Henry helps keep Leyland at the top

Henry Thompson leaves the ball and it hits the Blackpool wicket keeper on the head
Henry Thompson leaves the ball and it hits the Blackpool wicket keeper on the head
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Leyland maintained the leadership of the Northern League after a drawn game with Blackpool at Fox Lane.

David Makinson’s men had the better of the clash against a Blackpool outfit who had started the weekend in second place, taking nine points to their visitors’ three.

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, Leyland lost both openers cheaply.

Solid play after that pushed the scoreboard along, Henry Thompson hitting 63 off 106 deliveries.

Richardt Frenz scored 26 and Nathan McDonnell 29, Leyland closing on 171-8.

For Blackpool, Andy Furniss took 3-39 and Daniel Pile 3-43.

In reply, Blackpool posted 129-7 to ensure a draw, opener Matthew Houston top-scoring with 32.

After his knock with the bat earlier, Thompson took 3-29, with McDonnell and Makinson claiming two wickets apiece.

Leyland have a 12-point lead over Fleetwood, who moved into second spot after a six-wicket win at Lancaster.

It was a rain-affected game, Fleetwood set a reduced total to chase in the second innings.

Lancaster had been bowled out for 139, Lee Marshall hitting 39, Rajat Agarwal 37 and Charlie Swarbrick 22.

There were five wickets for Travis Dean and two for Adam Parker.

Fleetwood chased down their target in the 21st over, Parker hitting nine fours on his way to 46, while Dean Bell was unbeaten on 25.

Chorley returned from their visit to Morecambe with nine points in the bag after enjoying the better of a drawn clash.

Again, the Woodhill Lane ground was hit by the weather, with only 20 overs of Morecambe’s reply possible.

Choosing to bat first, Chorley had put a commanding 222-8 on the board.

Will Moulton shone with the bat, hitting 15 boundaries in a knock of 85 off just 58 balls.

Andrew Holdsworth scored 39 and Edwin Moulton 21.

Morecambe were 53-2 in reply when play was halted, Gareth Pedder scoring an unbeaten 27.

Preston drew with St Annes in their visit to Vernon Road, the home side hanging on to their last wicket.

Said Patel was Preston’s top scorer, the skipper hitting 65 in his side’s tally of 184-8.

Patel had won the toss and chosen to bat first, a decision which almost delivered victory.

Miya Ahmed Lunat scored an unbeaten 43, with Saeed Bariwala adding 19.

St Annes were 150-9 in reply, opener Luke Wilks carrying his bat.

Wilks faced 116 balls for his unbeaten 41, Paul Wilks joining him at the crease to bat out for the draw.

Shadley Van Schalwyk scored 39 before becoming one of five victims for Lukman Vahaluwala.

Darwen, who have announced they are leaving the Northern League at the end of the season to join the Lancashire League, remain at the foot of the table after a six-wicket defeat to Kendal.

They were bowled out for 82 after being asked to bat first, Toby Tyson taking 5-28.

Kendal chased down their target in 25 overs, Lesiba Chris Ngoepe scoring 48.

Barrow and Penrith fought out a high-scoring draw at the Ernest Pass.

Batting first, Barrow were 220 all out – Sam Dutton hitting 77 – Penrith replying with 198-6.

Vernon Carus’ victory at Freckleton kept them ahead of the pack in the Moore and Smalley title race.

They won by seven wickets in an entertaining Bush Lane clash, a game which featured some strong batting displays.

Freck were asked to bat first on their home track and put 190-7 on the board in 45 overs.

Joshua Holden hit 72, his time at the crease featuring two sixes and seven fours.

Danny Gilbert scored 43, fellow opener Andrew Hogarth adding 22.

Vernons chased down their target inside 38 overs, scoring 192-3 – their charge led by opener Bob Bridges.

He struck 60 off 83 balls, including eight boundaries.

James McDonagh and James Fiddler pushed the score along and guided the visitors to victory.

Skipper McDonagh finished unbeaten on 52 – facing 64 deliveries – Fiddler hitting a rapid-fire 33 off 21 balls.

Second-place Garstang were five-wicket winners against Penwortham at Riverside.

Their bowling attack got on top after Penwortham had chosen to bat first, the visitors dismissed for 103.

Ryan Wells took 3-30, with Ian Walling, Michael Walling and Gareth Jennings taking two wickets apiece.

Garstang replied with 104-5 to claim victory, Michael Walling scoring 27 and Mark Walling an unbeaten 23.

In a low-scoring clash at Chipping Road, Longridge edged past Fulwood and Broughton by two wickets.

After winning the toss and electing to bat, F&B were 109 all out – Jon Fenton their top scorer with 30.

Alex Mason took 4-30 and matt Greenall 2-21.

Longridge saw wickets tumble in their upper order, six of their first even batsmen out for single figures.

Skipper Kyle Helm, batting at eight, steadied the ship with an unbeaten 17 and saw them through to victory.

But F&B will be ruing the 34 extras they gave away.

The big scorers of the day were Great Eccleston who hit 285-8 in 44 overs against Fylde.

It helped deliver an 118-run win over a Fylde side who are firmly rooted to the bottom of the table.

Will Thistlethwaite scored 86, Adam Green 71 and Mohamed Nadeem 64.

Fylde were 167 all out in reply, Nadeem claiming 6-44.

There was a 27-run win for Whittingham and Goosnargh over Torrisholme.

Harun Patel’s knock of 82, which featured 14 fours, helped W&G to 151 all out after they had first use of their Guild Park track.

Torrisholme were bowled out for 124 in reply, Sheeraz Poli and Sabbir Patel taking three wicket each.

Croston won by nine wickets against Thornton Cleveleys.