Reece returns to see off Morecambe challenge

Leyland opening batsman Henry Thompson

Leyland opening batsman Henry Thompson

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The return of professional Luis Reece saw Leyland secure a well-deserved victory at Morecambe in the Northern Premier League.

Bowling first, skipper Dave Makinson handed the new ball to his son Andrew and all rounder Karl Cross.

Both bowled economically and tightly in a fine opening spell.

Andrew Makinson took 2-18 off his 11 overs as he

removed both Morecambe openers.

Cross claimed the one wicket off his 11 overs bowling Ryan Smith who failed to trouble the scorers.

Dale Jones claimed the all important wicket of Morecambe professional Vishal Tripathi.

Jones had Tripathi caught behind as wicketkeeper Adam Coates took an easy catch.

Jones who finished with figures of 2-52 claimed the other wicket of Ryan Pearson but Leyland were left frustrated after a late Morecambe partnership.

Skipper Lewis Edge and Tom Barnfield added 74 in a sixth wicket partnership as the Leyland bowlers struggled to make a breakthrough.

Edge punished some wayward bowling from Daniel Lamb and ensured Morecambe closed on 160-5 off their 50 overs.

The opening partnership of professional Reece and Henry Thompson which has destroyed many a Northern League bowling attacks didn’t fail to disappoint.

Both Reece and Thompson started quickly and bludgeoned several boundaries.

Thompson was the first wicket to fall as he fell for a well made 42 off 56 deliveries.

Thompson hit seven fours in his 42 before he fell to the bowling of Gareth Pedder.

The wicket of Thompson brought to the crease the

in-form Nathan McDonnell.

McDonnell smashed an unbeaten 35 including four sixes as the Morecambe bowlers failed to contain both

batsmen.

Reece who has been in fine form for Leyland, Lancashire and Leeds/Bradford MCCU saw the side home hitting an unbeaten 75.

The Fox Lane outfit secured an excellent nine-wicket victory and never looked in trouble chasing 162 in 38 overs.

Leyland 2nd XI had a draw at home to Morecambe.

Batting first, Leyland posted 138-8 off their 45 overs as Jake Peake top scored for Leyland, hitting 40.

The experienced Steven Pallett continued to give batsmen a headache as he claimed 3-19 off his 12 overs.

Pallett was the pick of the bowlers, as Will Jacques, James Rounding, Alex Williams and Jake Peake all picked up a wicket each as Morecambe closed on 115-7.