Leyland once again claimed the bragging rights over rivals Chorley with an exciting four-run victory in the Twenty20 competition.
As the sun beamed down on a picturesque Windsor Park on Friday evening, on offer was powerful hitting and clever bowling from both sides.
Leyland skipper Dave Makinson elected to bat and the Fox Lane outfit got off to a flyer as Nathan McDonnell and Daniel Lamb both found the boundaries early on.
Lamb eventually fell for a well made 39 off the bowling of Will Moulton, but Alex Ross favoured the short boundary and punished a Kieran McCullagh over for 16 runs.
Chorley clawed their way back into the game, with off spinner David Fisher bowling with guile to bowl Ross and finish with figures of 1-13 off his four overs.
Leyland’s run rate continued to slow with McDonnell struggling to replicate his early success.
He eventually fell to the bowling of Gaurav Dhar for 36, before the leg-spinner picked up his second bowling Thomas Murray.
Late hitting from Karl Cross (21*) saw Makinson’s men close on 130-6.
Chorley started brightly in their reply, professional Mohammed Jamal and Fisher both finding the boundary early.
With Fisher motoring on 20, the umpires once again played a controversial part, adjudging Fisher had nicked the ball behind to Murray off the bowling of Lamb.
Ian Dickinson joined Jamal at the crease and the pair continued to tick the score over until a horrible mix up saw Dickinson run out for 23 before Dhar (4) skipped past a Henry Thompson off break .
Moulton scored a fluent 20 and with Jamal in the late thirties Chorley were still in the game.
Lamb was introduced back into the attack and removed Moulton before leg spinner Tayyab Afsar claimed the crucial wicket of Jamal for 44.
The Chorley lower order continued to push Leyland all the way but an impressive last over from Thompson, who finished with figures of 3-14 off three overs, saw Leyland record the win.
- Saturday saw a total washout for both Leyland and Chorley in their Northern League games against Lancaster and Kendal.
- Leyland 2nd XI did beat the torrential rain to gain the better of a draw against Lancaster.
Tom Reece’s side declared on 147-4 off 25 overs.
Jonny Mote top scoring with 69 and Reece himself chipping in with 33.
Lancaster never looked to chase the total, and closed on 87-5. Will Jacques, Andrew Jacques, James Rounding and Alex Williams shared the wickets.
- Adlington also failed to beat the weather in their game against Atherton in the Bolton Associaton.