Leyland on course for double delight

Lancashire Colts Callum Parkinson in action against Chorley in the Readers Cup
Lancashire Colts Callum Parkinson in action against Chorley in the Readers Cup
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Leyland stayed on course for a league and cup double when they progressed through to the second round of the Readers Cup on Sunday.

The Northern League Division One reigning champions and current leaders were far too strong for Penrith at Fox Lane.

After being asked to bowl first, David Makinson’s men made early inroads as the visitors’ top three were dismissed without scoring a run. Only Will Tyson – down at nine in the order – showed any real prowess with the bat as he top scored with 34.

Penrith were eventually dismissed for 122 inside the 39th over with Andrew Makinson the pick of the bowlers, taking 3-27.

In reply, Leyland had no trouble knocking off the runs as they reached their victory target for the loss of two wickets in the 24th over.

Lancashire star Luis Reece hit 43 and Daniel Lamb finished unbeaten on 32.

There was no cup cheer for Preston as they were resoundingly beaten by Kendal at Shap Road.

They were on the receiving end of a sensational innings by Jamie How, who struck 150 off just 82 balls. His knock contained 10 fours and 11 maximum hits as Kendal closed on 267-6.

In reply, Nick Lewthwaite and Chris Miller took three wickets apiece as Preston were bowled out for 136. Yasin Patel top scored with 38.

Chorley’s hopes of an extended cup run were destroyed by a fantastic bowling display by hot young Lancashire prospect Callum Parkinson at Windsor Park.

The 17-year-old youngster took 5-11 as Lancashire Colts dismissed Andrew Houldsworth’s men for just 66.

Earlier Matthew Critchley had struck a quick-fire half-century as the Colts closed on 189-8 off their 40 overs.

In other first-round matches, Darwen defeated Fleetwood by 45 runs, and Blackpool got the better of Morecambe by 13 runs.

Netherfield continued their recent fine form by sweeping Lancaster aside by seven wickets.

It was Meyler Cup quarter-final day in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield.

New Premier Division leaders Great Eccleston moved into the semi-finals by registering their second victory over champions Vernon Carus in as many days. Tony Knight hit 49 as Vernons posted 157 all out, but Mohamed Nadeem’s unbeaten 37 lead Great Ecc to victory for the loss of six wickets.

Cup winners in 2011, Penwortham enjoyed a seven-wicket win over First Division outfit Norcross. Jack Aspden hit an unbeaten 64 as the Premier Division outfit reached their victory target of 200 after Norcross had earlier posted 199-8.

Garstang were comfortable six-wicket victors over Fulwood and Broughton with Ryan Well impressing with the ball, taking 5-15.

BAC/EE Preston also booked their place in the last four by beating Withnell Fold by eight wickets. BAC/EE bowler Jonty McDonald returned figures of 4-18.