Bell tolls for Pool as Fleetwood shine

Fleetwood v Blackpool cricket. Sam Bell bowling for Fleetwood and (below) Dale Deeb hits out for Blackpool.
Fleetwood v Blackpool cricket. Sam Bell bowling for Fleetwood and (below) Dale Deeb hits out for Blackpool.
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FLEETWOOD Cricket Club’s revival from bottom of the table to title contenders in the Northern League continued on course after their 20-run win over Blackpool at Broadwater.

The home side got the better of a low-scoring contest as Blackpool were shot out for 96 in reply to Fleetwood’s 116.

Fleetwood v Blackpool cricket. Dale Deeb batting for Blackpool.

Fleetwood v Blackpool cricket. Dale Deeb batting for Blackpool.

Fleetwood’s Mat Clark won the toss and had no hesitation in batting first.

However, in the face of a fine stint by Steven Mercer (five for 43) it looked at one stage as though Fleetwood might themselves struggle to reach three figures as they toiled at 51-5, 70-6 and 75-7.

In the end they totalled 116, with Adam Sharrocks top-scoring on 25.

Blackpool were shot out for 96 in reply, Fleetwood only using three bowlers, professional Shaun Liebisch, Sam Bell and Adam Parker, who all stepped up to the mark and delivered when required.

Skipper Mat Clark remarked afterwards that he had no hesitation in batting first.

“It looked a 150 to 160 wicket – it didn’t play badly, it was more a case of good bowling and fielding by both sides.

“It is a time like this when you look at your professional to deliver and he did that for us.

“People are saying that we have come from under the radar after being at the bottom of the table last season, but everyone at the club has bought in to what we have been trying to achieve this season.

“We have a good professional, we have made some good acquisitions and had a good pre-season – we are getting the dividends for all the hard work that we have put in.

“The harder you practise, the better you get.”

Fleetwood have now lost only once in eight matches.