19 July 2024 Read 56 times


Penwortham skipper Robbie Sumner believes his team’s performances with the bat will be crucial to their chances of having a successful season
The wicketkeeper/batsman reckons he boasts one of the strongest bowling attacks in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division.

But a lot depends on whether his men can post big totals or chase down scores.

In Australian overseas ace Isaac Werner, the club has somebody capable of batting long and Sumner is eager to see his players build big scores around him.

"Isaac is a very good player,” said Sumner, whose side host Torrisholme this weekend. “He’s probably not scored the runs he would have liked at the start of the season.

"But he’s coming into some form and hopefully when the pitches get better with the weather improving, I am sure there will be a lot more runs from him.

"He likes to bat long, he likes to face a lot of balls so if he can stay there and lads can bat around him, especially at home, we have got lads who can hit the big shots so I am sure at some point this season we are going to rack up a big score.”

In terms of his team’s bowling department, Sumner is particularly excited about young opening fast bowler Ryan Roberts.

He has already claimed 25 wickets this season at an average of 17.80.

"Ryan is impressive – he’s a young fast bowler,” said Sumner. “He’s probably one of the best bowlers in the league and I am sure his numbers back that up.

"We have got him but we’ve also got the experience of spinner Ashley Billington.

"Nathan Walmsley resigned the second-team captaincy to play in the first team.

"I would say we have a strong bowling attack and if our batting can match our bowling, then we will take some beating by most sides.

"I am pretty happy with the make-up of our squad. We have got a fairly young side mixed with a bit of experience.

"I am quite a young captain, I am only 25, and so it’s a promising future for the club.

"We’ve got five teams on a Saturday, got some good juniors coming through. We are in a good place so it’s just now a case of getting those young lads progressing their careers.”

Meanwhile, Longridge will target a place in the last four of the 40-Over Cup this weekend.

Luke Platt’s men take on reigning Northern Premier Cricket League champions Kendal at Shap Road in the quarter-finals of the competition.

They will be hoping to maintain their reputation as a formidable cup team. Indeed Sunday’s encounter is a repeat encounter of the 2022 final when Longridge emerged victorious in a tight contest by two wickets.

That victory was then followed by Longridge’s historic victory in the Lancashire County Cup a few months later.

Tomorrow’s fixtures: N
orthern League – Blackpool v Fulwood & Broughton, Kendal v Fleetwood, Leyland v Netherfield, Longridge v Chorley, Mawdesley v Euxton, Settle v Garstang.
Palace Shield – Carnforth v Eccleston, Penwortham v Torrisholme, Preston v Great Eccleston, Rufford v Penrith, Thornton Cleveleys v Barrow, Vernon Carus v Lancaster.



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Richard Jenkinson has praised Thornton Cleveleys CC’s players for their form in league and cup this year.
Three straight league wins leave them second in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division, eight points behind leaders Barrow.

Last Sunday saw them book a place in the Meyler Cup final, while victory over Vernon Carus on Wednesday sent them into the T20 Division One play-off final.

TC have only lost once in 12 Palace Shield matches, though the wet winter had left them playing catch-up.

The captain said: “We were a bit unlucky at the start of the season because we couldn’t play the first two games.

“Everyone else managed to play, so we were 20 points behind – which didn’t help – but we’ve managed to claw it back.

“Momentum is a big thing and I think the other teams are starting to realise that so, soon, the target will be on our backs and we’ll have to deal with that.”

Next year’s cricketing landscape will look different with the Northern Premier Cricket League moving to two divisions.

While the top 10 in this season’s NPCL form division one, the bottom three will join the Palace Shield’s top six and Carlisle to make up division two.

Thirty-four points separate Barrow from seventh-placed Lancaster so, while TC are firmly in the top six, the ambition is to go up as champions.

The rest of the top six might have something to say about that, though the final day could bring a title shootout as TC head to Barrow.

Jenkinson added: “We looked at the league at the start of the season and we wanted to win it while the Palace Shield still has that prestige.



Northern Premier Cricket League (12.30pm): Blackpool v Leyland, Fleetwood v Fulwood and Broughton, St Annes v Euxton.

Liverpool and District Competition First Division (12pm): Lytham v Old Xaverians.

Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division (1pm): Great Eccleston v Barrow, Preston v Thornton Cleveleys.

Division 1A (1pm): Fylde v Garstang 2, Netherfield 2 v Kirkham and Wesham.


Readers T20 Finals Day (1pm): Blackpool v Chorley.



18 July 2024

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09 July 2024 Read 98 times


Unfortunatley due to the weather the MCC game at Settle on Wednesday 10th July has been postponed.

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Just to let you know that our Summer holiday camps are now live on our website for bookings. https://foundation.lancashirecricket.co.uk/childrens-coaching/holiday-camps/

This year we have 27 camps across the County offering a hard or softball opportunity.Softball Camp – 5-10 years of age
Lancashire Cricket Foundation staff are vastly experienced in working with young people in softball cricket.

Softball camps have a focus on enjoyment, fun and development. An introduction to cricket with softball games, skills, and challenges. These days have a game based focus, with small games, skill games and fun challenges. Open to both boys and girls, no experience of cricket needed. All equipment will be provided.

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The days are focused on skill development, whilst introducing more tactical/ decision making elements into practice. A focus on refining core skills, expanding knowledge base and understanding of own game along with leadership and additional skills. Challenging the basics at pace and under pressure are a theme throughout. The Lancashire Way framework is used across these camps.

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