Winning start for Lancaster

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A MARATHON bowling spell by Ben Simm ensured Lancaster took 15 points from their first game of the season at Lune Road.

Bowling unchanged for 25.1 overs, Simm took 5-29 as Blackpool capitulated from the unrelenting pressure.

At the toss Blackpool skipper Paul Danson elected to bowl on a slow and low Lune Road pitch.

Michael Stevens lost his opening partner Tim Barry early on, resulting in Stevens and sub-pro for the day Luke Perry rebuilding and battling to 22-1.

Richard Gleeson (3-23) and Steven Mercer (5-18) gradually worked their way through Lancaster’s middle order while Stevens, who made a valuable 18 from 93 balls, dug in.

Tailenders Charlie Swarbrick and Alex Metcalfe dragged the total to 87 all out with the former planting a Mercer ball on to the Lune Road car park for a rare boundary.

While 87 seemed a paltry total, a deteriorating pitch and a long outfield meant the game was in the balance.

While Simm toiled from the banking end, 18 year old Tom Burrow (2-9) bowled with unerring accuracy from the other end, moving the ball away from the right handers and accounting for the openers, Mounsey and Smith.

See the Lancaster Guardian (22-04-11) for full story.