Lee inspires Chorley fightback

Chorley celebrate with James Lee after he takes the wicket of Netherfield skipper Marc Brown (photo by Richard Edmondson)
Chorley celebrate with James Lee after he takes the wicket of Netherfield skipper Marc Brown (photo by Richard Edmondson)
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A terrific backs-to-the-wall bowling performance from Chorley came to the rescue in their match against lowly Netherfield at Parkside Road.

Andrew Holdsworth’s men looked like they were up against it after Mark Clarkson took 6-33 to dismiss them for just 128 – Will Moulton top scored with 43.

Bowler James Lee soon swung the pendulum back in the visitors’ favour with a fantastic opening burst as he took three wickets to reduce Netherfield to 24-3.

Overseas amateur Brenton McDonald then continued Lee’s good work with his 
legspin bowling as the home side were bowled out for 92.

Australian McDonald finished with 4-33, while Lee returned fine figures of 5-20.

Rock-bottom Preston are still searching for their first win of the summer as they were comprehensively beaten by high-flying Lancaster at West Cliff.

The visitors racked up the runs after being put in to bat. Usman Tariq hit 80 and Charlie Swarbrick struck 86 as Lancaster closed on 261-6.

Preston put up a fight in their innings thanks in the main to Rashid Amin’s excellent 71 but they still fell 106 runs short of their victory target as they were dismissed for 156 inside 43 overs.

Reigning champions Blackpool maintained their position at the top of the table after thrashing Kendal at Stanley Park by 161 runs.

The highlight of the match was Richard Gleeson’s hat-trick as the visitors were dismissed for a paltry 49 inside 27 overs.

Earlier, half-centuries from Matthew Houston and Christi Viljoen enabled Blackpool to post 210-8 declared after they had won the toss and elected to bat first.

Second-placed Darwen kept up the pressure on the leaders thanks to a sizeable 80-run win over Fleetwood at Birch Hall.

David King’s 5-68 restricted Darwen – who were indebted to Daniel Salpietro’s fine 64 – to 167 all out.

In reply, Fleetwood were never at the races as they were dismissed for 87 inside 42 overs.

Salpietro followed-up his half-century by taking 4-31 and he was ably supported by Daniel Bowden, who returned figures of 4-10.

Fourth-placed Morecambe are well in the title hunt – just six points off the top after a battling win over Barrow at Woodhill Lane.

Suraj Randiv hit a brilliant 86 as the home side closed on 139-8. Edward Read then took 4-31 as Barrow were bowled out for 92 after 38.3 overs.

In the final match of the weekend, Penrith were five-wicket winners over St Annes at Tynefield Park.

Michael Slack (6-69) and Jake Fawcett (4-52) restricted St Annes to 162 and Penrith cruised to victory with more than 13 overs to spare. Ryan Carruthers top scored with 43.