Fylde coast cricket review: Northern League, Lytham and Palace Shield

Tom Hessey takes a Rainhill wicket, caught behind by Matthew Stevenson
Tom Hessey takes a Rainhill wicket, caught behind by Matthew Stevenson

Blackpool dropped their first points of the season in the Northern Premier League, while St Annes continued their promising start without their professional with a second win.

Blackpool had to settle for a winning draw at Morecambe, whose final pair held out defiantly.

The visitors set an imposing target of 242-5 after the top three all made half-centuries in Cumbria.

Thomas Jefferson led the way with 90, sharing in stands of 89 for both the second and third wickets with Matthew Houston (54) and professional Anurag Verma (51).

Viraj Bhati got the Morecambe reply off to a solid start, but from 67-1 the wickets fell at regular intervals as Jefferson completed his fine day with 4-51 from 16 overs.

However, number six Edward Read dug in for an unbeaten 53 and saw Netherfield to the close at 217-9 with last man Jake Smith.

It means Blackpool slip three points behind Chorley and Leyland, who maintained their 100 per cent starts with comfortable home wins over Kendal and Preston respectively.

St Annes share fourth sport as they bounced back from defeat at Fleetwood with a one-wicket win over Penrith at Vernon Road.

Despite increasing worries over the delayed arrival of Indian professional Saurabh Bandekar, Darwen CC’s South African Calvin Savage stepped in as sub-pro and took 6-49 as Penrith were dismissed for 189 in 48.2 overs, having been put in to bat.

Their innings was held together by number three Jesse Dinnie (55) and wicketkeeper Kieron Trevaskis, who came in at seven to fire 41 from 39 balls.

After Gurman Bains was run out for 44, nobody took control in the St Annes reply and they were grateful to number 10 Matthew Derham for steering them home at 180-9 after 50.3 overs.

Fleetwood couldn’t build on their derby win, well beaten by seven wickets at Netherfield.

One player who did maintain his form from the previous week was professional Neels Bergh, the South African following his century against St Annes with 84 from 98 balls after Fleetwood chose to bat.

Having come in at a precarious 1-2, Bergh put on 53 from the third wicket with Jarrod Coombe (38). However, the other four members of Fleetwood’s top six managed just six runs between them, and from 85-5 the visitors did well to reach 187. Liam Dugdale took 3-32 from 7.2 overs as Fleetwood were dismissed in 43.2 overs.

Sam Bell then removed Netherfield’s top three only for their fourth-wicket pair to share an unbroken stand of 133 to seal a seven-wicket victory in just 36.4 overs.

John Huck hit 10 fours and four sixes in his 85 from 70 balls, and Obus Pienaar contributed 62 from 69 in Netherfield’s 191-3, Bell finishing with 3-30 from 12 overs.

Lytham are still awaiting their first home win of the Liverpool Competition season after an 84-run defeat by Rainhill at Church Road.

The St Helens side chose to bat and declared at 203-8 after 51.3 overs.

Both openers fell for ducks but Rainhill then made 96 for their third wicket thanks to half-centuries from Steve Kershaw (56) and Ross Higham (54).

The home reply collapsed from 75-2 to 87-7 as three successive batsmen failed to score and Lytham were all out for 119 in 44.2 overs.

There were five wickets apiece for Ryan Williams (for 63 off 22.2 overs) and Akshay Arun Darekar (for 25 off 19).

Moore and Smalley Palace Shield

Premier Division: Eccleston (120) lost to Longridge (121-8) by two wickets, Fulwood & Broughton (217-6) beat Vernon Carus (156) by 61 runs, Great Eccleston (177-2, M Imran-Sadiq 115no) beat Croston (176) by eight wickets, Penwortham (149, C Oosthuysen 3-21) lost to Garstang (154-6, M Crowther 44no) by four wickets, Thornton Cleveleys (149-6, J Sackfield 41, J Apperley 41) beat Freckleton (148, A Hogarth 37, G Tirrell 7-34) by four wickets, Torrisholme (158-4) beat Rufford (157-9) by six wickets

Division One: Garstang 2 (183) lost to New Longton (185-5) by five wickets, Hoghton (179, P Hurst 45, D McKenzie 4-17, B Anderson 3-31) lost to Fylde (185-2 D McKenzie 90no, B Anderson 43no) by eight wickets, South Shore (149-5, N Bolus 51no) beat Withnell Fold (148, R Javeed 59, M Hall 5-30 ) by five wickets, White Coppice (236, A Moore 90, D Hornby 55, I Davies 3-43, D Harris 3-61) lost to Norcross (316-6, J Relph 105, C Parker 86, R Bampied 55no, R Dixon 3-96) by 80 runs

Divison Two: Kirkham & Wesham (74-0, D Tucker 39no) beat Grimsargh (73, J Hogarth 6-16) by 10 wickets, Wrea Green (163-7, M Hedges 56, J Taylor 3-40) tied with Walton-le-Dale (163, M Nazife 60no, C Hedges 5-52, C Laycock 3-40)