FLEETWOOD are sitting pretty at the top of cricket’s Northern Premier League with the last 100 per cent record in division one.
Mat Clark’s side defeated previously unbeaten Kendal by six wickets at Broadwater for their third successive win batting second.
Kendal became the first team this season to reach three figures against Fleetwood but they could only muster 109 before being dismissed with over six over remaining.
Their professional Jamie How had scored centuries in both previous innings but couldn’t add to his 288 runs to date, clean bowled for a duck by Fleetwood’s instant-hit pro Shaun Liebisch.
The South African was again very economical, taking three wickets in 15 overs which went for just 20 runs.
Fleetwood took 31 overs and lost four wickets in reaching their target, Dean Bell leading the way with 36 and Naved Yousef steering them home with an unbeaten 23.
Previous leaders Leyland went down by five wickets at Blackpool, who are getting in the swing after a slow start.
Leyland were dismissed for 110 with seven balls remaining at Stanley Park as Adam Furniss recorded career-best bowling figures of 7-50 from 17.5 overs. Visiting wicketkeeper Adam Coates hit the most boundaries of the game, six, in his 36 before becoming one of three victims for Richard Gleeson, whose 17 overs went for just 19 runs.
Blackpool’s South African pro Dale Deeb then followed his century against Baxenden with 45 from 83 balls as Paul Danson’s side reached their target with over ten overs to spare.
A first appearance of the season for prolific professional Dinuka Hettiarachchi could not end champions’ St Annes wait for their first win of the season. In fact, their fortunes took a turn for the worse at Darwen, where they were defeated by nine wickets after being dismissed for 79 with over 11 overs to bat.
Neil Cordingley polished off four of St Annes’ top five as his ten overs went for just 20 runs.
Top-scoring wicketkeeper Duncan Whalley did his best to hold the innings together with 36, but only one other St Annes batsman managed more than ten at Birch Hall.
Darwen also had their pro on show for the first time this season, South African Shaun de Kock, and he picked up 3-30 off 9.4. Hettiarachchi, freshly arrived from his Sri Lankan homeland after a Visa delay, did take the only Darwen wicket to fall but had nothing like enough to bowl at as the hosts needed fewer than half their allotted overs to cruise to victory.
Wicketkeeper Alex Davies finished unbeaten on 40 after a half-century opening partnership with Daniel Fradd.
n LYTHAM CC have had the perfect warm-up for the Liverpool Competition season by winning all three games in their Ray Digman Trophy group.
They completed their full house with a 106-run victory at previously unbeaten Wigan.
Opener Faz Ughradar batted throughout Wigan’s 35 overs for an unbeaten 66, following an opening partnership of 82 (Nick Knight 38) with an unbroken stand of 128 with Jimmy Wisniewski.
Former skipper Wisniewski’s unbeaten 54 came off just 50 balls as Lytham closed on 210-2 at Bull Hey.
Ughradar then completed his fine day with 4-18 off his five overs as the hosts were dismissed for 104 with seven overs left.
Sam Holliday match Ughradar’s wicket haul with 4-33 off six overs. Opener Gareth Bradley was the top scorer (24) for Wigan, whose last six wickets went down for 19.
Lytham go into tomorrow’s second round draw as one of the nine group winners, with Wigan also qualifying among the seven-best runners-up.