Makinson in the wickets as Leyland win

Leyland v Lancaster Karl Cross in action for Leyland Picture
Leyland v Lancaster Karl Cross in action for Leyland Picture

Leyland secured an excellent two-wicket victory at home to Lancaster in Division One of the Northern League.

Bowling first, Andrew Makinson was handed the new ball and struck instantly removing Jamie Heywood fourth ball of the innings.

Makinson then removed Alex Metcalfe and Charlie Swarbrick as Lancaster struggled to contain the right arm quick.

Lancaster professional Jannisar Khan steadied the ship as wickets tumbled at one end with Makinson removed Danny Welbourne and claimed his fourth wicket.

Dale Jones replaced Makinson in the bowling attack but struggled to pitch the ball in the right areas.

Khan and Kieran Moffatt punished the wayward Jones bowling and steadied the Lancaster ship taking the score past 100.

Khan (61) and Moffat (52) ensured Lancaster would be posting a more than respectable total.

Khan eventually fell to Jones and then Moffat was removed by Andy Makinson who claimed an excellent five-wicket haul.

Dave Makinson used all his experience to claim three wickets but a nuisance innings from Lancaster captain Ben Simm saw the Lune Road outfit post 170-9 off 50 overs.

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

In-form Nathan McDonell then fell soon after before Lancaster claimed the prize wicket of professional Luis Reece for 18.

Chris Parkinson, who is enjoying a great season dug in deep and batted, excellent for 61.

As Leyland edged closer to the score wickets continued to tumble as Adam Coates (22) , Andrew Makinson (11) and Karl Cross (7) all fell.

But young Jake Peake stepped up to mark and hit an excellent 20 not out along with the unlikely hero with the bat, captain Makinson, who hit 16 off 16 balls giving Leyland a two-wicket win with three balls to spare.

The win increases the pressure on leaders Barrow at the top of the Northern League with still plenty to play for.

n The 2nd XI secured a comfortable victory at Lancaster.

Bowling first, the experienced Steven Pallett struck early along with James Rounding (4-19) tore through the Lancaster lineup.

Will Jacques (1-25)and Alex Williams (3-14) chipped in with wickets as Lancaster were all out for 83.

Leyland never struggled in their chase.

And eventhough Jonny Mote fell for 10, youngster Ross Bretherton (28) and Tom Reece (31) saw the side home for a nine-wicket win.