Narrow loss for Leyland

STRUGGLE: Leyland's batsman Chris Parkinson
STRUGGLE: Leyland's batsman Chris Parkinson

Leyland 1st XI 85 – all out Fleetwood 1st xi – 86-9

Leyland’s defence of their Northern League title started with a one-wicket defeat at Fleetwood on Saturday.

The Fox Lane outfit missed the calming influence of injured skipper David Makinson, who is still nursing a bad back.

Leyland’s player of the season in 2010, Luis Reece, was also missing because of university commitments, forcing a reshuffle at the top of the order.

Henry Thompson moved up to open from No.3, and found scoring especially difficult as he took 90 balls to score 15.

He was one of just three double figure scores, as the long outfield made scoring boundaries almost impossible.

Pro Brett Pelser scored 16 before being given out LBW as the visitors collapsed from 47-2 to 54-8.

A succession of poor shots – combined with the needless run-out of Andrew Makinson – gave the watching Makinson Snr food for thought.

Pete Cummings, batting at No.10, top scored with 24, and combined with last man Tayyab Afsar to post a final score of 85 in 47 attritional overs.

In the first game of last season, Leyland were bowled out for just 77 against Carnforth, but then bowled out their opponents for 27.

The hero that day was Reece, who took 7-10, and in his absence the bowling on Saturday was shared between Pelser, Cummings and Afsar.

All three bowled well with Cummings taking 4-51 to complete a good personal match.

Unfortunately Leyland lost by one wicket, and will need to produce a better performance next week against St Annes.

Leyland 2nd XI – 264-3 Fleetwood 2nd xi – 78 all out

Ian Farrington made a winning start as captain of Leyland 2nds, but he will know that tougher tests lie ahead after a 186-run demolition of Fleetwood 2nds at Fox Lane on Saturday.

Leyland look to have an excellent chance of defending their title with strength in depth in all departments.

Ian Dickinson, who has arrived from Croston, hit 56 while another new signing, David Fisher, gave the first team a nudge with a top score of 77.

Daniel Lamb also underlined his potential with an innings of 60 as Leyland closed on an imposing 264-3 in their 50 overs.

Chasing a big total the Fleetwood batsmen couldn’t lay a bat on Steven Pallett, who took 2-4 off nine overs, including seven maidens.

Youngster Alex Williams showed his talent by taking 5-35.