Leyland pay for a lacklustre display

Sam Oldham batting for Leyland
Sam Oldham batting for Leyland
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After opening the new Northern League First Division season with a win last weekend, Leyland suffered a surprise defeat to Barrow on Saturday in front of their own supporters.

David Makinson’s men were never at the races after winning the toss and failing to make good use of their decision to bat first.

They lost wickets at regular intervals and were dismissed for an inadequate 155 inside 45 overs.

The visitors’ opening pair of Stephen Boyd (3-37) and skipper Daryl Wearing (3-33) did most of the damage as only Karl Cross (38) managed to score above 30 for Leyland.

Cross then gave his team some hope in Barrow’s reply by removing both openers.

But Sam Dutton’s unbeaten 64 and Michael Welling’s quick-fire 44 ensured Wearing’s men reached their target with plenty of wickets and balls to spare.

Preston’s miserable start to the new campaign continued as they were routed by St Annes at West Cliff.

The visiting sub-professional Wes Lansdale wreaked havoc with the ball as he took 5-12 and Michael Robert Harling chipped in with three wickets.

Only Mustaq Tailor (48) came to terms with the batting conditions as Preston were bowled out for 90 in 37 overs.

Lansdale then blasted a fine half-century as St Annes raced to their victory target for the loss of eight wickets inside the 16th over.

Chorley suffered a comprehensive 123-run defeat against Darwen at Birch Hall.

The home side batted first and accumulated a sizeable score of 224-9 from their allotted 50 overs.

Opener Ammer Mirza top scored with 71 and he was well supported by Daniel Saipietro with a half-century. Chris Harty took three wickets.

In reply, Chorley never looked like threatening Darwen’s total as they were all out for 101.

Niall Burke took 5-28, while Brenton McDonald ensured there was some respectability to Chorley’s total with a fine 45.

Reigning champions Blackpool were unable to force an outright victory over Penrith at Stanley Park.

In a match reduced to 46 overs due to rain, Paul Danson’s men were asked to bat first and posted a huge score of 269-4 before declaring after 44 overs.

Stephen Twist was the star of the show with a brilliant 110 not out off just 77 balls and Andy Furniss also impressed with an unbeaten 74.

The visitors battled hard in their reply and denied the title holders the maximum points.

They closed on 190-7 with Alex Atkinson hitting eight boundaries and three sixes in his entertaining knock of 61 off 57 deliveries.

Fleetwood’s Ian Holland produced a fine individual performance to almost single handedly earn his team an away victory over Kendal.

The opening bowler took 7-34 from 17 overs as the home side struggled to 89 all out from 34 overs.

In reply Saeed Bariwala took four wickets but Fleetwood’s victory was never in doubt after Adam Parker (45) and David King (23) put on 68 for the opening wicket.

In the final game of the weekend, Morecambe enjoyed an excellent win away at Netherfield in a match which was reduced to 40 overs per side.

After being put in to bat, the visitors built a competitive total of 181-6 with Phillip Dennison top scoring with 65 and Josh Nixon contributing 37. South African Dieter Klein took three wickets.

In reply, the home side were dismissed for 134 despite Richard Potter’s half-century. Tommy Clough took 5-24 and Suraj Randiv chipped in with three wickets.

Meanwhile, Garstang are the early leaders of the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division after a six-wicket win over Thornton Cleveleys.

They are one of three sides to have won their first two games of the season and top the league ahead of Penwortham and Freckleton courtesy of an extra bowling bonus point.

Asked to bat first on their home track, Thornton were 150-7 in a game reduced to 28 overs per side by the weather.

Jon Eade top scored with 61 at the top of the order, an unbeaten 20 from Jordan Beech keeping the scoreboard ticking along.

Garstang chased down their target with five balls to spare, Mark Walling hitting 43 and skipper Ian Walling an unbeaten 38.

Penwortham claimed a seven-wicket win over Fulwood and Broughton at Middleforth.

F&B were 110-5 after being put in to bat, opener Mark Smith hitting a half-century.

In reply, the hosts put 133-3 on the board to get the win, Jack Aspden scoring 32, David Jackson 27 and Alex Unsworth an unbeaten 30.

Freckleton beat Vernon Carus by six wickets, that a second straight defeat for the defending champions.

Vernons were invited to bat first and were restricted to 97-5 in their 30 overs.

Christian Ash was their top scorer with a knock of 38.

Danny Gilbert and Ian Baldwin claimed two wickets each for Freck.

Joshua Holden scored 35 at the top of the order in the home side’s reply, fellow opener contributing 17.

Michael Rigby, batting at five, was unbeaten on 18, seeing Freck home and dry together with Hogarth.

Longridge were 10-wicket winners against Croston at the Newsham Memorial Ground.

There were a good number of runs scored in a reduced 37 overs clash, Croston 135-4 in the first innings.

Stephen Langton scored 63 and Sam Marsh 45, Rory McDowell claiming 3-32.

Openers Daniel Wilkinson and Joshua McDowell chased down the runs for Longridge, Wilkinson unbeaten on 89 and McDowell 41.

Hoghton pulled off a great nine-wicket victory against Great Eccleston.

They dismissed Great Ecc for 115, Will Monks and Mohamed Banka taking three wickets apiece.

Monks contributed 37 with the bat, opening partner Darren Eccles htting an unbeaten 52.

Fylde were 42-run winners over BAC/EE Preston.

They were 208-3, David Crawforth scoring 51 and Paul Hogarth an unbeaten 44.

In reply, BAC/EE were 166-9, Jack Mansfield 44 not out while Noel Berry hit 34.