LEYLAND CC kept alive their Northern Cricket Premier League aspirations alive with two wins over Bank Holiday weekend.

First, Dave Makinson's men emerged victorious from a closely fought derby game against Chorley on Saturday.

The game was played at Windsor Park to coincide with Chorley’s first annual beer festival so a healthy crowd was in attendance to witness a competitive game that went down to the last over before Leyland secured a four-wicket win.

Makinson won the toss and chose to bowl first and it wasn’t long before his opposite number Ian Dickinson was back in the pavilion, dismissed by Will Jacques for a duck.

Youngster Ben Millnes was promoted to number three for Chorley and showed some promise before he was bowled by Ross Bretherton for 10.

Stuart Naden and professional Nekoli Parris shared a hard fought partnership to help rebuild their sides innings before Parris was bowled by Nathan McDonnell. Naden fell soon after for a well made 45 that would prove to be the highest individual score on a difficult wicket for scoring freely.

Some late order aggressive batting from Will Moulton and former captain Andy Holdsworth boosted the Chorley total to 158-8 from 50 overs.

Leyland’s reply began with Karl Cross playing in typically aggressive fashion as he made a quickfire 32.

Parris and fellow spinner Ian Oakes found the pitch to their liking and were able to build pressure on the Leyland batsmen as the middle order pair of Henry Thompson and Tom Reece both fell cheaply.

Without the services of their overseas player Richardt Frenz who has had to return to South Africa early for a training camp, the Leyland middle order produced some good individual performances to compensate for their lack of substitute marquee player allowed under the league rules.

Andrew Makinson and Nathan McDonnell played smartly to get the run chase in hand before McDonnell was bowled by the tireless Keiran McCullagh.

With overs running out some excellent bowling from the home side took the game into the last over but with three runs needed to win from four balls Makinson sealed the victory with a huge six over the clubhouse.

Meanwhile, on Monday, Henry Thompson (27) and Nathan McDonnell (17) were the heroes as the Fox Lane side won by seven wickets against Darwen.