Lancashire beaten in Roses battle

AN under-strength Lancashire lost their first Daily Telegraph Northern Counties League match for nearly two years when they went down 11-7 to Yorkshire at Selby.

With England internationals Paul Howard, Paul Kinnear and Haydn McCullen competing in the Scottish Strokeplay Championship, skipper Paul Williams knew it was always going to be a difficult task.

But Curtis Clarkin, making his debut, and Paul McFerran, back after a four-year break, at least did not let the side down as they won their singles while many of the more experienced players capitulated.

A three-point deficit from the morning foursomes meant Lancashire, the reigning league champions, were on the back foot in the afternoon and three defeats in the opening five matches left virtually ended their hopes.

They can make amends when their six-man team, with their key men back in the fold, start their defence of the English English Men’s County Championship in the northern qualifying round at Ganton on Wednesday.

Williams said: “We need to win to restore our confidence and we’ve got the side to do it.”

Elsewhere, Durham beat Northumberland 12-6 at George Washington and Cheshire lost 11-7 against Cumbria  at Prestbury.

 

YORKSHIRE 11 LANCASHIRE 7. Foursomes: Joe Dean (Lindrick) & Jonathan Thomson (Lindrick) bt Mark Young (Longridge) & Ciaran Doherty (Bury) 3&1; Daniel Wasteney (Lindrick) & Jamie Bower (Meltham) bt Jonathan Hurst (Pleasington) & Sean Blinkhorn (S&A) 3&2; Martin Brown (Pike Hills) & Ben Brewster (Bawtry) bt John Carroll (Huyton & Prescot) & Mark Duncalf (Formby) 2&1; Ben Sardo (Moor Allerton) & Jack Lampkin (Ilkley) bt Richie Blundell (Hillside) & Joe Brice (Brookdale) 1h; Jamie Harrison (Rotherham) & Craig Smith (Pike Hills) lost to Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) & Paul McFerran (Childwall) 4&3; Nigel Sweet (Wike Ridge) & Nigel Colbeck (Cleckheaton) halved with Michael Hunt (Pleasington) and Curtis Clarkin (Nelson). Singles: Wasteney bt Young 6&4; Dean lost to Hurst 4&3; Bower bt Carroll 4&3; Thompson halved with Doherty; Brown bt Blundell 1h; Sardo lost to Blinkhorn 1h; Brewster bt Duncalf 2&1; Smith bt Brice 2&1; Sweet lost to McFerran 4&3; Colbeck lost to Clarkin 4&2; Harrison lost to Kenwright 4&2; Lampkin bt Hunt 2h.

 

NORTHERN COUNTIES LEAGUE

 

P         W        D         L          F          A         Pts

Yorkshire                  2          2          0          0         25         11           4

Cumbria                    2          2          0          0         24.5     11.5       4

Lancashire              2           1          0          1         19.5     16.5        2

Durham                     2          1          0          1         16        20            2

Cheshire                   2          0          0          2         12.5     23.5       0

Northumberland     2          0          0          2       10.5     25.5      0

 

 

 

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