Palace Shield Preview
29th May 2021
Vernon Carus v Penrith
This has to be the game of the day, with Vernon’s currently in 1st position and Penrith in 2nd. Vernon’s have just been awarded team of the month for March/April by winning 5 out of the 6 games played. Ian Dunn remains a stalwart of their side.
Penrith after a blip on the opening Saturday when they were beaten at home by Gt Eccleston have found their form Burns, Cameron & Hart are excellent cricketers and I think will be hard to beat.
Barrow v Great Eccleston
Again, Barrow after a slow start are beginning to find form. They enjoyed an excellent win at Penwortham last weekend. They will want to make a speedy return to the Northern League. Great Eccleston enjoyed a tight win over Croston last weekend with a Man of the Match performance from Captain Phil Booth. I think they will need to step up a level on their trip to “The Pass”
Fylde v Penwortham
Not an easy game to call, Fylde got a good win last week edging out Eccleston without their Captain Keith Moore. Veteran Danny Smith scored the winning runs Penwortham having played poorly at home to Barrow will look to bounce back. Jack Armer is a quick left am bowler who scored 56 but the game was won by then and Barrow shared the bowling around. I feel that they will be too strong for Fylde.
Kirkham & Wesham v Thornton Cleveleys
Kirkham were bowled out for less than a hundred last week at Preston. They will look to bounce back against Cleveleys. With a batting line-up that includes Steve Wright and the Hogarth brothers. Thornton have Player of the Month Jon Eade in good form and the reliable Dan Howard. They could do with some runs and consistency from the talented Josh Sackfield. Perhaps I just favour Cleveleys.
South Shore v Preston
South Shore have struggled in the Premiership following last seasons curtailed programme and sit bottom without a win in 2021. They are a much-changed team from that which gained promotion and will need to strengthen in order to stay in our top Division. Preston have too many talented cricketers and are capable on their day of giving anyone a game.
Croston v Eccleston
This is always a closely fought local derby. Croston were always going to miss their mainstay Sam Marsh who left for Ormskirk but equally his father Keith Marsh who rarely failed with the ball. Ian Dickinson has taken over the Captaincy as they rebuild. Eccleston have several batsmen who are more than capable of scoring runs on what is always a good pitch. They are missing their sparky opener Tom Wilkinson through suspension but there is enough quality in their side to win this game.