Lancaster seconds pick up rain-affected losing draw

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The only surviving game in the Northern League on Saturday saw Lancaster 2nds return home with a losing draw at Fox Lane against Leyland.

The home side were in no mood to hang around having been inserted by Kieran Moffat’s side.

Despite losing Emma Lamb to the away swing of Matthew Liver, Jonathan Mote and Tom Reece got after Lancaster’s all seam attack and took Leyland past 50 in quick time.

It was left to the experienced Nathan Baxter to break the partnership, as Jordan Sparks completed his first of two stumpings to remove Reece for 33 before claiming the prize wicket of Mote for a substantial 69.

Cameos from Sam Oldham and James Rounding pushed the home side towards 150, and, with the weather still inclement, Reece called his side in at 25 overs on 147-4.

Baxter was the pick of the bowlers as he snatched 3-23 with his medium pace.

With the game reduced the 27 overs-a-side and runs on the board, Leyland attacked Lancaster and made early inroads.

The visitors’ top order crumbled as Moffat, James Davies and Matthew Liver all fell cheaply.

With Lancaster staring down another defeat, Jordan Sparks steadied proceedings with a solid 28 to stem Leyland’s advances.

When Sparks eventually departed snicking behind, it was left to the father-son partnership of Michael and Steven Armstrong to prevent any further hiccups and see out the remaining dozen overs.

The senior Armstrong finished steady with an unbeaten 24 as Lancaster finished short of their target but safe from defeat on 87-5.