Australians David King and Ian Holland were in unstoppable form as Fleetwood returned to winning ways in the Northern Premier League with an emphatic eight-wicket derby over St Annes at Vernon Road.
Both bowled unchanged as the hosts were dismissed for 139 in 40.3 overs, King then leading Fleetwood’s victory charge with the bat.
Captain Andy Kellett single-handedly held the St Annes innings together, scoring 56 from 93 balls, but none of the eight team-mates who batted alongside him managed more than 14 and five fell for ducks.
Kellett’s third half-century of the season included nine fours, though ironically St Annes’ best partnership of the innings came after the skipper fell.
Final pair David Watson (21) and Jake Woods put on 35 for the last wicket before wicketkeeper Watson became Holland’s sixth victim.
The Aussie finished with six for 68 from 20.3 overs, while compatriot King claimed 4-56 from 20.
King then got straight into the swing with the bat to help Fleetwood on their way to 140-2 from 27.3 overs.
Having made centuries in defeat on the last two Saturdays, King struck five fours and a six in his 47, sharing in an opening stand of 80 with Adam Parker.
King, who averages 58 in the first division, batted 62 balls and Parker made 42 from 52 deliveries, with seven fours.
King then put on a further 49 with Mike Clinning,who finished unbeaten on 37 from 39 balls with six fours.
Matthew Grindley’s seven overs only went for 19 but he couldn’t take a wicket.
Fleetwood remain fifth but are only five points behind second-placed Chorley.
Blackpool had a blank Saturday and so lost second place to Chorley, who beat Lancaster by 84 runs, while Morecambe stretched their lead at the top to 21 with a 137-run thrashing of rock-bottom Preston.
Preston remain the only team below St Annes, who are searching for their first league win since April.
Lytham held on for a home draw with Wallasey, whose seven-wicket strike bowler Chris Bourne dashed their victory hopes in this Liverpool Competition ECB premier league clash.
Guy Roberts’ side will have been optimistic of victory after restricting their Wirral visitors to 174-8 from 52 overs.
The Wallasey total looked set to be far lower as they laboured to 46 for five but then Neil Cross and Mark Williams put on 97 for the sixth wicket.
Cross top-scored with 62 at number four, scored from 90 balls with seven boundaries, Williams (left) adding 44. Lytham’s Luke Williams took his tally of victims to 25 for the season with four for 56 from 17 overs.
The Lytham reply mirrored Wallasey’s innings as they too lost their first five wickets cheaply, for 67, before a sixth wicket stand boosted their hopes.
Lytham’s was worth 72 and was shared between Ben Saunders and Luke Williams (22). Saunders led the way with 54 from just 45 balls, his second half-century of the season including seven fours and two sixes.
But not even Saunders could steal Bourne’s thunder. Having dismissed all Lytham’s top five, he claimed two further wickets for season’s best figures of seven for 64 as the hosts were left clinging on at 160 for nine after 31 overs.
Just three points separated the sides at start of play, though they are now tied on 100 points in sixth sport.
Lytham are just four points behind fourth-placed Northern but 61 adrift of leaders New Brighton, who have opened up a 30-point gap at the summit.
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