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Fleetwood's rise keeps title race open

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The race for the Furness Building Society Northern Premier Cricket League title will go to the last day after Fleetwood climbed to the top of Division One.

Only three points separate Fleetwood and Barrow whilst Leyland have given themselves a chance with their win over St Annes.

Kendal on the other hand have a slim chance of winning the league after losing to an ever improving Lancaster, in what turned out to be a pivotal day in Division One.

Fleetwood went top of Division One after a comfortable nine wicket win over Morecambe in a game which was played at Lancaster's Lune Road ground.

The win now means that Mat Clarks team will win the league if they defeat Preston on the last day.

Morecambe opted to bat as they were all out for 121, sub professional Steven Mullaney impressing with figures of 5-41. Chris Stanhope also impressed with figures of 3-14.

Steven Mullaney

Steven Mullaney shaped Fleetwoods win

Fleetwood surged to the top knocking the runs off in reply as they reached 126 in 27 overs, Steven Mullaney with an unbeaten 75 off 70 balls.

Leyland have given themselves a chance of winning the league after defeating current league holders St Annes by 44 runs at Fox Lane.

The hosts making 165 for nine. with Luis Reece top scoring on 50 off 87 balls, Henry Thompson also impressing with 43 off 88 balls.

St Annes Dinuka Hettiarachchi landed a five wicket haul returning figures of 5-63. Atiq Uz- Zaman also weighed in with 3-58.

The visitors were all out in 46.1 overs for 121, with professional Brett Pelser (4-30) and captain David Makinson (4-45) doing most damage with four wickets each.

Callum Jones 28 off 53 balls and Kushan Mirando 20 off 22 balls tried in vein for the visitors.

Readers Cup holders Kendal suffered a shock one wicket defeat to Lancaster at Shap Road.

The hosts batting first had a terrible start, falling to 18 for three in the 10th over, however Jack Whites unbeaten 69 off 125 steadied the ship, whilst good supporting runs by Sam Sweeney and Darren Braithwaites helped Kendal to a competitive score of 174 for seven.

Lancaster's Matthew Liver took an impressive 5-44.

In reply, Lancaster Professional Timyacen Maruma hit an impressive 57 off 35 balls, as the visitors looked in pole position for the win.

Lukman Vahaluwala

Lukman Vahaulwala took 5-39

Kendal fought back with crucial wickets from Nick Lewthwaite, however the unbeaten 41 off 51 balls by Captain Ben Simm guided his team over the line as they reached 175 for nine in 41.2 overs.

Preston lost by 40 runs to Chorley at West Cliff. The visitors were all out for 150, with Gaurav Dhar the top scorer with 43, whilst Will Moulton hit a knock of 32. Lukman Vahaulwala took 5-39.

The hosts all out in reply for 110. Gaurav Dhar with 5-35.

In the second game of the weekend for Lukman Vahaluwalas team, Preston defeated The Lancashire Colts by two wickets in a thrilling contest at West Cliff.

The visitors set the hosts a target of 195 for nine. Leylands Henry Thompson hit a top scoring 54 off 99 balls, whilst Lewis Jackson posted 51 off 81 balls. Lukman Vahaluwala finished with 4-53.

In reply Sajid Patels 43 off 61, as well as Lukman Vahaluwalas 38 off 53, kept Preston on course with Ben Harrisons unbeaten 34 off 45 balls guiding the hosts home as they reached 199 for eight in the last over.

Matthew Critchley returned figures of 3-41 for the visitors

Netherfield picked up a comfortable 115 run victory over Darwen at Birch Hall. John Huck putting in an unbeaten knock of 99 off 114 balls. Huck whos captain till the end of the season batted well as the visitors were all out for 225.

Marc Brown also impressed with 54 off 77 balls, whilst Chris Parry opened with a steady 31 off 39 balls.

Darwen Professional Shaun De Kock with 4-55, and Nathan Jackson with 3-48.

The hosts all out for 111 in reply, Chris Williams with 3-18 and Marc Hadwin with 3-19.

John Cordingley top scored with 40 off 73 balls.

Blackpool defeated Carnforth by 119 runs at Stanley Park. The hosts posting 183 for five, Con De Lange top scoring with 64 off 77 balls, with Andy Furniss also impressing with 62 off 78 balls.

Carnforth Professional Toby Bulcock took 5-45. The visitors were all out for 64 in just 22 overs, Richard Gleeson taking 4-22