FLEETWOOD surged to the top of cricket’s Northern Premier League with a helping hand from Blackpool.
Previous leaders Barrow were skittled out for 95 at Stanley Park, where a Steven Croft-assisted Blackpool polished off a seven-wicket win, enabling Fleetwood to go four points clear at the division one summit with a six-wicket victory at Carnforth.
Batsmen were on top at Carnforth, where wicketkeeper/captain Ryan Nelson recorded the top knock of the game, 78 from 133 balls, in the home side’s 152-3 from their 50 overs.
The opener fired eight fours, while no.3 Toby Bulcock chipped in with an unbeaten 51 from 92 balls.
However, Fleetwood reached their target with 10.3 overs to spare and four wickets down as openers Adam Parker and Mike Clinning laid the foundations.
Parker, standing in for Mat Clark as skipper, made 55 from 89 balls and Clinning 41 off 69 as the visitors completed their ninth win of the season.
Croft helped Blackpool out between Lancashire’s twenty20 fixtures but club professional Dale Deeb was the star of the show as the Stanley Park club showed few signs of ring-rust, having played only one league game in the previous month.
Barrow were dismissed five short of 100 in 36.4 overs as Andy Furniss claimed 4-36 in 12
Top-scorer Liam Livingstone (22) was one of only three visiting players to score more than ten as Deeb, Richard Gleeson and Steven Mercer each claimed two wickets.
South African Deeb then smashed Blackpool towards their victory target, scoring an unbeaten 41 from 31 balls (three fours, three sixes) as his side reached 101-3 with over ten overs to spare.
Daryl Wearing had the satisfaction of dismissing Croft for 23, caught by opener Ryan Brown.
St Annes remain in the bottom three after their match at Chorley was abandoned.