England trio miss Lancs match

LANCASHIRE face Durham in the Daily Telegraph Northern Counties League at Preston on Saturday without the services of England players Paul Kinnear, Paul Howard and Haydn McCullen.



The latter two are respectively representing their countries in the team championships in Finland and Norway while another absentee is Jonathan Hurst who has work commitments.

Red Rose captain Paul Williams still has a strong line-up headed by county champion Mark Young.

It includes Sean Towndrow, who reached the semi-final of last month’s Amateur Championship at Royal Portrush, and Louis Tomlinson, part of the European team that defeated the USA in the Palmer Cup, the college version of the Ryder Cup, at Walton Heath.

Adam Stone is back in the fold after returning from his studies in America and Curtis Clarkin holds his place after some impressive performances, having won two Northern Order of Merit events.

Williams said: “If we win and Cumbria carry on with their successful start and beat Yorkshire at Workington it could set up a big finish for us in the final match at Furness.”

TEAM: Mark Young ( Longridge), Sean Towndrow (S & A), John Carroll (Huyton & Prescot), Ciaran Doherty (Bury), Louis Tomlinson (West Lancs), Sean Blinkhorn (S & A), Richie Blundell (Hillside), Henry Tomlinson (Royal Lytham), Adam Stone (Lancaster), Curtis Clarkin (Nelson), Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park), Michael Hunt (Pleasington).




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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