McDonnell’s knock makes difference in derby duel

Edwin Moulton bowling for Chorley against Leyland
Edwin Moulton bowling for Chorley against Leyland

Nathan McDonnell scored a magnificent half-century to inspire Leyland to victory in the regional final of the ECB Club Championship competition against Chorley.

The Leyland batsman put his poor run of form firmly behind hitting seven maximums and a trio boundaries in a score of 64 off 41 balls.

McDonnell was the architect of Leyland’s rain-affected innings.

His quick-fire knock took the game away from Chorley as the Fox Lane outfit posted an imposing score of 188-8 off a reduced 39 overs.

Sam Oldham fell six runs short of a half-century and Henry Thompson was run out by Jack Catterall when looking well set on 38.

Edwin Moulton showed promise and quality with the ball for Chorley, taking 4-24 off his eight overs.

Jimmy Lee also chipped in with 3-52.

But there was am unwelcome moment in the Leyland innings, shortly after the second rain break.

Fielder Alex Howarth slid to stop the ball, as he attempted to get up and throw the ball, he lost his balance and landed awkwardly , dislocating his left shoulder.

After a short visit to Chorley hospital, Howarth returned with his arm in a sling and is now on the mend.

A depleted Chorley line-up, missing key-men David Fisher, Will Moulton and Kieran McCullagh were always up against it.

Stand-in opener Jack Bentham fell early and he was soon joined back in the pavilion by Ian Dickinson.

Ian Oakes (35) countered the Leyland attack by hitting five boundaries and one six but he soon became one of Oldham’s three victims.

Skipper Andrew Holdsworth hit 20 and Jack Catterall scored 25 but they still were bowled out for 118.

Oldham took 3-23 and Thompson claimed 2-4.

There was also a wicket each for Dave Makinson, Karl Cross, Ross Bretherton and Will Jacques.

n Tonight, Tuesday, Leyland start their Twenty20 campaign with a trip to East Lancashire outfit Darwen.

This Saturday in the league, Chorley host Lancaster and Leyland travel to Penrith.

On Sunday in the Readers Cup, Chorley travel to Penrith and Leyland go to St Annes.