John Smith

Monday, 26 July 2021 17:33

Palace Shield Under 11’s Final

The final of the under 11’s competition took place between Leyland and Lytham at Leyland on Wednesday 21st July

The game was an excellent testament to the quality of these young teams and their coaches

A very good crowd was kept enthralled as these young boys & girls traded blows to great support

Leyland batted first and scored 85 for 7 producing a net score of 250

Under coaches Mark Sutch & Abi Bates

Lytham replied by scoring 96 for 8 producing a net score of 256

The Lytham coaches were Dave Tanner & Lee Topping

The game was superbly umpired by Fylde’s finest Graham Lawton

Monday, 26 July 2021 17:33
Monday, 26 July 2021 11:51

Review Saturday 24th July 2021

Barrow v Fylde

Barrow won the toss and asked Fylde to bat. I’m afraid that Fylde’s struggles continue and they were bowled out for 158 in 42 overs. Danny Smith top scored with 58 he was supported by Nathan Winward (20) and Usama Abrar (23) Sam Henderson starred with 3-23 which was replicated ably by Gary Collins who also finished with 3-23. Barrow scored 162 for 3 in 30 overs to gain an comprehensive win by 7 wickets. A fine 50 not out was scored by Jack Singleton who is in good form. Cameron McDougall with 38 and Rhys Studt with 26 also contributed to the winning score.

Great Eccleston v Eccleston

Eccleston were the visitors to Hall Lane and decided to bat when Michael Atkinson won the toss. Gt Ecc made an very good start with the early wickets of Maitland, Wilkinson, Ashcroft, Smith, Atkinson, Bentham and Afsar leaving the visitors in a lot of trouble at 56 for 7. Fortunately Sam Bromley survived the carnage at the other end by scoring a  very good 93. Eccleston were bowled out for 180. Phil Booth was the best of the home bowlers taking 5 for 39 supported by Jon Jefferies with 3 for 43. Gt Ecc also found scoring runs difficult and lost Salar Butt & Ewan Thistlethwaite with only 9 runs on the board but Mathew Moat (21) & Alex Rhodes (24) gave some hope but excellent bowling from Cameron Smith with 6 for 35 saw Great Eccleston fall short by 48 runs.

Penrith v Preston

League leaders continue their winning run. Winning the toss they elected to bat but will have been disappointed to be bowled out for a miserly 134. Jack Marshal with 36 not out and scores of 22 by Cameron and Jones were the only others into double figures. Imran Patel with 4 for 44 was the best of the bowling attack. Imran Mehmood with 46 gave Preston a decent start but with the exception of Sajid Nalbandh with 39 the Penrith bowling attack was too strong with James Ellis with 3 for 22 returning the best figures to see them home by only 4 runs.

Penwortham v Croston

Ian Dickinson won the toss and elected  first use of the quick Middleforth Green pitch. Adam Sexton dug in and scored 28 from 61 balls. Middle order batsmen Joe Barker (47) and Jack Marsh (44) took the score along with Croston finishing on 169 all out. Skipper Ashley Billington returned a very credible 6 for 50. Penwortham made a decent start with Muhammad Ilyas scoring 44, but  wickets fell regularly whilst Billington (23) and Charlie Parker (28 no) took the score to 100 but the tail was skittled by Millie Hodge who ended with 3 for 30 and Jon Driver with 3 for 39. Penwortham finished on 151 all out losing by 15 runs. A disappointing loss which sees the drop to 5th in the table.

Thornton Cleveleys v South Shore

South Shore Chairman Andy Gillibrand came out of retirement and called upon his old mate another old stalwart Lee Yeomans to assist the  Shore cause in what looks like a losing battle. Max Cowell-Makin won the toss and elected to bat, but week by week it appears a forlorn hope. Only the Skipper with 47 and Craig Nettleton with 22 really troubled the scorers. The Mad Nook team were bowled out for 128. Home captain Danny Howard took 5 for 37 whilst Jake Apperley took 3 for 20.  In reply Jon Eade with 40, Apperley with 34 not out and Howard with 30 took Cleveleys home by 6 wickets with some 17 overs to spare.

