It was a bitter-sweet weekend for David Makinson’s Leyland team as they experienced both victory and defeat.
In the league, the Fox Lane outfit were outfoxed by four wickets against Barrow.
But Sunday brought cup success, as a makeshift Leyland first team advanced into the second round of the National Knockout at the expense of Bolton League outfit Kearsley.
Games against Barrow are always closely fought and Saturday was no different.
After winning the toss, Leyland were quickly on the back foot as Nathan McDonnell and overseas amateur Richardt Frenz fell cheaply.
Henry Thompson (24) and Chris Parkinson (17) countered the Barrow attack but both failed to build on their starts.
All-rounder Karl Cross top scored with 38 and he was supported by Ross Bretherton (15) and Thomas Murray (20) as Leyland were bowled out for 155 in 44.2 overs.
Cross showed his quality with the ball claiming two early Barrow scalps, before professional Tharanga Paranavitana (25) and Sam Dutton (64*) put the visitors in pole position.
Dale Jones claimed the prized wicket of Sri Lankan Paranavitana.
But Michael Wellings occupied the crease well to score 44.
The introduction of Frenz saw him take the wickets of Wellings and Adam Hunter while Thompson removed Toby Mowat, who failed to trouble the scorers.
But despite Leyland’s flurry of wickets, Dutton stayed calm to guide his side home.
n On Sunday, Will Jacques took 4-39 as Kearsley were bowled out for a competitive 214.
McDonnell also took 3-34, with Sam Oldham, Andrew Jacques and James Rounding each taking a wicket.
Leyland started their chase poorly, with McDonnell and Parkinson both failing the trouble the scorers.
Oldham hit 36 but the top scorer of the innings was Reece who scored a super 90.
With the game evenly poised, Bretherton batted with class to score an unbeaten 57 and guide the Fox Lane outfit to victory.
n Leyland were worthy winners against Barrow seconds.
James Rounding took 4-24 as Barrow were restricted to 122-8. Then Tom Reece hit 44 and Hamza Khan scored 36 as Leyland chased with total in 37.4 overs.