Fisher’s back in the runs as Chorley storm to win

Chorley batsmen Ian Dickinson (right) and David Fisher take a quick  single while bowler Mitch Bolus can only watch.  PIC BY ROB LOCK 26-7-2014
Chorley batsmen Ian Dickinson (right) and David Fisher take a quick single while bowler Mitch Bolus can only watch. PIC BY ROB LOCK 26-7-2014

David Fisher starred with both bat and ball as Chorley secured maximum points against a strong St Annes side.

Buoyed by recent victories over Lancaster and Bowdon, Andrew Holdsworth’s side ran out convincing winners claiming victory by 56-runs.

While Fisher put in an excellent all-round performance, credit must go to big hitter Will Moulton.

With a perfect stage set, Chorley’s form batsman stole the show hitting a magnificent 65 off 49 delivers.

Batting first, on what many cricketers would describe as a “road”, Chorley lost Holdsworth early and batted time with Ian Dickinson and Fisher at the crease.

Fisher (75) and Dickinson (36) took Chorley to more than 100 before the latter was bowled by Toby Bulcock.

Mohammed Jamal ran himself out attempting a quick single but Moulton came to the crease and changed the game.

Along with Fisher, the all-rounder relished the situation and played shots all around Vernon Road.

Bulcock took his second, removing Fisher but Moulton continued to bully the St Annes attack and brought up his 50 with a dill scoop off Lukman Vahaluwala.

Vahaluwala took the wicket of Moulton but the damage was done as Chorley closed on 202-5 off 50 overs.

The returning Billy Smith took the wicket of Vahulwala early in the St Annes innings before the ever consistent Chris Harty removed Bulcock soon after.

Adam Holt and Nathan Armstrong recovered well for the hosts and kept the game evenly poised.

It was the introduction of Fisher that changed the game.

Armstrong counter attacked but he fell for a well made 54 off 52 deliveries to the bowling of Gaurav Dhar before Fisher took three wickets.

He ran out Nathan Bolus who failed to trouble the scorers and then took the wicket of Holt (37).

Dhar and Smith then took further wickets as Chorley ensured St Annes wouldn’t come close chasing their total.

Chorley showed class throughout the whole match and looked rejuvenated by their victories in previous weeks.

It was left to Fisher to round off proceedings.

His loopy off-breaks removed Cumberland’s Michael Harling (nine) and then wicketkeeper Dave Watson (0).

The Windsor Park outfit proved what they can do when they turn up and this Saturday they welcome Tommy Clough’s Morecambe to Chorley in the league.

Start time is 1pm.

Alex Weetman scored a magnificent century as Chorley Second XI secured a winning draw over St Annes.

At the picturesque Windsor Park, skipper Alex Howarth lost the toss but was surprisingly asked to bat first on a flat wicket.

Rowan Mitcham (17) took advantage of loose deliveries early on but he failed to capitalise on his start.

Howarth was then run out for 12 and the situation got worse for Chorley as Ed Moulton (0) and Jack Bentham (0) both fell in consecutive deliveries.

But the experienced Michael Critchley and Weetman took advantage of sloppy St Annes fielding and got Chorley back into the game.

Critchley batted conservatively and left the big scoring to the aggressive Weetman.

After being dropped early on, the former Lancashire junior played shots all around Windsor Park hitting 18 fours and two sixes.

Former National Knockout winner Critchley rotated the strike and closed the innings on 48.

But the first half of the game belonged to Weetman and St Annes finally brought an end to his innings but the Chorley batsman walked off with 111 to his name.

Chorley closed on 200-5.

St Annes were never really in with a shout and Chorley did everything they could to secure a victory.

Five bowlers were used and the pick of those was Simon Moulton.

Moulton claimed four victims with his slow left arm deliveries and he was well supported by youngster Joe Barker (3-23) who continues to impress each week.

Richard Flood took 1-51 and Ed Moulton also chipped in with a wicket of his own.

However a frustrating late partnership saw St Annes hold on to deny Chorley a victory.