Vernon Carus v Kirkham & Wesham

Vernon’s were missing Captain Bobby Bridges and a couple of others as  were a lot of sides during the holiday season so Captain for the day Wes Royle elected to field. They took the early wicket of Michael Brooks (10) but Stephen Wright (37) and Sam Oldfield (37) took Kirkham to  92 for 3 before an inspired David Sullivan who had only bowled 5 overs in 2021 took a remarkable 6 for 25 from 8.2 overs. Kirkham were bowled out for 168 in less than 40 overs. In reply Stevenson went for 0 whilst Wes Royle (28) Jamie Rigby (21) Hasan Zaman (22) and Jacob Holland with 23 no as Vernon’s fell 22 runs short. Liam Castellas starred with the ball taking 7 for 41. Vernon’s loss leaves them 7 points behind Penrith at the top whilst Kirkham move up to fourth.


Friday, 23 July 2021 18:15

The team selected to play the MCC on Wednesday 4th August 2021 at Fylde CC is:_

Will Beeden - Torrisholme

Ben Houghton - Euxton 

Sam Oldfield - Kirkham & Wesham

Joe Pearson - Garstang

Zach Procter - Fulwood & Broughton

Alex Rhodes - Gret Eccleston

Ryan Roberts - Penwortham

Matt Stevenson - Vernon Carus

Will Vause - Longridge

Lewis Wellings - Fulwood & Broughton

Josh Wills - Torrisholme

Friday, 23 July 2021 18:07

The team selected to play the MCC on Wednesday 4th August 2021 at Fylde CC is:_

Will Beeden - Torrisholme

Ben Houghton - Euxton 

Sam Oldfield - Kirkham & Wesham

Joe Pearson - Garstang

Zach Procter - Fulwood & Broughton

Alex Rhodes - Gret Eccleston

Ryan Roberts - Penwortham

Matt Stevenson - Vernon Carus

Will Vause - Longridge

Lewis Wellings - Fulwood & Broughton

Josh Wills - Torrisholme

Monday, 19 July 2021 11:58

Review Saturday 17th July 2021

Croston v Barrow

Was postponed due to coronavirus and is rescheduled for Sunday 5th September.

Eccleston v Penwortham

Captain Ashley Billington won the toss and elected to bat on a beautiful sunny day. The openers Muhammed Ilyas (59) and Martyn Brierley (46) got them off to an excellent start. Runs continued to be made as Penwortham made 207 for 5. Five bowlers took a wicket a piece but they toiled in the baking sun.  Having spent hours in the field it wasn’t a surprise when Mathew Finnerty (3-30) picked up the opening batsman quite cheaply. Only Matt Ashcroft (34) and Sam Bromley (40) got going and the home team were bowled out for 159 in 40 overs. Do not understand why Captain Michael Robertson is batting as low as 8? Ed Cox also took 3 – 43)

Fylde v Great Eccleston

Home skipper Keith Moore won the toss and not surprisingly elected to bat, he was disappointed when opener Mark Winder was dismissed with the score on 1. Matt Johnson battled to 35 off 119 balls whilst only Dan Smith (26) and Usama Abrar (32) really helped Fylde to a total of 156 for 9 in their 45 overs.  Wickets were shared with evergreen Jim Procter (3-260 Phil Booth (3-31) and Alex Knowles (2-41). Gt Ecc replied with Will Thistlethwaite scoring an excellent 60 at the top of the innings with impressive youngster Alex Rhodes chipping in with 52 in the middle order. Gt Ecc comfortably winning by 5 wickets. Craig Allison picked up 2-29

Kirkham & Wesham v Penrith

This was probably on paper the game of the day. Kirkham had worked their way up to 5th and looked cable of challenging the top three.  They were met however by a formidable Penrith side. The home side won the toss and elected to bat but were unable to combat the very strong Penrith opening pace attack of Asher Hart (4-33) & James Ellis (3-26) young wicket keeper Tait Roberts – Hodgson was the only player to reach 20 as Kirkham were blown away for a mere 115. Penrith made  batting look a lot easier with that man Asher Hart (47 not out) and Craig Cameron (46) putting on 79 for the first wicket whilst Owen Jones (18 no) took Penrith home by 9 wickets.


