Victory in vain as run rate sees Leyland squeezed out

Gaurav Dhar bowling against Leyland
Gaurav Dhar bowling against Leyland

Leyland rounded off their Twenty20 campaign with a one-wicket victory against rivals Chorley.

Prior to the start, the permutations still allowed Leyland to qualify from the group at the expense of Darwen.

Chorley were asked to bat first and the Windsor Park outfit posted 160-7 off their 20 overs.

It meant Leyland had to chase down the total in just 13 overs to top their TWP Wealth Twenty20 Cup group.

Despite their best efforts, it proved to be too much for Dave Makinson’s side, who still edged to a one wicket victory.

Chorley lost professional Mohammed Jamal (1) and Alex Howarth (7) early on in their innings.

Gaurav Dhar (19) and Jack Catterall (8) also fell soon after before the spectators at Fox Lane were treated to some excellent hitting from Chorley all-rounder Will Moulton.

Moulton scored 61 off 25 deliveries including six fours and five sixes after particularly taking a liking to Leyland overseas amateur Alex Ross.

Ross’ two overs went for 33 runs, with Moulton scoring the bulk of them.

Skipper Andrew Holdsworth supported Moulton with an undefeated 39.

Henry Thompson was the pick of the Leyland bowlers, taking 2-19 and Karl Cross bowled tightly taking 1-4.

Danny Lamb (9) and Ross (10) both fell cheaply as Leyland looked for the victory.

Thompson (36) scored quickly along with Chris Parkinson but the pair failed to kick on.

Andrew Makinson came to the crease with all results still possible.

And when he took a liking to the leg breaks of Dhar, Leyland had every chance of chasing the total in the time they needed to.

Makinson hit 47 off 25 balls before he perished to the bowling of young Edwin Moulton, who took 4-37.

Moulton dismissed Ian Farrington, Thompson, Cross before Thomas Murray was run out without facing a ball.

Holdsworth took the wicket of McDonnell before skipper Dave Makinson again showed his capabilities with the bat scoring 20 off nine balls to see Leyland home.