2018 Season – Opening Games fast approaching

We are quickly approaching the 21st April which means the start of the 2018 Palace Shield season is nearly upon us!

The 1st XI take on Whittle Le Woods 1st XI away at Kem Mill Lane, whilst the 2nd XI are at home vs Whittle 2s.

There have been plenty of changes in personnel, with James Ainscough and Bobby Bolton moving to Dubai & Australia respectively. Sam Jones has moved on to Cherry Tree in the Ribblesdale League.

Incoming, we have Ryan Wells, a sharp pace bowler and hard hitting batsman, previously with Garstang. Also joining are David Harrison from New Longton and Olly Mason, a Sussex man who like to give the ball a smash!

Most pleasing are the juniors that are making strides to push into senior cricket and this season, we have more players pushing to make an impact like Aaron Aiton has done over the last couple of seasons.

With the Sunday team, under Pete Ingham’s leadership, getting under way on 22nd April at home to Gregson Lane, there is plenty of early opportunity for players to cement a place in their respective teams.

So, lets hope the weather improves, and that we get our pre season friendly in on the 14th April at home to Bretherton from the Soutport & District League.


2nds to Play in Div 4

After a number of club movements in higher divisions, the Palace Shield have taken the decision to promote our Second XI to Division 4.

This is, albeit not via our own achievement, a worthy reward for the 2s, who performed really well last season, and only missed out on automatic promotion due to a couple of bad results and a rained off final match!

We’re sure the seconds will have a great season in Div 4, and if anyone wishes to join them, then please get in touch or attend our winter indoor nets at Lostock Hall High School from 7pm-9pm every Tuesday.


Captains for 2018

After last night’s AGM, we’re happy to reveal the captains for 2018!

1st XI Skip – Curtis Morris
1st XI Vice – Alex Cuffin
2nd XI Skip – Neil Harvey
2nd XI Vice – Dave Maguire
Sunday Skip – Pete Ingham
Sunday Vice – Mick Berry
T20 Skip – Alex Hinds
T20 Vice – Alex Cuffin

Good luck to all teams for 2018.

Derby defeat for the 1sts, another win for the 2’s

1st XI suffered a hammering at Whittle-le-Woods.  Dale won the toss and elected to bowl first on a green soft deck.  Things started well, Taylor accounting for the top 3 inside the first 10 overs.  McIver came out at 6 and smacked the ball to all parts, hitting 5 4’s and 7 6’s on his way to 89 off 73 balls.  Whittle were eventually bowled out for 193, a total which turned out to be beyond Dale.  The innings never got going, only Rehman Shah managing to get to grips with the wicket before falling for 24.

2nd XI continued their promotion charge with a hard fought win over Tarleton.  Dale won the toss and bowled first, restricting Tarleton to 117-8 off 45 overs with contributions across the bowling line up.  Dale were made to work hard for their runs and despite a mini collapse, managed to get over the line thanks to 37 from Anis Vahaluwala.

Sunday XI had another bad day at the office, Leyland setting 181 to win and then bowling Dale out for 103.

1st XI Scorecard
2nd XI Scorecard
Sunday XI Scorecard

Washout for the 1sts, Run fest for the 2nds

1st XI was abandoned Saturday morning away at Longridge after a lot of rain had caused a soggy outfield and square.

2nd XI managed to get away 15 minutes late, Vernon Carus winning the toss and asking Dale to bat first on what was a fairly dry and hard wicket but after all the rain an understandable decision.  Dale managed to amass a whopping 306-7 in their 43 overs but amazingly without a single 50 – Curt Morris (49), Paladiwala (47), Palejwala (44), Vahaluwala (40), Sabir Patel (39) and Ahmed (35).

Vernons had a big mountain to climb and it proved to be too much, all out for 76 – Luke Ashworth (31) with the top score.  Nasir Patel doing the damage with the ball (4-13).

Sunday team had a poor game against Darwen, dashing their hopes of a league win.  Darwen made 140 all out and bowled Dale out for 56.

