Lancaster captain focusing on trophy after finals day controversy

Charlie Swarbrick hits out for Lancaster before the rain came.
Charlie Swarbrick hits out for Lancaster before the rain came.

Lancaster will look to put a difficult week behind them when they go for Twenty20 glory on Sunday.

Last weekend’s finals day was supposed to be the marquee day of the year for the Lune Road club.

But first two teams, Blackpool and Darwen, pulled out due to clashes with their Lancashire Cricket Board Knockout ties, and then rain halted a straight final between the hosts and Netherfield, winners for the last two years, on Sunday.

The two teams will now try again on July 12.

Captain Ben Simm said: “After all the fuss last week things seem to have calmed down a bit.

“We can just focus on playing in a final against the best Twenty20 team from the last few years.

“We’re looking forward to going at it again.”

Simm admitted to frustration that after a difficult 2014 what should be the club’s biggest day in recent years had been marred by off the field problems.

The off-spinner said: “From the club point of view, a personal point of view and probably a league point of view it was all a bit disappointing.

“It was a massive loss for us.

“We were looking forward to the chance to showcase the improvements we’ve made and hopefully generate some funds for the club.

“As a team we wanted to test ourselves against the three other group winners.”

The rain provided further frustration with Lancaster pleased with their 164-8 before the heavens opened.

Simm said: “To get a score on the board like that and then for it to rain was frustrating.

“It something we’ve worked on doing with our strong bowling attack defending in the second innings.

“We were very confident of getting a result with that total.”

The final at Lune Road on Sunday is a 1pm start.

There will be fun for all the family including the Lancashire Cricket Board hosting a competition where people can test out their bowling skills against a speed gun.

Simm’s side first travel to Fleetwood in the Northern Premier League on Saturday.