Seventh heaven for stumper Lee

Fleetwood take the wicket of Leyland Captain Dave Makinson
Fleetwood take the wicket of Leyland Captain Dave Makinson

Fleetwood wicketkeeper Lee Jones took seven catches as the defending champions secured victory over high-flying Leyland in the Northern Premier League.

The visitors chose to bat first at Broadwater, finding their way to 21 before Henry Thompson became Jones’ first victim from the bowling of Ian Holland.

It was a productive afternoon for the Fleetwood pro who combined with Jones four more times.

Only opener Nathan NcDonnell put up a fight for the visitors, he managed 38 before becoming Jones and Holland’s second victim.

Wicketkeeper Adam Coates put in a stubborn stand of 27 not out from 52 balls but Leyland slumped to 103 all out.

Fleetwood, in reply, looked in trouble at 8-2, a rally from Dean Bell, who scored 20, helping them to a more respectable 54-3.

At the other end Holland carried on with the bat where he had left off with the ball, scoring 37 before he was stumped by Adam Coates of the bowling of Tayyab Afsar.

He was to claim another two victims before Fleetwood did reach their target, the home side reaching 106 for the loss of six wickets to record a four wicket win.

Blackpool travelled to Kendal and were put in to bat at Shap Road.

The home side dominated – Adam Cowperthwaite seemingly unplayable as he set a new club record with figures of 9-42.

Ryan Adderley and Danny Gilbert were the only Blackpool batsmen to make it into double figures as the visitors managed just 76 all out from 39.1 overs.

Kendal made light work of Blackpool’s bowling attack to reach their target without the loss of a wicket.

Darren Moore top scored for the game with 45 from 28 balls – Kendal needing just 11.4 overs to knock off their 78 runs.

St Annes kept up the pressure on the leaders with a 145 run victory over Preston.

Toby Bulcock was the star man, the professional hitting 102 from 93 balls as St Annes raced to 258-8 from their 50 overs.

Sajid Nalbandh chipped in with a handy 42, Nathan Bolus with 40 for St Annes who bowled out their opponents for just 113.

Figures of 6-32 from Bulcock and 25-4 from Vahuluwala show just who did the damage for St Annes who hold third spot in the table