Leyland triumph in league and cup

Leylands Dale Jones took six wickets
Leylands Dale Jones took six wickets

Leyland sit one point behind league leaders Barrow in the Northern Cricket League after defeating Netherfield.

Batting first, Leyland were bowled out for 157 – and unusually inside their 50 overs.

The Fox Lane outfit lost Henry Thompson early but Lancashire first teamer and club professional Luis Reece, along with Nathan McDonnell, steadied the ship after the early loss of Thompson.

McDonnell batted well for 28 before he fell to the bowling of Shane Dixon 23.

Chris Parkinson then fell soon after to Dixon, and then it was pro claims pro as Colin Ackermann removed Luis Reece for 39 off 75 deliveries.

Daniel Lamb (10) and Karl Cross (15) fell to Bradley Earl and Greg Hall respectively.

An assured knock from young wicketkeeper Thomas Murray held the Leyland Innings together.

Murray hit 29 off 50 balls as Leyland slowly moved the score on.

James Rounding and Dave Makinson all fell cheaply as Leyland posted 157 off 45.5 overs.

But the Netherfield innings was all about one bowler – and that was Dale Jones.

Jones bowled with pace and accuracy and destroyed the Netherfield batting order as they were bowled out for 96.

Jones removed Marc Brown and Ben Barrow who both scored four before all-rounder Cross claimed the prized wicket of professional Ackermann.

Jones then removed Hall and Cross claimed the wicket of Dixon as Leyland had Netherfield on the ropes and could sense an early victory.

John Huck offered some resistance hitting 27 and Bradley Earl hit 24, but the Netherfield batting line-up had no answer to Jones who steamrolled through the tail.

He finished with figures of 6-37, while Cross claimed 2-28.

Dave Makinson took all of four balls to take another Northern League wicket, and James Rounding claimed the other to wrap up an emphatic 61-run victory to leave Leyland right on the heels of Barrow, and with plenty of cricket still to be played.

Sunday’s Readers Cup tie again brought another victory as Leyland avenged their league defeat against Lancashire Colts by dumping them out of the cup.

Bowling first, Karl Cross struck in his first over removing the promising Jake Hooson for zero.

Haseeb Hameed and James Drummond repaired that early loss by taking the score to 75.

But Drummond fell to the bowling of Steven Pallett, who rolled back the years, bowling excellently for figures of 1-22 off eight overs.

Will Hale was then ran out for a diamond duck by Chris Parkinson, before David Makinson claimed the wicket of Josh Bohannon.

Leg spinner Tayyab Afsar claimed the wicket of Callum Turner and then the vital wicket of Hameed for 43.

Afsar claimed four wickets for 32 runs in a fine spell of bowling.

And he was ably supported by Makinson (2-22) and Cross (2-18) as the Colts were bowled out for 134 off 39.4 overs.

The Leyland reply got off to the worst possible start as Henry Thompson fell fourth ball of the innings without troubling the scorers.

Nathan McDonnell fell soon after along with Chris Parkinson, who also fell for zero.

Luis Reece took the score to 46 as he smashed a quick fire 34 off 32 balls, but he fell to the bowling of Ben Roberts.

Danny Lamb showed his quality and steadied the innings, scoring 29, but Adam Coates fell for three.

When Lamb fell, Cross and James Rounding ensured Leyland wouldn’t be throwing away victory after a fine bowling display.

Cross and Rounding hit unbeaten scores of 28 and 20 as the pair saw their side home by sealing a four-wicket