Team of the Week

A new innovation for this year, TOTW will be selected week by week. The idea is that it is an
eclectic team based on outstanding performances. As such it could be taken to represent
the ‘best of’ the Palace Shield and Northern League on any given week. Intended as an individual accolade but it is
also as a point of pride for clubs whose players accumulate TOTW appearances over the
season.

We will endeavour to select a balanced team with top and middle order bats, seamers, slow
bowlers and wicket-keeper. A captain will also be nominated. In other words, how the team
would be set up if it was actually going to take the field.


As it is a ‘best of’ inevitably weighting will be given to achievements at the higher levels. But
it is recognised that week by week there are outstanding performances at all levels. So great
performances that have not quite made TOTW will be mentioned in despatches.

11 August 2023

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Team of the Week (Matchday 16)

Wayne Clarke (Capt)

Fleetwood

Using his experience, Wayne picked up 5-38 as Fleetwood defended just 117 against Penwortham

Max Green (Wk)

St Annes

A Key stumping and 36 helped St Annes pick up an important 12 points in Div 2.

Blake Buttar

Mawdesley

75 and 6-46 earns a TOTW but not 12 points at Rectory field.

Matthew Cline

Torrisholme

52not out at Number 8 helped TCC pick up the win and stay above the drop zone.

Sajid Patel

Preston

80not out carrying his bat helped Preston keep faint hopes of second alive.

Joshua Sackfield

Thornton Cleveleys

Hes here again, this time after a 83 ball 112no at home to Morecambe.

Joe Lyth

Rufford

EIGHT wickets for Joe as Westgate and Rufford tied.

Daryl Wearing

Barrow

Daryl rolled back the years as his 9-4-13-6 dismissed Garstang for just 38.

Mark Hitchen

Grimsargh

50 from 34 helped Grimsagh defeat BAC in a reduced game and move in touching distance of the promotion spots.

Paul McNally

Charnock St James

29no added late runs before 12-7-22-6 blew Longridge away.

Arbab Munir

Fulwood & Broughton

9-21 (im sure he is wishing Pete Haslam hadnt got the first run out) as Fulwood gave their survival hopes a boost in Div 3.

Paul Rithallia

Charnock St James

Didnt Bat but no byes in a CSJ win.

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Team of the Week (Matchday 15)



James Lee (Capt)

Chorley

6-17 helped Chorley dismiss Garstang for just 61 as his team won by 130 runs.

Kyle Helm (Wk)

Longridge

70no but no win against Croston, TOTW will have to be Kyle’s consolidation prize.

Chris Parry

Carnforth

86 gave CCC the platform to pick up 12 points as they chase promotion.

Joshua Sackfield

Thornton Cleveleys

Will have been disappointed 56 and 4-24 didnt see the points taken back down the M6.

Elliot Mackreal

Euxton

A Devastating opening spell saw Preston reduced to 21-4 picking up all four, He finished on 5-42.

Justin Banks

Kirkham & Wesham

The OA turned up with a point to prove in the bottom of the table clash, 15-6-15-7 dismissed Vernons for just 84. Shame his side came second.

Kashif Jamil

Vernon Carus

And the reason for the Vernons win was the 16 year old spinners 5-26 from 8.4 overs.

Joseph Bradshaw

Lancaster

A Explosive 41 in the 1st innings and 3-10 in the second saw Lancaster move up to second.

Aaran Lewin

Blackpool

Chippy Dave’s 118no saw Blackpool stay in the hunt for 1B Promotion. (Plus 2-18 off 12)

Glen Kermode

Barrow

7-51 saw Barrow remain top of 1A in there clash with Westgate.

Josh Charles

Netherfield

99not out (couldnt get the 3 on the final ball) earns a TOTW appearance for the Netherfield skipper though a Hundred will come soon im sure.

Ryan Wells

Walton le Dale

35 with the bat and 5-34 with the ball moved the dale to the top of the pile in Division two.



Northern League

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Team of the Week (Matchday 13, 14)



Glynn Parkinson (Capt)

Penwortham

62not out on Match Day 13 helped Penworthan overcome a tricky game at Hoghton.

Will Thistlethwaite (Wk)

Great Eccleston

Donning the Gloves for Ecky, Will not only scored 95 on Match Week 13 but didnt let any byes through either.

Irfan Qayyum

Lancaster

3-13 in a reduced overs game gave Lancaster the edge over Kirkham.

Matt Moat

Great Eccleston

52 on Matchday 14 wasnt enough for Ecky to beat Torrisholme as they dodged the rain.

