Smithies in Lancashire comeback

ROGER Smithies has been recalled to the Lancashire team to face Northumberland in the Daily Telegraph Northern Counties League at Arcot Hall on Saturday – eight years after his last appearance.



The Manchester Golf Club player, who represented the side 67 times from 1997-06, has been drafted in to replace Huyton & Prescot’s John Carroll who has a family commitment.

Skipper Paul Williams said: “He’s agreed to step out of retirement to lend a hand because we also have five other key men out of action. He won the Royton Sword in the Cleveland Srixon Northern Order of Merit last month and we all know he still has great qualities to bring to the team.

“It’s reassuring that the merit provides our players with match fitness and continues to be the yardstick for northern based golfers.

“Hopefully, we can start a bit stronger in the foursomes this time. We need a win to continue pressing leaders Yorkshire who face Cheshire at Bramhall.”

Pleasington’s Jonathan Hurst and Paul McFerran, from Childwall, return to the side that beat Durham at Preston last month while Wilpshire youngster Joey Lamb is handed his debut.

Meanwhile, Williams is hoping Cheshire adversary and Stockport clubmate David Peel will do him a favour by beating Yorkshire.


TEAM: Sean Blinkhorn (S&A), Richie Blundell (Hillside), John Carroll (Huyton & Prescot), Jonathan Hurst (Pleasington), Curtis Clarkin (Nelson), Ciaran Doherty (Bury), Michael Hunt (Pleasington), Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park), Joey Lamb (Wilpshire) Paul McFerran (Childwall), Sean Towndrow  (S&A), Mark Young (Longridge).




P          W         D         L          F          A          Pts

Yorkshire                   3          3          0          0         35         19          6

Cumbria                     3          2          0          1         32.5      21.5       4

Lancashire                 3          2          0          1         31.5     22.5       4

Durham                      3          1          0          2         22         32          2

Northumberland       3          1          0          2         21         33          2

Cheshire                    3          0          0          3         20         34          0



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