A dominant display sees Makinson’s men triumph

Pictured is Chorley's Ian Dickinson in action against Leyland
Pictured is Chorley's Ian Dickinson in action against Leyland

Dave Makinson’s Leyland side claimed the bragging rights once again over rivals Chorley winning their latest league encounter comfortably by eight wickets.

In an unusual situation, Leyland were without a paid man as overseas amateur Alex Ross has returned home and the home side were unable to find a replacement.

Former professional Luis Reece was on Lancashire duty which meant he also missed out, while Chorley were without skipper Andy Holdsworth, who missed out due to a knee injury.

Leyland elected to bowl and had early success as Dave Fisher (4) was removed by Will Jacques.

Keiran McCullagh, promoted to the top of the innings, batted sensibly early along with Ian Dickinson. The pair both made starts and started to find the boundary.

Dickinson looked in fine touch crunching several deliveries through the covers.

Dave Makinson made the breakthrough taking the wicket of McCullagh (23) before his son Andrew Makinson joined the party as he claimed the scalps of Dickinson (28) and professional Mohammed Jamal (16).

Stand-in captain Jack Catterall hit 17 but Chorley’s other batsmen failed to build on their starts.

Tayyab Afsar (4-21) mopped up the tail and Dave Makinson (3-44) rounded off proceedings as Chorley were bowled out for 154.

Cross, promoted to the top of the order in the absence of Reece, then batted superbly and scored a fine half-century.

Chris Parkinson (25) was the first man to go as he was bowled by Rex Purnell before Fisher bowled Cross for 67.

Cross’ innings came off 89 balls and he hit 11 fours and one six, while Henry Thompson took advantage of some sloppy Chorley bowling to score an unbeaten 50.

He along with Tom Reece (13*) saw Leyland chase down the total in 32.2 overs.

n On Sunday, Chorley will officially open their new pavilion by hosting a ‘Legends Cricket Match’.

The current first team will take on Roland Horridge’s National Knockout winners in a game starting at 2pm.

The pavilion will be opened by Lord Douglas Hoyle and his MP son Lindsay Hoyle.

A free junior coaching demonstration plus a game starts at 11pm. The club are asking for volunteers on Thursday from 1pm to help tidy up the ground for the weekend.