Tommo’s keeping Leyland bid alive

Leyland batsman Henry Thompson on his way to 55
Leyland batsman Henry Thompson on his way to 55
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Leyland eased past Lancaster to keep their title hopes alive in cricket’s Northern League.

Their 62-run victory at Fox Lane earned them maximum points on Saturday.

Electing to bat first after winning the toss, David Makinson’s men put a decent 192-9 on the board.

Luis Reece scored 31 at the top of the order while Henry Thompson continued his good form with the bat, hitting nine fours on his way to 55.

Tom Reece, batting at four, added 41, that trio providing the bulk of the Leyland runs.

Alex Metcalfe produced a tidy bowling performance for visitors Lancaster, returning figures of 4-22 in seven overs.

He removed Leyland’s middle order, Tom Reece, Nathan McDonnell, Andrew Makinson and Karl Cross all falling to him.

There were three wickets for Ben Simm, the Lancaster skipper claiming 3-36.

Simm was out for a duck as their reply started badly, but opening partner Michael Barry went on to hit 62 off 89 balls before losing his wicket to Luis Reece.

Lancaster were eventually all out for 130 in the 35th over, Lee Sparks adding 22 batting at seven.

Three Leyland bowlers took three wickets – Reece, Will Jacques and Cross.

Blackpool continue to hold a commanding lead at the top of the table, their win at the weekend coming against Morecambe.

It was a stroll in Stanley Park for the title favourites, the victory coming by nine wickets.

They dismissed Morecambe for only 56, skittling them out by the 33rd over.

Just the top three of the order made it into double figures as Christi Viljoen and Richard Gleeson performed superbly with the ball.

They shared the wickets, with Viljeon taking 5-28 and Gleeson 5-24 as they bowled unchanged.

In reply, Blackpool knocked off the runs for the loss of just Gleeson for 32, Matthew Houston finishing unbeaten on 19 and Viljeon on five.

At the other end of the table there was a welcome win for Preston – only their second of the summer. They triumphed at St Annes by five wickets and will hope that the result boosts their confidence for the remaining games.

Preston asked their hosts to bat first and limited St Annes to 160-9 in 40 overs.

Adam Holt top scored for St Annes with 49 at the top of the order, Thomas Bradley their next highest run-maker with a knock of 29 off 29 balls.

Saeed Bariwala took 4-36 from a 13-over spell, Andrew Starkie and Soyeb Kapadia both returning two wickets.

Preston’s reply saw them wobbling on 76-5, Bariwala hitting 31 and Saffarz Navaz Patel 24.

But pro Soyeb Dukanwala first steadied the ship and then led the visitors’ victory charge.

His rapid-fire 52 off just 55 deliveries included six fours and two sixes.

Dukanwala shared a stand of 85 with Yasin Patel in 18 overs to guide Preston over the winning line.

Chorley’s visit to Shap Road saw them lose against Kendal by 17 runs. Kendal were 150 all out after being put in, Darren Moore hitting a half-century.

There were five wickets for Gaurav Dhar, Will Moulton helping himself to two.

Chorley probably fancied their chances of a successful chase but were to fall short after being bowled out for 133.

Keiran McCullagh, batting at eight, top scored with an unbeaten 54.