St Annes 1st XI – 205 all out
Chorley 1st XI – 190-9
Chorley started the new Northern League season with an encouraging performance at highly-fancied St Annes.
After a depressing showing in 2010, the club has signed former MCC player Gaurav Dhar as their prop and recruited Iain Critchley as their player/coach.
On a good batting wicket, the duo shared eight wickets, with leg spinner Dhar taking 5-98 as St Annes were bowled out in the final over for 205.
Chorley’s weakness last season was their batting, and this term captain Andy Holdworth has decided to lead from the front as opener.
He combined with fellow opener Jack Catterall to put on 92 for the first wicket and raise hopes of a win.
However, they both fell for 41 and their departures triggered a slump to 137-7.
Teenager Stuart Naden, who spent the winter in Australia, retired hurt in the 32nd over after a blow to the helmet, but returned and made 24.
A battling unbeaten 42 off 49 balls by evergreen Ian Oakes helped Chorley salvage a draw at 190 for 9, last man Jimmy Lee surviving six balls to reinforce his reputation as the Northern League’s best No.11.
Chorley 2nd XI – 226-7
St Annes 2nd XI – 80 all out
Ian Mawdesley’s side will be a serious threat for this season’s 2nd XI title judging by Saturday’s very impressive showing against St Annes.
The team have a good blend of youth and experience – the latter coming in the former of Mawdesley himself and veterans John Hotham and Dave Catterall.
Hotham, who missed the 2010 season because he was working in Canada, top scored with 74, while Catterall hit 45.
Young opener Rowan Mitcham scored 58 to help Chorley to an impressive 226-7.
In reply St Annes were never at the races as Chris Harty (5-37) and Richard Flood (4-37) bundled them out for just 80.