In-form Luis Reece will be hoping to lead Leyland to the final of the Readers Cup on Sunday.

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Luis out to lead Leyland to final

The Lancashire star is scheduled to line-up for the Fox Lane outfit in their last four clash against Lancaster at home.

After beginning the season out-of-sorts for his county, Reece has returned to form with the over the past couple of weeks after spending a period on the sidelines with a hand injury.

In his past couple of appearances for Leyland, he has hit two centuries – both against Fleetwood.

In a league clash against Mat Clark’s men, Reece smashed the attack to all parts of the ground in a brilliant 113.

He then guided Leyland to the semi-finals of the Readers Cup on Sunday by hitting a superlative 123 against the same opponents.

Reece has also been among the runs for Lancashire Seconds – striking two centuries against Worcestershire and Leicestershire.

It is a double header weekend for Leyland – they play Darwen on Saturday away from home.

Elsewhere, Chorley face the long trip north to Penrith, while Preston – still searching for that elusive first win of the season – host Fleetwood at West Cliff.

Meanwhile, in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division Garstang captain Ian Walling feels his side must perform against Fulwood and Broughton to ensure the good work against Great Eccleston is not undone.

The Riverside outfit extended their lead at the top of the Palace Shield Premier Division to 11 points, after they defeated title challengers Great Ecc on Saturday.

In a one-sided encounter at Hall Lane, Garstang ran out five-wicket winners.

Walling himself starred in the match claiming figures of 5-30 off 15 overs.

On Saturday, Garstang travel to Fulwood and Broughton.

“We’re all really pleased with the victory against Great Eccleston, we didn’t expect it to be that easy,” said skipper Walling.

“Fulwood are always a tough team, they’ve got some good players and we can’t rest on our laurels.

“We’ve got to turn up against Fulwood and Broughton, if we don’t, it would undo some of the good work against Great Eccleston.”

Walling reserved praise for young seamer Ryan Wells.

Wells was recalled to the first team at the weekend and took the key wickets of Ollie Parkinson and Jim Thistlethwaite before finishing with figures of 3-25.

“Ryan made an instant impact,” Walling added.

“He’s done well in the first and second team this year and he’s taken more than 60 wickets.

“I don’t think Great Ecc have seen much of Ryan.”

Tomorrow’s fixtures

NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE: Blackpool v Lancaster, Darwen v Leyland, Morecambe v Kendal, Netherfield v Barrow, Penrith v Chorley, Preston v Fleetwood

PALACE SHIELD PREMIER DIVISION: Freckleton v Croston, Fulwood and Broughton v Garstang, Fylde v Great Eccleston, Hoghton v Thornton Cleveleys, Penwortham v Longridge, Vernon Carus v BAC/EE Preston