Cricket review: Defeat for Fleetwood as Lancashire play out draw
Fleetwood Cricket Club was the only venue to stage a Northern Premier League fixture amid Saturday’s shocking weather.
It didn’t work to the Broadwater club’s advantage, though, as a five-wicket defeat by the previously winless Lancaster side consigned Fleetwood to a third defeat in four league outings to date.
At least Fleetwood were ab le to give a debut to new South African professional Dyllan Matthews after his quarantine period
With a maximum of 29 overs available, Fleetwood were put in and reached 90-8.
Opener James Gregson was their top scorer with 26 but fell to Lancaster’s Indian professional Atharva Taidi, who took 3-17 from nine overs, including the wicket of Matthews for 20.
Lancaster needed 14.2 overs to reach 94-4 in reply, with Irfan Qayyum making 52 of them with eight boundaries. Leg-spinner Matthews claimed 3-32 from six overs.
St Annes and Leyland are the only division one sides still without a win. St Annes’ home game with Chorley was among the four to be rained off on Saturday.
Blackpool’s scheduled match at Leyland had been brought forward to holiday Monday, when it fell victim to the weather anyway.
It means Longridge and Netherfield still lead the way after four rounds with 50 points.
Matches to go ahead in the Palace Shield included Thornton Cleveleys’ derby win at South Shore, where Daniel Howard and Max Cowell-Makin scored 62 for their respective sides.
Moore and Smalley Palace Shield premier division results: Kirkham and Wesham 141/8 (S Oldfield 74no, J Holland 4-17) lost to Vernon Carus 186/3 (M Stevenson 104no) by 45 runs, Preston 72 lost to Penrith 73-0 by 10 wickets, South Shore 140 (M Cowell-Makin 62, J Newman 4-23, A Ellison 3-25) lost to Thornton Cleveleys 142-7 (D Howard 62no, A Perera 3-27 ) by two runs.
Division 1B: Garstang 2 68-9 lost to Longridge 2 133-8 by 65 runs.
Division 2: Torrisholme 2 129-8 (A Parkinson 36, I Davies 3-26) beat Norcross 90-8 (D Griffiths 22, L Pemberton 3-19, N Jordan 3-3) by 39 runs, Vernon Carus 2 126-4 lost to Whittingham and Goosnargh 127-5 by five wickets.
Other matches cancelled.
Honours finished even at Emirates Old Trafford in the LV=Insurance County Championship clash between Lancashire and Glamorgan, with both sides collecting 14 points from a rain-affected draw.
With Saturday’s third day a total wash out, there was little to play for apart from batting and bowling points but half-centuries from Keaton Jennings and Josh Bohannon ensured there was plenty to savour.
With Lancashire restarting on 22 for the loss of no wickets in reply to Glamorgan’s 344, Australian Michael Neser immediately began posing questions and quickly dismissed Alex Davies with a beauty which the opener could only feather behind for 15, adding just one to his overnight score.
Luke Wells came to the crease for his home debut and compiled a second-wicket partnership of 62 with Jennings before skying spinner Andrew Salter to Dan Douthwaite at mid-on for 30.
Jennings continued to press his England credentials as he cruised to a third successive half-century off 163 balls with a delightful off drive for four off Neser.
It was a shock then, when he gifted Salter a second wicket after slicing a drive to Callum Taylor at backward point to depart for 64.
Liam Livingstone’s introduction brought an immediate injection of entertainment with the tall Cumbrian getting off the mark with a towering six off Salter.
At the other end, Bohannon followed suit, with Marnus Labuschagne’s leg spin also targeted as the run rate increased.
The 50 partnership came off just 57 balls but Livingstone’s frenetic innings ended soon after when he holed out to Joe Cooke on the leg side boundary off Timm van der Gugten for 25, with Lancashire on 183 for four.
Bohannon brought up his third half-century of the season from 105 balls but fell soon after when cutting Callum Taylor to Salter at backward point for 53.
Twelve overs were lost through a combination of rain and bad light, and when play was resumed at 4.35pm Lancashire began to throw the bat.
Captain Dane Vilas was caught at third man by Cooke off Dan Douthwaite for 25 and Luke Wood top-edged the same bowler to keeper Chris Cooke for 28.
Saqib Mahmood hit a couple of boundaries before he fell to a stunning one-handed caught and bowled by Neser, with Danny Lamb then bowled by David Lloyd for 22, which brought England’s James Anderson to the crease.
Together with Matt Parkinson, who finished unbeaten on 16, the last wicket pair scrambled their way to a batting point.
Anderson finished on five not out as Lancashire ended the game at 301-9.