Two teams without a win to their names so far this season broke their ducks on Saturday and one of them, Leyland, won their first game since the 2003 season. Congratulations to both Leyland and Lancaster on well-deserved victories.
Leyland stunned last season's champions Fleetwood who were bowled out for a measly 95 with wickets to all four bowlers used. Adam Parker had 2-5 from six overs, four of which were maidens, before he was injured and had to be replaced, Steve Pallett had 2-39, James Wright had 3-33 and Brian Tennant had 3-9 off nine overs, three of which were maidens.
For Fleetwood it was a batting calamity as professional Doug Watson did his job and scored 65 with seven fours and two sixes but only John Wright of the rest reached double figures as he made 11. There were nine extras so the other nine Fleetwood batsmen contributed just 10 runs between them as there were six no scores on the card, one not out. Leyland were then in trouble in their reply and lost five quick wickets before Wright, 33 not out, and Tennant, 29 not out, took them to victory. Steve Hill took 3-15 from 12 overs for Fleetwood.
Lancaster put Chorley in at Lune Road and then restricted their opponents to 166-7 to which Tom Smith contributed 70 and Nigel Heaton 38 while Yasim Bari took 4-62 for Lancaster. Lancaster replied with a fine opening stand from David Heywood, who was there at the end with 83 not out, and Jamie Heywood, 41, and then Ian Parkinson's 29 not out helped his side to 170-3 and a seven wicket victory.
Barrow also won as they bowled Darwen out for 121 at Birch Hall with Gareth Cordingley getting the top score of 38 and Keith Semple, 27, and Chris Clarke, 26, also making reasonable contributions. Rawl Lewis took 4-31 and Ray Mowat 4-36 before Ian Allington, 68, and Dean Williams, 41 not out, almost took Barrow to a 10-wicket win but it needed Lewis to come in and win the game with a six at 123-1.
There was a win too for Netherfield who disposed of Leyland Motors who batted first and made 184-8 with Peter Cummings making 64 and Faisel Patel 63 while Scott Clement took 5-42 for Netherfield. In reply Craig Walmsley made 51, Pierre de Bruyn 32 and Gareth White 28 as Sifton Prince's 2-40 and Atif Ashraf's 2-46 were not enough to prevent Netherfield making 189-6 to achieve victory four wickets.
The game at Shap Road was drawn when Kendal made 213-5 before declaring and Preston replied with 151-9. Kabir Khan made 66 from 95 balls with six fours and two sixes and Simon Little made 54 from 121 balls with one six and four fours while Kevin Howarth scored a quick 32 not out. For Preston extras made the most significant contribution with exactly 50! Munaf Bavla was next best with 37 and there was 26 from Andrew Miller but it was Glenn Johnstone, 14 not out, and Rhys Williams who held on for Preston to earn a draw despite Chris Miller taking 4-29 from 15 overs.
Blackpool and Morecambe also drew at Stanley Park after the home side had rattled up 246-3 with Justin Kreusch making 97 not out and Charles Boucher 86. Morecambe replied with 211-5, Phil Dennison 74 not out and the superbly named Malliebonque Maketa an excellent 51 not out.
Scores in brief (home sides in bold):
Blackpool 246-3 (Kreusch 97*, Boucher 86), Morecambe 211-5 (Dennison 74, Maketa 51*)
Blackpool 8 points, Morecambe 4 points
Darwen 121 (Lewis 4-31, Mowat 4-36), Barrow 123-1 (Allington 68, Williams 41*)
Darwen 0 points, Barrow 12 points
Kendal 213-5 dec (Khan 66, Little 54), Preston 151-9 (Miller 4-29)
Kendal 10 points, Preston 3 points
Chorley 166-7 (Smith T 70, Bari 4-62), Lancaster 170-3 (Heywood D 83*, Heywood J 41)
Chorley 2 points, Lancaster 12 points
Fleetwood 95 (Watson 65), Leyland 97-5
Fleetwood 1 point, Leyland 12 points
Leyland Motors 184-8 (Cummings 64, Patel 63, Clement 5-42), Netherfield 189-6 (Walmsley 51)
Leyland Motors 4 points, Netherfield 12 points