League and cup victories for Leyland

Jibran  Khan bowls for Preston to Andrew Makinson
Jibran Khan bowls for Preston to Andrew Makinson

Leyland’s double-header weekend saw them record two fine victories over Kendal in the Northern League and Preston in the National Knockout.

The Fox Lane outfit had to play at BAC/EE’s ground on the Sunday due to Fox Lane and West Cliff both unavailable.

But Leyland still recorded a convincing 62-run victory over Preston.

Batting first, Andrew Makinson led from the front, hitting an unbeaten 71 which included three fours and four sixes.

Tom Reece stepped up from the second team and hit 25, with youngster Sam Oldham adding a positive 22 and skipper Dave Makinson bludgeoning a quickfire 17 as Leyland closed on 181-9.

In reply, Preston had no answer to leg-spinner Tayyab Afsar as his ripping deliveries tore through their batting as he claimed 5-18 off 7.1 overs.

Nathan McDonnell showed he is a handy option with the ball taking 3-44, but the day belonged to Afsar as Preston were bowled out for 119.

Overseas amateur Alex Ross led from the front in Saturday’s fine win over Kendal.

The home side were bowled out for 181 in the 50th over as professional Jamie How top scored with 90.

Karl Cross took 3-49 and the ever-consistent Steven Pallett rolled back the years taking 3-21 including the prize wicket of the destructive How.

Promising all-rounder Danny Lamb hit an unbeaten 60, but Ross showed real talent hitting 54 off 64, including four fours and four sixes.

Henry Thompson hit 24 and McDonnell closed the innings with Lamb scoring an impressive 30 as Leyland chased the total with five overs remaining.

n The second team just hung on for a draw against Kendal.

Leyland posted 156-8 and restricted Kendal to 155-9 off 45 overs.