Vernon Carus skipper Paul Chapman Junior is hopeful this year is the start of another successful period in the club’s history.
The men from Factory Lane have enjoyed much success in the past, winning the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division title six times out of the last 13 years. However, the past three summers have been a barren period and Chapman is eager to see the club back in the winner’s circle this year.
Judging by the start of the season, Vernons look like they could be the team to beat once more. They have won their first three games and currently sit in second spot in the table behind early pacesetters Longridge. “There is only one aim this season and that is winning the league and hopefully the Meyler Cup as well,” said Chapman. “That is what we have set our stall out to do – win both. “We have had successful times in the past and we’re hoping this year is the start of it coming again.”
For the first time ever last year the top two teams in the Premier Division were promoted to the Northern League Division One. And Chapman is interested to see how champions Garstang and runners-up Fulwood and Broughton cope in their new surroundings, especially as he hopes to lead Vernons to promotion this season. “I would like to see either Garstang or Fulwood win the Northern League,” he said. “Garstang have started the season well and I think it shows that there is not a massive gulf in class between the leagues.”
Despite winning their first three games, Chapman conceded that all their victories have been tight affairs – none more so than last weekend’s 14-run win over Kendal. This weekend they face Eccleston – a team which has won two out of three so far this summer. “All our games have been tight and I think there will be a lot of teams challenging at the top,” said Chapman.
FIXTURES MOORE AND SMALLEY PALACE SHIELD PREMIER DIVISION:
Croston v Torrisholme, Eccleston v Vernon Carus, Great Eccleston v Thornton Cleveleys, Kendal v Lancaster, Longridge v Penwortham, South Shore v New Longton.Read more...
Nick Wilkinson’s men were asked to bat first and found runs hard to come by on a gloriously sunny afternoon. Zac Christie top scored with 31, while Joshua Mullin (23) and Tom Howarth (28 not out) helped the visitors post 138-8.
Liam Moffat took 3-22 and Charlie Swarbrick chipped in with 3-46. In reply, the home side were rocked as opening bowler Jonathan Millward took three quick wickets. His good work was continued by Rory McDowell (3-44) and Matt Greenall (2-8). Ian Perrieman (22) and skipper Luke Phillips (21 not out) gave Lancaster hope but Howarth (2-14) mopped up the tail to seal a terrific win for the visitors.
Second-placed Vernon Carus made it three wins on the spin thanks to a narrow 14-run home win over Kendal. Ben Duerden smacked five fours and two sixes in his 69-ball knock of 45, while skipper Paul Chapman Jnr’s 29 came at nearly a run-a-ball. The home side eventually closed on 185-7. Toby Tyson picked up three wickets. In reply, a partnership of 81 between Edward Price (47) and Ryan Shepherd (45) looked set to take Kendal to victory. However, they departed in quick succession and Matthew Timms took 5-47 as Kendal were bowled out for 171 in off 41 overs.
Eccleston suffered their first defeat of the campaign – as Penwortham’s Ashley Billington exposed their battling frailties. The opening bowler took 6-29 as the visitors were dismissed for 87 off 28.5 overs. Only Thomas Wilkinson had any sort of success withe bat, scoring 29. In reply, Penwortham did not have things all their own way, losing six wickets but an unbeaten 25 from Ed Duckworth secured their victory.
Torrisholme were the victors in a low-scoring contest against Great Eccleston at Boundary Meadow. The visitors were shot out for just 105 off 40 overs. All the bowlers chipped in, but James Cookson was the pick – returning figures of 3-21. In reply, Michael Rigby gave Great Ecc a fighting chance by taking 4-45, but a well-crafted unbeaten 44 from Daniel Woods eased the hosts to victory with four wickets to spare.
At Illawala, a fine unbeaten partnership of 85 between Richard Jenkinson (73) and captain Daniel Howard (46) ensured Thornton Cleveleys chased down South Shore’s 153 all out. Earlier, Howard had taken 5-36 andCameron Chisholm returned figures of 3-33 for the hosts.
Croston enjoyed a comfortable 52-run away win over New Longton at Chapel Lane.
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Vernon Carus came out on top of a high-scoring clash with South Shore in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield. The Factory Lane clash saw 441 runs put on the board, Vernons winning by three wickets. South Shore chose to bat first after winning the toss and posted 220-4. Skipper Daniel Jardine hit 85 at the top of the order, with Nathan Bolus scoring a rapid 47 off 56 deliveries.
It was a hefty target for Vernons to chase but they did that successfully. There were half-centuries for Ian Dunn and Christian Ash, Dunn hitting 53 off 82 balls and Ash scored 51. Ben Duerden faced just 26 deliveries for his 33 as the home side reached 221-7 to claim victory. Longridge collected their second win of the summer, beating Torrisholme by six wickets at Chipping Road.
A strong performance with the ball saw Longridge dismiss their visitors for 81 in 44.3 overs. Jonathan Millward reeled in 5-20, with Ian Simpson and Matt Greenall taking a pair apiece. In reply, Longridge knocked off the runs in less than 19 overs, closing on 85-4. Neil Holden top scored with 31, fellow opener James Whitehead hitting 15.
