Palace Shield Review – Saturday 22nd May 2021
Vernon Carus lead the Premiership on 62 points from Penrith in second position on 52 points.
Vernon’s continued their strong start with a win by only 3 runs from Thornton Cleveleys who having won the toss and invited VC to bat. They scored 168 for 8 in their 45 overs mainly due to Ian Dunn scoring 86. Greg Tirrell bowled 15 overs taking 3 for 37. Jon Eade who is in good form batted for most of Cleveleys innings scoring 79 before being the last man out. TC finished 3 runs short on 165.
South Shore made the trip to Penrith who on winning the toss elected to field. They the bowled SS out for 112 with Jordan Makepeace top-scoring with 28. There were also 32 extras. Bruce Glendinning taking 4 for 34. South Shore are struggling at the foot of the table after losing several players from their promotion-winning team. Penrith scored the SS total only losing 2 wickets. Asher Hart scored 45 not out
Eccleston v Fylde looked a good game with the hosts winning the toss and electing to bat. Eccleston amassed 143 for 9 in their 45 overs Matt Ashcroft top-scoring with 30 with evergreen Danny Smith picking up 2 for 28 off 12 overs. Fylde minus their Captain crept over the line to 144 for 8 with 2 balls to spare, three scores in the ’30s for Warnakulasooria, Abrar & Allinson got Fylde over the line.
A much-changed Croston side fell to Great Eccleston at Hall Lane. Again the hosts won the toss and elected to field. Croston finished on 122 for 9 from their 45 overs. Joe Barker top-scoring with 27. The wickets were shared with Phil Booth best with 3 for 13 off 10 overs. Gt Ecc edged over the line thanks to Phil Booth batting at No 9 scoring 27 not out winning man of the match. Special mention to Millie Hodge with a great bowling effort of 4 for 31 from her 15 overs.
Barrow made the long journey pay handsomely by beating Penwortham at Middleforth Green. Again the hosts inserted the visitors on winning the toss. Barrow took advantage and scored 210 for 4. Greg Reynolds batting through for 88 not out. Five Penwortham bowlers couldn’t make significant inroads. Penwortham were 29 for 6 when the Barrow Captain appeared to give all his bowlers a few overs. They got to 179 all out thanks to Jack Armer with 56 and Neil Patel 64.
Kirkham & Wesham won the toss at Westcliffe and inserted Preston. Suhil Patel with 58 and Harish Hamsa with 44 not out took Preston to 190 for 7 from their 45 overs. Anthony Harrison returned the best bowling figures of 4 for 46 off 15 overs. Kirkham could only get to 98 all out in just over 27 overs. Navazish Ali returning an excellent 5 for 15