Leyland completed a comfortable victory over Penrith by 120 runs to ensure the Chorley Building Society Northern Premier Cricket League Division One champions will be decided on the final day of the season when the Fox Lane side travel to Blackpool who they trail by four points in the league table.

On Saturday a depleted Penrith side won the toss and chose to bowl first on a firm wicket at Fox Lane.

Chris Parkinson fell cheaply to Paul Hindmarch before Henry Thompson and Karl Cross took the score to 93 before Cross fell agonisingly short of his 50, well caught in the deep for 49.

Thompson continued his fine season with a patient innings of 57 and substitute overseas player Atif Ali Zaidi made a high class 71 from 86 balls.

Youngster Ross Bretherton chipped in with a run-a-ball 37 as skipper David Makinson was able to declare with the score at 233-3 from 45 overs.

The Penrith innings made a stuttering start as opening bowlers Cross and Will Jacques picked up three early wickets between them including the Penrith overseas player Michael Hay who was bowled by Jacques for a duck.

David Makinson found some turn from the wicket and recorded figures of 3-6 to blow away the Penrith middle order.

Only Hindmarch offered much resistance with a good innings of 38 before he fell to Makinson.

Nathan McDonnell’s introduction into the attack helped wrap the game up for Leyland as he picked up two wickets to dismiss Penrith for 113 in 36.2 overs.

The Fylde coast club now top the table with 256 points, Leyland are in second with 252.

Elsewhere, Darwen CC grabbed an impressive 56-run victory to end Chorley's hopes of a top four finish.

John Cordingley and Scott Jackson got Darwen off to a solid start - Cordingley scoring 20 and Jackson 18 before the fell to Keiran McCullagh and Joe Barker respectively, both caught by Will Moulton. Scott Friend then came to the crease to carry on that good work and scored what turned out to be a match-winning 69 before he was caught by Nekoli Parris off Moulton.

Darwen posted 177-7 from their 50 overs and in reply Joseph Tiffin top-scored with 40 while Parris also made 30 as Chorley finished on 121 all out.