Title race kept alive with impressive victories

Leyland batsman Henry Thompson on his way to 55
Leyland batsman Henry Thompson on his way to 55
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Leyland kept the title race alive with a convincing 62-run victory over Lancaster.

Paul Danson’s Blackpool hold a 25-point lead at the top of the Northern Premier League but have played one game more than David Makinson’s side.

On Saturday at Fox Lane, Lancashire’s Luis Reece opened up at the top order and looked in fine form hitting 31.

But the real star was Henry Thompson as the Leeds/Bradford UCCE star hit a fluent 55 to anchor the innings.

He was also well supported by Reece’s brother Tom, who has made the step up from the second team to score 41, and Nathan McDonnell (17) as Leyland closed on 192-9.

In Lancaster’s reply, Karl Cross bowled Ben Simm with the first ball of the innings.

And with Will Jacques soon taking the wickets of Jamie Heywood (11) and Charlie Swarbrick (2), Lancaster found themselves in trouble.

Matters were made worse as Cross (3-28) and Jacques

(3-55) took further wickets.

Paid man Michael Barry was the only batsman to offer any resistance scoring 62 off 89 balls before he perished to the bowling of Reece, who was introduced into the attack alongside Andrew Makinson (1-30).

Reece rounded off proceedings taking the wicket of Liam Moffatt (7) to finish with 3-12 off 6.1 overs as Lancaster were bowled out for 130.

Yesterday, Leyland welcomed Fleetwood to Fox Lane.

n Leyland Seconds destroyed Lancaster on Saturday as Ian Farrington’s side cruised to a 156-run victory.

Hamza Khan scored an unbeaten 62, Sam Oldham scored yet another half century and Jonny Mote also hit 44 at the top of the order as Leyland declared on 173-3.

In reply, Steve Pallett took four wickets without conceding a run and young bowlers Cameron Smith (1-12), Alex Williams (2-3) and Andrew Jacques (1-3) also took wickets as Lancaster were bowled out for just 17.

On Sunday, the second team thrashed Fleetwood seconds.

Hamza Khan(65) scored his second half-century of the weekend as Leyland hit 195-5 off 45 overs. Dale Vardy (36), Jake Peake (35) and Mote (28) also chipped in with runs.

Williams took 3-41 in the reply as Fleetwood were bowled out for 87.

Will Jacques (2-6), Monty Cottam (1-24), Andrew Jacques (2-14) and Kurt Heaven (1-0) were the other wicket takers.

Yesterday, Leyland defeated Fleetwood by six wickets.