Lancaster look to seal Twenty20 finals spot

Lancaster's bowler Iain Perrieman in action against Kendal. Picture: Tony North
Lancaster's bowler Iain Perrieman in action against Kendal. Picture: Tony North

Lancaster Cricket Club hope to seal their place in the TWP Wealth Twenty20 finals day tomorrow night, Friday, at Lune Road.

They host Preston in their final game knowing victory will be enough to see them win the North 2 group and secure a spot in the final four.

Stand-in skipper Jamie Heywood saw his side beat Morecambe on Friday before losing the reverse derby at Woodhill Lane on Tuesday night.

Regular captain Ben Simm, currently serving a suspension, said: “We’re probably slightly happier than Morecambe with a win apiece having had two wins on the board before the derbies.

“Losing on Tuesday night was a bit disappointing but it’s two wins out of three so one more win still sees us through.

“We’ve been to finals day before and you just never know on the day.”

The game against Preston is the start of another weekend that sees the Lune Road outfit play three games in three days with Northern League trips to Penrith and Darwen on Saturday and Sunday respectively to come.

Simm said: “It’s good for these lads who want to play and maybe not for the older lads in the team!

“The likes of Wellers (Danny Welbourne) might be struggling on Monday but it’s good for these younger lads and it seems that it’s got us in a good run of form.

“So hopefully the same again this weekend.”

Last weekend saw two excellent days of cricket at Lune Road, with a square that came in for a lot of criticism at the start of the season delivering two run-fests.

First Heywood and professional Michael Barry put on 176 as Lancaster recorded a 10-wicket win over Kendal before Netherfield chased down 202 to knock their hosts out of the Readers League Cup.

Simm said: “It was fantastic to see, a real treat.

“The weather was great and there were plenty of people down watching what were two really good games.

“Obviously the first game wasn’t close but it was certainly a run fest and a special partnership between Jamie and the pro.

“I’ve won by 10 wickets before but never in such a convincing fashion when we were chasing a total that some people had down as 30 too many.

“It was great to watch them bat and was much easier than watching us bat in previous weeks.”

As for the Netherfield game, Simm paid tribute to the match-winning 98 not out from the visitors’ Sri Lankan professional Saliya Saman.

He said: “We were aiming for at least 180 so we were delighted to get 202 at the time.

“It was a special innings by their professional who hit the ball out of the park when he needed to and worked the singles well.

“It was a really well timed innings by him and I guess that’s why you get a professional over.”

The game against Preston on Friday night is a 6.30pm start.