Fleet sink from top to sixth

Pictures Martin Bostock'Lytham CC v Rainford'The team celebrate taking the wicket of Rainford's Dave Tully.
Pictures Martin Bostock'Lytham CC v Rainford'The team celebrate taking the wicket of Rainford's Dave Tully.

FLEETWOOD lost the leadership of the cricket’s Northern Premier League and St Annes lost once again as both clubs fell for double-figure scores.

Blackpool held the Fylde coast bragging rights at in dvision one at the weekend, recording a third straight win as Richard Gleeson’s outstanding form continued.

Fleetwood suffered their first defeat of the season by a convincing 71-run margin in the battle of the top two at Barrow, who batted first and posted 167-7.

No.4 Liam Livingstone led the way at Ernest Pass with 41 and was one of three victims for Fleetwood’s Mike Clinning.

However, Matt Clark’s side were never in the chase, losing their top three for a combined ten runs.

Naveed Yousaf showed some fight with 30 but Fleetwood were dismissed for 96 with almost 14 overs remaining as Gary Collins claimed 4-45 from 11 overs.

The setback saw the Broadwater club plummet from first to sixth, overtaken by Blackpool who defeated Chorley by 22 runs at Stanley Park.

Blackpool’s South African professional Dale Deeb continued his productive start to the season with a top score of 43 from 91 balls, including six fours, as the home side reached 123-9, Iain Critchley and Gaurav Dhar both cliaming three wickets for Chorley.

Chorley would have fancied their chances as they began their reply but they were dismissed for 101 with six overs to spare as Gleeson followed his career-best eight-wicket haul against Preston the previous week with 6-23 from 17 overs, Andy Furness chipping in with two wickets.

Gleeson’s haul was topped at Preston by that of St Annes pro Dinuka Hettiarachchi but his side had little else to cheer as they suffered a third defeat in four winless matches.

The Sri Lankan spinner’s 7-28 in an unchanged 21-over spell ensured that St Annes had only 82 to chase at West Cliff. Hettiarachchi caught and bowled top scorer Dukanwala for 19, one of only two Preston players to reach double figures, but St Annes could only muster 68 in reply to remain third-bottom of division one.

n LYTHAM captain Antony Mulligan tipped Faz Ughradar as an all-round talent to watch this season, and he proved his skipper a good judge with an outstanding display in the four-wicket home win over Rainford.

After Lytham lost their Liverpool Competition opener heavily against Northern, opener Ughradar inspired his side to bounce back in style.

His career best figures of 6-37 from 16 overs were well supported by his captain’s 3-14 as Rainford were removed for 124 in 49.1 overs. Mark Williams helped the visitors stay competitive with 42 from 97 balls.

But Ughradar made light work of the target, firing 49 from 61 balls, including nine fours, to set Lytham on their way to a victory sealed in 39.3 overs. Mulligan again played the chief supporting role, making 31.