Fleetwood and Blackpool closed the gap on the Northern PremierLeague summit on a day the Fylde coast’s three first division teams all won away from home.
That incuded a first win of the season for St Annes at Darwen and a record-breaking knock by Fleetwood’s Travis Dean at Kendal as the Fylde trio’s overseas professionals all shone.
With leaders Leyland facing a blank weekend, second-placed Fleetwood took full advantage to reduce their lead to just one point with a 90-run victory at Shap Road.
Kendal regretted putting the visitors in as Australian Dean smashed the ground record with an unbeaten 176 and an unbroken stand of 120 for the final wicket.
Dean struck 16 fours and six sixes in his 158-ball knock, sharing an opening stand of 86 with Adam Parker(24).
However, these were the only Fleetwood players to reach double figures as the next seven men in could muster just 16 between them.
As 117-2 became 136-9, Dean looked sure to run out of partners until he was joined by no.11 Kieron McGann, who contributed six to that mammoth final stand. Adnan Ghaus from Pakistan took 6-68 from 15 overs but couldn’t prevent the final pair batting out the 50 overs.
Kendal in reply could bat only 35.5 before being dismissed for 166. The Cumbrians were soon in big trouble at 21-4 before Syed Ali led a fightback with 63 from 64 balls, including 12 fours.
Ghaus completed his excellent day with an unbeaten 39 from 31 balls but ran out of partners as four Fleetwood bowlers took two wickets apiece. Burns’ two cost only 19 runs from seven overs.
There were also two victims for Pat Ashton, who was outstanding in Thursday’s 10-run over St Annes in the opening south group one match of the Lukey Sports T20. He top-scored with 36 in Fleetwood’s 135-6 and then took 5-26.
Third-placed Blackpool are three points behind Fleetwood after a 93-run win at struggling Penrith.
New Zealander Daryl Mitchell has reached the 90s twice in his three Blackpool innings and his 93 was the cornerstone of their 212-9 after being put in at Tynefield Park.
The Blackpool pro hit 11 fours and a six, sharing a fourth-wicket stand of 90 with Andy Furniss (44). Mitchell was run out by Paul Hindmarch, who also took 4-43 from his 14 overs.
Penrith could muster only 119 in 33.5 overs in reply as Josh Boyne claimed 6-27 from his 7.5 overs, his second five-for of the season and his best-ever Blackpool figures.
Jonathon Osborne staged a one-man resistance act with 44 but no-one else in the Penrith side could reach 20.
Penrith are now joint-bottom with St Annes, who looked anything but a winless side in their nine-wicket success at Darwen, who were skittled out for just 79.
Put into bat at Birch Hall, the hosts slumped to 16-6 before an unbeaten 51 from number seven Reece Davies.
South African Shadley van Schalkwyk celebrated his first five-wicket haul in the NPL (for 37 from 15 overs), while 4-23 from 17 by captain Matthew Grindley helped polish off the home innings with 15 overs unbowled, despite Darwen putting on 33 for the last two wickets.
St Annes then needed fewer than half their overs to seal a comfortable win. Gurman Bains was the only man out with the score on 35 before fellow opener Luke Wilks (27 not out) and the acclimatising van Schalkwyk (39no) sealed victory in 23.5 overs.
Lytham are the only one of the Fylde coast’s four senior clubs still searching for a league win after losing out by 18 runs at home to Ormskirk in the Liverpool Competition’s ECB premier league.
The hosts had high hopes of an elusive victory after Ormskirk had chosen to bat and been dismissed for just 121 in 41.3 overs.
Toby Lester removed three of the top four batsmen in a visiting side soon in deep trouble at 23-5.
However, Gavin Griffiths at number seven hit 31 and Nicky Caunce an unbeaten 29 at number nine.
These proved matchwinning contributions despite Lester finishing with 4-18 from 13.2 overs.
Griffiths soon removed Lytham’s top three with just 17 on the board and the hosts struggled to 103 before being all out in 43 overs.
They couldn’t manage a partnership greater than 20 and Lester top-scored with 26.
Griffiths’ 4-28 from 11 overs was matched by Scott Lees’ 4-15 off nine as Lytham remain second-bottom.
A century by opener Allan Cook helped Garstang to stretch their winning start to four games at the top of the Moore and Smalley SE+ Palace Shield with a 91-run home victory over Great Eccleston.
The other Fylde coast clubs in the premier division all lost, and it’s four straight defeats for a Fylde CC side skittled out for 57 by Torrisholme en route to a seven-wicket defeat.
MOORE & SMALLEY PALACE SHIELD SE+ RESULTS
Premier Division: Fylde (57, G Lee 6-21) lost to Torrishole )60-3) by seven wickets, Garstang (279-4, A Cook 106, Mi Walling 55, T Wells 52) beat Great Eccleston (198, P Booth 61, Mi Walling 3-33), by 81 runs, Longridge (239-7, J Whitehead 70, J McDowell 50, M Rigby 3-53, J Millward 3-60) beat Freckleton (199, A Hogarth 61, I Simpson 3-42 by 40 runs, Thornton Cleveleys (185, R Dingle 43, D Howard 42) lost to Fulwood & Broughton (187-3, B Parkinson 65, M Smith 46) by seven wickets, Vernon Carus (128-2) beat Penwortham (127) by eight wickets, Whittingham & Goosnargh (140) lost to Croston (141-3) by seven wickets.
Division One: BAC/EE Preston (95) lost to Eccleston (96-5) by five wickets, Fulwood & Broughton 2 (150) lost to Vernon Carus 2 (194-7) by 44 runs, Kirkham & Wesham (204-8, A Harrison 32, A Banks 3-63) lost to Garstang 2 (205-5, J Thompson 55, A Egerton 44no, I Patel 3-58) by five wickets, Norcross (130-8, T Patel 4-23) lost to Hoghton (133-8, P Hurst 48, J Davies 4-28, I Davies 3-19) by two wickets, Rufford (89) losst to Longridge 2 (140) by 51 runs, White Coppice (82) lost to Withnell Fold (139) by 57 runs.
Division Two: Penwortham 2 (248-5, G Parkinson 114no, E Duckworth 52) beat Wrea Green (187, D Porter 48, R Mangineni 45, R Sumner 6-41, P chapple 4-41) by 61 runs, South Shore (108-6, R Adderley 37no, M Chandler 3-28) beat Thornton Cleveleys 2 (107, M Hall 5-19) by four wickets.