Makinson’s men in derby triumph

Nathan McDonnell batting for Leyland against Chorley
Nathan McDonnell batting for Leyland against Chorley
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It was derby delight for Leyland on the opening day of the new Northern Cricket League First Division season.

David Makinson’s men triumphed over Chorley by 73 runs at Windsor Park.

Having won the toss, Leyland elected to bat first and they posted 192-6 off their allotted 50 overs.

Their total owed much to a fine half-century from South African professional Richard Frenz and their innings was given added impetus towards the end thanks to a 50 from Andrew Makinson.

In reply, Chorley never got close to overhauling their opponents’ total in the face of some tight bowling.

David Makinson was the pick of the bowlers as he returned 4-15 off eight overs.

Karl Cross chipped in with three wickets and there was only Chris Harty (24) who managed to score above 20 for the home side.

It appears Preston are in for a long campaign after they suffered a crushing 296-run loss away to Penrith.

Having elected to field first, Yasin Patel’s men could not stem the flow of runs as the home side racked-up 333-4 from 44 overs.

Ryan Carruthers and Alex Atkinson both struck brilliant centuries, while Michael Slack contributed 58.

In reply, Preston knew the writing was on the wall when professional Sajid Patel was dismissed third ball by Paul Hindmarch.

The Penrith opening bowler took a further four wickets as Preston were routed for an embarrassing 37 off 18 overs.

Greg Hall chipped in with three wickets.

Blackpool got the defence of their title off to the perfect start as they comfortably swept aside Netherfield at Stanley Park.

The home side closed on 174-9 after deciding to 
have first use of the batting track.

Matthew Houston top scored with 37 and Andy Furniss chipped in with 36.

Mark Clarkson was the pick of the bowlers with 4-42.

Wickets tumbled in Netherfield’s reply as they were bowled out for just 64 inside 18 overs.

South African star Juan de Villiers took 4-28 and Richard Gleeson returned figures of 5-31.

In a high-scoring contest, Darwen secured a winning draw over St Annes at Vernon Road.

The visitors were asked to bat first and the batsmen found the wicket to their liking as they posted 284-6 from 48 overs.

Ammer Mirza top scored with 68 and Kamran Anwar also hit a half-century.

In St Annes’ reply, the visitors fell one wicket short of an outright win as the home side closed on 202-9.

At one point openers Andy Kellet (67) and Adam Holt (71) looked like they might take St Aness to an unlikely victory but once they were dismissed, St Annes’ challenge faltered.

Lancaster enjoyed a comprehensive 111-run victory over Kendal at Shap Road after posting 183-9.

The home side were bowled out for just 72 with Ian Perrieman, Liam Moffat and Ben Simm each taking three wickets apiece.

Fleetwood travelled to Cumbria at the weekend and returned from the Ernest Pass Memorial Ground with a resounding 80-run victory over Barrow.