Dogged tail-end digs in to earn draw after run feast

Andy Holdsworth keeping wicket for Chorley
Andy Holdsworth keeping wicket for Chorley

There was a runfest at Windsor Park between Chorley and Barrow.

A total of 459 runs were scored in an entertaining game, and it was the visitors who left with a deserved winning draw.

Barrow’s excellent score of 261-4 declared was down to Michael Wellings and Sri Lankan professional

Tharanga Paranavitana.

Both hit exactly 100, with Paranavitana’s century coming at better than a run a ball and included 10 fours and two sixes.

Wellings’ unbeaten century came at a slightly slower rate, but he cracked four maximum hits as well as 10 fours.

In a day that wasn’t joyous for the Chorley bowlers, Kieran McCullagh stood out as he took 1-52 off his 16 overs.

Young all-rounder Edwin Moulton took 2-62 while there was also a wicket for Chorley’s overseas amateur Brenton McDonald.

In reply, Chorley made a valiant attempt at chasing down the total.

Opener Ian Oakes hit eight boundaries in his 41 and McDonald scored 23.

Chorley were always in touch, and while Ian Dickinson (71) was at the crease, the hosts had a glimmer of hope.

But when Dickinson was caught off the bowling of Wearing, the run chase was too much.

Despite being on the back foot, the tail-end wagged, with skipper Andy Holdsworth hitting 15 and McCullagh hit 16.

McCullagh hit two huge sixes off spinner Gary Collins and in one instance the ball was lost.

Chorley eventually closed on 198-9 as Barrow fell one wicket short of an outright win.

n A depleted second team secured an excellent victory at Barrow.

Bowling first, Paul Whitaker (1-13) removed Jordan Nicholson and fellow opener Lewis Saunders (2-29) shattered the stumps of Peter Deeks and Sam Fell.

Chorley were dealt a blow when Whitaker hobbled off injured.

But the rest of the side rallied to restrict Barrow to 134-9 off their allocated overs.

Youngster Joe Barker impressed taking 3-37 and stand-in skipper Mike Mead bowled economically taking 1-15 off 10 overs.

The evergreen Mark Richardson got the ball rolling for Chorley hitting 41 and Max Harper hit 20.

As the two departed, Chorley collapsed, but stepping up to the mark was young wicketkeeper Harry Barclay who hit a tremendous 35.

Barclay’s score aided by a key 13 from Mead ensured Chorley chased the total, nine wickets down.