Last season's champions Fleetwood suffered a first reverse of the new season when Barrow staged a remarkable comeback from eight wickets down and the half-century just passed to win the game at the Ernest Pass Memorial ground on Saturday. There were wins too for Blackpool, and St Annes.
At Barrow the home side subsided to the bowling of Dave Fish, 4-31, and Steve Hill, 4-30, before Daryl Wearing, 43, and Dean Williams, 38, put on 78 for the ninth wicket to take the total to a more respectable 130 all out. Fleetwood's reply was undone by Rawl Lewis who took 6-30 as only Doug Watson, 27, passed 20. John Wright and Wayne Clarke made 16 each, James Ellis 13 and Rob Clark 10 as Fleetwood fell to 104 all out to lose by 26 runs.
At Stanley Park Blackpool made hay while the sun shone and totalled 260-2 against a poor Lancaster attack. Steven Croft set the tempo with a quick-fire 54 and then Tim Barry, 80 not out, and professional Justin Kreusch, 103 not out, put the 260-2 declared total well out of Lancaster's reach. David Heywood made 36 and professional Yasim Bari 28 as Lancaster subsided to 114 all out to suffer defeat by a massive 146 runs.
St Annes lost five wickets early to Leyland Motors but then recovered with good knocks from Stephen Twist, 83, Adam Cotton 42 and Danny Hagen, 41, to reach 243-8. Peter Cummings struck four massive sixes in his 52 but that was more than half Motors' all out total of 95, thus giving St Annes victory by 148 runs. Shane Harwood continued his magnificent season with 7-20.
Closest call of the day came at Parkside Road where Netherfield and Chorley shared 434 runs with the home side making 220 of them before declaring with five wickets down. Chris Parry made 70 not out, Gareth White 47 and Tommy Prime, who opened with quick runs, 40. Chorley's reply centred around a second wicket partnership of 182 by Tom Smith, 78, and Nigel Heaton, 98, but once the pair were dismissed, both caught on the edge, Chorley could not quite make the necessary runs for victory and finished at 214-7 with Ryan Wilson taking 4-47 for Netherfield.
There was no play at Darwen where Kendal were the visitors and at Preston where Leyland were the guests.
Scores in brief (home sides in bold):
Barrow 130 (Wearing 43, Hill 4-30, Fish 4-31), Fleetwood 104 (Lewis 6-30)
Barrow 15 points, Fleetwood 3 points
Blackpool 260-2 dec (Kreusch 103*, Barry 80*, Croft 54), Lancaster 114 (Kreusch 5-37)
Blackpool 15 points, Lancaster 0 points
Darwen v Kendal - match abandoned 4 points each side
Netherfield 220-5 dec (Parry 70*, White 47, Prime 40),
Chorley 214-7 (Heaton 98, Smith T 78, Wilson 4-47)
Netherfield 9 points, Chorley 5 points
Preston v Leyland - match abandoned 4 points each side
St Annes 243-8 (Twist 83, Adam Cotton 42, Hagen 41),
Leyland Motors 95 (Cummings 52, Harwood 7-20)
St Annes 15 points, Leyland Motors 2 points