Leyland threaten league leaders in rain-affected tie whilst Chorley slump to defeat

Kieran McCullagh took for wickets for Chorley on Saturday against Barrow
Kieran McCullagh took for wickets for Chorley on Saturday against Barrow

Leyland put a dent in Morecambe’s Northern League title hopes after claiming a winning draw at The Stanning Memorial Ground.

The game was reduced to 35 overs aside after heavy rain ensured there would be a delayed start.

Making first use of the Fox Lane track, Leyland’s overseas amateur Richardt Frenz top scored with 58 off 84 deliveries.

The wicketkeeper-batsman hit seven fours and one six in his knock.

Frenz’s knock helped the visitors post a target of 142 for victory, having amassed 141-7 in 35 overs.

Suraj Randiv was the pick of Morecambe’s bowlers, taking three wickets for 59 runs from 18 overs.

In reply Morecambe’s Gareth Pedder (12) found the flying Chris Parkinson who took a spectacular diving catch in the gully.

Morecambe’s good start was to begin to unravel as first Mark Woodhead then Ryan Pearson were to fall in quick succession.

This brought together two of Morecambe in-form men in Suraj Randiv (29) and Lewis Edge (29) who combined wonderfully taking Morecambe forward.

However, Randiv tried one shot too many to be caught sharply at cover by Luis Reece and skipper Josh Dixon pulled straight to midwicket, losing his wicket.

Phil Dennison came and went as Morecambe’s hopes of chasing Leyland’s total faded.

Eddy Read combined well with Gert Maartens until Read was bowled by Dave Makinson.

Clough and Maartens were left to bat out the final few overs to seal a draw.

Sam Oldham was Leyland’s star bowler returning figures of 3-20 off seven overs.

There was also a brace of wickets for Luis Reece and Makinson whilst all-rounder Karl Cross also claimed a scalp.

Chorley were left to rue a poor batting display as they were well beaten by Barrow.

Despite Keiran McCullagh’s impressive performance with the ball, Chorley faltered with the bat, allowing Barrow to record a 54-run victory at the Ernest Pass Memorial Ground.

The game was reduced to 42 overs a side and Ryan Gilmour top scored with 30, as the hosts posted 132-8.

McCullagh tore through the top order, taking four of the top five scalps, including captain Toby Mowat for 15 as he bagged four wickets for 19 runs in an 11 over spell.

But Chorley could not chase down the total.

Only four batsmen made it into double figures as Chorley were bowled out for 78.

Will Moulton the top scorer with 15.