Below par Chorley are well beaten

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Chorley remain fifth in the Northern League table after a disappointing defeat against Darwen.

The fixture was well and truly one sided at Windsor Park as the East Lancashire outfit romped home to a 77-run victory.

Victory for Darwen means they sit top of the Northern League.

Batting first, Darwen were left struggling at 38-3 off 10 overs.

The returning Kieran McCullagh bowled economically taking 2-17 off eight overs.

Fellow opener Edwin Moulton also took the wicket of the prolific Ammer Mirza (5).

Darwen continued to struggle as they were left at 96-6.

James Lee removed Darwen professional Khaya Zondo for a paltry nine whilst Christopher Clarke was run out by Moulton and Brenton McDonald trapped David Bowden in front of the stumps.

The visitors recovered, and a crucial partnership between Mark Friend (49) and skipper Jordan Clarke (38) saw Darwen bowled out for 194.

Chorley failed to make use of the excellent batting surface at Windsor Park as they were quickly reduced to 25-5.

David Fisher, Ian Oakes, Ian Dickinson, McDonald and Will Moulton falling for a combined total of 27.

Jack Catterall top scored for Chorley with 35 but in truth the Windsor Park outfit’s poor start ultimately cost them as they were bowled out for 117.

The second team were thrashed in the reverse fixture at Birch Hall.

Peter Cummings (45),and Chris Harty (25) were the only notable contributions as Chorley were bowled out for 114.

Harty took 3-32 with the ball and Max Harper chipped in with 2-2 but Darwen reached the total in 26 overs.