Knockout victory for Chorley

Leyland ask for a wicket in their victory over Darwen
Leyland ask for a wicket in their victory over Darwen
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Chorley have made it through to the last 16 of the ECB National Knockout after a five-wicket victory over St Annes at Vernon Road.

David Fisher played a key role in the win, taking four wickets and then scoring 49.

St Annes elected to bat first and were 169 all out, Nathan Bolus top scoring with 38.

Fisher claimed 4-37, with Billy Smith and Gaurav Dhar both taking two wickets.

Although Chorley lost Andrew Holdsworth and Ian Dickinson early, Fisher kept a cool head for his 49 off 98 deliveries.

Mohammed Jamal struck seven fours on his way to 39, before Dhar and Will Moulton steered Chorley home with unbeaten knocks of 28 and 37 respectively.

They will host the winners of Bowdon and Prestwich in the next round on July 13.

Chorley’s cup win came on the heels of an eight-wicket loss to Netherfield in the Northern League.

Batting first at Parkside Road, Chorley were 137 all out, Fisher again top scorer with 35. Netherfield had few problems knocking off their target, posting 141-2 in 24.5 overs. Marc Brown finishing unbeaten on 52.

Leyland’s 68-run win over Darwen at Fox Lane saw them go top of the table.

Their visitors had gone into the weekend as leaders but David Makinson’s men had too much for them.

Asked to bat first, Leyland were 148-9 in their 50 overs.

Lancashire batsman Luis Reece scored 24 at the top of the order.

But it was Henry Thompson who really shone with the bat, hitting 10 fours in a knock of 57.

Leyland’s tally certainly looked in reach of Darwen but they were bowled out for just 80 inside 30 overs.

Karl Cross took 5-23 and Reece 4-31. Preston lost by 69 runs to Blackpool at West Cliff.

The visitors were 172 all out after batting first, Saeed Bariwala taking 6-30.

Bariwala then scored 53 in Preston’s reply but Sajid Patel was the only other batsman to reach double figures as the home side were 103 all out.

Morecambe were beaten by St Annes at Woodhill Lane.

They were 83 all out in the first innings, with St Annes knocking off the runs in 22 overs to claim a six-wicket win.

Lancaster’s visit to Barrow saw them lose by five wickets despite a gutsy 78 from Michael Barry.