Palace Shield Weekend Preview

  • Wednesday, 12 May 2021 21:38
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Only nine of the 43 games survived across the Palace Shield last Saturday with torrential downpours rendering many of our grounds unplayable. 
 
A mixed forecast for this weekend's fixtures but if the current blend of sunshine and showers continue we should see plenty of cricket played across the divisions, fingers crossed.
 
In the Premier Division, early pace setters Vernon Carus host Preston at Factory Lane and Bob Bridges' men will be confident up against a Preston side that are yet to register a victory from their first four games.
 
The fixture of the weekend sees 2nd placed Thornton Cleveleys take on Palace Shield new boys Penrith, who lie in 3rd place. 
 
It should be a good test for the two sides at Illawalla having both gained three wins from four and registered impressive victories along the way.
 
Into Division 1A and it's early days in the fight to gain promotion to the Premier Division with Rufford and Torrisholme occupying the promotion spots after the first four rounds of fixtures.
 
Top of the table Rufford travel to Standish on Saturday while 2nd placed Torrisholme host Euxton at Boundary Meadow.
 
Division 1B looks as competitive as ever this year with plenty of Northern League 2nd XI's leading the way with not much to separate Netherfield, Blackpool and Longridge 2s at the top. Undoubtedly the pick of the fixtures takes place at The Newsham Memorial Cricket Ground as Tom Wood's Longridge host 4th placed Chorley 2nd XI.
 
Division Two has seen Wrea Green 1st XI make a blistering start to the campaign and they host Penwortham 2nd XI at The Green on Saturday, whilst 2nd placed Vernon Carus 2nd XI make the short trip to West Cliff to play Preston 2nd XI.
 
"Best of the Rest"
 
In Division Five, two 1st XI's lock horns as Whittle Le Woods host Wyre at The Whittle Oval. The visitors
will travel full of confidence after knocking Division Two Longridge 3rd XI out of The Crabtree Cup on Sunday.
 
Wyre chased down an extremely competitive looking 254 when 15 year old Joe Rawcliffe smashed a six off the penultimate delivery of the match to see Wyre into the next round!
 
Best of luck to all teams this weekend and let's hope for some better weather.
 
Look out for the Weekend Review to follow early next week...
 

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