Saeed Bariwala

Torrisholme

A Hard Hitting 50 off 32 balls helped TCC chase down a revised DLS total with an over to spare.

Dan Golding

Rufford

Runs and Wickets on MD14 helped Rufford beat Garstang.

Zakirhusen Momla

BAC Preston

46 Opening the batting in the Local Derby with Preston earnt 12 points in the race for 1A.

Danny Dixon

Blackpool

Carried his bat for 55 as Blackpool provided Fylde with their first loss of the league campaign on Match Day 13.

Mubarak Munshi

Grimsargh

On MD13 his 5-38 saw Eckleston fall short of the required total.

Freddie Butcher

Kirkham & Wesham

7 Overs 4-3 saw Fulwood dismissed for just 25.

Added 16no in the short chase to avoid any hiccups.

Jamie Ashton

Bretherton

With 72no Bretherton fell just short of the DLS target at Mad Nook but deserves a place on the TOTW.

Tom Wilson

Norcross

Norcross got the derby win on MD14 vs TCCC. In a Low Scoring game Tom’s 3 Wickets and 12 off 51 helped NX to a 1 wicket win.



Northern League

No TOTW has been selected due to the number of abandoned games in this period.

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Eddie Steinson ©

Lancaster

Eddie was the only winning Captain in the Premier Division and his 34 helped Lancaster dodge the rain and pick up 11 points 

Nisanth Nithian

Great Eccleston

67 Opening the batting gave Gt Eccleston the platform to set a total Lancaster

Ben Simm

Lancaster

5-58 from 14 as Ben Toiled away for another michelle as Lancaster took advantage of the weather breaks.

Justin Banks

Kirkham

5-29 gave a Kirkham a chance before the heavens opened at the woodlands.

Richard Lyon

Rufford

4-30 bowled Croston out for a low score which his batsman knocked off a DLS total.

Zulqarnain Khan

Standish

A first 100* could have been more if the rain hadnt cut short the innings.

Dave Fortune

New Longton

Wasnt as successful as he would have hoped with the ball however his 41 took New Longton over the line in a DLS affected game.

Jamie Moss

Norcross

Jamies 7-0-21-3 was economical in preventing Hoghtons chase of the DLS target as the night closed in.

Oliver Hobro

Longridge

5-35 from 12 overs allowed Longridge to get the win in Division 2.

Chris Beales

Lancaster

A Run a ball 43 including 2x4 and 2x6 helped Lancaster beat Fulwood in Div 3

Ian Cowell (k)

Gt Eccleston 

39 off 24 saw Gt Eccleston stretch their lead in Division 6. Also took three catches in the first innings.

Jack Tite

New Longton

5-8 meant New Lonhgton had beaten Blackpool 4s before the rain even arrived.



Northern League

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Palace Shield Team of the Week (Matchday 10)



Joshua Sackfield (Capt)

Thornton Cleveleys

Only 63 not out this week but as stand in captain he can do the same role here this week. (And didnt bowl himself)

Erasmus Pretorius

Barrow

A Run a Ball Hundred helped Barrow to a convincing win against Croston.

Mohamed Nadeem

Great Eccleston

62 and 4 Wickets saw the Gt Ecc Legend make TOTW.

Imran Mehmood

Preston

75 before being run out as Preston posted a match winning score vs Torrisholme

Usman Khushnood

Standish

109no helped Standish to post 259 and beat Fulwood.

Paul Rochester

Gregson Lane

7 Wickets from 15 Overs from the Greggy Lane Stallwart earns a spot in this weeks team.

Tom Parkinson

Carnforth

Nerves were jangling at 54-5 but Tom added 47 alongside Shane Dixon to get his team over the line.

Naveed Iqbal

Preston

On Debut taking 4-35 saw Preston sneak a win by just 3 runs.

Blake Buttar

Mawdesley

Just edged out a couple of his team mates with the fact his sensible knock helped get the important max points vs Vernon Carus.

Ollie Mullin

Longridge

8 Wickets had to do for Ollie as Ian Simpson mopped up the tail in the Div 1A match

Khayali Rahman

Whittle-le-Woods

Became the 15th player in PS History to take all 10 Wickets in a match.

Mihir Parekh

Penwortham

7-6 from 7 overs dismissed Gregson Lane for 69 in Div 5.

 

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Palace Shield

Ian Farrington

Leyland

50not out batting at 8 helped Leyland 2 beat Chorley in Div 1A

Aarron Stephens

Netherfield

65 in a 136 run opening partnership helped Netherfield in a big win over Standish.

