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08 May 2024


Australian overseas ace Ben Baker announced himself in the Northern Premier Cricket League with a match-winning performance at the weekend.

The off-spinner took 5-31 as Leyland enjoyed a fine 68-run victory over Mawdesley at Fox Lane.

He was given some excellent support by Iain Critchley (3-9) and Kurtis Watson (2-33) as the visitors were bowled out for just 99.

Earlier, the hosts batted first and got off to a strong start with Cross (24) and James Critchley (34) putting on 61 for the first wicket.

The innings was given further impetus by professional Ross Bretherton who scored 34 as Leyland closed on 167-7. Neil O’Malley and Matthew Parkinson took two wickets apiece for Mawdesley.

Fulwood & Broughton succumbed to a disappointing defeat at home to Fleetwood.

However, things were looking bright for the hosts when Jon Fenton and Chris Brookes – who both took 4-19 – reduced the visitors to 19-4.

However, a fine knock of 48 from Jeremy Davies, which included two sixes, and some late order support from Matthew Siddall (27 not out) enabled Fleetwood to push their total past three figures.

Chasing 108 for victory, F&B had the worst possible start when Matthew Smith was removed in the opening over without a run on the board.

Things did not get much better as Matthew Siddall (4-25) and Vathsal Govind (4-15) ran amok dismissing F&B for a paltry 63. Fenton was the only shinning light for the hosts with the bat.

It was a similar story for Longridge as they well beaten by Netherfield at Chipping Road.

The hosts batted first and were dismissed for 75 off 27.2 overs. Samuel Medhurst and Matt Jackson were the executioners-in-chief taking four wickets apiece.

In reply, Netherfield raced to victory inside 15 overs. Josh Dixon finished unbeaten on 25.

Elsewhere, Chorley’s home match against Garstang was abandoned as was Euxton’s home match against Blackpool.

Settle were eight-wicket winners over St Annes.

08 May 2024

Blackpool Gazette roundup




Fylde coast cricket round-up: Two wins from two for Fleetwood CC
Victory in their first two games of the season has left Fleetwood Cricket Club sitting pretty at the top of the Northern Premier Cricket League.

They followed a six-wicket win at Netherfield with Saturday’s 41-run success at Fulwood and Broughton.

Fulwood had defeated champions Kendal on the opening day but were dismissed for just 63 by Fleetwood as Matt Siddall took 4-25 from 11 overs and professional Vathsal Govind 4-15 from nine.

Put into bat, Fleetwood themselves looked on course for a miserable total at 33-8.

However, they went on to reach 107 from 39 overs after Jeremy Davies shared a ninth-wicket stand of 71 with Siddall.

Number five Davies hit four boundaries in his 48, while Siddall finished unbeaten on 27.

Opener Andy Drake (12) was the only other Fleetwood player to reach double figures as Joe Fenton and Chris Brookes shared identical figures of 4-19 from 13 overs for the Preston side.

The hosts’ target was reduced to 105 from 39 overs but Fulwood never threatened it and were all out in 32.

Opener Fenton made five boundaries in his 36 but wickets tumbled around him, his teammates only managing 25 between them with the bat.

St Annes were unable to follow up on their season-opening derby day victory against Blackpool as they were beaten at the weekend.

They went down by eight wickets as NPCL new boys Settle claimed maximum points on their league debut.

Having been asked to bat first, St Annes lost their last eight wickets for only 33 runs as they were all out for 116 inside 33 overs.

After losing Luke Jardine (9) and skipper Nathan Bolus (3) in reaching 39-2, Yohan De Silva and Lukman Vahaluwala pushed the score along to 83 without further loss.

That’s when the collapse began as Vahaluwala fell for 33, followed quickly by De Silva (27) to leave St Annes 90-4.

Once Nathan Armstrong (14) was out with the score on 101, the rest of the innings subsided as Amar Ullah (5-21) and Ashen Silva (3-16) took the last eight wickets between them.

Settle’s reply saw them set a revised target of 87 from 50 overs.

They required slightly fewer than half of those, reaching 88-2 midway through the 25th.

Vahaluwala (1-17) struck early, removing Lewis Smith (1), before Silva and Archie Phillipson broke the back of the run chase.

They added 48, taking the score to 56, before Silva (19) was out to De Silva (1-16).

John Davidson joined Phillipson and they took Settle to victory without any further loss.

Davidson finished 17 not out as Phillipson anchored the innings with an undefeated 47.

Blackpool were beaten by the weather as their match at Euxton was abandoned, meaning it was five points apiece.

As for the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield, Great Eccleston lost by one wicket at Barrow in the Premier Division.

After choosing to bat, Great Ecc were all out for 100 as Daryl Wearing took 5-37.

Set a reduced target of 83 from 45 overs, Barrow slumped to 64-9 before a last-wicket stand of 21 saw them home.

Dave Jack had taken 4-21 but Wearing’s 18 not out took the hosts to 12 points.

The weather continues to frustrate Thornton Cleveleys CC, whose first two games of the Premier Division season have been abandoned.

