Thompson and Lamb set up win

Dave Makinson bowling
Dave Makinson bowling

Title-chasing Leyland thrashed Preston by 120 runs to gain maximum points at West Cliff in their Northern League clash.

Leyland skipper David Makinson decided to bat despite being without the services of professional Luis Reece, who was on county duty.

Chris Parkinson and Nathan McDonnell opened the batting and both openers fell quite early only managing two runs each.

But the two early wickets didn’t effect Leyland as Danny Lamb and Henry Thompson took advantage of the extra time at the crease.

Both Lamb and Thompson batted excellently on a sluggish wicket.

Lamb and Thompson looked in no trouble at all throughout the innings and both brought up their half-centuries in a classy style.

Preston were running out of ideas.

The batsmen hit professional Soyeb Dukanwala out of the attack, along with Rehman Shah and Sajid Patel.

Lamb finally fell for a well made 68 but Thompson kicked on and made his into the nineties.

But Thompson failed to get to three figures and was caught by pro Dukanwala off the bowling of Imtiaz Matak for 92.

Adam Coates, Karl Cross and Andrew Makinson chipped in with late runs to take Leyland to 204-5 off 50 overs.

Preston never looked like chasing the runs down after Karl Cross (2-24) and Andy Makinson (1-22) bowled well at the start.

But the main man with the ball was skipper Dave Makinson as he tore through the Preston line up claiming 6-7 off 9.4 overs.

Lamb chipped in with a wicket as pro Dukanwala was the only one to offer resustance hitting 45.

But Leyland strolled to victory and a valuable 15 points.