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Lancashire and England star opens artificial net facility

Lancashire and England cricketer Simon Kerrigan opened a brand new net facility at Tarleton Cricket Club

Tarleton were left in a spin after Simon Kerrigan visited Carr Lane on Friday.

The Lancashire and England star officially opened a new two-lane artificial net facility at the club's home ground.

Whilst wet weather forced a planned net session to be cancelled, the 24-year-old spinner sportingly held an impromptu question and answer session with the members where he highlighted the importance of the nets to clubs.

He said: “I still have nets at my old club Fulwood and Broughton as I still live locally and they have a similar facility. It's great for practice and I'm sure this will be great for Tarleton.”

Kerrigan, who names Shane Warne as his cricketing hero, also had some advice for the junior members at the club.

“Make sure you enjoy what you're doing, don't just train for the sake of it. Accept that you're going to get hit for six but keep trying and it will pay off in the end.”

The new facility is the result of an extensive process of applications and the culmination of various fundraising events and generous donations over the last few years.

First Team Captain Paul Higham said: “It has been four years in the planning and the club is extremely proud of the result.

“We'd like to thank the Parish Council for their support. Also a big thank you to Jack Prescott who left the club £3,000 when he sadly passed away a few years ago, which has also gone towards this project.”

Tarleton always welcomes new members of all ages and abilities. Kwik Cricket for ages 7 and above and Under 11 sessions take place on Saturday mornings from 9-10am and 10-11.30am respectively.

Under 13 sessions are on Friday evenings from 6.30-8pm, whilst Under 15, Under 18 and Senior net practices are on Thursdays at the same time.

Lancashire and England cricketer Simon Kerrigan opened a brand new net facility at Tarleton Cricket Club
 

TARLETON (141-3) beat Norley Hall (140 all out) by 7 wickets.

An excellent all round performance gave Tarleton 1st XI their first victory of the season at Norley  Hall on Saturday.

Dave Thompson's 55 eased Tarleton towards a victory target of 141 with 7 wickets and 10 overs to spare.

Thompson's innings contained only one blemish when he was bowled off a no-ball, although the opener later audaciously claimed that he “heard the umpires call!”

Skipper Paul Higham and John Dyson completed the job, scoring an unbeaten 34 and 18 respectively.

Earlier, Norley Hall were bowled out for 140, with Jamie Tabord taking three wickets, whilst Mike Harrison, Chris Buck and Jake Abram all claimed two wickets each.

 

TARLETON (120 all out) beat Chorley St James (92 all out) by 28 runs.

Tarleton 1st XI completed a first round Sandhurst Shield victory at Chorley St James on Sunday, setting up a mouth-watering second round clash with local rivals Hesketh Bank next month.

In pursuit of 121 for victory, the home side were bowled out for 92, allowing Tarleton to come out on top by 28 runs.

Sam Wilkinson, Jamie Tabord and Chris Buck all claimed 2 wickets apiece, with Chorley contributing to their own downfall with two suicidal run outs.