Fleetwood maintained their title challenge in cricket’s Northern Premier League with an emphatic ten-wicket victory at fellow high-flyers Netherfield.
However, such is the form of champions St Annes that they never looked likely to do their Fylde coast neighbours a favour, capitulating for just 60 away to leaders Barrow.
Fleetwood put Netherfield in and removed them in 29.3 overs for 92. No.6 Ronnie Lambert was one of only two home players to reach double figures (last man Stuart Nixon was the other) and top-scored with an unbeaten 35.
South African professional Shaun Liebisch took 5-16 from ten overs, his second five-wicket haul of the season, while Sam Bell contributed 3-35 from ten. Openers Mike Clinning and Adam Parker both scored 46 not out as Fleetwood rattled off 94 untroubled in 18.3 overs, Clinning firing seven fours to Parker’s five and one six.
Netherfield slip to fourth spot in division one, while second-placed Fleetwood remain seven points behind Barrow, who defeated St Annes by six wickets. After a rain-delayed start, the visitors were put to the sword in 33.2 overs as only no.9 Kushan Mirando reached double figures with an unbeaten 14.
Bowling unchanged, Vaughn van Jaarsveld took 5-17 and Daryl Wearing 4-34.
The only St Annes player with anything to shout about was Pete Cummins, who took 3-21 from his 5.3 overs as Barrow reached 61-4 in 17.3.
n Blackpool’s top four hopes suffered a setback with a five-wicket defeat at Lancaster. The visitors were put in and then sent back for 106 in 34.5 overs.
Andy Furniss hung around for an unbeaten 50 but received little support as Timycen Maruma started his fine day with 4-31 from 7.5 overs.
Maruma then top-scored for Lancaster with an unbeaten 32 in their 107-5 from 38.3 overs, 14 of which were bowled by Blackpool pro Dale Deeb for 3-41 as his side slipped a spot to eighth.