Lancaster skipper taking a break for latest double header

Liam Moffat will lead Lancaster this weekend. Picture: Tony North
Liam Moffat will lead Lancaster this weekend. Picture: Tony North

Lancaster Cricket Club’s captain is handing over the reigns this weekend.

Skipper Ben Simm says he is taking a break after a hectic few weeks with Liam Moffat set to be in charge for another double header.

After the double disappointment of a league defeat to Fleetwood and a Twenty20 final loss to Netherfield, Lancaster again play on Saturday and Sunday this weekend.

First Leyland visit Lune Road in the Northern Premier League before a trip to Chorley in the Readers Cup 24 hours later.

Simm said: “Liam Moffat is going to do it (the captaincy) this weekend just to give me a bit of a break.

“I’m seem to have played loads of Sunday games recently with league sides and the rest so I’m just going to turn up this weekend hopefully refreshed.

“My captaincy hasn’t been great either so Liam will take over.”

The weekend was a real disappointment for Lancaster with Fleetwood recovering to seal a final-over win before Netherfield dominated the much-anticipated 20-over final thanks to a fine knock from Rik Potter.

Simm said: “It was difficult to take on Saturday.

“It was looking promising when we had them eight down with around 40 runs to get.

“But unfortunately the weather put pay to our chances.

“The rain greased up the wicket, it stopped turning and the ball was difficult to grip.

“We competed well with a good Fleetwood side though so it was a pleasing performance in that respect.

“On Sunday we were just outclassed.

“It was a super innings by Potter and I still wouldn’t know where to bowl to him now!”

The off spinner admits the current schedule has been hectic but is looking forward to bouncing back from a difficult two days.

Simm said: “It’s good in another way to be back in another competition on Sunday.

“I’m not sure what a few of the girlfriends think though!

“But we’ll be looking to do the double over Leyland and then against Chorley we’ve got a chance to get to another semi-final.”