The Lancashire Colts suffered a cup knock-out and a League defeat in their latest games
Darwen CC v Lancashire Colts (Readers Cup/Round 2), Sunday, 22nd July
Lancashire Colts 178-7 (40 overs)
Darwen CC 179-3 (34.5 overs)
Darwen won by 7 wickets
In fine conditions at Darwen won the toss and put the Colts in to bat. The opening pair of Fayaz Ughradar and Louie Bentley made 18 inside 5 overs when Bentley holed out to John Cordingley off Niall Burke for 4. Ughradar and Scott Friend added 46 for the 2nd wicket in good time before Friend fell to first change bowler Neil Cordingley, caught behind by Mark Bennett for 15 from 34 balls with the score at 64-2 in the 18th over.
A middle order collapse followed as the Colts went from 64-2 to 69-4 in the space of 2 overs. Darwen captain John Cordingley's bowling changes paid off with the wickets of Ughradar for 35 (caught behind off Neil Cordingley) and Chris Long for 1 (lbw to Shaun De Kock). Lancs then rallied thanks to 27 from Adam Holt and 44 by Friend to post 178-8 off 40 overs. For Darwen, Tim Le Breton returned 3-38 from 7 overs and Neil Cordingley 2-20 from 8 overs.
In response, Darwen opened with South African pro Shaun De Kock and Alex Davies, and the two set about the chase in brisk fashion with some powerful hitting. Chances were few and far between until in the 26th over when Danny Edwards bowled Davies for 63 off 74 balls in an opening stand of 133 and then had new batsmen Niall Burke lbw for 4 to leave Darwen 137-2 after 26 overs.
De Kock then succumbed in the next over when he was caught behind by Friend off Ben Roberts for 62 off 81 balls with the score at 139-3. However, Darwen batsmen John Cordingley and Tim Le Breton saw their side home to a 7 wicket win with 5.1 overs to spare. Dan Edwards returned 2-39 off 8 overs and Ben Roberts also reurned 1-32 off 6.5 overs for Lancs.
Kendal CC v Lancashire Colts,Sunday 29th July
Kendal CC 179-6 (45 overs)
Lancashire Colts 94-8 (40 overs)
Kendal opening pair of Paul Dodds and Graham Baker started steadily against opening bowlers Gavin Griffiths and Ben Roberts before Dodds was bowled by Griffiths for 5 with the score at 15-1. New Zealand Test batsmen Jamie How came in at number 3 and played an array of lofted drives and big hits. The Colts captured their second wicket when Baker was trapped lbw for 20 by Roberts in the 19th over and the score at 56-2.
West Indian Terry Hunte joined How and the two propelled the Kendal score forward, How reaching 50 off 48 balls. Hunte went for 20, caught by Tim Le Breton off Matthew Taaffe with Kendal on 101-3 off 28 overs. Taaffe then accounted for Nick Philips (lbw for 3) and Jack White caught behind by Gary Knight for a duck to leave Kendal on 107-5 off 29 overs.
How went on to score an unbeaten century, 107 off 106 balls (3x4s, 8x6s) as Kendal CC eventually posted 179-6 off 45 overs despite some overs lost for rain delay. The best of the Lancashire bowling figures saw Taaffe return 3-32 from 5 overs.
Further rain meant that the Colts were set a revised target of 180 off 40 overs. Openers Lewis Jackson and Tom Steel began cautiously in pursuit and added 27 for the opening wicket before Jackson fell for 17 (caught close in by Nick Lewthwaite) off Stewart Parkin in the 10th over. Steel followed three overs later, caught by Paul Dodds off Nick Lewthwaite for 10, to leave Lancs at 29-2.
Gary Knight and Sam Holden offering some resistance in adding 19 for the 3rd wicket, but a middle order batting collapse saw the Colts settle for a losing draw finishing on 94-8 off 40 overs. Kendal bowlers Chris Miller returned 3-28 from 13 overs, Jack White 2-29 from 14 overs and Nick Lewthwaite 2-12 from 6 overs.