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Gates close for wretched Preston

Jono Gates took 7-16 as Morecambe made light work of Preston at West Cliff with a resounding eight wicket victory in the Northern Cricket League.

Thanks to Gates and Yakub Bhamji who snapped up a further two, Preston were skittled out for a paltry 40 in 25.2 overs.

The visitors eased home in nine overs reaching 44 for one, Vishal Tripathi making an unbeaten 20.

A rain affected afternoon also seemed to inspire St Annes who defeated Kendal by nine wickets at Vernon Road.

In a game reduced to 45 overs aside, Kendal reached 146 for eight, Terry Hunte making 57 off 77 balls, Lukman Vahaluwala finishing with 3- 27 and Mitchell Bolus with 3-37.

In reply St Annes reach 147 for one in the 34th Over, Vahaluwala (63 off 73 balls) and Matthew Taaffe (51 off 105 balls), winning the game.

Barrow had to settle for a winning draw with Chorley at Ernest Pass. The game was reduced to 38 overs, with Barrow posting 168 for seven.

Ryan Brown made 67 off 80 and Sub Professional Ben Dunk 49 off 78 while Billy Smith took 3-44 for the visitors.

In reply Chorley closed on 82 for seven, Andrew Holdsworth with an unbeaten 27 off 85 balls and Iain Critchley with 20 off 37 balls for the visitors.

Barrow Captain Daryl Wearing finished with 5-15.

Their were nine overs lost during the second innings in Fleetwoods winning draw with Darwen at Broadwater after Fleetwood posted 178 for six off 50 overs, Adam Parker with 72 off 106 balls, and Ian Holland with 35 off 68 balls.

Nathan Jackson took 3-46 for the visitors.

Darwen replied with 145 for eight, Alan Kruger with 53 off 72 balls and Christopher Clarke with 43 off 74 balls.

Ian Holland finished with 5-49 for the hosts while Adam Parker took 3-54.

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