CHORLEY remain firmly in the Northern League Division One title hunt after a terrific derby day victory on Sunday.
Andrew Holdsworth’s men bounced back from Saturday’s disappointing loss away to Fleetwood by getting the better of Leyland at Fox Lane.
The victory puts them just 11 points behind leaders Morecambe in the table.
After winning the toss and putting the home side in to bat, Chorley soon took a stranglehold on proceedings.
The visitors’ bowling quartet of James Lee, Edwin Moulton, Brenton McDonald and Will Moulton all took wickets as they hunted in packs.
Leyland were dismissed for 145, with Nathan McDonnell (31) top scoring, followed by James Rounding (30).
In reply, McDonald’s unbeaten 49 guided Chorley home for the loss of four wickets and he was ably assisted by Ian James Dickinson, who struck 35.
A day earlier, Chorley were unable to defend a sizeable total of 185-9 at Broadwater as Fleetwood cruised to victory with eight wickets to spare.
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, the visitors looked like they were heading for a very low score until Holdsworth’s swashbuckling knock down the order.
He struck three sixes and five fours in a 54-ball half-century to give his team hope.
However, a terrific opening partnership between David King (76 not out) and Adam Parker (81) soon dampened Chorley’s spirits as Fleetwood reached their target with more than 15 overs to spare.
Leyland may have struggled on Sunday, but they had the better of their encounter against St Annes a day earlier at home.
David Makinson’s men racked up the runs after being asked to bat first. Tom Reece (75), Richardt Frenz (68) and Henry Thompson (56) all enjoyed the conditions as Leyland posted a considerable 273-6.
In reply, the visitors never looked like reaching their victory target, but they denied their opponents the outright win by closing on 185-8. Adam Holt top scored with 65.
Preston are still cast adrift at the bottom of the table after suffering a double home defeat over the weekend.
Sajid Patel’s men have yet to register a win this season and have only collected eight points from 13 games.
They were crushed by 10 wickets on Saturday at West Cliff by Netherfield and it did not get any better a day later as Penrith enjoyed a 222-run win.
It was Patel who saved Preston from total embarrassment against Netherfield as he struck 71 of their total of 107 all out.
South African pro Ockert Erasmus did the damage as he took 7-25. In reply, the visitors raced to victory without loss thanks to the opening partnership of Ben Barrow (30) and Richard Potter (75).
On Sunday, Penrith’s Greg Hall took 4-9 as Preston were dismissed for 118 chasing the 341 for victory.
In the big game of the weekend between the top two, reigning champions Blackpool got the better of leaders Morecambe at Stanley Park to secure a winning draw.
Visiting bowlers Edward Read and Suraj Randiv took five and four wickets respectively as the home side were dismissed for 177.
However, Kelly Smuts took 5-49 as Morecambe closed on 150-9.