Resurgent Leyland had a second win in three games on Saturday to take them to their highest spot in the table for many a long time but at the top St Annes continued their progress with a demolition job on hapless Barrow. Netherfield kept the pressure on the Fylde Coast side with a win over bottom of the table Preston.
Leyland's win over Lancaster at Fox Lane was so emphatic that substitute professional, Gaekwad, neither batted nor bowled! Lancaster were routed for 75 with Lee Sparks making 17 and Jamie Heywood 16 and Steve Pallett taking 4-25 and Brian Tennant 3-11. Chris Parkinson, 40 not out, and Alex Mercer, 25 not out, saw Leyland home by 10 wickets with 76-0.
St Annes batted first at Vernon Road and amassed 265-4, Adrian Darlington top scoring with 87 and Ian Austin making 48 and Adam Cotton 46. Barrow then suffered the ignominy of being bowled out for 34 to lose by a massive 231 runs with no batsman reaching double figures, Dean Williams with nine and Rob Lightfoot with seven being their best efforts as Shane Harwood took 6-20, to take his wicket tally to 36 for the season, and Steven Twist took 4-14. The Barrow lads were graceful in defeat, sportingly applauding St Annes to a man as they left the field.
Netherfield restricted Preston to 160-7 with Munaf Bavla making 38 and John Winter 32 not out while the spinners, Richard Hadwin, 2-55, and Nick White, 2-48, took the bowling honours. Pierre de Bruyn, 55, Tommy Prime, 47, and Gareth White, 41 not out, then took Netherfield comfortably to 164-3 and victory by seven wickets.
Fleetwood also won, defeating Kendal, who were the only team to win at Broadwater last season, by three wickets. But they made hard work of it by losing, yet again, their middle order for very little as off-spinner Chris Miller took 4-26. Fortunately professional Doug Watson continued his good form and he was still there at the end with 73 not out from 118-7. This followed Dave Fish's star performance as he took 7-41 as Kendal were dismissed for 116 with Simon Little top scoring with 60.
Chorley and Morecambe drew at Woodhill Lane as the visitors made a modest 162-6 with contributions from Neil Bannister, 36, Ian Oakes, 28, Ian Mawdsley, 26 not out, Tom Smith, 24, and Grav Dhar, 23 not out as Peter Stephens took 4-46. Morecambe limped to 114-7 in 49 overs with Mal Maketa making 27 and Phil Dennison 23.
There was also a draw at Darwen where the home side made 203-6, Gareth Cordingley making 56 and brothers Neil 55 and John 23 not out while Keith Semple made 26. Leyland Motors once again relied heavily on professional Atif Ashraf who made 108 not out from their 138-7
Scores in brief (home sides in bold):
Darwen 203-6 (Cordingley G 56, Cordingley N 55), Leyland Motors 138-7 (Ashraf 108*)
Darwen 9 points, Leyland Motors 2 points
Kendal 116 (Little 60, Fish 7-41), Fleetwood 118-7 (Watson 73*, Miller 4-26)
Kendal 2 points, Fleetwood 12 points
Lancaster 75 (Pallett 4-25), Leyland 76-0 (Parkinson 40*)
Lancaster 0 points, Leyland 12 points
Chorley 162-6 (Stephens 4-46), Morecambe 114-7
Morecambe 2 points, Chorley 8 points
Preston 160-7, Netherfield 164-3 (de Bruyn 55, Prime 47, White G 41*)
Preston 2 points, Netherfield 12 points
St Annes 265-4 (Darlington 87, Austin 48, Cotton 46), Barrow 34 (Harwood 6-20, Twist 4-14)
St Annes 15 points, Barrow 0 points