Skipper Makinson leads from the front

Leyland's Chris Parkinson
Leyland's Chris Parkinson

Leyland inflicted a first Northern League defeat of the season on big spenders Fleetwood.

David Makinson’s side performed well with bat and ball to romp home with a four-wicket victory.

Leyland were asked to bowl and they struggled early on.

Adam Parker scored 24 while Australian professional David King continued his fine form registering another half-century.

Karl Cross claimed the wicket of Parker while David Makinson dismissed King.

Despite the best efforts of former professional Ian Holland (51), Fleetwood struggled to build on their excellent start, as young all-rounder Sam Oldham took 4-27 off seven overs.

Oldham was well supported by the wily Dave Makinson who bowled economically taking 3-31 off 14 overs.

Makinson claimed the prize wicket of King while also removing Joe Bell and Alex Ryder.

And fine death bowling saw Fleetwood post only 176-9 off their allocated 50 overs.

In reply, Nathan McDonnell fell early on without troubling the scorers but Chris Parkinson (52) and overseas amateur Richardt Frenz (25) countered the early loss.

It was a close game throughout and with the game evenly poised, Frenz fell to the bowling of Parker, who lso took the wicket of Henry Thompson (10).

After his bowling exploits, Oldham also showed promise with the bat, scoring 24 until he became Parker’s third scalp.

Ian Holland removed Parkinson and the visitors could sense a possible victory .

But an unbeaten steady knock of 34 from Andrew Makinson along with a useful 16 from Cross saw Leyland chase the total in 48.1 overs and claim a valuable 12 point victory.