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St Annes are up to third after winning their derby at Blackpool by six wickets on a rain-hit weekend in the Northern Premier League. It was a third successive defeat for the faltering Stanley Park club, who had been dismissed for under 100 in their previous two matches and faced that prospect again after reaching 87-3 but then losing four wickets without further addition. Number six Josh Boyne held the innings together with an unbeaten 41, including six fours, and saw Blackpool past 100 with ninth-wicket partner Chris Baines after the hosts had been put in to bat. They eventually recovered to 147-9 from their 50 overs, St Annes skipper Matt Grindley continuing his fine season with 4-54 from 17 overs and Tom Higson taking 3-29 from 14. That takes Grindley’s total for the season to 38 wickets, just five short of his 2016 total after bowling barely half the overs he sent down last year. The rain then intervened to leave St Annes chasing a reduced target of 115, which they reached in 25 overs for the loss of six wickets. The return of old favourite Atiq Uz-Zaman boosted a strong top-order and he put on 56 for the second wicket with top scorer AM Durrani (37 from 40 balls). St Annes then stumbled from 91-2 to 113-6 but the visitors had the wickets in hand to get over the line, despite guest professional Ockert Erasmus taking 4-48 from his 12 overs. Blackpool slip a spot to fifth, with Fleetwood just 10 points behind them after having the better of a rain-hit draw with champions Leyland at Broadwater.

 

Blackpool have won through to the Northern Premier League’s T20 finals day with Leyland, Netherfield and Penrith following Sunday’s final round of group matches. 

Read more at: http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/sport/cricket/fylde-coast-weekend-cricket-review-northern-league-lytham-palace-shield-1-8627791

Read more at: http://www.blackpoolgazette.co.uk/sport/cricket/fylde-coast-weekend-cricket-review-northern-league-lytham-palace-shield-1-8627791

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