Thanks pal! Williams’ debt to Cheshire rival

NEXT time Lancashire captain Paul Williams bumps into his Cheshire counterpart and Stockport clubmate David Peel he’s promised to buy him a pint.

 Paul Williams

Paul Williams

The best-of-pals were both celebrating after their sides won their Daily Telegraph Northern Counties League matches at the weekend.

But the drinks will be on Williams as the defending champions regained pole position in the table after a comprehensive 12.5-5.5 victory over Northumberland at Arcot Hall. And it was Cheshire who enabled them to dislodge Yorkshire by beating them 10-8 at Bramall Park.

“David did us a big favour,” enthused Williams. “It will be a pleasure to treat him at the bar!”

With Cumbria’s title aspirations dented when they lost 9.5-8.5 against Durham at Ramside, it was a day when everything went in Lancashire’s favour.

“We shaded the foursomes by one point but then dominated the singles,” added Williams who noted emphatic wins by Wilpshire debutant Joey Lamb; Nelson’s Curtis Clarkin, and Manchester’s Roger Smithies, back in to the side after an eight-year absence.

Peel said: “We had a feeling we would beat Yorkshire because Bramall Park is a tight close and our players knew it well. We needed two and a half points from the last three games and won them all.”

He singled out impressive performances from Altrincham’s Sam Prince, who fought back from four holes down; Prestbury’s James Newton and James McCormick, from Styal.

 

FOURSOMES: Alan Dixon (City of Newcastle) & Johnny Richardson (Hexham) lost to Sean Towndrow (S&A) & Richie Blundell (Hillside) 6&4; Sean Heads (Hexham) &Simon Lee (Newcastle United) lost to  Mark Young (Longridge) & Ciaran Doherty (Bury) 3&2; Andrew Minnikin (Northumberland) & Jack Hermeston (City of Newcastle) halved with Jonathan Hurst (Pleasington) & Curtis Clarkin (Nelson); Seton Wakenshaw (Whitley Bay) & Will Robson (Bellingham) bt Sean Blinkhorn (S&A) & Joey Lamb (Wilpshire) 1h; Paul Caldicott (Northumberland) & Mark Wharton (Newcastle United) lost to Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) & Paul McFerran (Childwall) 2&1; Craig Penny (Newbiggin) & Brad Robinson (Westerhope) bt Roger Smithies (Manchester) & Michael Hunt (Pleasington) 1h. SINGLES: Dixon lost to Young 1; Richardson lost to Richardson 3&2; Lee lost to Hurst 4&2; Heads bt Blinkhorn 1h; Hermiston lost to Doherty 5&4; Minnikin halved with Kenwright; Robson lost to Blundell 3&2; Wakenshaw lost to Clarkin 5&4; Warton halved with McFerran; Caldicott lost to Lamb 6&5; Robinson lost to Smithies 3&2; Penny bt Hunt 3&2.

 

NORTHERN COUNTIES LEAGUE

 

P             W            D             L              F              A             Pts

Lancashire                            4             3              0              1             44            28             6

Yorkshire                             4              3              0              1             43            29             6

Cumbria                               4              2              0              2             41            31             4

Durham                                4              2              0              2             31.5       40.5          4

Cheshire                              4              1              0              3             30            42            2

Northumberland              4              1              0              3             26.5         45.5        2

 

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