Leyland trounce Lancaster

LANCASTER suffered their first real trouncing of the season at the hands of defending champions Leyland.

The visitors’ positive approach to their batting came as a shock as they got to 55-1 after 10 overs.

When Liam Moffat trapped Henry Thompson for 22 and a sharp catch by Lee Sparks accounted for Luis Reece, Lancaster had a glimmer of an opportunity.

However Adam Coates (74) and pro Brett Pelser wrestled back momentum, the former unleashing a series of cover drives while Pelser played second fiddle and rotated the strike.

Aided by a lacklustre fielding display, Leyland reached 210-3 before skipper David Makinson called his side off after only 38.5 overs.

The home side still had a chance, with the Lune Road pitch staying true and plenty of overs left in the game an upset was still possible.

Luis Reece, however, dealt major setbacks to the chase and tore the heart out of the hosts’ top order as Jamie Hirst, Michael Stevens and pro Dwayne Hees were dislodged for single figures.

Alex Metcalfe, in his new spot at number four, dug in, but Reece continued to find good shape into the right-handers plugging away to remove David Heywood and the unpredictable Sparks to complete his first five-wicket haul of the season.

Ben Simm joined Metcalfe to frustrate Leyland with some clean hitting in his 38, but it proved to be too little too late.

Leg spinner Tayyab Afsar removed the two set batsmen and subsequently mopped up the Lancaster tail as the hosts fell 96 runs short.

Lancaster 114

Leyland 210-3

Northern Premier League