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Wells 9-48 pushes Barrow ahead

It turned out to be a good afternoon for both Barrow and Lancaster who both picked up big wins in The Northern Cricket League to send the battle for league honours into overdrive.

Australian Professional Jonathan Wells put Barrow in pole position at the top after taking a stunning 9-48 as they defeated second placed Leyland by 40 runs at Ernest Pass.

This was undoubtedly the game of the afternoon, where a result for either side would put them in a strong position for league honours.

Barrow batted first and made a low total of 135, Chris D'Leny returning from injury lead the way with 40 off 58 balls. Ryan Brown also batted well for his 39 off 76 balls.

Luis Reece with 4-31 and David Makinson 3-22 the main contributors for the visitors.

Jonathan Wells bowled a devastating spell for his 9-48, with Leylands Adam Coates offering the main resistance scoring with 33 off 65 balls in what was an otherwise poor reply by the visitors. Greg Reynolds took the other wicket that of David Makinson.

Lancaster's good run of form continued after they defeated League Champions Fleetwood by five wickets at Broadwater. Ben Simm's team continue to surprise many as they keep themselves in the hunt for the Division One Crown.

Fleetwood decided to bat first and made 165 for nine in their 50 overs, Naveed Yousaf making 54 off 85 balls, Adam Parker 48 off 77 balls and Joe Bell 34 off 55 balls. The bowling honours belong to Ben Simm with 5-62 and Jannisar Kahn 3-19 for the visitors.

In reply Lancaster knocked the runs off in 42.5 overs, Charlie Swarbrick setting the reply off with 34 off 53 balls. Jannisar Kahn's unbeaten 66 off 75 balls winning the match, whilst Samuel Moorby's unbeaten 18 off 21 balls and Keiran Moffat's 15 off 27 balls was also crucial.

Chorley picked up a comfortable eight wicket win at bottom side Preston. Will Moulton taking 7-25 as the hosts were all out for 86 in 33 overs. Sajid Patel top scoring with 41.

Chorley racing home in 25.1 overs reaching 89-2, Ian Dickinson unbeaten on 32

A violent thunderstorm brought the Kendal vs Darwen game to an abrupt end with 10 overs remaining of the second innings leaving Darwen with a winning draw. The thunderstorm came as a surprise after the afternoon started out sunny and clear

Darwen batting first were all out for 192 in 49.5 overs. Openers Jordan Clarke made 16 off 44 balls and Ammer Mirza 48 off 67 balls while professional Alan Kruger top scored with 63 off 72 balls.

Chris Miller taking 4-56 and Stu Parkin 2-24 were Kendals best bowlers.

The hosts were on 145 for five off 40 overs when the thunderstorm ended the game, Terry Hunte made 42 off 50 balls, Jack White 32 off 72 balls and Darren Moore with 22 off 41 balls. John Cordingley taking 4-52 for Darwen.

Morecambe's resurgent form continue following a two wicket win at St Annes.

St Annes were all out for 129 in 46.2 overs. Nanthesh Kiruparan with an unbeaten 45 off 74 balls and Toby Bulcock with 40 off 69 balls the main run makers for the hosts, Tommy Clough taking 5-49 in 21 overs and Jake Smith 4-30 doing the damage for Morecambe

Mark Woodhead's patient 44 off 84 helping Morecambe to the win with Tommy Clough's 24 off 25 balls also crucial with Morecambe reaching their target of 130 for eight in 38.5 overs.

Matthew Grindley 5-39 and Lukman Vahaluwala taking 2-40 fought hard to bring success for the home team.

Netherfield took the winning draw at Stanley Park, the visitors closing on 178 for seven off their 50 overs. Marc Brown remained unbeaten throughout the innings with 86 off 139 balls while Colin Ackermann also contributed with 29 off 56 balls. Danny Gilbert took 3-52 for the hosts.

Blackpool were holding on in reply as they closed on 153 for nine, Gurmandeep Bains making 38 off 63 balls, Paul Danson 27 off 60 balls and Andy Furniss 29 off 85 balls. Brad Earl took 3-27 with the best bowling figures for the visitors

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