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Barrow and Leyland neck and neck

The battle for the Furness Building Society Northern Premier Cricket League incorporating Readers Cricket Balls title is set to go right down to the wire as Leyland went joint top with Barrow.

Kendal climb up to 5th after an emphatic win at Fleetwood, whilst Chorley also impressed with a comfortable win over Netherfield, in a very exciting afternoon of Northern League action:

Leyland went joint top of Division One following a 76 run victory at St Annes. David Makinsons team putting in a good performance as they closed on 228 for seven off 50 overs.

Sub Professional Londis Lewis top scored with 69 off 89 balls, whilst Chris Parkinson also batted well for his 53 off 77 balls. Toby Bulcock, Mitchell Bolus and Matthew Grindley all took two wickets each.

In reply St Annes were all out for 152 in the 47th over, Tayyab Afsar in relentless form taking 6-46!

David Makinson also in good form with figures of 4-31. Toby Bulcock sticking around with a top scoring 45 off 68 balls, whilst skipper Andy Kellett scored 36 off 72 balls.

Barrow were stunned by Lancaster as they lost by 51 runs at Lune Road. Daryl Wearing's team would have been confident of victory especially after bowling Lancaster out for 109 in 48.1 overs.

Gary Collins bowling well, with figures of 3-17, Daryl Wearing with 2-20. Sub Professional Adil Raza taking 2-38. (Raza replacing Jonathan Wells for the game who has returned back to Australia!)

Lancasters Kieran Moffat top scored with 27 off 77 balls, whilst Danny Welbourne batted well for 18 off 35 balls. Barrow in reply wete bowled out for 58 in 27.1 overs, Jannisar Kahn ripping through the visitors with figures of 5-21, ably supported by Ben Simm with 3-11, and Liam Moffat taking 2-12.

Greg Reynolds was Barrows top scorer with 28 off 59 balls!

Kendal climbed up to fifth in Division One after a comprehensive nine wicket win over Fleetwood at Shap Road. The game was 15 minutes late to start due to the wet outfield, however with the game reduced to 48 overs aside, it was a good toss to win as Kendal opted to put Fleetwood in!.

Fleetwood struggled as they were bowled out for 74 in 47.4 overs with Jack White (5-34) and Adam Cowperthwaite (5-30) doing all the damage.

Kendal raced home reaching their target of 75 for one in 17.1 overs, Ryan Nelson unbeaten with 26 off 29 balls, and Terry Hunte with an unbeaten 23 off 20 balls.

Chorley picked up a comfortable five wicket win over Netherfield at Windsor Park. Netherfield were all out for 81 in 33.4 overs. Billy Smith and Chris Harty with three wickets a piece. Ben Barrow was Netherfields top scorer with 23 off 56 balls, whilst Brad Earl ended unbeaten on 20 off 35 balls.

Chorley knocking the runs off in 23 overs closing on 85 for four. Andrew Griffiths with 31 off 44 balls, and Gaurav Dhar with 30 off 19 balls. Stuart Nixon and Scott Clement taking two wickets each.

Morecambe defeated Blackpool by one wicket in a pulsating encounter at Woodhill Lane. Blackpool closed their innings on 118 for nine, Alex Smith with 31 off 37 balls and Andy Furniss with 20 off 39 balls. Vishal Tripathi 3-39 and Jake Smith 3-24 were Morecambes main wicket takers.

Morecambe were made to battle for victory taking 47.4 overs to make the winning total of 119 for nine. Josh Dixon laying the platform with 34 off 102 balls, and Lewis Edge also contributing with 20 off 21 balls. Yakub Bhamji scored the winning runs!

Darwen Professional Alan Kruger may not be returning next season, however Kruger put in a performance to remember for Jordan Clarkes team as he returned outstanding figures of 7-36, as Darwen defeated Preston by 9 wickets at Birch Hall.

Preston have struggled all season, and found life difficult when they were bowled out for 91 in 34.3 overs. Hamza Ahmed (22) and Mohsin Modhi (20), did offer some resistance, but with Kruger in the form he was in, they had little to no chance of gaining a result. In reply Jordan Clarkes unbeaten 44 and Christopher Clarkes unbeaten 32 saw the hosts home in 27.2 overs closing on 94 for one.

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