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Leyland's Chris Parkinson pulls the ball through midwicket
Leyland's Chris Parkinson pulls the ball through midwicket
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Leyland are through to the national stage of the ECB Knockout competition after winning the regional final on Sunday.

David Makinson’s men defeated derby rivals Chorley by 70 runs at Windsor Park.

Historically, the home side have an excellent record in the competition, having won it twice in the 1990s at Lords.

Indeed, last summer they reached the semi-final, but there is to be no glorious run this season as they were well beaten by their neighbours.

After winning the toss, Makinson chose to bat first. Following a slow start, a partnership of 74 between Henry Thompson (38) and Sam Oldham (44) gave the innings impetus.

The run rate rocketed once Nathan McDonnell entered the fray as he smacked a brilliant 64 off 41 balls, including seven sixes.

Leyland eventually closed on 188-8, with Edwin Moulton the pick of the bowlers taking 4-24.

In reply, Chorley never looked close to chasing down the total as they lost wickets at regular intervals.

Ian Oakes top scored with 35, but Sam Oldham’s three wickets helped the visitors dismiss Chorley for 118.

It was a welcome win for Leyland after they suffered a losing draw the day before at home to Netherfield in the Northern League Division One.

In a close, high-scoring contest, the visitors posted 271-5 after being inserted into bat. Ben Barrow and Marc Brown both hit 70 and Richard Potter contributed 81.

Leyland made a valiant effort in chasing down the target, but fell nine runs short of victory.

Chris Parkinson top scored with 81 and Richardt Frenz top scored with 78. Mark Clarkson returned figures of 4-58.

Chorley, meanwhile, agonisingly missed out by one wicket on an outright victory over Kendal on Saturday at Shap Road.

Australian overseas amateur Brenton McDonald was the star of the show as he struck a fine half-century as the visitors posted a sizeable 202-8. The leg spinner then took 5-19 as Kendal closed on 148-9 in reply.

Preston’s search for a first win of the season goes on after they were thumped by reigning champions Blackpool at West Cliff.

The visitors declared on 237-5 after winning the toss and batting first. Joshua Boyne was unfortunate to fall nine runs short of three-figures, while Stephen Twist cracked a quick-fire 56.

Christi Viljoen took 5-32 as Preston were bowled out for just 90 after 34 overs. Only Sajid Patel (27) and Mustaq Tailor (26) showed any resistence.

Elsewhere, the reins were pulled in on leaders Morecambe’s title charge as they suffered a losing draw to third-placed Darwen at Birch Hall.

Half-centuries from Ammer Mirza and Khaya Zondo enabled the home side to close on 244-7 and despite Josh Dixon’s 83, Morecambe fell 63 runs short of victory in their reply.

Second-bottom St Annes enjoyed a winning draw over Lancaster at Lune Road, with Matthew Grindley impressing with 5-47.

Penrith defeated Fleetwood away after chasing down the home side’s total of 259-5.