Big month ahead for Lancaster

Lancaster Cricket Club.
Lancaster Cricket Club.

Lancaster Cricket Club have a big month ahead according to their captain.

Ben Simm saw his side move up to fourth in the Northern League with their second win in as many games against Kendal on Saturday.

And he now believes the Lune Road outfit can kick on.

Simm said: “We’ve got a nice little run.

“It’s Chorley on Saturday and then Barrow who are flying high but we expect them to slip up at some point.

“There’s Preston coming up as well so it’s a big month for us in June.”

Simm hailed his side’s win at Shap Road on Saturday, as Liam Moffat’s six wickets and 64 from sub-professional Ashar Zaidi helped Lancaster chase down 139.

He said: “It was a very good win.

“We went from 27-0 to 44-5 so we are losing wickets in bunches a bit too much but again the bowling was wonderful.

“Liam’s one of the best seamers in the league now and people are worried about facing him.”

Lancaster didn’t have it all their own way over the bank holiday weekend, crashing to defeat in the opening game of the TWP Wealth Twenty 20 Cup against Morecambe at Lune Road on Friday night.

The home side were dismissed for just 61 and although they put up a fight with the ball, the visitors got home with just over two overs to spare.

Simm said: “It was disappointing to get bowled out how we did.

“We played some poor shots and maybe should have thought 80 or 90 would be a good score, rather than going for it from the off.

“But I think that will come with a bit more experience.

“At least we made them bat for 17, 18 overs meaning in terms of run rate all isn’t lost and we’re still in the competition.”

It was a feisty affair between the two sides, something which Simm believes is healthy.

He said: “There was a few words exchanged but we had to go out with fire in our bellies with the ball.

“We wanted to try and make them play a few silly shots. I enjoyed it.

“The league is a lot quieter than it used to be.

“When I first started you had South Africans and Australians in your face telling you where the next ball was going to hit you.

“A few of the characters have left but it was lively the other night, a bit like the older days.”

Lancaster didn’t get the chance for revenge on Bank Holiday Monday after the Northern League Lune Road rematch was washed out without a ball being bowled.