Lancs go top and Cheshire beat reigning champs

LANCASHIRE maintained their 100 per cent record in the Daily Telegraph Northern Counties League when they defeated Northumberland 11-7 at Alnmouth to take pole position in the table.

They edged the foursomes by a single point then asserted their authority early in the singles by winning three of the opening four ties through Luke Kelly, Henry Tomlinson and John Carroll.

The hosts hit back to reduce the margin to one point at the mid-way stage but the Red Rose men stepped up a gear to comfortably get over the line.


FOURSOMES: Jake Storey (Alnmouth) & Phil Ridden (City of Newcastle) bt Henry Tomlinson (Royal Lytham & St Annes) & Richie Blundell (Hillside) 3&2; Andrew Minnikin (Northumberland) & Mark Wharton (Newcastle United) lost to Ian Kenwright (Haydock Park) & Luke Kelly (Ashton-under-Lyne) 2h; Jack Hermeston (City of Newcastle) & Alex Dixon (City of Newcastle) halved with Sean Doherty (Rossendale) & Ciaran Doherty (Bury); Sean Heads (Hexham) & Jonathan Davey (Hexham) lost to John Carroll & James Rooney (West Lancs) 3& 2; Craig Penny (Newbiggin) & Brad Robinson (Westerhope) bt Jack Shelley (Formby) & Joe Brice (Manchester) 3&2; Paul Caldicott (Northumberland) & Seaton Wakenshaw (Whitely Bay) lost to Jonathan Hurst (Pleasington) & Reece Cranfield (Wigan) 3&2.

SINGLES: Storey bt Kenwright 6&5; Ridden lost to Kelly 4&2; Hermeston lost to Tomlinson 1h; Minnikin lost to Carroll 5&4; Wharton bt Hurst 4&2; Penney bt Blundell 4&2; Heads lost to C Doherty 5&4; Dixon halved with Brice;  Robinson lost to Shelley 1h; Davie bt Cranfield 5&3; Caldicott lost S Doherty 4&3; Wakenshaw lost to Rooney 4&3.

Reigning champions Yorkshire came unstuck in a close encounter at Sandiway where Cheshire prevailed 10-8.

The foursomes were halved but the hosts were the quickest out of the blocks in the singles, wins by Matt Jordan, James Newton and Jon Beesley  and a Rhys Nevin Wharton half putting them in the ascendancy.

The Tykes hit back by picking up three points in four ties before former skipper David Peel and  Mike Harrington steadied the ship with anchor man Sam Prince’s half crucial in the final reckoning.

FOURSOMES: Rhys Nevin Wharton (Sandiway) & Matt Jordan (Royal Liverpool) bt Ben Hitchinson (Howley Hall) & Kealan Lowe (Wheatley 2&1; Jon Beesley (Mere) & Tom Heggarty (Royal Liverpool) halved with Bailey Gill (Lindrick) & David Houlding (Moortown); James Newton (Prestbury) & Rob Cull (Bromborough) lost to  Luke Robinson (Hornsea) & Martin Brown (Pike Hills) 4&3; Sam Prince (Northenden) & Josh McMahon (Wallasey) bt David Hague (Malton & Norton) & Charlie Thornton (Fulford) 4&3; David Peel (Stockport) & Chris Harrison (Sandiway) lost to Nick Poppleton (Wath) & Charlie Daughtrey (Rothetham) 3&1; Mike Harrington (Mottram Hall) & Ashley Sage (Sandiway) halved with Craig Smith (Fulford) & Jamie Harrison (Rotherham).

SINGLES: Jordan bt Hutchinson 1h; Wharton halved with Lowe; Newton bt Gill 3&2; Beesley bt Hague 4&3; Cull lost to Robinson 1h; Heggarty lost to Holding 4&3; McMahon halved with Thornton; Harrison halved with Brown; Peel bt Popperton 3&2; Sage lost to Daughtrey 2&1; Harrington bt Smith 4&2; Prince halved with Harrison.

Elsewhere, Cumbria beat Durham 11-7 at Barnard Castle.


                                    P          W         D          L          F          A          Pts      

Lancashire                   2          2          0          0          21         15          4  

Cheshire                      2          2          0          0          20         16         4

Yorkshire                     2          1          0          1          18         18          2

Cumbria                       2          1          0          1          19         17          2

Northumberland       2          0          0          2          15         21          0

Durham                        2          0          0          2          15         21          0




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