Lancaster, who dropped out of the Northern League last year, won their second game at this level. They beat Croston by 32 runs at Lune Road. Invited to have first use of the wicket, Lancaster were 119 all out in 41 overs. Charlie Swarbrick was the highest scorer with a knock of 39 – he hit five fours and a six. There were three wickets apiece for Callum McIlveen and Sam Marsh. Croston were 87 all out in reply, Lee Childs top scoring with 41. Liam Moffatt took 6-23 and Swarbrick 3-13.
Great Eccleston won their trip to Penwortham by three wickets. It was the home side who batted first at Middleforth, Phil Chapple hitting 74 in a tally of 126 all out. Chapple’s knock featured 11 fours and three sixes. Great Eccleston replied with 131-7 to claim victory, Phil Harvey top scoring with 34 off 45 balls.
There was a resounding victory for Eccleston against Thornton Cleveleys. They won by 138 runs in the clash at Doctors Lane. Openers Sam Bromley and Thomas Wilkinson led the charge, with the duo hitting 77 and 75 respectively. It helped Eccleston close on 231-4. In reply, Thornton were 93 all out, Michael Atkinson taking 4-25.
New Longton beat Palace Shield newcomers Kendal by two runs at Shap Road. Asked to bat first, they were 156-8, Ben Simpkins hitting 34. Kendal were 154-9 in reply, Chris Hadfield taking 4-34 and Munaf Bavla 3-35.
Moore and Smalley Palace Shield results Premier division:
Eccleston (231-4, S Bromley 77, T Wilksinson 75) beat Thornton Cleveleys (93, M Atkinson 4-25) by 138 runs, Kendal (154-9) lost to New Longton (156-8) by two runs, Lancaster (119) beat Croston (87) by 32 runs, Longridge (85-4) beat Torrisholme (81) by six wickets, Penwortham (126) lost to Great Eccleston (131-7) by three wickets, Vernon Carus (221-7, I Dunn 53, C Ash 51, T Davis 4-54) beat South Shore (220-4, D Jardine 85, N Bolus 47) by three wickets.
Division 1A: Freckleton (221-9, J Fiddler 113no, M Bailey 4-38) beat Tarleton (65, B Bithell 4-18) by 156 runs, Fylde (123-8, B Anderson 38, J Hughes 4-22) beat Witnell Fold (55) by 68 runs, Hoghton (160-7, M Parkinson 45, J Butcher 4-24) lost to Kirkham and Wesham (161-4, J Hogarth 46no) by six wickets, Rufford (121) lost to Standish (71-7) by three wickets (reduced target); Grimsargh v Mawdesley and Norcross v BAC/EE Preston cancelled
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Palace Shield round-up: It’s seventh heaven for Cal in big Croston win
Croston produced the biggest result on the opening day of the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division season. Chris Miller’s men enjoyed a terrific three-wicket victory over Kendal – relegated from the Northern League last year – at Old Emanuel School.
Callum McIveen returned superlative figures of 7-37 as Kendal slipped from 50-2 to 104 all out off 39.4 overs. Kendal hit-back strongly during Croston’s reply, reducing the home side to 45-5. However, a partnership of 52 between Lewis Bland (23 not out) and skipper Lee Childs (36) guided the villagers to a fine win.
Longridge got their Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division campaign off to the best possible start on Saturday. Nick Wilkinson’s men enjoyed a nail-biting two-wicket victory over Great Eccleston at Hall Lane. A knock of 72 from Joe McMillan helped Great Ecc post 166-9. Ian Simpson (4-28) and Rory McDowell (3-48) were among the wickets. In reply, the visitors sneaked over the victory line with three balls to spare. There were useful contributions from John Simpson (30), Joshua Mullin (38) and Wilkinson (37).
Vernon Carus – who have won the title five times over the past decade – enjoyed a hard-fought four-wicket win over newly-promoted New Longton at Chapel Lane. Paul Hayton and Joe Allen each took three wickets apiece as the home side posted 157 all out. Lee Bolton top scored with 40. Two early wickets put the home side in the driving seat, but Vernons slowly turned the screw as Wes Royle (30), Christian Ash (34) and skipper Paul Chapman Jr (27) ensured they reached their target with more than six overs to spare.
Lancaster will be looking for a quick return to the Northern League after last season’s relegation. And they got their campaign off to the best possible start thanks to a comprehensive 104-run win over Torrisholme at Boundary Meadow. Charlie Swarbrick hit 86 and Kieran Moffat 58 as the visitors closed on 245-8. Mark Cottam took 3-36. In reply, the home side were bowled out for 141 with Ben Simm taking 5-52.Daniel Woods top scored with 39.
It was not a great start for Penwortham, who suffered a 26-run loss at Thornton Cleveleys despite Ashley Billington’s fine performance with the ball. He took 6-39 as the home side were all out for 152. In reply, Penwortham were dismissed for 126 with Phil Chapple’s 40 the only significant score. Daniel Howard took 6-31.