Saturday's home game with Preston went the way of the previous weekend’s against Torrisholme, the teams again having to settle for two points each.

Elsewhere, Fylde and Kirkham and Wesham were both beaten in division 1A.

Fylde went down by 19 runs at Garstang, Will Smith making 63 not out as they ended on 141-9 in chasing their hosts’ 160-6.

K&W lost by 23 runs against Netherfield as they were dismissed for 102 after their visitors had posted 125-8.



Fleetwood CC continued their fine start to the Northern Premier Cricket League campaign by making it three wins from three on Bank Holiday Monday.

They made it a hat-trick of maximum-point victories to start 2024 as their bowlers set up an emphatic six-wicket defeat of Euxton.

Kian Farnworth and Declan Clerkin had struck early as Euxton reached 24-3 – but the last seven wickets fell for only five runs as they were 29 all out.

Aneeq Hassan (13) was the only batter to score more than three as Clerkin took 5-12, Matt Siddall 4-7 and Farnworth 1-4.

Fleetwood fell to 14-4 in reply before eventually finishing on 32-4, Clerkin 14 not out, while James Bone took 4-20.

St Annes suffered a second defeat of the holiday weekend as they lost by 64 runs against Chorley.

The visitors to Vernon Road batted first and made 244-9, the foundation of which was a 116-run, third-wicket stand between Marques Ackerman and Harry Barclay.

Ackerman made 60 from only 62 balls, hitting five fours and two sixes, but it was Barclay who headlined the innings.

Fourteen boundaries and two maximums meant he made 107 as Chorley set a stiff target for St Annes.

Their reply ended inside 43 overs as they reached 180-9, with Ben Fitzjohn failing to bat.

Yohan De Silva (52) and skipper Nathan Bolus (65) put on 93 for the second wicket, both falling to Matt Dawson who took 5-33.

Elsewhere, Blackpool were again left frustrated as they endured back-to-back abandonments.

They had reached 102-2 after 26 overs at Netherfield, with Andrew Needham 47 not out, when play ended for the day.

25 March 2024



I run cricket within the Civil Service Sports Council.

We are currently on the look out for players, Umpires,scorers and a coach for our Representative side for 2024.


Players must work for National government eg DWP,Revenue and Customs,Royal Mail etc or local government so local teachers,councils are eligible.

We have fixtures this year versus Army,Royal Air Force,Royal Navy for both Mens and Womens teams.

All fixtures take place mid week to avoid weekend club cricket.

Anybody interested should contact me via email secretary.cricket@csscvolunteer.co.uk

kind regards

Michael Mainon JP Hon Secretary Civil Service Cricket Association

12 March 2024

This year we are pleased to let you know that we have more courses at more venues across the County than ever before.

Please see link for further details - https://foundation.lancashirecricket.co.uk/workforce/coaching-courses-and-workshops/

The LCF are again running a bursary scheme to reduce the costs. Further information can be found https://foundation.lancashirecricket.co.uk/workforce-and-volunteering/ecb-coach-development-bursary/

More course’s will be released for the winter months in due course.

If you any questions, please get in touch.


Ian Shaw | Cricket Development Manager

Lancashire Cricket Foundation

Emirates Old Trafford, Talbot Road, Manchester, M16 0PX

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13 January 2024


Click the link to access the Jan 2024 Lancashire Cricket Foundation Newsletter



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13 January 2024


Safeguarding Update for 2024

As clubs start to get organised for the new season and there will undoubtedly be changes in personnel within the club, to maintain minimum operating standards for safeguarding our young players, many volunteers may need to complete an online safeguarding courses below:

Safeguarding for Coaches and Activators 

Safeguarding for Umpires and Scorers

Safeguarding for Captains and Team Managers 

Safeguarding for Committee Members

*Any previous links to online safeguarding for volunteers will no longer be accessible*

Safehands Course for Club Safeguarding Officers 

- Bradshaw Cricket Club, The Rigby’s, Off Bolton Road, Bradshaw, Bolton BL17HQ

Date: Monday 22nd January 2024   

Time: 7pm till 10pm

Please click here to book a place on the course, places limited to 24.

- Ormskirk Cricket Club, Altys lane, Ormskirk L39 4RG

Date: Tuesday 13th February 2024

Time: 7pm till 10pm

Please click here to book a place on the course, places limited to 24.

Click on the link to the appropriate course to register and then you should receive login details for the ECB E-learning portal within a few days (check junk/spam folders).  If you have accessed the e-learning portal before, you will not receive a login email and should be able to access the relevant safeguarding course within a few days, using your existing username and password.

Any volunteers needing to renew a previous safeguarding qualification, such as Safeguarding Young Cricketers, should be able to access the ECB e-learning portal (https://elearning.ecb.co.uk/login/index.php. Click or tap if you trust this link." data-auth="Verified" data-linkindex="6" data-ogsc="">Log in to the site | ECB Learning Portal) to update their safeguarding qualification.

Any issues with logging in or not receiving login details, contact ECB support direct on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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