Fylde cricket: Blackpool and St Annes bounce back in style

A century unbeaten by fly-half Kasim Munir was the culmination of Blackpool’s 75-point success at Penrith.

The visitors were slotted in and set a towering target of 251-3 as Kasim carried his back for 103, hitting 17 bound in a first ton XI.

He found a likely ally in number three Josh Boyne, who hit eight limits in his 58.

Another Leyland wicket falls in St Annes win

Penrith’s James Bowman then went out of his way to chase it down, scoring 67 from 56 balls (11 limits) before being run down by Boyne.

The Cumbrians’ response then fell in 41.1 overs to 176, with Steven Mercer taking 3-47 from his 13.1 overs.

St Annes were even more emphatic winners, needing just 15 overs to secure a nine-wicket success against Leyland.

The visitors were placed and then knocked out for 115 in 37.3 overs, fly-half Jacob Wright their top scorer with 30.

The wickets were split and an even lower total looked likely at 60-6, but St Annes achieved their goal with minimal fuss.

An unbroken partnership worth 89 between professional Yohan de Silva with 59 (49 balls, 11 limits) and Lukman Vahaluwala with 39 (30 balls, seven limits) saw them at home for the loss of only Tom Higson.

Third-placed Blackpool narrowed the gap slightly on leaders Garstang, who had to settle for a winning draw at Kendal.

Blackpool have a game in hand but are still 41 points behind and so must make the most of next weekend’s home double game against Kendal and Chorley to keep any hope of retaining their crown. St Annes are seven points down in fourth after one more game.

Lytham suffered only their second competitive defeat from Liverpool at Spring View, where a statement backfired and the hosts scratched home with a wicket to spare.

That statement came at 249-5, after Lytham opted to strike and faced 53 overs.

Number five Tom Jefferson hit 11 limits in his unbeaten 75 from 86 balls, sharing an unbroken 71 with Matthew McGreehin (32).

A consistent batting display had previously included two more 50 partnerships and a solid 57 from captain Matt Taaffe.

But the Wigan hosts survived a late collapse to head home in 50.2 overs.

It seemed like straightforward navigation as Buddika Karawgodalage battled his way to 105 from 111 balls, with 16 limits.

Buddika put in 118 for the second wicket with wicketkeeper Nathan Ashford (59) and another 76 for the third with Suleman Khan (36)

But then 233-3 became 242-9 and Lytham sniffed out the win as Toby Lester and Tom Jefferson both took it 4-79 before number nine Ben Jukes saw Spring View home. Lytham are still top of the table with 17 points from Colwyn Bay with five remaining.

Top two Fleetwood and Great Eccleston both took five wickets in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield.

Fleetwood visited Croston, who opted to strike and made it 141-8 (Max Harper 42) as Declan Clerkin and Jack Wilkinson took three wickets apiece.

Atiq-uz-Zaman then carried for 80 with 11 fours, meaning it didn’t matter that no one else scored more than 10s in the visitors 142-5 in 31.1 overs.

Great Eccleston dismissed Euxton for 86 as Jim Procter took 5-25 and Phil Booth 3-46, both from 11 overs. The win was sealed at 90-5 from 27.3 overs, with Mohamed Nadeem making 23.

Morecambe edged a thriller against Kirkham and Wesham by just one wicket. Andrew Hogarth scored 52 in an opening position of 89 with Michael Brooks (32), but K&W was then all out for 145 in 43.1 overs.

Fazian Ghumman then scored 56 for the hosts, but it was an unbeaten 23 from number 10 Lloyd Smith that sealed the game at 146-9 in 38.3 overs.

Thornton Cleveleys were beaten by eight wickets at home to Torrisholme, having been dismissed for 137 in 42.3 overs (Jon Eade 38) as Matthew Cline and Jack Heap had four kills apiece. The visitors won it in 30 overs at 139-2 as Dan Woods carried his bat for 68.

Fylde won by five wickets at Grimsargh in Division 1A, fly-half Will Smith scoring an unbeaten 103 and sharing an unbroken 115 position with Andrew Walsh (44) as the visitors overhauled 221-6.

Adam De Gray Birch’s 5-39 put second-placed Wrea Green on the way to a three-wicket win at Ingol with Freckleton (165) in Division Two, while Norcross chased Torrisholme 2’s 110 with three counters to resell.

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