Darwen all set for a final fling

First published in Cricket

JOHN Cordingley leads Darwen into the final game of the Northern League season tomorrow and he has been boosted ahead of the trip to Blackpool as talented teen Alex Davies is available.

Davies, who has been on Lancashire duty this week in the County Championship clash with Surrey at Liverpool, could be playing his final game for the Towers with the relegated Red Rose likely to take the wicketkeeper and batsman, who starred for England in the U19 World Cup in Australia, on a full-time county contract next season.

Professional Shaun De Kock is also in the team for the trip to Stanley Park as the Towers bid to end their campaign on a high.

Chorley finished their season last weekend, and have no game on the final day.

But their Windsor Park ground is the venue where most eyes will be turned to as leaders Fleetwood face Preston there.

Fleetwood’s Broadwater has suffered badly with the weather this year and is unfit for action – so Mat Clarke’s men have borred Chorley’s ground and know that a win will see them claim the silverware.

Barrow are also in the chase for the title – but for them to win the league they have to beat Morecambe at the Ernest Pass Memorial Ground and hope Fleetwood slip up against Preston.

Barrow also announced that Ben Stokes will be the sub professional for the final day match.

Cumbrian Stokes has played for England and currently plays county cricket for Durham.

Leyland also have an outside chance of winning the league – but they must beat Netherfield at Parkside Road and hope that both Fleetwood and Barrow slip up.

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