Semis for St Annes

OUCH ! 'Blackpool CC 1st Xl (batting) v Fleetwood CC. John Mounsey.
OUCH ! 'Blackpool CC 1st Xl (batting) v Fleetwood CC. John Mounsey.
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ST ANNES will visit Kendal in the semi-finals of the Northern Premier League’s Readers Cup after defeating Lancashire Colts by six wickets in yesterday’s Vernon Road quarter-final.

However, Blackpool followed their Lancashire Cup exit with a five-wicket defeat at Leyland.

St Annes sealed victory with 23 balls to spare against the Colts, who set a target of 189-9 as Lewis Jackson hit 63 and skipper Jason Swift an unbeaten 32 off 23 balls. St Annes pro Dinuka Hettiarachchi continued his prolific season with 3-27.

Atiq Uz-Zaman then followed the previous day’s big knock with 48 to start the St Annes reply in style, while Nanthesh Kiruparan made 50 and Neil Bradley an unbeaten 33.

Leyland defeated Blackpool with 34 balls in hand. Blackpool pro Con De Lange hit five sixes in his 77 off 78 balls, while opener John Mounsey hit 54 off 76 balls in the visitors’ 193-7. Brett Pelser, the Leyland pro, took 4-44 and skipper David Makinson’s eight overs went for just 11 runs.

Leyland openers Luis Reece and Henry Thompson set up their side’s victory with an opening stand of 91 in 9.1 overs. Thompson hit 44 off only 31 balls. while Reece made 58 off 87 balls.

St Annes’ semi opponents Kendal defeated Chorley by 98 runs at Shap Road after pro Jamie How (56) and Terry Hunte (79) provided the backbone of their 220-4.

In the other semi, Netherfield will be at home to Leyland after beating a depleted Barrow by five runs. Barrow’s South African pro Pieter Malan hit 114 off 124 balls but it wasn’t quite enough as his side finished on 231-6 chasing a daunting 236-8.

In the Division Two competition, Leyland beat Blackpool by 63 runs at Stanley Park after openers Ian Dickinson (58) and Wes Royle (60) posted an opening stand of 121. Ross Parker took 3-32.

Despite a fighting 36 from Nick Wall, Blackpool were all out for 132 as Stephen Cartwright took 3-18 and Monty Cottam 2-18.

Leyland are at home to Barrow in the semis, while Chorley visit the winners of Sunday’s Fleetwood v St Annes quarter-final.