Lancaster captain: We’re turning a corner

Lancaster Cricket Club 2014.
Lancaster Cricket Club 2014.

Lancaster’s captain and chairman is confident the club are turning a corner on and off the field.

It has been tough going in the early weeks of the season at Lune Road but having finally got over the line and secured a first win of the season against Preston on Saturday before following it up with a Twenty20 win over the same opposition on Wednesday night, things are looking a little a brighter.

The club have also secured the services of a groundsman having seen a game earlier in the season against Chorley postponed due to an “unfit” pitch.

Ben Simm said: “We’ve been getting into good positions and if we’d picked up the three 15 points we should have done then we’d be looking at the top four and another push for the title.

“We’ve hopefully turned a corner and can shoot up the table with a few good results because it’s pretty close and we’ve got a few games in hand.”

In terms of the Lune Road ground, an appeal from Chorley is still pending after both sides were awarded four points for the abandoned game in May, but things are certainly looking up.

The skipper said: “We’ve got a groundsman in place with the help of the LCB (Lancashire Cricket Board) and the ground looks a million times better than a few weeks ago.

“It was a picture on Saturday (against Preston).

“It’s just a shame we’re three weeks behind where we should be but things are looking up all around the club.”

The 77-run win against Preston came thanks to a fine all-round display on home turf.

Simm said: “It was a game we were hopeful of winning and the game went pretty much as planned.

“We put runs on the board which we’ve been struggling to do and we know when we do that we can bowl any side out.

“It was great to get the first win. In the three previous games we got ourselves into winning positions and found a way to lose.”

However things didn’t all go Lancaster’s way at the weekend as they again found a way to lose in the first round of the LCB Knockout, suffering a five-run defeat at Bolton League side Little Lever on Sunday.

Simm said: “It was another game we should have won but we were guilty of throwing our wickets away.

“We needed eight runs with three wickets left and managed to lose by seven runs.

“I think they’d even accepted defeat but we still managed to give it to them.

“It’s a competition we’ve waited a long time to play in so it’s disappointing to go out in that manner.”

Simm’s side welcome 2013 Northern League champions Leyland to Lune Road on Saturday.

The spin bowler said: “We’ve had some good battles with Leyland over the years.

“We’ve beaten them convincingly, they’ve beaten us convincingly and it was tight at their place last year.

“They’re the champions but it’s a game we’re going into feeling confident about.”