Lune Road skipper wants to look up

Ben Simm is confident his Lancaster side are on the up.

Friday, 26th May 2017, 9:00 am
Updated Sunday, 4th June 2017, 9:49 pm
Lancaster celebrate a wicket for Kasun Madushanka

The Lune Road men picked up their second Northern Premier League victory of the season on Saturday by knocking off much-fancied Blackpool at Lune Road with a three-wicket win.

It means a side who finished bottom of the table in 2016 head into this weekend’s bank holiday double header in good spirits, Simm’s men hosting local rivals Morecambe on Saturday before travelling to Fleetwood on Monday.

Hopes are high for professional Kasun Madushanka who took four wickets in the Blackpool win, ripping through one of the best top orders in the league.

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“We had a disappointing start, especially in the manner we lost the games,” said Simm.

“We put ourselves in good positions and then lost quick wickets.

“But on Saturday all three facets of our game improved massively.

“Our fielding was outstanding, especially from Jordan Sparks.

“The bowling was excellent too with the pro leading from the front.
He’s one of the best I’ve played with on first viewing and has settled into English conditions well.

“He never bowls a bad ball and always looks like taking a wicket.

“If we can string a few wins together now we can look towards the top end.

“We did really well on Saturday and hopefully it’s the start of things to come.”

Elswhere on Saturday, second-placed Leyland host early season leaders Chorley and second from bottom Preston travel to St Annes.

Blackpool and Fleetwood, Netherfield and Kendal, Penrith and Barrow also meet on a day of derbies.

Monday sees Preston host Netherfield, Leyland welcome St Annes and Morecambe travel to Fleetwood.