Last-wicket stand frustrates Leyland

Kieran Moffat hit 69 for Lancaster but his team lost to St Annes
Kieran Moffat hit 69 for Lancaster but his team lost to St Annes
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Leyland have slipped further behind Blackpool in the race for the Northern League Division One title.

While the leaders were busy routing Kendal, David Makinson’s men were frustrated by Morecambe’s last-wicket partnership, which meant they could only register a winning draw on Saturday.

After being asked to bat first at Woodhill Lane, Leyland found themselves in trouble early on as they were reduced to 49-4.

However, Nathan McDowell and Andrew Makinson repaired the damage with a century stand.

McDonnell eventually perished 18 runs short of a hundred – becoming Yakub Bhamji’s third victim – but Makinson (65 not out) helped the visitors close on 231-6 with Karl Cross cracking a quick-fire 33.

Cross then removed Morecambe’s top three as Leyland closed in on an outright victory.

However, Bhamji held firm with the bat to score 33 not out to remain at the end with No.11 batter Ayush Sharma.

Blackpool had no such problems in their match against Kendal at Shap Road.

After electing to bowl first, the leaders ran through the home side in double quick time.

Only two batsmen made it to double figures as Christi Viljoen took 7-19 and Richard Gleeson chipped in with 3-25.

The home side were dismissed for a miserable 46 inside 29 overs.

In reply, Gleeson struck 31 as the visitors took 12.2 overs to reach their victory target for the loss of just one wicket.

Chorley’s recent good form continued on Saturday as they brushed aside Penrith at Windsor Park by five wickets.

Nicky Burns hit a half-century as the visitors posted 178. David Fisher impressed with the ball, taking 3-15. Despite losing two cheap early wickets, Chorley cruised to victory with 17 overs to spare thanks to half-centuries from Ian James Dickinson and Mohammed Jamal.

Preston’s disappointing season continued at West Cliff as they well beaten by Darwen at the weekend.

After winning the toss and electing to bowl first, home skipper Saeed Bariwala appeared to have made the correct decision.

He performed brilliantly with the ball to take 7-43 as Darwen struggled with the conditions – apart from one man.

South Africa professional George Linde struck a brilliant century – with the next best score being 25 from No.11 batsman Chris Wade.

Linde’s knock enabled Darwen to reach 173 before they were dismissed.

The Springbok then turned executioner-in-chief as he took a remarkable 9-32 as Preston were routed for 98 off 45 overs.

St Annes enjoyed a five-wicket victory over Lancaster at Vernon Road.

Set a sizeable 233 for victory, the backbone of the home side’s innings was an excellent 84 from Adam Holt, who hit 16 fours and one six.

Kieran Moffat had earlier hit 69 for the visitors with Lukman Vahaluwala taking 4-56.

Barrow were emphatic 128-run winners over Fleetwood at the Ernest Pass Memorial Ground.

Kaustubh Pawar and Ryan Brown both hit centuries as Barrow posted a huge 261-3 declared.

Pawar then took 5-5 as the visitors were bowled out for 133. Adam Sharrocks top scored with 42.