Chorley claim the T20 honours on finals day

Chorley are feeling just champion after emerging victorious in the Northern Premier League T20 Cup.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 16th July 2018, 12:43 pm
Updated Monday, 16th July 2018, 5:51 pm
Chorley are the Northern Leagues T20 Cup winners
Chorley are the Northern Leagues T20 Cup winners

In Sunday’s finals day, held at Highfield – home of Fulwood and Broughton – Andrew Holdsworth’s men defeated Fleetwood in emphatic fashion to lift the cup.

Requiring just 102 for victory after a terrific bowling performance, it was left to Edwin Moulton to hit the winning runs as Chorley cruised home with just under 10 overs to spare.

After making a solid start, Fleetwood were rocked when their South African professional Neels Bergh was caught on the boundary by a ‘worldie’ of a catch by his opposite number Gayan Maneeshan off the bowling of Will Moulton.

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Reduced to 40-4 off eight overs, Fleetwood limped to 56-6 three overs later and did well to reach double figures before they were bowled out for 101.

In reply, opener Alex Howarth was back in the pavilion early but Wian van Zyl took Chorley to 52-1.

Although the South African departed soon after, followed by Will Moulton, Maneeshan smacked a huge six to take Chorley to 98-3 with 10 overs left.

Edwin Moulton then clipped a boundary off his legs the following over to take Chorley home.

Earlier in the day, the men from Windsor Park had won through to the final by getting the better of Netherfield in the semi-final.

Howarth hit a half-century and Maneeshan 30 as Chorley posted 201-9 off their 20 overs.

Despite John Boyle’s fantastic 83, Netherfield fell 36 runs short of victory.

Fleetwood had progressed through to the final after getting the better of hosts F&B at the last four stage.