Youngsters dominate end of season awards

Harrison Ardron batting for Fylde.
Harrison Ardron batting for Fylde.

Fylde Cricket Club’s annual end-of-season awards presentation night was dominated by the stars of tomorrow as young cricketers were honoured for an impressive season.

The Poulton-based club held its awards night last Friday at the ground on Moorland Road.

The first XI, led by David Crawforth, enjoyed a late rally to avoid relegation from the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield premier division.

Michael Watkinson, who notched up five half-centuries, led from the front to scoop the batting prize while evergreen bowler Danny Smith’s consistency earned him the bowling prize.

The second team, led by Darren McKenzie, recovered from a poor start in Division Three to comfortably sit in mid-table, with some notable victories against Leyland and Longridge the highlights. of a topsy-turvy season.

Richard Galligan was named batsman of the year with junior Connor Jones, who opened the batting throughout the season, being awarded a special ‘Emerging Batsman’ award.

Fellow youngster Harrison Ardron was bowler of the year.

Fylde CC use the Sunday side, led by Richard Galligan, as a development squad to help youngsters get used to the rigours of adult cricket.

Connor Jones picked up his second batting prize of the year while spinner Jack Davies won the bowling prize.

Another junior Eddie Bailey was named the all-rounder of the season.

Stephen Wright and Andy Sykes were awarded signed mini-bats in recognition of scoring centuries during the season, against Hoghton and Grimsargh respectively.