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Lancashire Knock Out Cup, sponsored by Heineken, quarter-final preview

Lancashire Knock Out Cup, sponsored by Heineken, quarter-final preview

Lancashire Knock Out Cup, sponsored by Heineken, quarter-final preview

It promises to be a big weekend of recreational cricket as the 2018 Lancashire Knock Out Cup, sponsored by Heineken, moves to the quarter-final stage, with four intriguing ties on offer.

Tipped as the ‘tie of the round’ Northern CC, who sit second in the Liverpool & District Cricket Competition, take on Walsden CC who are 16 points clear at the top of the Lancashire League.

Speaking ahead of the clash, Northern first team captain James Cole said, “Everybody at the Club is looking forward to welcoming Walsden to Moor Park this Sunday, for what promises to be a great game of cricket, between two sides fighting at the top end of their respective leagues.”

Another side sitting at the top of the table is Netherfield CC, leaders of the Northern League standings, taking on Ormskirk CC, who themselves boast a rich history in the Cup.

There will also be Red Rose interest in this one as Josh Bohannon, George Lavelle and Tom Hartley all play their cricket at Ormskirk and could feature.

Ian Heath, Club Secretary at Netherfield explained, “We’ve had many great contests with Ormskirk in the latter stages of the Lancashire Knock Out Cup over the years. This Sunday will see a repeat of the 1990 final and we will also be looking to avenge defeat to Ormskirk in the National Cup, earlier this season.

There’s set to be a fascinating clash in East Lancashire as two Lancashire League side’s face-off when Darwen CC take on Rochdale CC.

The home side, Darwen, currently sit fourth in the table while Rochdale, newcomers to the league this year, are eighth – this will be their first meeting of the season as they don’t cross paths in the league until August.

Mark Friend, first team captain at Darwen commented, “The Lancashire Knock Out Cup is the toughest competition in the county. It helps put your club on the map and allows you to test your skills against the best. It’s something that every club wants to win, so that they can say they are the best in the county!”

The final tie of the round will see Leyland of the Northern League travel to Clifton, who have former Red Rose wicket keeper Gareth Cross in their ranks, while Academy players Sam Dorsey and Robert Lord could also feature for the Greater Manchester Cricket League outfit.

Keep an eye out on the Lancashire Cricket Foundation website to find out who comes out on top this Sunday and reaches the semi-final stage of the Lancashire Knock Out Cup, sponsored by Heineken.

Lancashire KO Cup bracket

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