Preston v Thornton Cleveleys

West Gate hosted Cleveleys on an extremely warm day. They won the toss and elected to bat. Imran Jethva who is enjoying a good season averaging over 28 got Preston off to a  good start with (48) whilst Suhel Patel also added (42). Cleveleys stuck at it and Anthony Ellison (3-37), Jez Newman (2-24) and Greg Tirrell (2-15) held Preston to 197 in their 45 overs.

Once again after a session fielding in heat, Cleveleys were blown away and were bowled out for a miserly 117. Bowler Antony Ellison top scored with 34. Preston like to share their bowling around and used 8 bowlers in the heat. Ajaz Khan Pathan was most successful with 3-9 off 6 overs whilst Imran Patel returned (3-16) resulting in a home with by 80 runs.

South Shore v Vernon Carus

A bottom v top clash at Mad Nook saw Captain Max Cowell – Makin win the toss and followed the pattern of electing to bat.  Opener Tyne Davis with 28 gave them a start, Asad Imran with 31 and the skipper (38) took the Shore to 155 all out in just over 40 overs. Four Vernon’s bowlers shared the wickets and it is good to see young leg spinner Hadley Geirnaert  bag 3-39 and the more experienced Matt Timms claim 3- 29.

The top six Vernon’s batsmen got into double figures without being able to build on that, only Captain Bob bridges getting into the twenties (21) Vernon’s lost 9 wickets before getting the 156 to win by one wicket. A valiant fight by the Shore with good return from Tyne Davis with 4 – 46 from his 15 overs  and Ash Perera with 2- 39 from his 12 overs. To quote Sir Alex Ferguson it must have been squeaky bum time.

Meyler Cup

A new name will be stencilled on to the cup. The final will be between :-

 Carnforth v Penrith

To be played at Eccleston CC on Sunday 22nd August 2021

Monday, 05 July 2021 14:15

Kirkham & Wesham v Fylde

Some wet weather accompanied Saturday’s fixtures and the toss became a significant factor. At Kirkham, Antony Wilson won the toss and inserted visitors Fylde. Andy Hogarth opened the bowling and quickly removed opener Dan Smith. Fylde then put together several partnerships with Moore (40) Allison (20) Anderson (48) & Winward 38) giving Fylde a sound foundation but good bowling by Wilson (4-34) and Jaime Hogarth (3-65) took the heart and the tail was quickly cleared Fylde finished on 166 all out. Kirkham battled their way to 170 but lost 7 wickets in chasing Stephen Wright (25) Sam Oldfield (26) included 6 fours, Liam Castellas (25), and Jaime Hogarth (22no) the reliable Danny Smith with 2 – 42 off 13 overs was the pick.

Penrith v Great Eccleston

At rain-affected Penrith visiting skipper Joe McMillan won the toss and elected to bat however Gt Eccleston did not make good use of the pitch being 125 for 9 in their allotted 39 overs. Only Salar Butt (21) and Richard Booth (22) getting into the twenties. A superb 6 -29 by Bruce Glendinning caused the damage. A sound start of 67 from Greg Cameron (46) and Dan Morland (27) took them halfway to the required total but some steady bowling by Joe Davies (4-47) and Phil Booth (2-37) caused a few jitters before Mark Vasey 16no and James Ellis 8no got Penrith home by 4 wickets.  

Preston v Eccleston

An exciting game at West Gate saw Preston win the toss and bat first.  Tom Wilkinson (1-42) and Michael Atkinson (1-25) bowled tightly and only Imran Mehmood with a nice 51 and Zubair Patel (38) scored freely. Other wickets were shared but all bowlers going at over 5 runs per over. Preston reached 154 all out. Wilkinson started well (23) before being bowled by Rizwan Ali.  Matt Ashcroft similarly was batting well on 35 before being caught behind by the evergreen Charlie Williams. The returning Jordan Bentham scored 31 before a flurry of wickets left the game tied with Eccleston being bowled out for 154.


