Leyland dodge rain to move up to third spot

Photo Neil Cross'Leyland v Lancaster - Northern Premier League 'Lancaster's Bairstow is caught by Matthew Watkinson off the bowling of Brett Pelser
Photo Neil Cross'Leyland v Lancaster - Northern Premier League 'Lancaster's Bairstow is caught by Matthew Watkinson off the bowling of Brett Pelser
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Leyland moved up to third in the Northern League with a convincing five-wicket win against Lancaster.

Fox Lane was the only ground in the Northern League to completely avoid the rain. Lancaster’s captain Michael Stevens batted throughout his side’s innings of 147-5, making an unbeaten 72 off 133 balls with six fours.

Lancaster batted like a team expecting ran and pro Brett Pelser bowled superbly to take 3-38 off 16 overs with skipper David Makinson producing a typically miserly spell to concede just 27 runs from 15 overs.

In reply Leyland were wobbling at 96-5 after Luis Reece had made a fluent 34 off 41 with six fours and a six before being harshly given out LBW.

But Pelser (38 not out) steered his side home in partnership with James Rounding (18 not out).

In Division Two defending champions Leyland travelled to Lancaster but were thwarted by the weather.

Ian Farrington’s men had the home team on the ropes at 48-8 off 24 overs with Alex Williams and Stephen Cartwright each taking four wickets.

Leyland had made 136-1 off 32 overs before the first interruption, In-form Ian Dickinson hit 76 not out and Nathan McDonnell was 45 not out.

* Leyland 3rds slipped to a surprise five wicket defeat to New Longton 2nds in Division Three of the Palace Shield.

New Longton had lost their previous four games but they restricted Leyland to 100-8 in 45 overs.

In reply they needed only 30 overs to reach their target.

* Russ Thompson’s 4th XI was frustrated by the rain in their match against Penwortham 3rds on Saturday.

Penwortham had reached 107-5 when the rain came down. Sifton Prince and Monty Cottam - whose combined age must top 100 - took two wickets each.