Fylde coast cricket review: Trio of clubs enjoy Saturday successes

Blackpool made it back-to-back wins in the Northern Premier Cricket League with success at Kendal on Saturday.

Sunday, 2nd May 2021, 4:45 pm

The seven-wicket victory was set up by their attack as they bowled out Kendal for 98 after the hosts had opted to bat first.

Kendal had made it to 31-0 before the departure of Chris Miller saw them lose all their wickets for only a further 67 runs.

The man largely responsible for that collapse was Matt Grindley, who picked up 7-38 from 14.5 overs.

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It was new ball partner Chris Baines (1-30) who struck first with the wicket of Miller, after which Grindley set to work.

Firstly, he dismissed Darren Nightingale (30), followed by Ben Phillips (0), Chalana de Silva (6) and Saeed Bariwala (1).

Then, after Matt Siddall (2-16) accounted for Tom Aspinwall (21) and William Price (11), Grindley polished off the innings with the wickets of Shane Hyland (10), Harry Lee (0) and Matthew Park (0).

Blackpool fell to 15-2 in reply with the exits of Tomas King (6) and Sam Dutton (3).

New professional Shivam Chauhan (17) also fell but Ciaran Johnson (37 not out) and Josh Boyne (39 not out) took Blackpool to 104-3.

Also successful were Fleetwood, who won by 51 runs when they made the trip to Leyland.

Having been asked to bat first at the Stanning Memorial Ground, Fleetwood compiled 187-6 from their 50 overs.

That was largely thanks to Jack White’s undefeated 95 from only 120 deliveries, an innings which included 10 fours and three sixes.

Tom Wilson chipped in with 30, while James Gregson (22) and skipper Adam Sharrocks (13) also made it into double figures.

The latter was one of four wickets for Kurtis Watson, who led the Leyland attack with 4-42.

Having starred with the bat, White – in tandem with Alex Ryder – then aided Fleetwood’s efforts in the field as Leyland were all out for 136.

White took 4-46 and Ryder 4-51 as Ben Weaver’s 40 ensured some respectability for the home side.

Will Reader (1-28) and Jack Wilkinson (1-4) picked up the remaining wickets.

However, St Annes’ wait for a victory continues after losing by five wickets at Netherfield.

After choosing to bat first, St Annes found themselves all out for 127 in 46 overs.

Opening bowler Matt Jackson took the honours for the home side with figures of 6-38.

Richie Forsyth also contributed with the ball, returning 3-24 with Oli Wileman (1-28) also successful.

Tom Higson (25) and Andy Drake (16) had made starts before falling to Jackson.

Gurman Bains also reached 25 before becoming another of Jackson’s victims, though it was Nathan Bolus who top-scored with 37.

Netherfield required 33 overs to reach their target, led by opener Ben Barrow who made 48.

He was one of two wickets for Thomas Bradley (2-26), who also sent back Shrikant Mundhe (25).

Matthew Yeadon also took two wickets, dismissing Bradley Earl (13) and Thomas Anderton (2) to finish with 2-32, while Mitch Bolus (1-18) accounted for Josh Dixon (2).

The Liverpool Competition also brought victory for Lytham as they saw off Liverpool by four wickets.

Liverpool batted first and were all out for 195 despite Liam Naylor’s 71 and Daniel Kelly’s 53.

Naylor fell to Josh Holden (2-33) but Lytham’s star was Thomas Hessey who picked up 6-59.

As well as the wicket of Daniel Kelly, he also got the better of Steve Rimmer (0), Jared Clein (21), Reece Kelly (5), Matthew Douglas (1) and Chris Blythe (2).

Clein (5-54) did his best to derail Lytham’s victory bid as they fell to 147-6 in reply, Edward Fiddler hitting 82.

However, an unbroken half-century stand between Richard Staines (33 not out) and Tom Myerscough (15 not out) took them to victory.

Elsewhere, South Shore and Fylde prop up the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield top flight after defeats at the weekend.

Vernon Carus were comprehensive winners against South Shore, while Fylde lost to Great Eccleston.

Thornton Cleveleys saw off Preston but Kirkham and Wesham lost to Penrith.

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