Weekend cricket round-up: Fulwood & Broughton lose out to Netherfield in T20 final

Action from the F&B and Netherfield final (Steven Taylor Photography)Action from the F&B and Netherfield final (Steven Taylor Photography)
Action from the F&B and Netherfield final (Steven Taylor Photography)
Fulwood and Broughton’s hopes of ending the shortened cricket season in glorious fashion were denied by Netherfield in a thrilling T20 final at Highfield.

The scores were tied after each team finished on 97 at the end of their 20 overs but the visitors emerged victorious by virtue of losing fewer wickets.

Dominic Jackson took 3-16 and Matthew Hurst 2-14 as F&B fielded first.

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Josh Dixon top scored for Netherfield with 21 and Oli Wileman hit 20.

Matthew Smith (34) and Mathew Newby (27) looked to be taking the hosts to victory, but a flurry of wickets saw F&B needing 13 off the last five balls.

Newby was then run out with just two runs needed and the game ended tied.

Meanwhile, Chorley will take on Blackpool in the Grand Final of the 40 over competition this weekend.

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Andrew Holdsworth’s men got the better of Garstang at the Riverside while the men from Stanley Park were too strong for Morecambe.

Gaurav Dhar proved to be the hero for Chorley as his knock of 41 proved to be key in the final reckoning at the Riverside.

No other batsman on either side was able to score above 30 as the hosts fell 12 runs short of the visitors’ total of 146-7.

Holdsworth hit 26 at the top of the order while Harry Barclay contributed 23. Ian Walling, Danny Gilbert and Toby Lush took two wickets apiece.

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In reply, Dhar showed his value with the ball by taking 3-18 as Garstang were bowled out for 134.

Louis Johnson returned excellent figures of 3-10 and Ian Oakes chipped in with two wickets. Mohammed Yusuf top scored with 28.

Morecambe fell 18 runs short of their victory target against Blackpool at Woodhill Lane.

The visitors looked like they were on their way to a huge total after Ciaran Johnson (31) and Sam Dutton (66) put on 86 for the first wicket but the hosts fought back to take 10 wickets for 60 runs. Kieran Moffat took 4-37 and Liam Moffat 2-15.

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In reply, Morecambe were in all sorts of trouble as they were reduced to 46-6 and then 104-9 as the visitors turned the screw with the ball, Joshua Boyne taking 3-19.

However, some late order hitting by Graeme Cassidy (43 not out) gave the hosts a whiff of a chance but it proved to be in vain.

Meanwhile, Longridge will take on Kendal in the final of the Consolation Cup after both enjoyed victories in the Silver semi-finals.

Nick Wilkinson’s men enjoyed a comfortable 56-run win over Great Eccleston at Chipping Road.

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Luke Platt (28) gave the hosts a good start after they won the toss and decided to bat first.

However, a middle-order collapse put them on the back foot until Daniel Wilson’s 30 gave them a total of 129 to defend. Will Proctor returned figures of 3-16.

The visitors never got to grips with the batting conditions as they were routed for 73. Ian Simpson and Rory McDowell took four wickets apiece.

In the other semi-final, Kendal were 24-run victors over Lancaster at Lune Road.

The visitors posted 154 all out. James Park top scored with 28 and Ben Simm took 5-28. In reply, the hosts were all out for 130. Laurie Atkinson scored 32.