South Shore v Croston

Croston were the visitors to Mad Nook where both teams are having difficult seasons at the foot of the league table. Captain Max Cowell-Makin won the toss and chose to field. Max Harper opened the batting and batted soundly for 58. He survived whilst the wickets of Sexton (15) Dickinson (12) and Barker (2) and Marsh (14) fell around him. Only Conrad Kearton with 33 significantly added to Croston’s score of 169 for 9 in their 45 overs. Michael Hall with 3 for 45 off 12 overs was the pick. Joe barker had both openers caught behind with the score on 19. Ash Perera battled through 37 balls for 19 but the Shore batting is brittle and they were bowled out for 86 in 25 overs. The remaining Marsh family member Jack took a credible 4- 37 off his 10 overs.  Stuck on the bottom of the table South Shore will need a change of fortune if they are to survive and not be relegated.


Thornton Cleveleys v Penwortham

Thornton Captain, Danny Howard won the toss and invited Penwortham to make first use of the Illawalla pitch. Ian Walmsley is in fine form opened and scored another 58 to an impressive list of recent scores.  This young team are not yet consistent and only Maji Rajdeep (27) and Ed Duckworth (23) really added to a total of 148 all out. A score well below an expected total. Jon Bass took two early wickets (2-16) but Chris Hedges with 5-45 from 13 overs was excellent.  Opener Jon Eade added another 42 to some decent scores this season whilst Jake Apperley with an excellent 60 not out took Cleveleys home by 7 wickets. A good home win takes Thornton up to 5th in the table.



Vernon Carus v Barrow

The fixture of the day took 2nd place, Barrow, to leaders Vernon Carus. Home Captain Bob Bridges won the toss and asked Barrow to bat. They faced a hostile attack in Jacob Holland who returned a very fine 6 for 34 off 14 overs ably supported by Max Livesey (1-24) and matt Simms (3-28). Only Jack Singleton with 34 and Sam Henderson with 24 contributed to a poor total of 99 in just 33 overs. Sam Henderson had two early successes but Jaime Rigby with 31 and Ben Duerden with 38 scored the bulk. Vernon’s won by a comfortable 6 wickets and remain top of the table. The question is starting to be asked whether Vernon’s would take promotion should they finish in the top two.

Monday, 28 June 2021 17:43

Review 26th June 2021

Barrow v Penrith

I was going to refer to this match as a local derby before it was pointed out to me that the towns are some 69 miles apart. Barrow won the toss and elected to field. They were quickly rewarded with the wickets of the top four Penrith batsmen with only 30 on the board. Captain Alister Craig stemmed the flow with 30 but they were bowled out for a disappointing 94 in less than 40 overs. Five bowlers all took wickets. Barrow made a worse start losing six for only 37 however a very good innings of 50 by Jack Singleton and 23 by Sam Hart took Barrow to a 4 wicket win. This enabled Barrow to overtake Penrith into 2nd in the league table.

Croston v Kirkham & Wesham

Captain Ant Wilson won the toss and elected to bat at Croston. They lost Brooks early but Wright (18) & Sam Oldfield with a fine 56 gave the visitors stability before Castellas (38)  & Jaime Hogarth 33 no took K&W to a total of 189 for 9 in their 45 overs. Lee Childs with 4 for 13 cleaned up the tail. Max Harper (17) and restored opener Adam Sexton( 29) made a positive start of 37 for the 1st wicket. The middle order didn’t fare so well as Jaime Hogarth with 6 for 38 and Antony Harrison with 4 for 47 ran through the side to give the visitors a win by 49 runs.

