Leyland win with help from the weather

Leyland v Blackpool, Northern League match at Fox Lane in Leyland Leyland batsman Brett Pelser
Leyland v Blackpool, Northern League match at Fox Lane in Leyland Leyland batsman Brett Pelser

Leyland avenged last weekend’s league defeat to Barrow as they knocked them out of the cup and took a place in the final.

Barrow posted an excellent score of 221-4 off 40 overs but rain intervened in the Leyland reply reducing the target which Leyland chased and they won with one ball to spare.

Leyland got off to an excellent start as the returning Andrew Makinson removed Dean Williams for nought.

But Leyland struggled from their as Barrow pro Jonathan Wells and Cumberland batsmen Ryan Brown took it to the Leyland attack.

Wells hit 66 off 79 balls including 11 fours and one six with Brown hitting a magnificent unbeaten 132 off 131 balls.

Leyland captain David Makinson used six bowlers in the Barrow innings but only Andrew Makinson (2-36) and sub professional Devon Conway (2-46) claimed the Barrow scalps.

Skipper Makinson opted for a different pair opening the batting as professional Luis Reece was absent and Henry Thompson lacking form.

Nathan McDonnell and Chris Parkinson were given the opportunity but McDonnell fell early for four.

Sub pro Conway fell for 14 to last weekends destroyer Wells, but teenager Danny Lamb along with Parkinson steadied the ship for Leyland.

Lamb and Parkinson both drew in the plaudits from skipper Makinson who said ‘they both batted excellent and looked very good.’

Lamb hit 30 before falling LBW to Patrick Allington but the star batsmen was Parkinson who hit 70 off 73 balls.

Parkinson was unfortunately run out and inbetween the covers coming on and off in the Leyland innings, Thompson saw a return to form as he smashed 36 off just 26 deliveries.

Adam Coates chipped in with 19 and Thompson saw the side home as Leyland chased a revised target of 180 off 32 overs.

Leyland were left frustrated on Saturday after only managing a winning draw against Blackbool.

The Blackpool number 11 managed to block out the last two overs to leave captain Dave Makinson frustrated as it was the third time this season they have had teams nine down and struggled to finish them off.

Blackpool won the toss and decided to bowl and had instant success as Henry Thompson went first ball to Ben Eckton.

But soon after professional Richard Gleeson pulled up after two balls meaning he couldn’t bowl for the rest of the innings.

Lancashire star Steven Croft took 4-96 off 24 overs but the star man for Leyland was Danny Lamb.

Lamb hit a superb 89 with help from sub pro Brett Pelser (48) as Leyland posted 203 off 50 overs.

Andy Makinson was the pick of the Leyland bowlers taking 4-18 with Lamb, Alex Williams, Dave Makinson and James Rounding all chipping in.

But Leyland were left frustrated by number eight Alex Smith (68*) who ensured it would be a draw.