Hefty loss as Chorley struggle again

Chris Harty bowling - Picture by Mike Mead
Chris Harty bowling - Picture by Mike Mead

Chorley slumped to a second successive Northern League defeat when losing by 123 runs against Darwen.

It was a day to forget for Andy Holdsworth’s side as inconsistent performances with the bat, ball and in the field ultimately cost them.

Batting first, the Birch Hall outfit posted a credible 224-9 off their allocated overs.

Ammer Mirza lead the way scoring a fluent 71 while sub professional Danny Salpietro contributed with 58.

Opener Scott Jackson chipped in with 37 and skipper Jordan Clarke scored a quickfire 21.

With the ball, Chris Harty was the pick of the bowlers taking 3-45 off 11 overs.

James Lee took 2-45 and overseas amateur Brenton McDonald claimed a further two scalps at cost of 98.

In reply, Chorley had no answer to Niall Burke as the seamer, who has returned to the club after spending the previous two years with Standish, took 5-28.

Burke removed skipper Holdsworth (6) and he was shortly followed by Ian Dickinson (2).

David Fisher (21) and McDonald (45) dug deep with the bat as they attempted to restore some respectability to the score.

But as Fisher fell, the rest of the lower order collapsed and Chorley were bundled out for 101.

n Chorley won the battle of the second teams at Windsor Park.

After being asked to bat first, Chorley piled on the runs, notching up a score of 210-5 off 45 overs.

Ian Oakes top scored with 56 while Joe Tiffin scored 52.

Andy Flear ended unbeaten on 30.

In reply, Paul Whitaker bowled superbly taking 5-25 as Darwen were bowled out for 140.

All-rounder Oakes also took 3-19.