Eccleston v South Shore

Eccleston won the toss and batted first. Tom Wilkinson (26) and recalled Jaime Maitland (55) gave them a very good start with an opening partnership of 61. Steady scoring by the middle order with a season best 60 not out by Skipper Michael Atkinson took Eccleston to 230 for 6. Tyne Davis with 57 and Captain Max Cowell-Makin (18) gave the Shore a decent start. Amjad Mehmood with 30 took passed a 100. A very good spell by Nasaar Afsar with 4 for 28 and Stewart White with 2 for 42 saw Eccleston win by 50 runs. The loss leaves South Shore at the foot of the table some 16 points adrift.

Fylde v Preston

After last weeks win at Cleveleys a confident Fylde put visitors Preston in to bat. Regrettably a poor call as Preston with good innings from Navazish Ali (45) & Imran Mehmood (52) and solid support from Sajid Nalbandh 38 and Zubair Patel 24no took the visitors to 222 for 7 in their 45 overs. Danny Smith and Usama Abrar took 5 wickets a piece but each going for50 plus runs. In reply only Captain Moore (200 and young Will Smith with 22 no  offered resistance. Perhaps a recall for veteran John Marsh A fine bowling return for Rizwan Patel with 7 for 30

Great Eccleston v Thornton Cleveleys

Visitors Captain Danny Howard won the toss and inserted Great Eccleston. A good start by Will Thistlethwaite (19)  and Jeremy Whittle with 50 gave them  a platform however the loss of last week’s centurion McMillan (4) and Green (8) it required experienced Joe Davies to give  Eccleston a recovery with 64. The tail was cleared up by Jez Newman with 3 for 30 and Chris Hedges with 3 for 38. Gt Ecc finished on 155 ao in less that 36 overs. Solid knocks by Jake Appleby (21) and Howard (29) but a return to form for Josh Sackfield with 57 not out led Cleveleys to a 5 wicket win.

Penwortham v Vernon Carus

This is a local derby with only yards separating the two teams. Vernon’s won the toss and batted. They will be disappointed with their batting performance Ian Dunn (33) David Hankin (21) and Matt Timms with 28 the only real contributors. Vernon’s finished with a total of 121 in less than 40 overs. Captain Ashley Billington with 3 for 27 from 14 overs and the good young prospect Ryan Roberts with 4 for 21 did most of the damage. Martyn Brierley with 48,  Sam Ryding (18) before Ed Duckworth with 16 and Charlie Parker with 11 saw Penwortham home by 5 wickets

Monday, 21 June 2021 16:13

                                                                                                                         Review 19th June 21

Kirkham & Wesham v Penwortham

K&W won the toss and elected to bat. They could not take advantage as Wilson & Patel took early wickets. It was necessary for Coach Liam Castlellas (31)  & Wicket Keeper Tait Roberts-Hodgson (21) to provide middle-order support. The tail couldn’t add many more and Kirkham were all out for a disappointing 103. Neil Patel with 4-27 and Captain Ash Billington with 3-15 starred. A fine innings by Jack Dillon with 65 no led to a 6 wicket win for the visitors.

Penrith v Croston

Ian Dickinson won the toss and the visitors batted. The bedrock of the Croston innings was a splendid 68 by Joe Barker. Jack Marsh & Konrad Kearton added to give a total of 156. Penrith were missing Hart but James Ellis with 4-44 and Greg Cameron 4-47 held Croston to what appeared to be a gettable total. However with the exception of Greg Cameron with 44, the batting of the home side offered little resistance to the bowling of Joe Barker with a magnificent 7-22 ably supported by Jack Marsh 3-48. Penrith were bowled out for 72 giving Croston a win by 84 runs. An unexpected win perhaps inspired by the rare appearance of Tanno Tomlinson. David was out shone by young Joe Barker who enjoyed a tremendous day. 

Preston v Barrow

A very close game at West Cliff, where the visitors batted first and good knocks by Greg Reynolds (43), Cameron McDougall (46) and Jack Singleton (21) gave Barrow a score of 168 ao. Preston used six bowlers four of which took two wickets apiece. A reasonable start by Imran Jethva (21) and Ajaz Khan Pathan (24) supported by Sajid Nalbandh (39) and Imran Pariyezwala 34no took Preston close, however, the last pair fell with the home side just 4 runs short. A decent performance from an indifferent Preston team.

