Champions are too strong for Chorley

lackpool pro Christi Viljoen clips Kieran McCullagh's off-stump
lackpool pro Christi Viljoen clips Kieran McCullagh's off-stump
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CHORLEY went from the sublime to the ridiculous in the space of three days in the Northern League Division One.

After trouncing Preston on Saturday, Andrew Holdsworth’s men were on the receiving end of a big defeat at the hands of reigning champions Blackpool at Stanley Park on Bank Holiday Monday.

It was the home side who won the toss and elected to field first and they soon had the visitors in trouble.

Openers David Fisher and Holdsworth were back in the pavilion with just three runs on the board.

Only professional Brenton McDonald managed a score above 20 as opposing pro Christi Viljoen and Richard Gleeson shared eights wickets between them.

Chorley eventually limped to a paltry 103 all out inside 45 overs.

Despite losing five wickets – with James Lee taking 3-44 – victory for Blackpool was never in doubt as a watchful 31 not out from Matthew Houston guided them home.

It was a disastrous day for last season’s runners-up, who were well beaten at the Stanning Memorial Ground by Lancaster, who finished second bottom last summer.

Home skipper David Makinson won the toss and elected to bat first.

But his decision proved to be a mistake as Leyland soon found themselves in trouble as Callum East wreaked havoc with the ball.

He took 5-31 as the home side were dismissed for 95 in the 29th over. Lots of batsmen got starts but could not go on to post a decent score.

In reply, the visitors comfortably reached their victory target for the loss of four wickets. Jamie Heywood was the mainstay of Lancaster’s inning with an unbeaten 39.

It was another day to forget for Preston as they slumped to another depressing defeat, this time at the hands of Barrow at West Cliff.

Adam Hunt took 4-22 as the home side were routed for 72. In their opening four games of the season, Preston have yet to reach three figures.

In reply, the visitors cruised to victory inside 18 overs for the loss of two wickets, Dean Williams top scored with 34.

High-flying Darwen were in fine form as they defeated Kendal at Birch Hall.

The home side were indebted to some late order runs from Neil Cordingley (36) and Reece Davies (26) after Eldred Hawken (4-39) and Saeed Bariwala (3-25) had achieved some success for Kendal with the ball.

A great all-round bowling performance from Darwen saw the visitors dismissed for just 64.

Leaders Morecambe made it three wins out of three with a comprehensive victory over St Annes at home.

Mark Woodhead struck seven boundaries and one six in a terrific knock of 85 as Morecambe closed on 192-5.

In reply, St Annes were bowled out for 95 with Edward Read and Suraj Randiv each taking four wickets.

The bat was very much on top in the clash between Netherfield and Penrith at Parkside Road.

Richard Potter struck a century as the home side posted a competitive 228-5, but Penrith reached their target thanks largely to Alex Atkinson’s fine 98.