Reprieved Reece helps take derby spoils

Leyland v Chorley, Northern League Division One Gaurav Dhar is caught behind
Leyland v Chorley, Northern League Division One Gaurav Dhar is caught behind

Leyland won the derby battle and secured a double over Chorley in the Northern Premier League.

In intense heat, Leyland captain Dave Makinson elected to bowl.

Andrew Makinson and Karl Cross again opened the attack for Leyland, but Makinson struggled to make any early inroads into the Chorley batting order.

But the same wasn’t to be said for Cross, who removed ex Leyland boy David Fisher for 10.

Big hitter Andy Griffiths showed his class hitting shots to all part of the ground and Chorley soon found themselves at 65-1.

But as Griffiths fell for 50 the Chorley batting collapse began.

Jack Bentham, Iain Critchley, Will Moulton and professional Gaurav Dhar all fell only managing 12 runs between them.

Some lusty blows from skipper Andrew Holdsworth ticked the score along, but he fell to the leg spin of Tayyab Afsar.

Kieran McCullagh had the right to feel aggrieved as he looked to get outside the line of off stump, but umpire Tommy Wilson disagreed and adjudged him LBW.

Afsar claimed 4-25 off 8.2 overs as Dale Jones (2-27) and Dave Makinson (3-21) ensured Chorley were bowled out for 122.

In Leyland’s reply, Chorley at least showed what fighting spirit they had and made sure it was never going to be easy for the Fox Lane outfit.

However, thety weren’t helped when Leyland professional Luis Reece was dropped by Holdsworth off the bowling of Chris Harty.

Harty toiled away and bowled excellently but again luck was not on his side.

Reece took advantage of the drop and made his way past 50 in a wicket that offered nothing to the Chorley bowlers.

McCullagh removed the now Lancashire first teamer but Henry Thompson played a very patient innings scoring 39 off 111 balls, and was well supported by Nathan McDonnell (18) as the pair ensured Leyland would not suffer any more slip-ups and saw them to a nine-wicket win.

n Leyland 2nd XI also secured victory ovre Chorley, playing away at Windsor Park.

Ian Mawdesley won the toss and decided to bat as his side posted 178-8 off their 45 overs.

Stuart Naden hit 55 and Mawdesley 44 not out as Alex Williams was the pick of the bowlers taking 4-49.

Leyland lost Ian Farrington first ball of the innings but Tom Murray (63 not out) and James Rounding (68) meant Leyland eased to their target in the 41st over.