Leyland make it three wins on the spin

Ross Bretherton took three wickets
Ross Bretherton took three wickets

Leyland are beginning to find their form in the Northern League Division One after picking up their third win on the spin at the weekend.

After a poor start to the summer, James Rounding’s men are starting to move up the table.

They enjoyed a crushing 153-run victory over Barrow at Fox Lane, thanks in the main to Umar Waheed’s superlative unbeaten century.

The batsman struck 15 boundaries and two sixes as the home side posted 217-8.

Ross Bretherton and Andrew Jacques then took three wickets apiece as the victors were all out for a paltry 66 off 31.1 overs.

Chorley moved up to fourth in the table after getting the better of Penrith at Windsor Park.

Edwin Moulton took 4-35 and Stuart Naden 3-17 as the visitors were dismissed for just 110 off 43.5 overs. Chris Stockdale (53) was the only bright spark for Penrith.

Chorley lost five wickets in response, but Will Moulton’s unbeaten 39 guided the hosts to victory.

There was more woe for rock-bottom Preston as they were thoroughly outplayed by Garstang at the Riverside.

Rizwan Patel had given the visitors a scent of 
success when he took three early wickets after Preston skipper Nizam Patel had 
inserted hosts.

However, Garstang skipper Mark Walling’s fine 74 and South African ace Coen Oosthuysen’s brilliant 90 helped the home side close on 256-7 declared.

Danny Gilbert then took 5-45 and Fayaz Ughradar chipped in with 3-21 as Preston were all out for 96. Rizwan Patel top scored with 26.

Fulwood and Broughton were beaten by St Annes despite posting a sizeable 220-6 at Vernon Road. Professional Simon Kerrigan struck a brilliant 95 – a knock which included three sixes. He was given excellent support by captain Mark Smith (56).

Unfortunately for F&B, St Annes reached their victory target on the final ball with three wickets in hand. Richard Staines unbeaten 62 down the order proving crucial.

Jamar Ifill scored 40 and Tom Higson 35. Arbab Munir took three wickets.

Blackpool were knocked off top spot at Stanley Park after losing to Netherfield, who duly leapfrogged above them in the table. The previous leaders could only muster 135 all out after being asked to bat first.

Matthew Houston top scored with 38 and there were four wickets apiece for John Boyle and Marc Hadwin.

In reply, the visitors secured victory with more than 10 overs to spare with Josh Dixon hitting 42.

In the final match of the weekend, Fleetwood got the better of Morecambe in a thrilling contest at Woodhill Lane. The visitors posted 210-7 and the home side edged to victory with three wickets and one ball to spare.