Leyland eye royal romp at Windsor Park

Tayyab Afsar has been in red-hot form so far this summer
Tayyab Afsar has been in red-hot form so far this summer
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Unbeaten Leyland’s chairman Justin Mote is looking forward to a tasty encounter with Chorley tomorrow.

In-form Leyland take on their local rivals at Windsor Park, Chorley buoyed from progressing in the ECB National Knockout last weekend

But despite sharing top spot in the Northern League Division One table with Darwen, Mote is expecting a tough match.

He said: “Our games against Chorley are always fiercely competitive. They are our nearest local rivals and everyone wants to win.”

Darwen and Leyland currently share the lead at the top of the league with 77 points even though both sides have already been hampered by foul weather conditions.

Chorley have managed to play nine matches in the league, whilst Leyland have notched up seven.

The bad weather has not dampened Leyland’s start to the season as they have won five matches, recorded one winning draw and abandoned one match as they aim to retain the title.

Leyland travel to Chorley rallied by their recent victory over Fleetwood, then host Lancashire Colts at Fox Lane on Sunday afternoon.

But Mote is not counting his chickens and knows the team need to continue their fine start.

He said: “It us still early doors in the season. With bad weather again it is hard to predict.

“We have had a very encouraging start. We are currently joint top of the Northern Premier.

“It is a shame we have had a couple of games washed out.

“But in the matches we have played we have shown a lot of promise.”

New signing Alex Ross is Leyland’s highest run score, amassing 325 runs in seven innings with a batting average of 54.16.

He has been well supported by Tom Reece who has averaged 57.6 in eight innings.

Mote praised Ross and hopes the Australian can add more runs to his tally in tomorrow’s derby clash.

He said: “Alex is our overseas player and has had a terrific start to the season and we expect his form to continue.”

As well as excelling with the bat, Leyland have been skittling out the opposition thanks to chief wicket taker Tayyab Afsar’s clinical spin bowling that has seen him notch 27 victims.

Afsar has already taken three five-wicket hauls and has been backed up by captain David Makinson and Karl Cross’ low economy rates.

Mote is expecting a decent crowd at the weekend as Leyland will be taking many supporters to Windsor Park.

Meanwhile, in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield, leaders Vernon Carus host Thornton Cleveleys.

There is a tasty-looking battle at Highfield as third-place Fulwood and Broughton entertain Great Eccleston.

FIXTURES

NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE: Barrow v Kendal, Chorley v Leyland, Fleetwood v Darwen, Lancaster v Preston, Netherfield v Blackpool, St Annes v Penrith. Sunday: Leyland v Lancashire Colts.

PALACE SHIELD PREMIER DIVISION: Freckleton v Withnell Fold, Fulwood and Broughton v Great Eccleston, Longridge v BAC/EE Preston, Penwortham v Fylde, Vernon Carus v Thornton Cleveleys, Whittingham and Goosnargh v Withnell Fold.