IT was a weekend to forget for Leyland Cricket Club as they suffered two disappointing results at the weekend.

On Saturday they clung on for a losing draw against nearest rivals Fleetwood before crashing out of the ECB Club Championship after a crushing defeat to Palace Shield side Longridge on Sunday.

At Fox Lane on Saturday, Fleetwood skipper Mat Clark had no hesitation is choosing to bat first upon winning the toss.

His side played cautiously with former Leyland professional Adam Parker scoring uncharacteristically slowly to make 36 before he was dismissed by Will Jacques.

Jacques also claimed the prized scalp of the Fleetwood professional Australian batsman Travis Dean who was cleaned bowled for 15.

Some late order aggression from Adam Sharrocks (38 not out) and overseas amateur Patrick Ashton (31) helped boost the visitors’ total to a competitive 161 for 7. Nathan McDonnell was the most successful Leyland bowler with figures of 3-30.

If Leyland were going to chase the target then they needed to get off to a good start, but the exact opposite happened as key men, Chris Parkinson, Karl Cross and Richardt Frenz were dismissed for a combined total of five runs.

Henry Thompson provided some stoic resistance with a determined innings of 56 but a couple of contentious LBW decisions set the Leyland innings back to the extent that they were forced to cling on for a draw with Dale Vardy and wicketkeeper Jacob Wright batting out time to allow their side to finish on 117-8.

The result reduces to Leyland’s advantage at the top of the Chorley Building Society Northern Premier Cricket League Division One to just three points from Blackpool with Fleetwood a further three points behind in third.

On Sunday, a large crowd were left bitterly disappointed by a convincing Longridge victory in a match that had previously been attempted to be played twice before being rained off each time.

Third time round the weather was much better but Leyland produced a miserable performance as they crept to 115 all out having won the toss and chosen to bat first.

Openers Chris Parkinson and Karl Cross took the score to 40 without loss before Parkinson was dismissed by Matt Greenall for 13.

A batting collapse followed as accurate Longridge bowling created immense pressure on each new batsman.

Few Leyland batsmen showed the requisite application required on a slow wicket with spinners Alex mason and Tom Haworth turning the screw for the visitors.

The Longridge reply began very slowly and two early wickets raised hope of Leyland being able to defend their small total but excellent batting from James Whitehead (48 not out) and Luke Platt (52 not out) saw their side home to a deserved victory with 10 overs to spare and set up a last 16 clash with Manchester powerhouses Bamford Fieldhouse at Chipping Road.