Leyland keep up the title pressure

Leyland's Will Jacques celebrates the wicket of Chorley opener David Fisher
Leyland's Will Jacques celebrates the wicket of Chorley opener David Fisher
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Leyland won their derby clash with Chorley to maintain their defence of the Northern League title

They were victorious by eight wickets at Fox Lane and have five games left to try and claw back Blackpool’s 28-point lead at the top.

It was a good afternoon for Leyland skipper David Makinson, who asked Chorley to bat first after he had won the toss.

The former Lancashire man then went on to claim 3-44 as the visitors were dismissed for 154 inside 49 overs.

His son, Andrew Makinson, was also among the wickets, posting figures of 2-28.

Tayyab Afsar took 4-21, with Will Jacques collecting the other wicket.

For Chorley, there was some solid enough batting in the higher order.

Will Moulton was their highest scorer with a knock of 36, while Ian Dickinson hit 28 and Keiran McCullagh 23.

Leyland chased down their target in the 33rd over for the loss of two wickets.

Opener Karl Cross led the way with 67 off 89 deliveries, hitting 11 fours and a six along the way.

Henry Thompson, batting at three, struck a rapid unbeaten half century off just 45 balls.

Tom Reece joined him at the crease to see Leyland home, finishing 13 not out.

Blackpool are still the side to catch, the Stanley Park outfit putting another victory on the board at the weekend.

They beat Netherfield by eight wickets, largely thanks to a ruthless bowling display.

The Cumbrian visitors were dismissed for just 60, with only three of their batsmen making it into double figures.

Blackpool professional Christi Viljeon reeled in 5-26, with Richard Gleeson taking 3-23 and Steven Mercer 2-2.

In reply, opener Gleeson lost his wicket for a duck but Matthew Houston went on to score 26 and Alex Smith finished unbeaten on 30 as Blackpool closed on 64-2.

Preston’s meeting with Lancaster at West Cliff ended in an entertaining draw.

It was a high-scoring affair, 421 runs on the scoreboard by the close.

Lancaster chose to bat first after winning the toss and were 214 all out in 48.4 overs.

Michael Barry hit 94 before the opener lost his wicket to the bowling of Preston skipper Saeed Bariwala.

Further down the order, Iain Burstow struck 46.

In reply, Preston lost both of their openers cheaply but their fortunes changed with Jibran Khan’s arrival.

He struck 108, this Khan’s third ton in five matches.

Soyeb Dukanwala gave him solid support with a knock of 41, while Javaid Hussain added 24 batting at seven.

Preston got to within seven runs of Lancaster’s tally with their last pair at the crease bur ran out of overs to claim victory.

St Annes had a comfortable seven-wicket win away to Penrith.

They destroyed their hosts’ batting, dismissing them for a meagre 39.

Lukman Vahaluwala and Matthew Grindley did much of the damage, taking 5-28 and 4-4 respectively.

The visitors then knocked off the runs with three wickets down inside 11 overs.

Third-place Darwen were five-wicket winners over Fleetwood at Birch Hall, George Lindle hitting 64 in their successful reply.

Kendal and Barrow drew their meeting at Shap Road.

Barrow opener Kaustabh Pawar was the day’s big-hitter with 121.