Palace Shield Lift U12 Inter League Competition
Leyland CC hosted this year's U12s Inter League final between Central Lancashire League (CLL) and Palace Shield Junior League.
CLL won the toss and elected to take first use of the wicket. Lancashire duo Jack Morley and James Tierney opened the batting and were tentative at first, but both playing intelligently against the new ball. Bowlers incidentally were Lancashire opening pair of Jack Armer and Kurtis Watson. Tierney and Morley picked up good singles and kept the scoreboard ticking over. Morley soon started to hit the ball to all parts of the ground but played on to his stumps for a well crafted 30, which took the team score to 53. Drinks were taken at 14 overs and as the old saying goes 'drinks brings wickets' proved true with 4 quick wickets for 3 runs, which left CLL on 56 for 5. This brought Clifton and Lancashire duo Sam Dorsey and Danny Ainscough to the crease. A 50 partnership followed which took the score on to 112 as Dorsey was given out caught behind off the bowling of the reintroduced Watson. Opening bowler and captain Jack Armer brought himself back on to finish the innings and with Watson the last 8 overs went for a total of 22 runs leaving Palace Shield needing 135 for victory.
Palace Shield's reply was very efficient, picking up singles and also running hard in turning ones in to twos. 2 wickets fell to the opening pair of Tierney and Avery which brought County player Kurtis Watson to the crease. A highly skilled innings was to follow from Kurtis as he played the ball to all areas in his match winning knock of 57. Josh Sackfield (43no) also aided the innings as he too got himself established and played with elegance. Unfortunately Watson was out with the team only needing another 13 runs to win. Enter Harry Barclay who clinically finished off the innings to give the Palace Shield victory by 7 wickets.
A superb and very fitting ending to this year's competition.
The Lancashire Cricket Board would like to thank all the Leagues that took part and to all the support from Parents, Coaches and Managers throughout this season. Thanks also to Leyland CC for providing a truly magnificent environment for the boys to play in and for their fabulous hospitality throughout the day.
Shaun Anders (Competitions Officer)