Parky keeps the heat on leaders

Chris Parkinson hit 83 for Leyland in their victory against Fleetwood
Chris Parkinson hit 83 for Leyland in their victory against Fleetwood
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It is as-you-were in the Northern League title race after Bank Holiday victories for top two Blackpool and Leyland.

Both won batting second in difficult conditions on Monday afternoon, with Blackpool remaining 25 points clear at the summit, although Leyland have a game in hand.

Leyland beat Fleetwood by six wickets at Fox Lane, helped greatly by an unbeaten 82 from Chris Parkinson.

The opener’s impressive knock came from just 87 deliveries and included 17 boundaries.

Nathan McDonald hit 32 and Andrew Makinson joined Parkinson at the crease for an unbeaten 19 as the home side chased down their target, posting 157-4 in reply to Fleetwood’s 153-9 tally.

Five of those Fleetwood wickets had been claimed by Henry Thompson, who posted figures of 5-47 from 13 overs.

Skipper David Makinson claimed 2-32 and Karl Cross 2-28.

At Stanley Park, Blackpool beat neighbours St Annes by eight wickets.

Once again Christi Viljeon and Richard Gleeson teamed up to produce a fine bowling performance.

Viljeon claimed 7-30 and Gleeson 3-25 as St Annes were dismissed for just 67 after being asked to bat first – only Mitchell Bolus and Matthew Grindley made it into double figures.

Blackpool knocked off the runs by the 14th over – closing on 68-2 – Steven Croft opening the batting and finishing unbeaten on 54.

Chorley were beaten by 10 wickets in their clash with Darwen at Birch Hall.

The Duckworth-Lewis rules were needed after the rain came during Darwen’s reply.

Batting first, Chorley had put a decent-enough 151-6 on the board, opening pair Andrew Holdsworth and David Fisher both scoring 32.

Keiran McCullagh added 25 lower down the order and Jack Catterall was unbeaten on 22.

Darwen were 98 without loss when play was halted, with the recalculation going in their favour.

Morecambe won their derby with Lancaster at Lune Road by one wicket after a successful chase.

Hosts Lancaster elected to bat first and were 185-8 after 50 overs, Michael Barry the pick of the bunch with 77.

There were four wickets for Kelly Smuts and two for Tommy Clough.

In reply, Morecambe posted 186-9 to claim victory, James Law coming in at eight to hit a half-century. Last pair Clough and Ayush Sharma saw them home and hosed.

Barrow had a winning draw against Penrith, while Netherfield were emphatic 102-run winners over neighbours Kendal at Parkside Road.

Ben Barrow was the day’s big hitter with an unbeaten 104, his time at the crease featuring nine fours and two sixes. His century helped Netherfield close on 248-4, with Kendal falling way short of that figure in reply.

They were 146 all out, Darren Moore top-scoring with 40.