Sajid Patel

Preston

In a High Scoring game, 92 from the opener set up Preston for their impassable 250.

Andrew Hogarth

Kirkham & Wesham

Hogarth rolled back the years as he took on Carnforth’s batsman singlehandedly, finishing 8-32 from 12 overs.

Joe Lyth

Rufford

The whole of Rufford was on cloud NINE as Joe dismissed F&B for 26, taking 9 Wickets for just 6 runs.

Shane Burton

Morecambe

Scoring 128 against his local rivals and still ends up on the losing side, hopefully a TOTW inclusion will help raise morale

Ben Simm

Lancaster

Three wickets in the first innings, but 24not out as it was getting edgy saw Lancaster take the bragging rights.

Matthew Finnerty

Penwortham

6 Wickets for Matthew helped Penwortham to maximum points from their trip to Torrisholme.

Craig Buchanan

Westgate

110 was just enough as Westgate held on to beat Croston by 2 runs

Paul Chapman Jr

Vernon Carus

118 (PC) and 119 (HZ) sharing a 200 run partnership as VC beat Whittingham at Factory Lane.

Hasan Zaman

Northern League

 

With only one point separating the top 3 the title-race is bubbling up fascinatingly as we approach mid-point of the fixture list. Most games are close and competitive with some excellent cricket being played across the league. We seem to be set up for a fascinating second half of the season.  

 

Luke Platt  (cpt)

Longridge

A second half century of the season for the Longridge skipper ensured his side posted a very competitive total. 

Adam Sexton (wk)

Leyland

4 victims in the Blackpool innings made him the leading keeper this week.

Kurtis Watson

Leyland

62 not out against Blackpool held the innings together but from an innings position of 68 for 5 it was just about bonus points.

Luke Smith

Garstang

58 from the opener making a very consistent start to his NPCL career.

Alfie Dobson

Chorley

Narrowly missed out on back-to-back league centuries but his great form continues. 

Matt Smith

Flwd & Br

71 not out from only 57 balls faced underlined a thoroughly dominant performance suggesting the Fulwood & Broughton should be climbing the table now they are getting a few players back.

Simon Kerrigan

Flwd & Br

Perhaps surprisingly opened the bowling but looked like a great strategy after claiming 4 for 20 in 15 miserly overs to ensure the St Annes innings never got going. 

Josh Pistorius

Chorley

An undefeated half century followed by 4 wickets. A very good all-round day for the Loughborough university student in the high scoring encounter against Fleetwood.

Khalil Patel

Flwd & Br

Signed off last season by bowling out the league champions.  In his first game of this season, he was straight into the groove, or should that be the channel. 5 for 29 in the demolition of St Annes at Vernon Road.

Matthew Grindley

Blackpool

4 for 48 in his max allocation of 50 overs prevented Leyland from getting near their target score.  

Shivam Choudhary (pro)

Blackpool

Remarkably recorded his 4th league century and we are not yet at the half-way point of the season.

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15 June 2023

On a Red hot day, there were plenty of batsman who earnt a Team of the Week slot.

Palace Shield


Wes Royle (Cpt)

Vernon Carus

Led from the front with 48 and managed his bowlers well as Vernons climbed out of the relegation zone.

Erasmus Pretorius (wk)

Barrow

A run an ball 92 and three dismissals saw barrows keeper earn a spot in the team

Josh Sackfield

Thornton Cleveleys

Departing for exactly 100 set the platform for cleveleys’ win at Middleforth Green.

Erasmus Pretorius 

Barrow

A run an ball 92 and three dismissals saw barrows keeper earn a spot in the team

Lee Hogg

Netherfield

12 points and a TOTW nominee will have to do as Hogg was bowled on 99.

Tom Parkinson

Carnforth

4 Wickets and an important 36 against Preston

Allan Cook

Garstang

104 for Cook to go with three wickets saw Garstang beat Croston.

Dan Golding

Rufford

5 Wickets for Dan saw rufford upset Longridge in 1A

Joe Huyton

Tarleton

61 not out and a couple of wickets helped Tarleton defeat Westgate.

Alex Brooks

Eccleston

Alex (136) and Tom (103) shared a 241 run opening partnership as Eccleston 2s won the local derby with Mawdesley in div three.

 

Northern League

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06 June 2023

Team of the Week selections for Match Day 7

Palace Shield

Nathan Trengrove (Capt)

Mawdesley

76no off 25 balls (Including 9 sixes) gave all the Momentum Mawdsley needed as they closed the gap on the top 3 with a Big win over Carnforth. 

