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Mee glee at final fling for league
PADIHAM star Steve Meehan is relishing the prospect of taking to the field again for the Houldsworth Solicitors Ribblesdale League representative team after helping them into the final on the Kookaburra Reader Inter-League competition.
Meehan and company booked their clash with the Bolton League thanks to a 28-run win over the North Lancashire and Cumbria League at Furness CC on Sunday.
And veteran Meehan played his part with a four-wicket haul to help the league team into the showdown – and says the success is even more special as this season has marked his representative debut.
“It’s great,” he said. “We are all really excited about the final and to beat a side who have won the competition before is an achievement.
“The league team has a good atmosphere in it, all the lads in the team get on well and we can hopefully go on and win the trophy.
“For me it is extra special as well as this year is my first time in the league team so to win through to the final is as good as it gets.”
John Rain top scored with 45 and received good support from Joe Marshall (39) and Ben Dowling (31) as the Ribblesdale League posted 210-9 before Meehan helped himself to four wickets with the North Lancs and Cumbria League bowled out for 182.
News of the result spread around Europe as well with umpire and league stalwart taking a keen interest despite being on holiday.
“Trelly was on the phone all day to John Bushell,” added Meehan. “He said he was taking more interest in the cricket than the beach – so I think he will enjoy the final.
“We’ll get a bus together and go to Bolton and have a good day -and hopefully come back with the trophy.”
The Ribblesdale League will now travel to meet the Bolton League on Sunday, August 12.