3rd XI

Palace Shield Division 2 current league table 2017.


3rd Team

Here is where our story takes a turn. The thirds started with a trip to promotion favourites Kirkham & Wesham. After being put in to bat the huffed and puffed their way to 120 all out. While a competitive score this should have been many more as 6 batsmen reached double figures but the top score was Roger Wood with just 22 runs. Many got in and threw their wickets away cheaply. The Kirkham reply saw some early control with Simpson and Fox-Andrews keeping the rate down. The introduction of Josh Green (4 for 29) changed the game though as he removed the danger man Tucker for 29. As LCC pressed for the win the had Kirkham 93 for 8 and seemed almost home. Alas, a sensible batting display from Wilson and Wilson saw Kirkham home in 45.3 overs (we gave them 5 overs) to show how tough this division will be and also the merits of using all of your overs.

Week 2 offered the chance of redemption against Gregson Lane 1st Team. Again batting first LCC scored 174 for 7 on a decent batting track. Pick of the batsmen were Rhys Morgan (52) and the late hitting of Roger Wood (34) and Will Baines (42*). The early bowling by LCC then had Greggy Lane in some trouble as the run rate was kept right down by Baines and Denby. Unfortunately the Lane always had wickets in hand and thanks to an excellent 72 not out from Carl Glover they got home with 3 deliveries to spare.

Player of the (2) weeks

Rhys Morgan – 118 points