Bariwala inspires Preston to victory

Will Moulton for Chorley in their game against Morecambe
Will Moulton for Chorley in their game against Morecambe
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Preston finally broke their Northern Cricket League duck when they collected their first win of the season on Saturday.

Saeed Bariwala’s men enjoyed a 45-run victory over Netherfield at West Cliff.

After being asked to have first use of the wicket, Preston made a bright start to their innings as openers Jibran Khan and Bariwala made 34 and 31 respectively.

Soyeb Dukanwala hit 31 and there were some quick runs lower down the order from Javaid Hussain (21) as the home side were dismissed for 171 in the final over.

In reply, Netherfield succumbed to a terrific 
all-round bowling performance as they were bowled out for 126 with more than five overs to spare.

Ben Phillips threatened to deny the home side but when he was dismissed by Bariwala – one run short of a half-century – Preston cantered to victory.

Bariwala ended up with three wickets, along with Afzal Kapadia and Sarfarz Navaz Patel.

Chorley moved to the top of the table despite losing at Morecambe on Saturday.

Andrew Holdsworth’s men bounced back in fine style a day later to beat Lancashire Cricket Board by 78 runs.

The result saw them go level on points with second-placed Fleetwood.

Having won the toss, Chorley decided to bat first at Windsor Park and they were able to post a formidable total of 210-9.

Will Moulton top-scored a 48-ball 63, which included five sixes, while Mohammed Jamal (49) and Gaurav Dhar (43) were also in good form.

Dhar (5-42) and Moulton (3-43) then displayed their prowess with the ball as the Colts were dismissed for 132.

It was Dhar and Moulton who were the top scorers the day before as their knocks of 42 and 47 respectively enabled Chorley to reach 182-9 at Morecambe.

But despite Chris Harty’s three wickets, the home side had no problems reaching their victory target with Lewis Edge bludgeoning four sixes on his way to an unbeaten 60.

Leyland maintained their excellent start to the season thanks to a comprehensive seven-wicket victory over Kendal at Shap Road on Saturday.

The victory means they are one point behind leaders Chorley with two games in hand. Jamie How was the mainstay of Kendal’s innings after the home side were asked to bat first.

He struck seven boundaries and four maximum hits before falling 10 runs short of a century.

Darren Braithwaite added impetus down the order with 40. Steve Pellett was the pick of the bowlers with 3-21.

Daniel Lamb carried his bat through Leyland’s reply as he finished unbeaten on 60. Alex Ross blasted four sixes on his way to a half-centuy as Leyland reached their target in the 45th over.

A day later, Andrew Makinson’s men also moved through to the second round of the ECB Knockout courtesy of a 62-run win over neighbours Preston. Tayyab Afsar starred with the ball, taking 5-18.