Cup bid comes to an early end

Leyland's Henry Thompson at the crease

Leyland's Henry Thompson at the crease

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Andrew Holdsworth admitted his Chorley side were not at their best in the ECB Club Championship defeat against Leyland on Sunday.

The Windsor Park outfit were well beaten and, in truth, below par with bat and ball in the regional final.

After Dave Makinson’s side set a daunting total of 188 off just 39 overs, largely down to Nathan McDonnell’s excellent 64, Chorley were well short in their chase, being bowled out for 118.

The ECB Club Championship is a competition that Chorley have had rich success in over the years and Holdsworth was disappointed in the manner of the defeat.

“It was a disappointing result but with many players missing we were always up against it,” he said.

“We gave it our best shot on the day but McDonnell’s knock took the game away and he was assisted with a lack of control with the ball.”

On Saturday, Chorley had bounced back from last weekend’s losing draw against Barrow with a winning draw at Kendal and they now sit fourth in the Northern League.

Overseas amateur Brenton McDonald starred with bat and ball taking 5-19 and scoring 56, with only a nuisance final-wicket stand denied Chorley the win.

Holdsworth said: “Brenton was excellent, as he gives us stability with the bat and control with the ball.

“It was good to get a positive result, we’re playing well and sit fourth, there is more to come which is pleasing to see.”