South Shore v Great Eccleston

Great Eccleston won the toss and elected to bat, a fine opening stand of 62 by Will Thistlethwaite (33) and Jeremy Whittle (33) followed by Captain Joe McMillan who scored a splendid 100no he was ably supported by Joe Davies with a fine 68no gave an imposing target of 256 for 3. Ash Perera with 1-17 being the best of the bowling. Shore battled well and captain Max Cowell – Makin with 61 and several others all contributing double figures GE could not bowl the Shore out Gt Ecc winning by 70 runs with Will Proctor finishing with 4-48. Brave effort from the Shore.

Thornton Cleveleys v Fylde

On a fine sunny day, Cleveleys elected to bat and got off to a good start with  Josh Vincent (17)  and Jon Eade (48) looking comfortable. But some very steady bowling from Fylde stalwart Danny Smith (4-42) kept the home side in check. The loss of three batsmen including Captain Danny Howard for 0 knocked the heart out of the innings and Cleveleys ended with a gettable 134 all out. Jon Bass opened the bowling with quite a hostile spell and took two early wickets but a good stand by Ben Anderson (59 no) and Craig Allison (35) broke the back of the chasing score winning by 4 wickets

Vernon Carus v Eccleston

Factory Lane saw Eccleston win the toss and elect to bat. They lost their Captain early but Tom Wilkinson batted well for 66 before falling to Joe Allen. Several others got into double figures but a total of 141 was probably below par. Jacob Holland starred with 4 – 33 off 15 overs ably supported by Joe Allen with 3-25. Vernon’s were missing Stevenson but Ian Dunn with 22 and Christian Ash with 26 set them on their way before both fell to the off-spin of Tom Wilkinson. Four others got into double figures but perished with a Stewart White returning splendid figures of 5-32. Vernon’s fell for 124 all out with Eccleston winning by 17 runs. A surprise defeat for the Premiership leaders.

Friday, 18 June 2021 16:31

  • After having missed large parts of the 2020 season, you might have expected everyone to be raring to go and ready to enjoy cricket in its true spirit just to enjoy the prospect of being on the field for a full season again.  However, that wasn't the case for some as disciplinary issues arose from the very start.  Right from the start, we had issues and these are the cases to date (18th June / week 9)

    • the general behaviour of 2 Division 1A teams caused them to be warned about their conduct for the rest of the season
    • one player was given a suspended 2-week ban for foul language
    • a player was given a suspended 2-week ban for dissent
    • a player was given a 2-week ban plus a further 2 week suspended ban for serious dissent
    • a player was given a 1-week ban for dissent - however, they also had a 3 game suspended ban carried over from last season so the ban was extended
    • in the above game, the captain was also given a 1 week suspended ban for failing to control his team
    • a player was given a level 1 notice for mistreating the wicket
    • a player was given a 2-week ban plus 2 weeks suspended ban for foul and abusive language
    • a player was given a 2-week ban for misconduct
    • a player was given a 1-week ban for misconduct
    • Two players from the same team were found guilty of dissent and given a 2-week ban by the club which was ratified by the disciplinary chairman.

    As you can see, there have been a number of incidents - too many and many on the same lines.  There will also have been many instances where there was poor behaviour which, perhaps, stopped just short of the umpire stepping in.  Most of these cases involve games with panel umpires but some club umpires do send in reports and they should be encouraged to do so if there are unacceptable events.  One team has featured in more than 1 of the above cases and is now subject to a suspended points deduction should there be any further instances.

    We are publicising these events without names in the hope that players, club members, officials etc can all see what is likely to happen if you overstep the mark.  For now, unlike some other leagues, we will keep the names and clubs out of this so that those who have been penalised can improve their behaviour without being subject to public scrutiny.   However, if things do not improve, we would not hesitate to start naming names.
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