Lionesses celebrate trophy success

Some of the girls of Leigh Cricket Club

Some of the girls of Leigh Cricket Club

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Leigh CC Lionesses under 13 girls team finally brought home the first trophy for the club this year.

Hopefully it will be the first of many trophies for the Ladies and Girls Section, headed up for the last 4 or 5 years by Karen Ainscough.

And with many of Leigh CC’s senior and junior teams still competing for some form of silverware, the summer of 2014 is proving to be a sizzler down at Beech Walk.

Every week, more and more individuals contribute to the winning ways of their team, proving that the club and team spirit leads the way down at Leigh CC.

Leigh’s very own county players Steven Mullaney and Karl Brown are competing both within the LDCC ECB Premier League for Leigh CC and for Nottinghamshire and Lancashire respectively.

Both are having enormous impact at the professional level with Steven knocking runs and taking wickets for fun, within all forms of the game.

Karl has been knocking off runs including a new first class best of 129 last Saturday.

Both Notts and Lancs are competing in the T20 quarter finals this coming weekend and the prospect of a Notts v Lancs Final is exciting for Leigh cricket fans.

Leigh CC is very lucky and proud to have two such high calibre county players to list amongst their ranks. They set excellent standards for the juniors both on and off the field, influencing in extremely positive fashion.

The first silverware of the season showed girl power is alive and well.

Karen’s pocket rockets, The Lionesses Under 13 Team brought home the West Cheshire Girls League Trophy. This now set up a Play Off Final v the East Cheshire League Winners to decide the Cheshire County Champions.

This twice rained off fixture saw a lovely sunny morning and an exciting match, in which Leigh clinched the top place in the CGCL U13 West district.

They will play the winners of the East district to determine Cheshire County League winner and runner up. Leigh U13 Girls 277-3, Appleton U13 Girls 257-3 Leigh Best Batter Ella Smith 20; Best Bowler Ella Smith 2 for 9 off 3 with 1 maiden Appleton Best Bowler Olivia Horsfield 1 for 8 off 3 overs; Best Batter Olivia Horsfield 18; Maham Akhyar personal best 10.

Every week it seems that yet another junior off the current conveyor belt that is the Junior Development Section, busts onto the scene. The weekend was no exception. With the 1 St Team coming out with a winning draw, star performance of the week must be 13 year Lewis Dove making his 1 st Team Bowling debut and returning simply stunning figures of 19 overs 1 maiden 3 for 81. An unbelievable return for a 13 year old in such a high standard of senior cricket.

Next must be Jack Lancelot with his bowling for the second team.

They stormed back to winning ways on Saturday with a nine wicket win over Lytham. Junior Jack produced an immaculate spell of 11 overs 1 maiden 4 for 40.

Jack has matured beyond recognition this year and is simply a joy to watch. Skipper Martyn ‘Roger’ Glover chipped in with 3 for 12 as well.

In reply to Lytham’s 167 it was veteran Tim McKiernan leading the way with 98, proving class is permanent.

But again, it was a junior that raised the eyebrows with Lewis Bailey very calmly and with a sense of maturity way beyond his years returning with an unbeaten 42.

Leigh CC is very proud of all the current crop of juniors, many of which continue to represent at County and District level.

Skipper Mattie McKiernan and his 1 st Team are off to Bootle on Sunday in what should be a very tasty semi final in the prestigious Ray Digman Knock Trophy.

Meantime, down at Beech Walk on Sunday 3 rd, the club hosts the 2nd Len Kniveton Memorial Day.

A fantastic day’s entertainment of six-a-side cricket, fairground attractions along with bar and BBQ all day – all are very welcome.

Next week also sees the continuation of the club’s enormously successful Sporting Summer Camps.

Run by Dave Dove again, this year has proved another major success. Great fun was had by the boys and girls aged 5-13 last week in the glorious sunshine at the Leigh CC Multi Sports Summer Camp with soft ball cricket, cricket nets, football, tennis, bowls, rounders and more.

Places still available for next week and the subsequent four weeks, so book now to secure your child’s place.

Details, bookings and payment can be made via the Leigh CC website, www.leighcc.org . Alternatively, a booking form can be picked up in the club. Also see the Facebook page “Followers of Leigh Cricket Club”.