Cricket Fylde: Amazing Akash but Lytham disallowed

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Lancashire head to Blackpool after successive Blast defeats

The Indian scored 113 from 86 as Lytham were slotted into North Wales and piled on 256-4 only for the home side to hang on for a draw at 192-9.

Akash had scored just a single when he was joined (at 55-3) by captain Matt Taaffe for a fourth wicket worth 193.

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Lytham captain Matt Taaffe shared a 193 grandstand with professional Akash Vashisht

The pro stuck eight balls and as many as six and shortly after being caught by Sam Bright skipper Taaffe declared midway through the 50th, himself unbeaten on 71 balls from 105.

Akash also played with the ball, taking 4-60 from 22.5 after Colwyn Bay’s response started promisingly, going 92-1 as fly-half Zach Gidlow led the scoring with 46.

From 160-4 the wickets began to fall more steadily as Toby Lester took 3-40 from his 18 overs.

But captain George Johansen held on for 33 unbeaten and his side still had a wicket at the stumps after 55.5 overs.

Lytham lead the division one by nine points from Liverpool, with Rainford 25 points further in third and Colwyn Bay fourth.

After an unbeaten start to seven games in their Northern Premier Cricket League campaign, St Annes slipped to successive defeats and were dismissed for 62 at Chorley on Saturday.

The visitors lost by 107 after Chorley opted to strike and set a 179-8 goal.

Third-wicket pair Roshen Silva and Alexander Howarth led the way for the hosts with 43 and 39 respectively.

Both were fired by Tom Higson, who struck out three of the front four to finish with 3-29 from his nine overs. There were also three victims for Harry Birkman (for 24 out of 10).

It was Moulton’s spectacle in a St Annes replica that lasted just 26 overs as Edwin Moulton took 4-25 from eight overs and Will Moulton 3-16 from nine.

Alex Bradley scored for St Annes with 24 but the six who arrived after him only managed four between them. Only three St Annes players scored more than threes and five were taken off without scoring.

The Vernon Road club remain fourth in the Premier League and have not lost too much ground as none of the teams above them have won.

However, Garstang extended their advantage at the top to 10 points after a draw with Fulwood and Broughton, while second-placed Longridge lost to Kendal.

Blackpool were gameless as Lancashire go home to Stanley Park and are now 19 points off the pace in third with a game less.

St Annes are seven points behind and now just four ahead of fifth-placed Chorley.

The only one of the Fylde Coast senior clubs to maintain a 100% league record is Fleetwood, who won nine straight in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield with a five-wicket success at Torrisholme.

Aimed 172-9 at Morecambe, Fleetwood overtook it with eight overs to spare on a momentous day for Declan Clerkin.

Clerkin retired fly-half Saeed Bariwala for a game-best 61 and finished with 4-55 from 15 overs after the hosts opted to strike.

Clerkin knocked out most of the front six before Australian Zac Corcoran claimed three late wickets (for 45 from 12 overs).

A sixty from Clerkin then propelled Fleetwood to victory, despite being one of three victims for Dan Woods (for 39 from seven overs).

Two of the top three also played out as flyhalf Charlie Clark made 30 and wicketkeeper Harry McAleer 26 in Fleetwood’s 173-9 to leave Adam Sharrocks’ side 31 points clear over Morecambe and Penwortham at the top of the Premier League.

Great Eccleston are five points adrift in fourth after a thrilling three-point win over Eccleston.

The visitors chose to strike and were grateful to Will Thistlethwaite’s unbeaten 56 for their 136-8.

The wicketkeeper steadied the ship at 45-6 and at 68-8 was joined by captain Phil Booth for an unbroken 68 partnership.

Reece Thomas and Cameron Smith both took three wickets, while skipper Booth scored 21 and Thistlethwaite stuck six fours from his 102 balls.

Chorley’s side looked favorites reaching 115-5 in response but then lost top scorer Thomas for 46 from 41 before Mohamed Nadeem’s flurry of wickets (five for 13 from 12 overs) allowed Great Ecc to claim victory with 5.4 overs remaining.

Booth ruled out three of the top four, including Thomas, to finish 3-32 for 11 as Eccleston were all out for 133.

Another close thing at Thornton Cleveleys was the visitors’ path from Euxton by one wicket.

The hosts could only total 106 from 33.4 overs, having opted to beat, and Euxton scratched the house at 107-9 with 8.5 overs to spare.

Imran Mehmood’s unbeaten 125 from 130 (14 limits) was key to Preston’s victory in the 29-run derby at Kirkham and Wesham, as was the unbroken ninth wicket of 98 he shared with the captain Imran Patel (34 not eliminated).

It took the visitors to 203-8 after deciding to strike, despite Justin Banks going 5-64 from 14 overs.

K&W continued gallantly, going 103-2 as Liam Castellas hit eight fours in his 53, but they couldn’t keep up the pace and were all out for 174 with four balls remaining as Patel took 4-46 on 12 overs and Ajaz Khan Pathan 3-55 from 11.

Fylde opted to knock out Standish in Division 1A but was beaten by five wickets after setting a 153-7 goal (Dan Smith 51).

The visitors looked favorites when a 60-1 response became 71-5 as Danny Smith took 4-26 from 15 overs.

But then Mohammed Asghar Jami (55 not out) was joined by captain Phil Hogarth (27 not out) and an unbroken stand of 83 took Standish to 154-5 with 15 balls to go.

Wrea Green crashed to the ground after eight straight Division Two wins, conceding 254-4 at Longridge 3 and losing by 141 points.

Open partners Darren Keighley (93) and Matthew Simpson (61) shared 159 and third-placed Longridge never looked back, clearing the visitors for 113 in 33.2 overs.

Wrea Green was knocked out of top spot by St Annes 2, who won by 59 points at home to Torrisholme 2 after Gurman Bains scored 93 and Alex Naylor 73 in their 219-6 run.

Norcross lost by 18 runs to Vernon Carus 2, where they were held to 126-8 chasing 144, despite captain Richard Thomas batting for 43 and Jamie Moss taking 4-29 from seven overs.

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