Chorley have no answer to Leyland’s Mac attack

Nathan McDonnell was Leyland’s derby day hero as Chorley were crushed by 108 runs at Windsor Park.

Nathan McDonnell was Leyland's matchwinner in the derby
Nathan McDonnell was Leyland's matchwinner in the derby

The all-rounder returned superlative figures of 5-13 as the hosts were routed for just 67 in response to the visitors’ 175-9.

Leyland skipper James Rounding had won the toss and elected to bat first.

He and Jacob Wright made a solid start but both were removed in quick succession. The latter was trapped in front by James Lee for 22 while the skipper (23) was caught by Alfie Dobson off Will Moulton.

Chorley thought they had grabbed the crucial breakthrough when Moulton removed professional Nasir Nawaz for three thanks to a fine catch by Alexander Howarth.

However, that brought Kurtis Watson and Karl Cross together at the crease and they put the visitors in the driving seat with a fine partnership.

Watson was slightly more aggressive in the stand, hitting six boundaries and three sixes in his knock of 61 before he was removed by Moulton, Roshen Silva taking the catch.

Watson (47) struck seven fours and one six but was then undone by Silva, courtesy of the safe hands of Dobson.

That was the first of five victims for professional Silva as he applied the brakes to the visitors’ run rate.

Andrew Makinson (2) and Andrew Jacques (4) was caught by Joseph Tiffin, while McDonnell (1) was enticed out of his ground and was stumped by Harry Barclay.

Silva then finished with figures of 5-9 as Iain Critchley was lbw for a duck.

The hosts’ reply did not get off to the best of starts as Howarth was bowled for one by Watson.

However, Moulton (21) and Barclay (12) appeared to be setting a solid foundation.

But their removals sparked an almighty collapse as Silva was left stranded (18 not out) as wickets tumbled around him.

Moulton was caught by Jacques while Barclay became McDonnell’s first victim of the afternoon, courtesy of James Critchley’s safe pair of hands.

Dobson (0) lasted four ball before he was pouched by Cross off Jacques and Zayn Wadiwala was run out by Rounding for eight.

Tiffin nicked McDonnell behind to Alex Williams first ball and Sam Steeple was bowled by Jacques for four.

McDonnell then mopped up the tail as the final three batters failed to score a run between them.

James Dunn was caught by Watson and James Lee nicked on behind.

The match was all over when Matthew Parkinson’s stumps were shattered.

On Sunday, in the 40 over competition, Chorley lost out to St Annes, who successfully chased down 152 for victory. Leyland were three-wicket victors over Vernon Carus.

Chorley’s second XI were beaten by Great Eccleston despite Adam McCullagh’s 4-61 and a knock of 37 from John Wayne Dixon.

Leyland’s seconds were comfortable victors over Thornton Cleveleys. Michael Birchall took 4-18 and Alex Sutcliffe hit 67.

This weekend, Chorley head to bottom side Vernon Carus while Leyland welcome Blackpool to Fox Lane.