainscough again pushed the score along. Fulwood needed to take wickets to bring the Chorley score down. Harry Ainscough, James Critchley and Oliver Jackson were all dismissed once to leave the Chorley last pair of Louis Johnson and Monty Horridge to see Chorley home. With scores almost level with 4 overs to play, it was still all to play for. Louis cleverly managed to farm the majority of the strike and ended up with 13 runs. Although Monty was dismissed once the Chorley pair batted sensibly taking few chances and scoring runs when the opportunities allowed taking the Chorley score to 306 - 6 net 276 runs, thereby winning by 17 runs.
Again the wickets were shared out. Emma Hurst 2 overs for 4 runs and Dillon Patel 2 overs 1 for 1 deserve to be mentioned. All players on the day performed admirably and the future looks rosy. I am sure that these players will be playing against each other for years to come.
An excellent days cricket played in good cricket weather for a change. My thanks to Lytham CC for hosting the event at short notice after the original venue had become unavailable.Read more...
Vernon Carus B team won this years U17s plate competition.
With 4 teams entered, playing each othe home and away would give everyone 6 league fixtures. Unfortunately 2 teams subsequently dropped out, one part way through the season leaving Vernons B and Rufford as the only 2 teams left. Having played each other twice and Vernons winning both games, Vernon Carus B were the winners.
It was disappointing that the withdrawal of two teams decimated the programme. Clubs in the main competition were asked to play Vernons B and Rufford in some frriendly matches, to give both teams extra fixtures.
Congratulations to Vernons B on winning the U17s Plate Competition.Read more...