Chorley Cricket Development Group’s U15 side beat off a host of other Lancashire districts to bag a place in the country-wide knockout stages.
The group is made up of representatives of all of the Chorley district cricket clubs and the U15 side’s success in the Merseyside and South West Lancashire Cricket Partnership Junior Competition earned them a place in the national knock outs.
The U13 side and the U11 side have also taken part in the MSWLCPJC.
The U13s did not make it through, but the U11s must wait for the result of the last round of matches to find out if they are through to the national knock outs.
On Friday, June 3 the U11 team travelled to Sefton Park, Liverpool to take on Liverpool District U11s.
The Chorley team won by 108 runs thanks to captain Louis Johnson of Chorley Cricket Club, who not only scored 102 runs but also took three wickets for two runs off seven overs.
Johnson was supported by Jacob Miller (29) of Mawdesley Cricket Club and Callum Knowles (15) of Euxton Cricket Club.
Johnson and Miller added 75 for the second wicket and Johnson and Knowles made 51 for the fifth wicket. Chorley District finished on 206-10 before bowling Liverpool District out for 98.
The U13s were not to be outdone in their match against St Helens District at Euxton on Tuesday, June 7, with another winning captain’s performance this time by Dan Barber of Euxton Cricket Club. Barber came in when Chorley were struggling on 8-2 and made 111 with the score 202-8. Chorley eventually reached 215 before bowling St Helens out for 189.