Aravindhan Rajasekar

South Shore

85 from Arav took South Shore to victory against Coppice in the top of Div 4 clash.

Daniel Unsworth

Mawdesley

79 opening the batting set up the platform for his captains explosive heroics at the tail end of the innings.

James Bone

Euxton

Despite dropping down the order after his 5 wickets, James still hit the winning runs to get Euxton over the line and to the top of the table.

Nazavish Ali

Preston

Nazavish’s 103 including an opening wicket partnership of 141 helped Preston climb off the foot of the table.

Ian Dunn

Vernon Carus

First Half Century in two years showed Vernons what they were missing last year in the NPL.

Noor Elahi

Lancaster

If his 186 last week wasnt good enough to get picked for Lancaster 1s, He went and Smashed 200 this week as Lancaster posted Division Three record setting.  410. He is the 8th batsman to pass 200 in a Palace Shield game.

Kyle Dixon

Chorley

A depleted chorley had to thank a Big Hundred from Dixon as they inflicted defeat on Westgate.

Matthew Cline

Torrisholme

4 Wickets including the Big one of Sackfield was enough to help Torrisholme to a 20 run win.

Oliver Lombard

Vernon Carus

6-56 off his 15 saw Vernons surprise Lancaster (from the form table)

Max Livesey

Vernon Carus

Oliver (above) will have to be on his toes with Max fighting for a Place in the 1s. Max’s 7 wickets from just 8 overs blew Gregson Lane away.

Northern League

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04 June 2023

Sorry for the delay - here is the TOTW for Match Day 6 (27th May)

Palace Shield

Eddie Steinson (capt)

Lancaster

A Unbeaten half century helped Lancaster overcome a tricky run chase against Preston

William Taylor (wk)

Penwortham

A Half Century and a dismissal was in vain as Penwortham came second against Fylde.

Mohamed Nadeem

Great Eccleston

Scoring half his teams total with 80 with a strike rate of 87 showed great temperament especially as 64 came from boundries)

Kai Collinge

Thornton Cleveleys

Carried his bat for 54no as Thornton Cleveleys beat Gt Ecc by 9 Wickets.

Shane Burton

Morecambe

66 and three wickets sees Shane make this weeks TOTW as he helped Morecambe beat Mawdesley by over a 100 runs

Muhammed Ilyas 

Penwortham

Ilyas’s 50 set up the platform for Penwortham’s win in the derby with Vernons.

Noor Elahi

Lancaster

Noor’s 186! off just 112 balls helped Lancaster 2s post a massive 312/6 at Eccleston

Dan Smith

Fylde

105 for Dan help continue Fylde’s 100% Record in 2023.

Anthony Ellison

Thornton Cleveleys

Led from the front with the new ball recording figures of 15-3-49-5 including Eckys top three.

Greg Reynolds

Barrow

5-25 saw Barrow continue their climb up the league in Division 1A.

Reece Sagers

Croston

14 Overs 5-16 helped Croston pick up their fourth win of the season.

 

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24 May 2023

Team of the Week (Matchday 5)

Palace Shield

Jamie Hogarth (Capt)

Kirkham 92 before being run out as Kirkham posted 200/7 and then bowled 11-1-40-2 as Kirkham sneaked home by 6 runs.
Imran Mehmood (WK) Preston 62 and three catches helped Preston to a 43 run victory against Vernon Carus.
Thomas Le Lievre Carnforth A Classy ton including 13 fours and two sixes saw Carnforth post 239 against Gt Eccleston
Nisanth Nithian Gt Eccleston 94 in the Lancashire Cup saw Great Eccleston progress to a mouthwatering tie against Lowerhouse.
Sam Oldfield Kirkham A Destructive 131 off 88 including 12 4s and 7 6s against Leyland 3s.
Ibrar Hussain Walton-le-Dale Ibrar scored his first century for the dale as he recorded 115no in Division Six.
Zak Buchanan Westgate 14.1 Overs, 8 Wickets for 30 Runs saw Westgate win again.
Dylan Conway Carnforth 5 Wickets including the scalps of Nadeem and Fazil took Carnforth into the Top 3
Ifran Qayyum Lancaster 13 Overs 5-32 saw Lancaster defeat Euxton in a close game and stay top of the table.
Sam Henderson Barrow 6-15 against Garstang complimented the batsman as Barrow won by 159 runs in 1A
Dan Shorrock Netherfield 8 for 11 from 10 overs at an economy of 1.05 earns a TOTW spot.

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