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Lancashire South West Take U16 2-Day Festival Title

Report and results from final games of the 2 Day U16 Festival.

Lancashire North v Lancashire Central East at Maghull CC

Day 1 - After winning the toss Central Lancs East invited Lancashire North to bat. Openers Jefferson and Williamson found it difficult to score with some accurate bowling from Buckley Grey and Ahmed. North posted a score of 219-7 declared after 66 overs with Jefferson 63 and Fiddler 54 the main contributors.

Central East started their reply briskly and although losing Grey early for 19 Abbas and Buckley took a liking to some indifferent bowling, taking the score to 165-1 at close of play with both batsmen completing half centuries.

Day 2 - Start was delayed for an hour due to rain. On resumption and with the forecast for rain early afternoon Central East wasted no time in overtaking North’s first inning score, declaring on 233-4 with a lead of 14. Abbas scoring 80 and Buckley 78.

Lancs North's second innings came to an abrupt end after 20 overs on 53-3 when heavy rain arrived and the game was called off.

 

Lancashire Central West v Lancashire South West at Southport & Birkdale CC

Both teams started this fixture at Southport & Birkdale CC with fingertips touching the Jack Cross Trophy. Lancashire South West (LSW) topped the table by 1 point from Lancashire Central West (LCW) the former unbeaten whilst the traditionally strong LSW had suffered a rare and unexpected defeat by Lancashire North in their second game.

The ominous weather forecast for day 2 of this game meant that both teams had to make best use of the minimum 110 overs allotted to Day 1 when a first innings lead might provide the final step to the trophy.

Day 1 - Monday 30th July proved to be a splendid summer’s day in Southport, LSW won the toss and captain Noctor elected to bat. This appeared to be a sound decision in the early overs of the game as Knight and Burrows settled in, negotiating a challenging 17 overs before drinks for the loss of the dogged Burns, the former on his way to an enterprising and, at times, entertaining 32. Jones laid down a serious challenge with his left arm over bowling, ending the day with 3-26 off 14 overs whilst he was ably supported by Burrows and Laker. Laker only conceding 7 runs from a fiery 5 over spell of bowling. Shafiq, who bowled 18 overs, followed up the initial pressure created by Jones by forcing Knight to lose his balance whilst attempting a sweep, having him sky the ball for the keeper to take with ease, then bowl the impressive Rainford. 76-4 soon became 87-5 as Jones removed Modessa leaving the out of form Noctor and Woods to try and rebuild the innings. Woods became Shorock’s only victim whilst a tortuous innings from Noctor saw him reach a painful 7 before falling to Jones in his second spell. Ducker took the wickets of Patel, Heaven and Wright, all barely troubling the scorer leaving a strident 47 not out from all rounder Dotters along with 25 extras seeing LSW closing their innings after 70 overs on what seemed a below par score of 166. Hughes supported Dotters through the final overs, the latter being denied a well earned 50 by the parameters of the first innings.

LCW had bowled well and fielded tightly keeping the LSW score to one that returned only 2 batting points to LCW 4 bowling points, moving them to the top of the overall points table by mid-afternoon.

LCW openers Downes and Laker, although challenged by the opening salvoes from Heaven, Hughes and Dotters before tea made batting look easy and the LSW score and subsequent first innings lead appear to be only a matter of fact and time. However, the wicket remained sporting offering hope to the bowlers and challenges to the batters with Modessa finally forcing Downes (36) to nick to slip when the score was 62, another wicket fell at 77 to off spinner Robinson, before Modessa then caught Laker (33) off the ever threatening Heaven. Robinson bowled continuously from the tennis court end (16 overs taking 4-28) whilst Dotters offered many challenges from the other end creating pressure that was being well defended. Wickets continued to fall with only Kershaw offering resistance with the day ending with LCW on 131-6. LSW had edged back into the lead taking 3 bowling points to LCW’s single batting point. The day had seen 122 overs having been bowled. The first hour on Day 2 was going to be crucial.

Day 2 - The start of day 2 was delayed by early morning rain. LSW opened with Robinson, 3 overs, before being replaced by Dotters, and the refreshed Heaven. The latter broke through in the 6th over of the morning removing Brown and Shorrocks in one over. Burrows joined the doughty Kershaw on 147 only to see the latter being stumped off Dotters with LCW 13 runs short and 4 overs left to bowl. LSW took the first innings points and took on the favourite’s mantle.

This left the match at the stage where LSW had a second innings of 40 overs to negotiate with LCW having a possible 44 overs to chase any total that was set for them.

Laker kept his players on their toes and they soon had LSW 15-2 as Jones claimed the wicket of Knight and the impressive Shafiq bowled Rainford. Burns was batting well, until needlessly run out when the score was 48 leaving Noctor to rediscover the form that had eluded him throughout this years festival season as he provided the foundation for a competitive score to be set and defended. The rain unfortunately had now returned although players and umpires remained on the field. Modessa gifted Shafiq a second wicket at 63 whilst the score was now on  66-4, a lead of 79, and 28 of the allotted 40 overs quickly having been bowled by CLS the heavy rain finally drove the players from the field of play.

Despite patience and good humour from all parties during the next couple of hours the elements ended up being the winners, the game being abandoned as a draw and LSW, unbeaten after 3 games, claiming the Jack Cross trophy.

 

Final Table

Team

Played

Batting Bonus points

Bowling bonus points

Points 

Lancashire S W

3

10

8

57

Lancashire C W

3

14

19

51

Lancashire North

3

12

16

43

Lancashire C E

3

6

10

21

 

Congratulations to Lancashire South West on winning this year's Jack Cross Trophy (U16 2-Day Festival) and many thanks to all involved in making this a successful competition.

Shaun Anders (Competitions Officer)

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