Consistency is key for Mockett’s men

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Chorley are keen to focus on the cricket this weekend after the fiasco of Bank Holiday Monday.

After trouncing Blackpool at Windsor Park on Saturday, Andrew Holdsworth’s men were looking forward to making it a double victory in the Northern League on Monday when they travelled to Lancaster.

However, the poor state of the wicket at Lune Road meant the game was abandoned without a ball being delivered.

It turned out to be a day of woe all around for Lancaster as they were also unable to fulfil their second-team fixture at Chorley due to a player shortage.

The Northern League committee has yet to decide what action they will take over the abandonment of the 
first-team fixture.

Chorley chairman Peter Mockett admitted it was a disappointing day on Monday but refused to comment too much, with an investigation by the league’s committee pending.

He said: “The pitch was ruled unfit for play. I don’t really want to comment any further apart from to say we are submitting a report to the Northern League.

“But it was a disappointing day for our club, for the league and for Lancaster.

“It was disappointing for the spectators who had come to watch but they were deprived of the cricket – and that’s what it’s all about.”

Putting the events of Monday aside, Chorley take on St Annes at Windsor Park tomorrow in buoyant mood after a terrific win over Blackpool.

Despite only posting 154-9 after electing to bat first, Chorley then removed their opponents for just 69 – the match turning on the dismissal of visiting professional, Namibia international Christi Viljoen, thanks to an amazing catch by Ian Dickinson.

“Just when you think you’ve seen it all in sport, you see something else which takes your breath away,” Mockett said.

“It’s what keeps you coming back to watch.

“They were 62-2 and they ended up 69 all out – Ian Dickinson’s catch was a game changer.

“It was their pro who had hit it and Ian was running back towards the boundary looking over his shoulder,

“He’s right-handed but just at the right millisecond he stuck his left hand up and caught it – it was a spell-binding catch.

“Then, after that, Billy Smith mopped them up with seven wickets.”

Mockett believes Chorley can be a real threat to the top sides this season – if they can sort their batting out.

“We are lacking consistency with the bat. We’ve had that problem for several seasons,” he said. “Bowling wise we are fine, fielding-wise we are fine – it’s just getting that consistency with the bat.

“That’s what we are looking for and if we can do that, we are a match for anybody in this league.”

Something has to give at the Riverside tomorrow as Garstang take on Great Eccleston in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division.

Both teams have opened the new campaign in fine style after winning their opening three games of the season.

However, one team will be feeling disappointed at the end of the encounter tomorrow evening.

Indeed both clubs may see their perfect records ruined as rain is forecast tomorrow afternoon.

The only other team with a 100% record left in the division are champions Vernon Carus.

They will be huge favourites – weather permitting – to register their fourth successive victory when they welcome bottom side Withnell Fold to Factory Lane.