Cup cricket action: Blackpool, St Annes and Palace Shield

Mitch Bolus bowls for St Annes against Leyland
Mitch Bolus bowls for St Annes against Leyland
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Blackpool CC are through to the quarter-finals of the Readers Cup after a six-wicket win over Netherfield, but St Annes bowed out as their troubled search for a winning formula continues.

The Cumbrians chose to bat in the first-round clash at Stanley Park and set a challenging 40-over target of 207-9.

Opener Richard Potter gave the visitors a solid foundation with 57 before being caught and bowled by Josh Boyne, who finished with 3-39 off seven overs.

Potter put on 86 for the third wicket with Joe Atkinson (41) before Netherfield slipped from 152-3 to 156-6 and they never regained momentum, Richard Gleeson finishing with 3-27 from his eight overs.

Blackpool, who had no league game the previous day, reached their target with 4.1 overs to spare as opener Tom Jefferson made 91.

Jefferson’s best ever innings for the club lasted 107 balls, including eight fours, as he and Gleeson put on 120 for the second wicket.

Gleeson’s 47 came from 48 balls before professional Christi Viljoen hammered Blackpool to victory with an unbeaten 33 from 28 deliveries.

Blackpool will not be joined in next month’s quarter-finals by St Annes, who lost a nailbiter to Leyland by just five runs at Vernon Road.

St Annes put the visitors in and were set a target of 188-7.

Leyland were grateful to number five Nathan McDonnell for his 61 from 50 balls, includingfive fours and three sixes.

Skipper Andy Kellett then got the reply off to a promising start with 37 before Nathan Bolus held the innings together with an unbeaten 58 from 60 balls at number seven, including six fours and a six.

However, St Annes fell just short at 183-9 despite Nathan Bolus making an unbeaten 58 from 60 balls at number seven, with six fours and a six. Sam Oldham took 3-44 off eight overs.

Fleetwood will meet Lancaster in the quarter-finals, both having received a first-round bye.

Blackpool visit Chorley, who won by 28 runs at Penrith.

Quarter-final draw (ties July 19): Kendal v Leyland, Chorley v Blackpool, Barrow v Darwen, Fleetwood v Lancaster.

Sunday was also cup day in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield, Thornton Cleveleys beating league leaders Great Eccleston in the second round of the Meyler Cup for top flight teams.

Visitors Ecc chose to bat and were all out for 129 in 35.5 overs as James Thistlethwaite hit 69, though they were kept in check by Daniel Howard (4-31 off eight) and Jordan Beech (3-10 off 5.5).

Thornton made light work of the reply, sealing an eight- wicket win with over 10 overs remaining.

Wicketkeeper captain Jon Eade led the victory charge with an unbeaten 56, opener Taylor Cornall contributing 43.

Garstang crashed out by 50 runs at Longridge, who set a target of 181-7 thanks to Tom Howarth’s unbeaten 54.

The Garstang total petered out at 141 with 5.2 overs remaining despite Mark Walling’s battling 59. Matt Greenall took 3-26 off eight.

Thornton Cleveleys visit Penwortham in the semi-finals on July 12, when Longridge face Vernon Carus in the other semi.

South Shore progressed in division two’s Loxham Cup thanks to a 39-run home win over Garstang Seconds.

Shore chose to bat and were all out for 191 with four balls left, Younas Shah having made 79.

The hosts then dismissed Garstang for 152 in 30 overs to reach the semi-finals on July 12.

South Shore entertain Fulwood and Broughton 2 in the semis for the right to face Longridge 2 or Rufford.