FLEETWOOD Cricket Club, currently riding the crest of a wave, moved a significant step towards winning the Northern Premier League title as they beat main rivals Barrow.
In the process, they knocked Barrow off the top of the table and assumed pole position with the season coming towards the business end.
Fleetwood won the toss and decided to put the visitors in, and the ploy paid dividends.
Barrow were restricted to 121 for eight, and it was Fleetwood’s Sam Bell, who came into his own as he got rid of the first five in the Cumbrians’ order.
He conceded only 40 runs in a spell of 19 exemplary overs.
Barrow’s total would have been much worse had it not been for the form of their number nine Daryl Wearing, who was not out 32.
It was anything but plain sailing for Fleetwood in their reply.
They suffered a few anxious moments as the Barrow bowlers struck form, Wearing taking four of the wickets.
However, the home side reached their target with three wickets to spare, much to the joy of the home supporters, who had seen the team win the league’s T-20 competition the previous week.
Adam Sharrocks was the top scorer for Fleetwood on 26.
BLACKPOOL secured a winning draw with Chorley at Stanley Park in the NPL.
Highlight of the home side’s score of 135 for eight was a half-century by professional Dale Deeb.
Chorley’s response was 89 for four.