LEYLAND CC reignited their Chorley Building Society Northern Premier Cricket League Division One title challenge with a 55-run victory over Netherfield thanks to an inspired spell of bowling from 17-year-old all-rounder Ross Bretherton. Chasing a victory target of 140, the Cumbrian side made a fast start to their innings and had progressed to 32 without loss before the introduction of captain David Makinson and Bretherton into in the attack changed the game.

Bretherton was on fire to claim a career best 6-24 as the Netherfield middle order was blown away.

His spell included the key wicket of Kiwi professional Tom Bruce for a duck to bag a pair against Leyland over the season. Makinson took 4-12 as the visitors to Fox Lane were eventually bowled out for 84 with Ben Barrow top scoring with 18 and Tom Williamson stranded on 15 not out.

Earlier in the day the match was delayed due to a wet outfield and when play eventually got underway the game was a 44 over per side contest.

Leyland progressed to 38 before they lost their first wicket when Chris Parkinson was bowled by Bruce for 11.

Karl Cross played in his usual carefree aggressive manner and soon followed for a quick-fire 28.

Henry Thompson maintained his fine form with a well-made innings of 32 to pass 400 league runs for the season and some lower order hitting helped boost the total to 139-5 from 44 overs.

The win means Leyland remain seven points behind league-leaders Blackpool but have opened up a 15-point gap on third-placed Fleetwood who were 52 all out in the shock loss to Darwen.

Elsewhere, Chorley CC had two good wins at the weekend, Penrith beaten by four wickets in a game which started late due to a sodden pitch and was reduced to 34 overs.

The Windsor Park outfit then Preston beaten by 31 runs in the Readers Cup on Sunday.

The first team are away to Blackpool in the league on Saturday.

Skipper Ian Dickinson said: "I am very pleased with the weekend's results in tough conditions.

"There was a great knock by Nekoli (Parris, who scored 50 not out) with good support from Will Moulton.

"We have two tough games coming up but games we can win if we perform to our best.

"Blackpool have a great young bunch of lads together who play as a team which is a credit to Blackpool without spending a fortune on paid players."