Khan continues fine run of form to boost title hopes

Jannisar Khan.
Jannisar Khan.

Another impressive performance from Lancaster professional Jannisar Khan gave Lancaster’s title chances a big boost as rivals Fleetwood were soundly beaten on ‘super Saturday’.

Khan hit an unbeaten 66, his fourth half century in as many weeks, guiding the Lune Road side home by five wickets on the Fylde coast.

He had earlier taken three for 19 with skipper Ben Simm following up his eight wickets the week prior with another five-wicket haul as Fleetwood posted 165 for 9.

Naveed Yousaf top scored for the home side with 54 helping his side rebuild from 17 for 3 and 79 for 5 to post a decent score following their sluggish start.

Luck was on the side of the Lune Road men however, as Charlie Swarbrick was dropped at point first ball of the innings before Lee Jones spilt a difficult caught behind chance off Alex Metcalfe stood up to the stumps.

The opener couldn’t capitalise on his chance though as he departed inside edging an attempted cover drive onto his stumps to give Sam Bell and Fleetwood first blood.

The reigning champions were made to rue Swarbrick’s early reprieve and youngster Tom Williamson played an important role at number three, blunting the new ball spell of Ian Holland.

Holland had the last laugh however as he prised Williamson from the crease for seven before removing the well-set Swarbrick.

At 61 for 3 Lancaster needed their professional to deliver.

From the off and despite the pressure, Jannisar was positive, while Danny Welbourne endured a tough time against a fired up Holland.

It was the spin of McGann that would prove to be his undoing as he presented the youngster with a simple caught-and-bowled chance to make 79 for 4.

Jannisar was then supported by a confident middle-order, as Kieran Moffat’s 15 kept the score moving forward.

When he departed there was still 51 required and only four wickets in hand.

Jannisar and Sam Moorby rebuilt and settled any dressing room jitters however.

The game was taken from Fleetwood quickly when the 40 runs needed were knocked off in six overs, Jannisar’s unbeaten 66 from 75 balls giving Lancaster’s title hopes a huge boost.