Return of the Reece

James Rounding
James Rounding

LEYLAND got the defence of their Northern League back on track with a five-wicket win against 2009 winners St Annes on Saturday.

After last weekend’s shock defeat at Fleetwood, Brett Pelser’s team welcomed back Luis Reece to the top of the order.

The 20-year-old has been playing for Leeds-Bradford UCCE and played for the Unicorns in the CB40 competition against Lancashire on Sunday.

He smashed 43 off 57 balls and shared an opening partnership of 60 with Chris Parkinson.

A flurry of wickets followed but Pelser hit 31 off 40 balls to ensure a comfortable five-wicket win.

Earlier, St Annes’ batsmen had struggled to fire, hitting just eight fours and a six in their turgid innings of 119 all out.

Andrew Makinson, with 2-10 off seven overs, was the pick of the bowlers but Brett Pelser, James Rounding and talented Tayyab Afsar all chipped in with a brace each.

Leyland 2nd XI 208-6

St Annes 170 all out

Leyland 2nds made it two wins out of a two with an exciting 38-run win against St Annes.

At 113-1 St Annes were favourites but spinner Alex Williams (6-53) picked up his second five-wicket haul of the season to spin Ian Farrington’s team to victory.

He was well supported by David Fisher, who took 4-31 after earlier hitting 59 in the Leyland innings of 208-6.

Fisher shared a composed century stand with Wes Royle, who hit 102.

Eccleston 2nd XI 73 all out

Leyland 3rd XI 77-6

LAST year’s player of the season Laurence Shackleton produced a devastating display of bowling to guide Leyland 3rds to a win in Division Three of the Palace Shield League.

He took 5-12 to dismiss Eccleston for 73 - a figure Leyland reached for the loss of six wickets.

Such is the strength in depth at Leyland that legend Sifton Prince couldn’t even get a place in the starting line-up.

Chorley 3rd XI 112 all out

Leyland 4th XI 113-2

LEYLAND 4th won their local derby with Chorley 3rds by the crushing margin of eight wickets.

Monty Cottam, who would surely grace a higher standard at any other club, took 4-26 to bundle Chorley out for 112.

Evergreen opener Mark Richardson fought hard for 58 but only David Edwards (21) and Ross Demming (22) also reached double figures.

In reply Paul Whittaker took two quick wickets but Andy Hatton (66 not out) made sure there were no more alarms.