Chorley’s day goes from bad to worse at Morecambe, whilst Leyland are involved in a thriller at Broadwater

Kieran McCullagh takes a catch at slip to see off Mark Woodhead
Kieran McCullagh takes a catch at slip to see off Mark Woodhead

Chorley’s horror week came to an end with a hefty seven wicket defeat against Northern League leaders Morecambe.

The Windsor Park outfit were without a paid man as overseas amateur Brenton McDonald has left the club.

They then had to start the game at Woodhill Lane with just seven men as a crash on the M6 motorway meant several players were delayed.

New skipper Ian Dickinson won the toss and had little option but to bat due to the lack of players.

Jamie Cassidy accounted for both Edwin Moulton and Dickinson as the pair could do little with their fine deliveries.

Chorley struggled to get going and the introduction of professional Suraj Randiv was pivotal.

The paid man accounted for Will Moulton (21) as well as Ian Oakes (0) and Jack Catterall (11).

Chorley’s tail showed signs of wagging through Kieran McCullagh (20) and Peter Cummings (14) however Randiv helped mop up the tail as Chorley were bowled out for 99.

Edwin Moulton had Mark Woodhead caught at slip by McCullagh early on but skipper Josh Dixon (37 not out) and Randiv (43) rallied.

Lee took a catch off his own bowling to remove Randiv and Cummings had Ryan Pearson stumped but Dixon saw his team home to victory in 26.5 overs.

The second team slipped to a defeat in the reverse fixture at Windsor Park.

In a high scoring encounter, Chorley batted first and racked up 205-2 off their 45 overs.

Skipper Alex Howarth batted superbly to score his maiden Northern League century.

His unbeaten knock of 108 included 13 boundaries and two maximums.

Mark Richardson also hit 38.

Morecambe were indebted to Lewis Smith’s 99 in their run chase.

The opener hit a number of boundaries in his score as Morecambe chased the total with five balls to spare.

On Saturday, Chorley welcome Netherfield.

Leyland came away from the Fylde coast with a winning draw in a high-scoring Broadwater thriller which featured three centuries.

Having been put in to bat, Leyland scored two of them as Lancashire’s Luis Reece struck 113 from 140 balls (14 fours) in an opening partnership of 79 with Chris Parkinson (34).

Reece was then joined by Richardt Frenz for a second-wicket stand of 189, in which the wicketkeeper fired an unbeaten 119 from 104 balls, with 72 runs in boundaries (15 fours, two sixes).

Leyland closed on 273-2 before Fleetwood professional Dave King set about the run chase in earnest.

The Australian’s fourth century of the season took him past a thousand runs for the campaign at an average of almost 64.

The opener made 101 from 147 balls (12 fours and a six) before falling to David Makinson, who took all the top three on his way to figures of three for 96 from 15 overs.

The fixture was Makinson’s first in a number of weeks after suffering a lef injury.

King’s fellow Aussie Ian Holland passed 50 for the third time before being run out for 69 and opener Adam Parker made 46 but Fleetwood fell just short at 263-7 and so had to settle for a losing draw.

Nathan McDonnell took two wickets but his eight overs cost 51 runs.

The second team were worthy 103-run winners against Fleetwood in the reverse fixture at Fox Lane.

James Rounding and Ross Bretherton both scored half centuries as Leyland closed on 201-8.

Lloyd Tennant also hit 33.

Fleetwood never looked chasing the total as Elliot Boardman took 4-9 off six overs.

Michael Birchall claimed 3-30 as the visitors were bowled out for 98.