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Leyland steals show for Adlington

Iain Critchley
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Adlington’s success story rolls on with wins for both the first and second XIs at the weekend.

Although the first XI recorded a convincing six-wicket win at close rivals Golborne, pride of place must go this week to the second XI’s 17-year old Andrew Leyland.

He became Adlington’s fourth centurion of the season, batting through to remain undefeated on 109 against Blackrod.

Opening with Andrew Chamberlain (59), the stand raised 123, and Eddie Haddon added a quick-fire 29.

A total of 249-4 proved too much for Blackrod, who were dismissed for 170. The main wicket takers were Robert Anderton (3-33) and Zack Green (3-51).

The first XI maintained their lead at the top of the table thanks to a fine all-round performance.

Having won the toss, Golborne chose to bat first on a perfect batting strip.

The decision looked justified at 140-4, with the professional Raees in good form.

Dismissed at 62, it triggered a collapse, instigated by Ullah Naveed (5-52), who was backed up by tenacious fielding and fine catching.

Iain Critchley chipped in with two wickets, and the final score of 183 fell short of expectations.

A composed stand of 80 between Liam Kane and Stewart Plowes (40), paved the way for a typical Critchley innings, scoring 46 in just 40 balls.

Kane went on to record his first senior half-century (52).

The only negative was the loss of two late wickets meaning the loss of a bonus point.