Sporting Kendal help Barrow
Barrow were the only team to beat the weather in the Furness Building Society Northern Premier Cricket League (incorporating Readers Crickets Balls) as they recorded a four wicket win over Kendal at Ernest Pass.
Former skipper Daryl Wearing, who has been in superb bowling form of late helped demolish the visitors for 77.
Wearing captured 5-25 off 15.4 overs in a masterly demonstration of the seam bowler's art including the prize wicket of former Barrow opener Jon Miles, who set a new amateur batting record at the club last season caught by Liam Livingstone for a duck on his return to Ernest Pass.
Pro Pieter Malan continued his fine bowling form with a spell of 4-20 while Graham Dawson had Kiwi Test star Jamie How caught behind for one.
Barrow struggled in reply against the in-form Kendal captain Chris Miller who moved past 50 wickets for the season during a spell of 4-29. Miller now has 53 wickets, just seven short of equalling the Kendal record he set in 2010.
Sam Dutton (22), the son of former Barrow and Cumberland star Simon and Dawson (23) made important contributions as the home side reached their target with rain falling at 5pm, Kendal sportingly refusing to leave the field until the game was concluded.
Second placed Leyland were frustrated by the weather as their game at Lodge Quarry was finally abandoned at 6pm after rain set in at tea. Leyland skipper David Makinson had set the scene for an exciting second half after declaring his side's innings closed after 45 overs.
Henry Thompson hit his maiden Northern League century and was unbeaten on 123 when the declaration came at 237 for four.
Thompson, another member of the Lancashire Academy squad warmed up for a winter in Australia by overcoming an uncertain start to bat with increasing fluency, reaching his first 50 off 84 balls and his second off 30 balls. He hit 15 fours and four sixes and faced 135 balls, adding 180 for the opening stand with Luis Reece.
Reece, who set off after the game to play for the Unicorns against Somerset at Taunton survived an early run out appeal to hit 79 off 108 balls with 11 fours and two sixes and has now hit 872 league runs at an average of 58.13. He is chasing David Wareing's amateur club batting record of 953 runs. Matt Weller was Carnforth's best bowler and captured 3-73.
Chorley just bowled enough overs to record a winning draw against Preston at Windsor Park where Will Moulton's explosive innings served notice of his big-hitting ability.
Moulton hit a superb unbeaten 92 off 110 balls including nine fours and six huge sixes in his side's 159 for five. He was denied what appeared to be a certain hundred when rain stopped play and curtailed the Chorley innings after 39 overs. Andrew Starkie collected 3-60 for Preston with Iain Critchley helping Chorley recover from 61 for four with a fifth wicket stand of 69.
When play resumed Preston struggled despite 30 from pro Saeed Bariwala. Pro Gaurav Dhar and Critchley each captured two wickets and despite another interruption Chorley just claimed a winning draw as Preston finished on 70 for six after 20.2 overs.
Leaders St Annes were inactive and saw their lead at the top of Division One reduced to 18 points with four games to play. St Annes have played 21 games and have 218pts with defending Champions Leyland (21-200) second. Chorley (21-185) are third with Netherfield (22-181) fourth and Morecambe (21-174) fifth.
Sixth-placed Darwen batted fluently at Lune Road before play was ended for the day. Skipper John Cordingley and Danny Fradd posted 96 for the first wicket and pro Zimmy Khan hit 31 in Darwen's 203 for eight. Ben Simm took 3-64 and now has 52 wickets for the season, just nine short of his own club amateur record set last year.
Leg-spinner Alex Metcalfe had a productive 17-overs spell and captured 4-69. The teenager missed most of last season through injury but is one of several Lancaster RGS pupils who point a bright future ahead for the historic Lancaster club.
Blackpool put themselves in a good position against fourth-placed Netherfield at Parkside Road before rain set in at tea. Steven Mercer bowled with accuracy and control to take 5-52 off 18.5 overs as the home side were dismissed for 157. Acting skipper Ben Haddrick top-scored with 48 and John Huck was unbeaten on 35.
Morecambe's Cumberland County all rounder Chris Williams continued his good batting form with an unbeaten 57 in his side's game against Fleetwood at Woodhill Lane. Wicketkeeper Lewis Edge made 54 and was the dominant partner in a stand of 77 after Morecambe had slumped to 38 for four. Fleetwood pro Ryan Smith took 4-45 off 16 overs as Morecambe reached 160 for nine after 46 overs before the rains came