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Ben RosbottomAlexander Howarth’s men emerged victorious on Finals Day as they came out on top at Garstang’s Riverside ground – beating the hosts and then Fulwood & Broughton in the grand final.
The men from Windsor Park were certainly up against it when they were drawn against the hosts at the semi-final stage.
Danny Gilbert’s men currently lead the way at the top of the table in the normal season, but their hopes of success on Sunday were thwarted by an inspired Chorley performance.
The Riversiders batted first and were looking set for a huge total with professional Punit Bisht going well.
However, the Indian was dismissed for 71 and the hosts went from 107-3 off 12 overs to only only adding another 51 from their next eight overs to close on 158-4.
In reply, Chorley never looked in trouble as they cruised to victory for the loss of just one wicket and with 18 balls to spare.
Howarth hit 40 and Roshen Silva was 44 not out but the real star of the show was Alfie Dobson, who struck a superb unbeaten 70.
Chorley moved through to the final where they were paired with Fulwood & Broughton who had come through their semi-final against Longridge.
Having won the toss, Howarth decided to bat first and led the way with a sparkling 59 off 29 balls, including nine fours and two sixes, at the top of the order.
Will Moulton and Harry Barclay continued the run fest with the former hitting three fours and five sixes in a 29-ball 56, while the latter struck 41, including six fours and one six.
Set 208 for victory, F&B were restricted to 187-8 despite half-centuries from Matthew Smith and Ben Rosbottom as Ian Oakes (4-28) bowled Chorley to a glorious victory.
Meanwhile, It was a day to remember for Chorley captain Howarth on Saturday.
He hit a stunning maiden Northern League century on Saturday although it wasn’t enough for Chorley to force an outright victory in the league over rock-bottom Vernon Carus at Factory Lane.
On a sun-baked day, it was the batsmen who made hay as the visitors posted a whopping 332-3. In reply, Vernons closed on 228-5. Howarth opened the batting with Will Moulton (80) and together the pair put on 171 for the first wicket.
Moulton struck 13 boundaries and one six, while Howarth eventually perished for 119. His knock came off just 121 deliveries and included 20 fours and one maximum hit.
Harry Barclay continued the run fest as he smashed 45 off just 19 deliveries while professional Roshen Silva was 49 not out. Vernons battled hard in reply thanks to Matthew Stevenson (86) and skipper Wes Royle (67).
Leyland were well beaten by reigning champions Blackpool at Fox Lane.
James Rounding’s men paid the price for not making full use of the good batting conditions as their score of 167-9 proved to be well below par. Andrew Makinson top scored with 41
In reply, the visitors cantered to victory with Tomas King (63) and Kasim Munir (43) enjoying a century opening stand before Joshua Boyne (34 not out) guided them home.
Garstang retained their 36-point advantage at the top of the table with victory on Saturday. They made it nine victories from 12 matches this season after posting a four-wicket success at Netherfield.
Ian Walling took a superb 6-28 to limit the hosts to 171-8. In reply, Mark Walling (42), Punit Bisht (39) and Michael Wellings (35) ensured the leaders’ victory.
Longridge kept up their chase of Garstang by being eight-wicket winners against Lancaster at home.
The visitors posted 138 all out with Ben Simm top scoring with 44. Matt Greenall claimed 3-27, while Jonathan Millward took 3-44.
Joshua Mullin and Tom Howarth both hit half centuries to guide the hosts home.
Fulwood & Broughton enjoyed an 116-run win at home to Kendal. Sonal Dinusha (47) and Muhammad Zaid (67) helped the hosts reach 199 all out.
In reply, Chris Brookes took superb figures of 5-23 as Kendal were all out for 83.
The final match of the weekend saw St Annes brush aside Penrith by 56 runs at Vernon Road.