Fleetwood humbled by champions: Monday cricket review

Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone

Fleetwood CC suffered their first Northern Premier League defeat of the season in humiliating style after they were dismissed for 42 at Morecambe yesterday.

St Annes succumbed to a second successive defeat in the first division and Blackpool picked up more points than either of their Fylde coast rivals despite their match at Chorley being abandoned.

On a rain-hit bank holiday, the match at Woodhill Lane was reduced to 37 overs and Fleetwood restricted champions Morecambe to 129-8, though this was enoughfor a stunning 87-run victory.

Having been put in to bat, opener Laurence Read held the hosts’ innings together with 52.

Only two of his team-mates made more than 10, thanks to Adam Parker’s 3-43 off 14 overs and Patrick Ashton’s 3-35 from 10.

But the Fleetwood reply never got going thanks largely to 4-7 from 5.4 overs by South African professional Daryn Smit, while Jamie Cassidy chipped in with 3-13 off seven overs and Edward Read took 3-23 from 11.

Fleetwood’s Australian pro Travis Dean was the only batsman to get a start before falling lbw to Read for 18 and none of his team-mates could manage more than six as Fleetwood capitulated in 23.4 overs.

St Annes are still awaiting their first point of the season as they followed Saturday’s home defeat by Lancaster with a six-wicket reverse at Leyland.

Put in to bat at the Stanning Memorial Ground, St Annes lost Nanthesh Kiruparan cheaply but then Gurman Bains (29) and Luke Wilks (25) stood firm in a solid second-wicket stand.

However, the innings quickly collapsed as three of the next four batsmen fell for ducks and only wicketkeeper Richard Staines, with 20, put up any resistance among the lower order.

Professional Brett Pelser took 6-33 from 11.2 overs as the visitors were pavilion-bound in 43.2 overs.

Leyland paced their reply well to reach a winning total of 106-4 in 33.4 overs, number four Nathan McDonnell leading the way with 37.

Two wins and a winning draw have left Leyland setting the pace at this early stage of the season, though Blackpool are only six points behind in second after their match at Chorley was called off without a single delivery being sent down.

Indeed, Fleetwood and St Annes’ games were the only ones in the NPL first division to beat the weather.

n Liam Livingstone continued his excellent start to life as a first-class cricketer with an unbeaten 108 during another profitable day with the bat for Lancashire against Somerset at Taunton.

Livingstone, who hit 70 on debut in the win against Nottinghamshire in round one of the Specsavers County Championship, underpinned the visitors’ imposing 493 for nine declared from 151 overs in good batting conditions.

The 22-year-old went beyond Steven Croft’s 94 and Alviro Petersen’s 83.

The second day saw 34 overs lost to rain between 12.45pm and 4.15pm, with Somerset closing on 11 without loss from six overs.

Livingstone was a regular member of Lancashire’s T20 Blast-winning side last summer, while he also memorably scored 350 in a club match for Nantwich.

And he has made a seamless transition into first-class cricket, with his 152-ball innings including nine fours and two sixes.

He shared 80 inside 19 overs for the ninth-wicket with Kyle Jarvis, whose 34 was valuable.

Visiting captain Croft, having shared 59 for the sixth wicket with the Cumbrian, fell six short of an eleventh first-class hundred before the rain arrived.

His 94 came off 194 balls with eight fours and three sixes.

One of those maximums came when he launched Jack Leach’s left-arm spin over wide long-on into the River Tone.