A STELLAR bowling performance ensured Lancaster’s second consecutive league victory at home to high-flying Leyland.
Brothers Liam and Kieran Moffat provided the backbone of the host’s performance, with Liam taking 4-10 and Kieran ensuring victory with a quickfire 27 not out.
Lune Road has long been known as a ground for the bowlers so home skipper Ben Simm, in his second game in charge, had no hesitation inserting the highly fancied Leyland on a sporting pitch.
The visitors’ openers Thompson and Dickinson found it tough going as paceman Ian Perrieman and Simm dried up the runs.
Finally the pressure told as Simm caught the edge of the in-form Thompson and Perrieman snapped up a sharp chance as Leyland were 13-1.
It got worse for the visitors as scoreboard pressure took its toll.
Coates and Lamb both fell to the Lancaster off spinner while Dickinson sacrificed himself in a needless run out.
Perrieman was replaced by Liam Moffat who immediately began to swing the ball into the Leyland right-handers.
A precesion of clinical and accurate bowling followed as Moffat removed Leyland pro Brett Pelser with a beauty while Simm wheeled away from the banking end.
Leyland’s lower order was no match for Moffat who mopped up the tail in double-quick time. Wicket-keeper Sam Moorby kept tidily and took two sharp catches after dislocating a finger earlier in the day.
Backed up by a sharp all-round fielding performance, Simm finished with his second five-wicket haul of the season while Liam Moffat picked up four well deserved scalps as Leyland slumped to a paltry 52 all out with none of their batsman reaching double figures.
However, at 8-2 after losing Jamie Heywood, who has returned to Lune Road after a stint at Kendal and Alex Metcalfe early, the Leyland total seemed a long way away.
Professional Timycen Maruma, who hasn’t been dismissed for two weeks now, steadied the ship with left-handed Kieran Moffat. Maruma took a back seat as Moffat adopted an attacking mentality treating Brett Pelser’s medium pace with little respect in an enterprising innings.
His unbeaten 27 included two Caribbean flicks over the leg side and was by far the highest score of the day on a trying pitch.
As a result the early Leyland pressure was soon relieved and the total overhauled with relative ease.
This second consecutive win sees Lancaster leave the foot of the table after a torrid start and Ben Simm maintain his winning record as captain.