LEYLAND 1st team remain top of the Northern Premier Cricket League Division One after a winning draw in the match against nearest rivals Blackpool.

Having won the toss Leyland won the toss and batted first on a dry wicket but soon lost both opening batsmen Chris Parkinson and Karl Cross fell to medium-pacer Andy Furniss’s bowling.

Richardt Frenz and Henry Thompson began to patiently rebuild the innings before Frenz was unluckily caught after smashing a chance back to the bowler who could only deflected the ball to mid off.

Nathan McDonnell played in his usual aggressive manner before becoming one of three victims for Kiwi spinner Danny Pile.

Thompson continued in fine style and brought up his 50 with a straight four before eventually falling for 63. Some late order hitting got the total up to a respectable 171-8 from 50 overs.

The Blackpool reply began in steady fashion with young openers Matt Houston and Ciaran Johnson – with a combined age of 37 – facing up to Leyland skipper David Makinson, now in his 55th year.

Houston made 32 before he was clean bowled by Nathan McDonnell. Off spinner Henry Thompson then came into the attack to claim three wickets including that of Blackpool’s New Zealand professional Daryl Mitchell who was magnificently caught in the outfield by Dale Vardy for a duck.

Blackpool then sensibly opted to hold out for a draw to prevent Leyland gaining maximum points and they closed on 129-7 from their 50 overs.

Elsewhere, Chorley were frustrated by the weather as they secured a winning draw at Morecambe in the Northern Premier League on Saturday.

The Windsor Park side won the toss and elected to bat first, with openers Stuart Naden (16) and Andrew Holdsworth (39) getting them off to a solid start.

But it was a sparkling 85 from Will Moulton that was the mainstay of the innings key as he helped them to 222-8 off their 50 overs.

The match looked on course for an exciting finish with Morecambe on 50-2 after 20 overs, stand-in captain Keiran McCullagh and Jimmy Lee taking a wicket each.

But the rain then came and wiped out the rest of the action, Chorley having to settle for nine points which leaves them fifth in the table.