2nd XI scorecard

Sunday XI scorecard

1st’s Win 2nd’s Lose, Just

1st XI continued their improved recent form with an excellent win over Penwortham 2nd XI.  With James Ainscough moving abroad, John Taylor took over the captaincy and started well, winning the toss and asking Penwortham to bat first on a green wicket.  Mac Morris made an early break through but then Penwortham built a decent partnership for the 2nd wicket.  Ed Brown managed to get the breakthrough but Penwortham continued to build a decent score, Dave Jackson in particular causing the Dale bowlers some issues.  New signing Abdul Rehman Shah came into the attack and removed Jackson with an excellent Yorker.  He continued to take Penwortham wickets and they collapsed to 139 all out.

Dale didn’t start the run chase well, losing 4 wickets inside the first 10 overs but Winstanley (30) and Cuffin (23) steadied the ship before Mac Morris blasted 49 not out off 46 balls supported by Pathan (20 not out) to see us home.

2nd XI batted first at Hutton Grammar but had a nightmare, only Iqbal Ahmed managing a decent score.  Iqbal was attacked whilst driving his taxi 2 weeks ago and its a credit to him that he was able to dig in and try and get a score.  All out for 74 which was always going to be under par despite the poor bounce on Hutton’s astroturf wicket.

Dale where left rueing not making 100, as Penwortham were 8 down when they chased down the target.  Vahaluwala picking up 4 wickets.

1st XI scorecard
2nd XI scorecard

2 out of 3 ain’t bad


1st XI made it 2 wins in a row for the 1st time this season by beating BAC/EE Preston 1st XI.  Dale skipper Ainscough won the toss and asked BAC to bat 1st.  They struggled to 127-8 off 45 overs, excellent bowling by all of the bowling attack but Curt Morris was the pick with 4-22 off 10.  Imran Jangar topped scored for BAC with 26.

Dale took their time over the chase, recovering from losing Curt Morris and Ainscough for single figures.  Nazife and Williams ground their way towards the total and then Alex Cuffin saw his team over the line with 25 not out.

2nd XI lost to a strong Chorley 3rd XI.  Boosted by news that there could be 4 potential promotion spots in Division5, Dale were asked to bowl first by Chorley.  Ross Demming made 95 not out as Chorley posted 183-7 off 45.

Dale struggled with their reply, Imran Paladiwala with a quick fire 30 was the only highlight as they were bowled out for 114.

Sunday XI were awarded their 2nd game in a row after Cherry Tree couldn’t raise a side.

1st XI scorecard
2nd XI scorecard

A Great Weekend!

1st XI produced a vintage display against Wrea Green 1st XI.  Batting 1st they set 203-9, Captain Ainscough with a quick fire 71 off 75 balls.  Ed Brown smashed 2 large 6’s on his way to 34 not out of 29 balls at the end.  Wrea Green never settled when they batted, the accuracy of Brown and raw pace of Mac Morris proving to be too much.  John Taylor and Gareth Winstanley mopped up the tail to record a great win.

2nd XI had a much easier day, bowling BAC/EE Preston 2nd XI out for 33.  Imran Paladiwala with 4-3 off 9 overs but all the bowlers contributed.  Dale knocked it off 3 down inside 12 overs.

Sunday XI were awarded their game against Croston as they couldn’t raise a side making it a perfect weekend.

1st XI scorecard

2nd XI scorecard

Mixed Fortunes


1st XI lost at fellow division 2 strugglers Tarleton.  Batting 1st they set 175-8, Curt Morris with an excellent 80.  At one point it looked like 200 was on but a mini collapse ended those hopes.  It proved to be costly as Tarleton managed to reach the target in the 44th over, despite the best efforts of the Dale bowling attack.

2nd XI managed a win however, local rivals Hoghton setting 107 to win.  Dale knocked it off 6 down on a bowling wicket, Hoghton made it a tricky chase.  Captain Neil Harvey top scoring with 21.

1st XI Scorecard
2nd XI Scorecard

Bad Day at the Office

Both teams were handed a spanking by Standish last Saturday.  Undefeated Standish 1st XI batted first and racked up 242-4 off their 45 overs.  Usman Khushnood continued his dominance of Division 2 with an excellent 101 not out.  Dale were left rueing several dropped catches on what was a flat batting deck.  Dale collapsed to 75 all out, only captain James Ainscough with any meaningful contribution.

2nd XI were unable to make a decent total (107 all out) which was never going to be enough on a decent Standish wicket.  Standish 2nd XI knocked it off 4 down inside 17 overs.

1st XI Scorecard               2nd XI Scorecard