Leyland knocked off league summit

Alex Ross
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Leyland suffered their first Northern League defeat of the summer as Blackpool replaced them at the summit of the Division One table.

The visitors recorded a 10th consecutive league success, winning by five wickets in the top-of-the-table meeting at Fox Lane.

Electing to bat first on their home track after winning the toss, Leyland were 140-8 in their 50 overs.

Top scorer was Tom Reece with an unbeaten 35, while Australian professional Alex Ross hit six fours on his way to a knock of 31 and Karl Cross added 26.

Christi Viljoen produced a fine bowling display, with the Blackpool pro taking 6-55 from a 25-over spell.

In reply, Blackpool chased down their target inside 38 overs with five wickets down.

Richard Gleeson put solid foundations in place, scoring 42 off 91 deliveries at the top of the order.

His wicket eventually fell to a Makinson combination – son Andrew taking a catch off the bowling of his dad David.

Stephen Twist scored 34 with Andy Furniss hitting the winning runs as he finished unbeaten on 29.

For Leyland, Makinson Snr took 2-16 and Cross 2-27.

Chorley drew with Barrow at Windsor Park, the visitors having the better of the game.

After being asked to bat first, Barrow put a strong 212-8 on the board.

Kaustubh Pawar struck 52, with Ryan Brown falling one short of a half century.

Will Moulton and Joseph Tiffin took a pair of wickets each for the home side.

Moulton performed well with the bat as Chorley chased the Cumbrians’ tally.

Coming in at four after the top three had lost their wickets cheaply, Moulton struck four sixes and six fours on his way to 75 off just 77 balls.

There was little support around him, only Gaurav Dhar and Billy Smith reaching double figures.

Chorley closed on 132-9 to hold out for the draw, Smith and Chris Harty the last men standing.

Morecambe picked up a welcome victory, beating Penrith by 43 runs at Woodhill Lane.

Batting first, Morecambe were 146 all out, Kelly Smuts their top scorer with 47.

Lewis Edge added 38 and Gert Maartens 22, with Penrith’s Jack White posting figures of 6-43.

Morecambe then produced a fine bowling display to dismiss their visitors for 103 in the final over.

Smuts took 5-27 and Yakub Bhamji 4-3, Bhamji’s dismissal of No.11 Will Tyson leaving Jonathon Osbourne stranded on 43 at the other end.

Preston were well beaten by Kendal, losing by 106 runs in their West Cliff meeting.

Ryan Shepherd and Gary Baker both hit half centuries in Kendal’s first innings tally of 198-8. In reply, Preston were 92 all out, Yasin Patel hitting 32 and Saeed Bariwala 19.

St Annes lost by four wickets to Darwen at Vernon Road.

They were invited to bat first and were 116 all out, Adam Holt contributing 40.

It was a total chased down by third-place Darwen in 40 overs, with the visitors putting 118-6 on the board.

Netherfield were 65-run winners over Fleetwood, helped by Ben Phillips’ century (103) and 96 from Marc Brown.

l The leadership of the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division has changed hands again with Vernon Carus back on top.

Title-holders Vernons beat Whittingham and Goosnargh by nine wickets, replacing Garstang at the summit after their defeat to Thornton Cleveleys.

They were comprehensive winners at Guild Park, bowling W&G out for just 58.

Paul Hayton took 7-34 and Richard McCutcheon 3-7, Sheeraz Polli the hosts’ top scorer with 22 when batting at number eleven.

Vernons knocked off the runs in the 10th over with one wicket lost, Ian Dunn hitting an unbeaten 35.

A 74-run victory for Great Eccleston over BAC/EE Preston moved them up into second place.

Great Ecc put 185 all out on the board, Mohammed Nadeem’s knock of 62 being the bedrock of the innings.

John McKeever took three wickets for BAC, with Danny Wilcock and Thomas Wilson claiming two each.

In reply, BAC were 111 all out, Jim Procter taking 5-47 and Jon Jeffries 4-39 as Great Ecc secured the points.

Longridge are up into third thanks to a six-wicket win at Fulwood and Broughton.

A half century from Mark Smith and 36 from fellow opener Ben Parkinson helped F&B post 176-6 after they had elected to bat first.

It looked a decent total but Longridge chased it down for the loss of four wickets.

Openers Joshua McDowell and John Simpson hit 69 and 56 respectively, with Luke Platt hitting the winning runs.

Garstang’s loss to Thornton came by seven wickets at the Riverside Sports Ground.

They were asked to bat first and were dismissed for 104 with Jake Apperley proving to be their nemesis.

Apperley took 6-37 in 18.5 overs, with Daniel Howard and Sam Bradshaw taking the other wickets.

Thornton replied with 105-3 to claim victory, Howard and Graham Smith unbeaten on 27 and 26 respectively.

Freckleton enjoyed their visit to Penwortham, winning by 54 runs. Batting first, they posted a strong 201 all out, with Andrew Hogarth and Jamie Hogarth both hitting 55.

All 10 wickets were claimed by Andrew Sidgreaves (5-52) and Jon Roebuck (5-55).

Penwortham replied with a score of 147-8, running out of overs to get near Freck’s tally.

Phil Chapple hit 42 and Martin Hewitt 34.

Fylde gained a much-needed win, beating Withnell Fold by eight wickets. A gutsy knock of 67 from Michael Atkinson helped Withnell score 150-6.

It was a target which the hosts successfully chased down, scoring 152-8 – Paul Willis hitting 58.