Northern League Premier Division
Netherfield 193-6 Chorley 145 all out
EASILY the biggest crowd of the season flocked to sun-drenched Windsor Park on Saturday, but they left disappointed as the visitors took the victory spoils back to Cumbria.
In what is becoming the story of the season, the home side once again bowled and fielded admirably, and given the sweltering heat, that was especially pleasing.
But yet again, the good work was undone as the reply failed to gain enough momentum and fizzled out well short of their target.
A tidy Chorley fielding display coupled to a more than competent performance with the ball by all five bowlers restricted a powerful Netherfield batting side to 193.
Pro Gaurav Dhar picked up three wickets, Will Moulton’s ongoing improvement as a bowler continued as he gave away just 17 runs in a tidy seven over spell and paceman Kieran McCullagh was similarly accurate.
The home side’s reply edged along rather than cruised, but once Adam Peacock fell for a determined 30, the middle order subsided cheaply, though a series of debatable lbw decisions played no small part in helping the visitors turn the screw.
In yet another echo of last week’s defeat at Carnforth, the last pair again produced the best stand of the innings, young Alex Weetman showing how it should be done with a chanceless unbeaten 46.
But there was never really a realistic possibility of pulling it out of the fire, and Chris Harty was the final wicket to fall with the winning target still 49 runs away.
Heyside 218 all out Chorley 203 all out
HOPES of a long Lancashire Cup run for Chorley were abruptly ended at Heyside’s tiny ground on Sunday.
The deciding factor in the game came from more exotic parts, with Heyside’s Namibian international professional Gerrie Snyman almost single-handedly winning the game for his side.
Snyman blasted a quickfire 76, then set about Chorley with the ball, claiming five wickets to edge his side home on an enthralling afternoon of cricket.
It was desperately disappointing for the visitors to fall short of the victory target which looked well within their reach in the early part of their reply, especially when a superbly gutsy knock by skipper Andy Holdsworth had set up the platform for a triumph.
But yet again it was that middle order fragility which returned to haunt Chorley and gave Heyside the sniff of a chance which they duly grasped.
And as the big home support celebrated in the evening sunshine, Holdsworth’s men were left to reflect on what might have been.
It was game Chorley should have won, despite Heyside proving correct pre-match rumours their main tactic is to take advantage of the tiny playing area by launching the ball to all parts of their minuscule ground.
But in reply, the visitors appeared to have the measure of things, Holdsworth and Adam Peacock taking the score to within a whisker of three figures with few alarms.
Yet once the partnership was broken, there was an all-too-familiar procession of batsmen back to the pavilion.
Grav Dhar’s swift 27 kept Chorley in it for a while, but once he went, Snyman feasted on the inexperienced tail, and that was that.
Netherfield 2nd team 180 all out Chorley 2nd team 182-8
Chorley 2nd team continue to fly the flag for local clubs in Division Two as they trail Barrow by a point after this win.
Netherfield won the toss and opted to bat first and they managed to notch up 180 in 45 overs.
Michael Mead (4-49) did most of the damage with Richard Flood, James Daniels and Ian Oakes took two wickets.
In reply, it took Chorley 43 overs to reach their total with Ed Melling (64), John Hotham (24), Alex Howarth (22) and Ian Oakes (27) made short work of chasing down the required runs.
n Elsewhere, Chorley 3rd string side were frustrated in a 14 run defeat to Leyland 4th team in Division Four of the Palace Shield competition.
Rob Gardner and Oliver Smith took three wickets each while Ross Demming top-scored with 33.