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Friday, 21 November 2014

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Lindal plotting Vigodny Cup upset against Cockermouth

EXPERIENCED Lindal A skipper Alastair McDougall admits his side are the underdogs going into Sunday’s Vigodny Cup final against Cockermouth A.

The sides meet for the second time in eight days at St George’s Road, Millom, following a rain-affected league draw at Lindal last weekend.

Lindal were looking good to chase down Cockermouth’s 159 when rain intervened at Pennington Lane with the home side needing 37 more runs from 12 overs, with six wickets in hand.

But McDougall knows promotion-chasing Cockermouth are not among the favourites for the North Lancs Division Two title for nothing and will be stern opposition in the final.

“It will be good for a lot of our players who haven’t played in a final – a good experience for them,” said McDougall, whose son Callum, with 25, and Andy Baxter, with 37, top-scored for his team against Cockermouth last weekend.

“I’m looking forward to it. I think they will be favourites, but you never know on the day of the final, anything can happen.

“We’ve got a good set of lads. They have all contributed through the rounds – everyone has stood up at different times and I am very proud of them.

“In the earlier rounds, the younger players brought us through, but in the semi-final we were struggling batting before two or three of the older players got us into a winning position.

“That showed we’ve got a good balance in terms of batting and bowling through the side.”

Lindal will be without Lancashire Ladies player Laura Marshall for the Vigodny Cup final after she scored 22 not out against Cockermouth.

Marshall is on duty with the Red Rose county, having missed the entire cup run for the same reasons.

Young spin bowler Jake Woods will feature, however, having impressed McDougall with his displays this season and bowled his team into the final. The 16-year-old took 4-14 in nine overs in the semi-final victory over Dalton to ensure it was Lindal heading to Millom this weekend.

“Jake bowled really well in the semi-final after the people in the lower-order got us to a good total,” said the Lindal captain.

“He bowled really well and got the main batsmen who were doing the damage out. There are individual people of merit like him, but it has been a team effort to reach the final.”

Cockermouth reached the final with a six-wicket win at Hawcoat Park last weekend.

The North Cumbrian side are skippered by another veteran in the shape of Steve Chambers – who hit 81 against Lindal on Saturday – and sit third in Division Two, with a game in hand over the leading pair of Furness and Whitehaven.

McDougall knows Chambers will be a major threat, but is also wary of a youthful side filled with endeavour.

“I’ve known Steven for a lot of years and he is a quality player – they rely on him to score runs,” he said.

“They’ve got a very young side as well – they are a very progressive club and they work very hard at producing good, young players.

“That shows in their standing in the Premier Division, but also in where they are with their second team looking to get promoted to Division One. It will be nice to pit my wits against Steven.”

The big league game of the weekend takes place at Furness Park tomorrow where reigning Premier Division champions Furness takes on Millom in a second-versus-third battle.

There’s a huge game in Division One also, with second-placed Vickerstown hosting table-toppers Appleby Eden.

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