Leyland’s hopes of retaining the Furness Building Society Northern Premier Cricket League were dealt a crushing blow after a heavy defeat at home to Kendal.
St Annes’ dramatic win in a low-scoring game at Lancaster saw them stretch their lead over Leyland to 22 points, although Dave Makinson’s side play their game in hand on the leaders this weekend.
Leyland’s batsmen had no answer to Kendal skipper Chris Miller, as they went down to defeat by 108 runs at Fox Lane in a curtain-raiser to this Sunday’s Readers Cup Final.
Off-spinner Miller captured 7-23 in 14 overs as Leyland collapsed to a dismal 54 all out.
Openers Luis Reece (12) and Lancashire 2nd XI player Henry Thompson (11) put on 19 for the first wicket but once they were parted the Fox Lane outfit slipped to 28-6.
Pro Brett Pelser was well caught by Nick Phillips at cover for one of five ducks in the scorecard.
Karl Cross (17) and James Rounding (12 not out) took the score to 52 before another collapse saw them lose four wickets for two runs.
Earlier Kendal pro Jamie How, who kept wicket impressively as an emergency top-scored with an impressive 41 off 40 balls after play began nearly half-an-hour late due to a saturated outfield.
How was run out by Pelser, who also claimed the assist for Nick Phillips’ run-out as well as two catches.
Skipper David Makinson took 3-57 but the problems were all with Leyland’s batters.
Leyland 2nds remain 20 points clear at the top of Division Two after a one-sided game against a poor Kendal outfit. The defending champions bowled the hosts out for just 20 in 20 overs and were back on the motorway southwards within two hours of the game commencing.
Danny Lamb and Steven Pallett each took three wickets. Leyland took less than four overs to complete the victory.
Leyland 3rds are second in Division Three of the Palace Shield League after a 65-run win over Garstang 2nds.
Batting first they posted a competitive 149-9 in their 45 overs with openers Martin Brown (46) and Thomas Murray (45) giving their team an excellent platform.
In reply they bowled Garstang out for 84 with Chris Kelly taking 4-21.
It was their 13th win of an impressive season and they now trail BAC/EE Preston 2nds by only three points.
There was no result in the Division Four match at Wellfield between Leyland 4ths and Withnell Fold 2nds.