Edwin’s star is on rise says skipper

Edwin Moulton has made a big impact 'at Chorley

Edwin Moulton has made a big impact 'at Chorley

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Andrew Holdsworth has praised the impact young bowler Edwin Moulton has made on the Chorley Cricket Club first team.

The Windsor Park outfit are in a rich vein of form after winning five league and cup games in a row.

The impressive form has seen Chorley move up to fifth in the Northern Premier League table.

And 16-year-old Moulton has featured in four of the last five games, taking seven wickets, and has since gained the trust of skipper Holdsworth to take the new ball.

“Edwin has taken his opportunity and he’s bowled exceptionally well of late,” Holdsworth said.

“Regardless of his age, he has put his hand up and performed at first-team level and that’s all we want from anyone.

“There’s a lot more to come from Edwin but he has made a fantastic start.”

Tomorrow, Chorley welcome inconsistent Barrow to Windsor Park.

Daryl Wearing’s side have only won three of their nine games this season and come off the back of a winning draw against St Annes.

The form guide is on Chorley’s side but Holdsworth has been dealt a blow as a number of key men, including batsmen David Fisher and Jack Bentham, will be missing.

“Barrow will be a tough challenge – it’s never an easy game,” he said.

“They have some excellent players and they’re strong with both bath and ball.

“But we are in good form at the moment and everybody in the team is keen and eager to make it a sixth win in a row.

“We do have a number of players unavailable but we can welcome back Jimmy Lee.

“Jimmy has taken 20 wickets this season and his form has been outstanding.”

Despite the fine form, Holdsworth insists he is keeping his feet firmly on the ground and he is calling on his team to be consistent throughout the campaign.

He said: “After a poor start to the season ,where we only managed to win one out of the first four games, it’s good to see us putting a decent run together.

“But it is only five games. We need to be putting consistent runs together throughout the whole year to ensure we are involved in the shake-up at the end of the season.

“The pleasing point is that we have strung together these wins without performing anywhere near our best.

“So it is exciting to see what we could actually achieve if we manage to play to our potential.”

Elsewhere in the Northern League, Dave Makinson’s Leyland team are taking on league leaders Morecambe at Woodhill Lane and Preston are on a free weekend.

On Sunday, Leyland visit Bolton League outfit Bradshaw in round three of the National Knockout competition.

Should Leyland win, a tie away at Chorley awaits them in the regional final.

Two in-form Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division title chasers will face each other tomorrow.

Second-placed Garstang travel to face third-placed Penwortham fresh off the back of taking the scalp of league leaders Freckleton in a dramatic clash last weekend.

Garstang beat Freckleton by just two runs at Bush Lane and Ian Walling’s men head to Penwortham in high spirits.

But captain Walling is taking nothing for granted and is not underestimating tomorrow’s opposition. He said: “Penwortham are third. They are one of our title rivals.

“They had their first defeat last Saturday – they are doing quite well and they are certainly up there.

“The win against Freckleton has given us confidence.

“It is always good to come out with a win from a close game, especially against one of our rivals.

“We aren’t going to take any chances. We are going to have to be on top of our game.”

Bowler Gary Jennings was the star of the show in Garstang’s victory that moved them to within a point of current table toppers Freckleton.

And Walling said it was an important victory.

He said: “It was a good win. Freckleton were unbeaten before that match. It was a tough game.

“Jennings hit 34 with the bat and took 7-18 with the ball.

“We got a low score but we took early wickets and got into a good position.

“Numbers nine and ten fought back but we got the last wickets.

“We are confident but it is early in the season.”

Freckleton hope to bounce back from losing their unbeaten record in that narrow two-run defeat when they travel to face fifth-placed Longridge at the Newsham Memorial Ground.

Bottom side BAC/EE Preston could leapfrog Croston into 11th place with a victory at the Riverside.

But if Croston win and Hoghton lose their clash, 
it could see them move closer to stepping out of the bottom two.

Thornton Cleveleys host fourth-placed Great Eccleston at Illawalla.

Great Eccleston are still in the running for the title as they are just five points off the top spot.

And 10th-placed Hoghton host Fulwood and Broughton at Hoghton Cricket Club.

FIXTURES

NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE DIVISION ONE: Blackpool v Darwen, Chorley v Barrow, Morecambe v Leyland, Netherfield v Fleetwood, Penrith v Lancaster, St Annes v Kendal. Start times 1pm.

PALACE SHIELD PREMIER DIVISION: BAC/EE Preston v Croston, Penwortham v Garstang, Lonridge v Freckleton, Thornton Cleveleys v Great Eccleston, Hoghton v Fullwood and Broughton, Vernon Carus v Fylde. Start times 1.30pm.