Chorley 69 all out Barrow 70-5
LIGHTNING, or rather the effects of heavy rain, struck for the second time at Windsor Park last week.
Just as in their opening home league game a fortnight ago, Chorley were inserted by the opposition on a damp, lively wicket, and were duly skittled out for a paltry score thanks mostly to nothing more than tidy medium pace bowling.
In the same fashion as the Fleetwood game, Barrow strolled swiftly to the winning target with the loss of a sprinkling of late wickets doing nothing more than briefly delaying the inevitable.
Andy Holdsworth’s men who drew the short straw, and their worst fears were confirmed when both the skipper and opening partner Adam Peacock departed without scoring.
Stuart Naden and Will Moulton briefly raised hopes of a revival but once they departed, the innings subsided alarmingly, Daryl Wearing helping himself to a five-wicket haul.
In reply, there was only ever going to be one outcome and though Billy Smith provided a glimmer of hope by sending back young Barrow star Liam Livingstone early doors, Jonathan Miles and Ryan Brown then eased the visitors to within sight of victory.
Iain Critchley was twice being hoisted into the cemetery as Barrow cruised on and though Moulton and Kieran McCullough bagged a brace of late wickets each as the visitors stuttered in the final furlong, it was over just after 5pm.
- Elsewhere, Richard Flood starred with the ball for the 2nd team in their five win triumph over their Barrow counterparts.
He took 5-29 while Chris Harty chipped in 4-21 as Barrow were all out for 54. In reply, Alex Howarth top-scored with 23 as the win kept Chorley sharing top spot with 30 points.
-Ross Demming’s 3rd team grabbed a one run win over St Annes in Division Four of the Palace Shield.
They batted first and it was Chris Weetman’s 54 proved to be the difference between defeat and victory. In reply, the wickets were evenly shared out between Adam McCullagh (2-29), Rob Gardner (2-24) and Paul Whittaker (1-44) as St Annes closed on 155-7..