League leaders are toppled thanks to batting Frenz-y

Richardt Frenz
Richardt Frenz

Richardt Frenz hit a superb match-winning 90 as Leyland condemned Northern League champions Blackpool to a second consecutive defeat.

Paul Danson’s side only lost two matches last season as they blasted their way to the title – now they have lost two in the space of five days.

Leyland were the latest winners after a combination of tight bowling and superb batting ensured Dave Makinson’s side emerged with a 12-point success.

Batting first, Blackpool’s young opener Matthew Houston set a fine example scoring 58 off 90 balls.

Tom Jefferson (0) and Alex Smith (1) were sent packing by Karl Cross and Alex Smith before professional Christi Viljoen helped repair the Blackpool innings.

Viljoen scored an unusually restrained knock of 43, which included six fours, before he became the first of two Dave Makinson victims.

Improving all-rounder Nathan McDonnell once again chipped in with the ball taking 3-40 off 13 overs.

McDonnell’s prize wicket was Blackpool’s aggressive all-round Andy Furniss.

Furniss was ticking along nicely on 37 off 42 balls before a smart bit of wicketkeeping by Tom Murray stumped him.

More tight bowling saw Houston removed as Blackpool close on 163-8.

Makinson bowled a tireless spell of 2-56 off 20 overs.

Leyland’s innings started terribly as Ross Bretherton fell without troubling the scorers.

Opener Chris Parkinson (21) ticked along nicely with Frenz until he was caught by Furniss off the bowling of

Viljoen.

Tom Reece (9) came and went as did Sam Oldham (0).

With the game evenly poised, Andrew Makinson came to the crease and alongside Frenz, the pair ensured it would be Leyland taking the points.

The pair batted sensibly punishing a number of loose deliveries.

Skipper Danson used five bowlers but nobody could remove Frenz or Makinson.

The usually dangerous Viljoen, who took more than 100 wickets last season, bowled economically but ultimately it wasn’t enough and it was clear Blackpool missed all-rounder Richard Gleeson’s extra pace with the new ball.

Despite chasing the total with two overs to spare, Leyland were always in control of the game and victory pushes them up to seventh in the Northern League.

This Saturday, Leyland are back on the road as they take on Morecambe – the start time is 1pm.