Leyland are left frustrated by Morecambe’s resistance

Andrew Makinson batting against Morecambe
Andrew Makinson batting against Morecambe

Leyland slipped further behind in the hunt for the league title after a Morecambe’s tail-end wagged to deny David Makinson’s side a much-needed victory.

The Fox Lane outfit could only manage a winning draw in overseas amateur Alex Ross’ final game for the side.

Nathan McDonnell (82) and Andrew Makinson (65*) starred with the bat as Leyland posted a mammoth 231-6.

Morecambe skipper Tommy Clough elected to bowl first and looked to have enjoyed his decision as Leyland were reduced to 49-4.

Jonny Mote (5), Ross, (14), Henry Thompson (0) and Chris Parkinson (19), all found themselves back in the pavilion as Yakub Bhamji and professional Kelly Smuts tore through the top order.

Leyland were struggling, until McDonnell and Makinson seemed to relish the challenge and counter attacked against the Morecambe opening pair.

The pair took Leyland past the 100 mark as Clough’s side failed to capitalise on their positive start.

Morecambe finally made finally made the breakthrough with Leyland on 164 when

McDonnell, who deserved a century, became Bhamji’s latest victim.

However, all-rounder Karl Cross came to the crease and continued to attack and he and Makinson put on 56, with the latter scoring 35 off 25 delivers.

Despite falling late on, Makinson walked off unbeaten as Leyland closed on 231-6.

Morecambe started strongly in their chase, with Ikram Ullah ( 28) and Jordan Willoughby (23) both having positive starts.

But like the promising start in the first innings, the pair failed to capitalise and both became victims of the impressive Cross.

Cross (3-42) accounted for the wicket of Smuts, before Tayyab Afsar took the vital wicket of Lewis Edge.

Leyland continued to press and Afsar took his second wicket of the match removing Ryan Pearson before skipper Dave Makinson had Adam Derham caught by McDonnell.

Leyland sensed a victory and things became worse for the home side when Makinson bowled James Law.

Morecambe’s Josh Dixon occupied the crease for 58 deliveries frustrating the Leyland bowlers before his defences were finally breached after a spinning off break from Thompson bowled him.

Bhamji (31*) and Clough (17) both played their shots in entertaining knocks towards the end of the innings but the latter eventually holed out to Ross off the bowling of Afsar.

Bhamji and Ayush Sharma stood firm at the end of the innings, the latter not facing a delivery to deny Leyland what would have been a deserved 15-point victory.

n Leyland second team strengthen their grip on the Division Two title claiming a winning draw at home against Morecambe.

Dale Vardy fell two short of a deserved century after he was run out on 98.

Tom Reece hit 85 and Sam Oldham scored 46 as Leyland hit 252-5 off 45 overs.

Will Jacques took 4-35 but Morecambe stood firm and closed on 160-8.