Cronkbourne could face Freddie Flintoff on Sunday

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Cronkbourne and Castletown travel away this weekend for matches in the Lancashire Cup with the Tromode team potentially up against former England star Freddie Flintoff!

The Manx side are at Penwortham, a strong club just outside Preston who are being tipped as potential champions of the Palace Shield Premier Division.

This season they have won both their league games, but a month ago caused quite a stir.

The skipper of the first eleven is Chris Flintoff whose brother is the former England international.

Club chairman Paul Walmsley announced that the Test legend had signed for the first XI. He added: ‘We look forward to seeing Freddie once he has recovered from recent surgery.

‘He has expressed a keen interest to play alongside Chris and he will of course be more than welcome.’

So far Fiery Freddie has not appeared for Penwortham, but on Sunday who knows?

Castletown go to Barnoldswick who play in the Ribblesdale league. They have won all three league matches, but went down to Clitheroe in the league cup. The club run three Saturday elevens and plenty of junior teams. Castletown have a tough match ahead.

l Union Mills and St John’s B are through to the second round of the Standard Bank Blincoe Cup.

On Monday the Millers had a fine win when they beat Finch Hill by eight wickets

The Finches were dismissed for 69 despite a splendid 27 from young opener Ben Bennett and 13 by Peter Foxton. Eddie Clague took three wickets for 11 while Greg Wenn claimed two wickets for no runs.

In reply Ian Young hit a lively 38 not out as Union Mills raced to victory by eight wickets in just 10 overs.

They are now away to the winners of the Peel versus Ronaldsway tie.

Neil Shimmin smashed 37 as St John’s B were bowled out for 97 by Ramsey B. Dominic Howard and Miles Capewell took two wickets each as the northerners took seven catches in a good fielding display.

The Ramsey batsmen were soon in trouble when Tim Evans quickly removed both openers. Tom Howard steadied the innings but Dean Wales, Paul Nicholson and Tom Wood struck with two wickets each.

Ramsey ended on 69 with nearly two overs left. St John’s are now at home to Vagabonds on Monday, May 23

CRICKET RESULTS

Standard Bank Blincoe Cup – First Round

St John’s B 97 (Neil Shimmin 37, Andy Race 16 : Miles Capewell 2-6, Dominic Howard 2-27); Ramsey B 69 (Tom Howard 12, Paul Smith 10no : Dean Wales 2-10, Tom Wood 2-7). St John’s won by 28 runs.

Finch Hill 69 (Ben Bennett 27, Peter Foxton 13 : Eddie Clague 3-11, Greg Wenn 2-0); Union Mills 70 for 2 (Ian Young 38no, Keith Brown 10no: Peter Foxton 1-8, Ewan Quayle 1-20). Union Mills won by eight wickets.

Standard Bank Twenty20 Division One

Ramsey 122 for 5 (Ashley Webster 36, Ken Harding 33: Zubair Siddiqi 3-26, Adnan Khan 1-15); Valkyres 67 (Adnan Khan 34, Abdul Khan 12 : Jamie Moffatt 5-11, Charlie Whipp 3-6). Ramsey won by 55 runs.

Standard Bank Twenty20 Division Two

Castletown B v Peel B : Match abandoned (rain)

CRICKET FIXTURES DIARY

Friday, May 13

Isle of Man Bank Under 9 League (6.30pm)

(To be played at Crosby)

Celton Manx Castletown v White House Peel

Fairbairn Crosby v Cronkbourne B

Ramsey v HQ Vagabonds

Cronkbourne A v Celton Manx Castletown

White House Peel v Fairbairn Crosby

Cronkbourne B v Ramsey

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Saturday, May 14

Standard Bank Premiership (1pm)

Habib Valkyres v Fairbairn Crosby

Ramsey v Black Grace Cowley St John’s

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Sunday, May 15

Standard Bank Tinker Cup – Second Round (1pm)

Fairbairn Crosby v Habib Valkyres

Ramsey v Black Grace Cowley St John’s

Lancashire Cup (11am)

Barnoldswick v Castletown

Penwortham v Cronkbourne

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Monday, May 16

Standard Bank Twenty20 Div Three (6.30pm)

M&P Legal Loaghtyn Rams v Union Mills

Celton Manx Castletown C

v Black Grace Cowley St John’s B

White House Peel C v Colas Finch Hill

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Tuesday, May 17

Standard Bank Twenty20 Div One (6.30pm)

Ramsey A v Fairbairn Crosby A

Habib Valkyres A v PokerStars Cronkbourne A

White House Peel A v Celton Manx Castletown A

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