Lancaster Simm-ply not up to it on the day

Luis Reece
Luis Reece

Lancaster were brought back down to earth with a heavy defeat against Leyland at the weekend.

Leyland batted first with Henry Thompson and the in-form Luis Reece (64) taking advantage of the opening bowler’s rich variety of lengths.

At drinks, Leyland were 130 without loss and coasting towards a mammoth total but Reece was finally strangled down the leg-side by Scott Sparks.

Thompson then attempted an ill advised second run to Charlie Swarbrick’s strong arm, departing for 67 and Alex Metcalfe picked up three late consolation wickets.

Accurate bowling from Dale Jones and Reece tore through the Lancaster top order, as the ball popped and spat intermittently from a good length.

At 15-3 off as many overs, Lancaster’s chances looked slim, and became even slimmer when sub-professional Pieter Malan spooned to cover.

Lee Sparks and Danny Welbourne gamely dug in but it was a false dawn as the home side slipped to 34-7. Ben Simm (31) and Iain Perrieman (16) restored some pride, with Simm playing some fine aggressive strokes.

The end came quickly, however, when Lamb cleaned up Simm attempting a second maximum, before Andrew Makinson wrapped up the game.

Reece capped off a fine game for the visitors, taking 5-24.

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