Thomas Wilkinson’s 5-39 helped Eccleston to a 56-run win over South Shore at Mad Nook. The home side were dismissed for 106 in reply to the visitors 162 all out. Michael Atkinson top scored for Eccleston with 33.
Fylde coast cricket review: Double win for Blackpool, Fleetwood hold champs, Lytham and Palace Shield
Blackpool Cricket Club made a winning start to the Northern Premier League season, while there were draws for Fleetwood and St Annes on the opening day. The Fylde coast trio all started at home and Blackpool will be happiest after a comfortable six-wicket win over Barrow, though Fleetwood competed well to share the spoils with 2017’s dominant champions Netherfield. New Blackpool pro Jovaun van Wyngaardt arrived from South Africa just in time to play but it was another debutant, the former St Annes captain Matt Grindley, who took the bowling honours as Barrow were put in and dismissed in 45.3 overs for 102. Grindley took 4-36 and was well supported by Josh Boyne with 3-18 as the Cumbrians reached 58-2 before losing their last eight wickets for 44 and the final five for 11.Blackpool polished off victory in 30 overs at 103-4 but were 18-2 when Boyne came to the crease and completed his fine match with an unbeaten 41 from 55 balls, including five fours and a six.
Only twice last season were Netherfield denied victory in matches which beat the weather but Fleetwood achieved the feat, holding out at 193-9 in reply to 211-4. Fleetwood put the champions in at Broadwaters but couldn’t contain John Huck, whose 82 from 118 deliveries included eight boundaries. The hosts then took the game to Netherland thanks to a fourth-wicket stand between Neels Bergh and Liam Castellas. Bergh struck eight fours and six in his 76 from 94 balls, while Castellas fell one short of his half-century. Bergh fell to Matt Jackson, who claimed 4-42 from 16 overs, while Nathan Chambers managed 4-51 from 14 but Netherfield had to settle for a winning draw as Joe and Sam Bell held out at the death.
St Annes had the better of the draw with Penrith at Vernon Road, having been put in and made 229 from 47.1 overs. The Penrith reply started encouragingly, reaching 91-1, but after Tom Higson removed top scorer Nick Hodgson (37) on his way to 4-35, the Cumbrians were in trouble at 105-5 but they clung on at 186-9 from 52 overs.
Garstang began life in the Northern League with a two-wicket home win over Fulwood and Broughton. Simon Kerrigan’s 80 enabled the visitors to reach 158 before Garstang replied with 160-8 (Mark Winstanley 41).
Blackpool completed a weekend double at Stanley Park with a 42-run win over Longridge in the ECB National Club Championship. An opening stand of 110 between Matt Houston (65) and Ciaran Johnson (56) laid a platform for Blackpool to reach 188-2 from their 40 overs before dismissing the Palace Shield club for 146, Jake Muncaster taking 4-33.
Lytham Cricket Club threw a winning position away to lose their Liverpool Competition opener at Wallasey by two runs. Chasing a modest 133, Lytham were on course for victory in the ECB premier league as a fifth-wicket partnership of 43 between Toby Lester and new signing from Blackpool Tom Jefferson (20) took them to 109. But when Lancashire all-rounder Lester fell to Matthew Wilcox (3-30 off 15 overs) for30, Lytham lost six wickets for 22 runs to be all out for 131 in 55.3 overs, Matthew Keogh helping himself to 4-12 from 11.5 overs. Lytham had earlier put their Wirral hosts in and dismissed both openers for ducks. Only three players reached double figures but the last of them Andrew Ward, coming in at 74-6, made a winning contribution with his 36. Taylor Cornall took 3-13 from 4.3 overs.
Lytham cruised into the second round of the ECB National Club Championship with an eight-wicket home win over Northern League new boys Fulwood and Broughton. Having restricted the visitors to 105-8 in 40 overs, Lytham’s Thomas Hessey carried his bet for 52 and shared a second-wicket stand of 69 with Thomas Jefferson as the hosts reached 109-2 in 33.3 overs. Lytham visit Blackpool in round two next month. St Annes’ tie at Ainsdale was rained off. The eventual winners will be at home to Rainhill or Fleetwood, who meet on May 7.
Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division: Croston (107-7) beat Kendal (104) by three wickets, Great Eccleston (166-9, J McMillan 72, I Simpson 4-28, R McDowell 3-48) lost to Longridge (170-8) by two wickets, South Shore (106, T Wilkinson 5-39) lost to Eccleston (162, A Perera 4-13, N Bolus 3-31) by 56 runs, Thornton Cleveleys (152) beat Penwortham (126) by 26 runs, Torrisholme (141) lost to Lancaster (245-8) by 104 runs.
Divison 1A: Kirkham and Wesham (192-4, M Brooks 67, C Wilson 45, U Arbrar 4-47) lost to Fylde (193-7, J Warnakulasooriya 40) by three wickets, Mawdesley (173) beat Freckleton (166-9) by seven runs, Standish (177-8, K Davies 3-51, D Harris 3-66) beat Norcross (40, S Khan 6-13) by 137 runs, Tarleton (81) lost to Rufford (85-8) by two wickets, Withnell Fold (196) tied with Grimsargh (186-7)Read more...