McDonald with six of the best in emphatic victory

David Fisher for Chorley in their Northern League game against Lancaster
David Fisher for Chorley in their Northern League game against Lancaster

In-form Chorley moved up to second in the Northern League table after an emphatic 84-run victory against Lancaster.

David Fisher scored his second half century of the season to ensure Chorley posted a more than respectable total in a rain affected tie.

Overseas amateur Brenton McDonald once again stole the show with the ball taking 6-27 off 11 overs ensuring Chorley claimed a valuable 15 points.

Batting first, Chorley set a more than respectable score of 191-7 off 36 overs.

Fisher’s excellent knock of 70 was the mainstay of the innings while Ian Dickinson and skipper Andrew Holdsworth each scored 37.

Former Leyland man Fisher hit six boundaries and three maximums, with one sailing into the nearby cemetery.

Australian McDonald also scored an unbeaten 20 as Chorley showed their class, manipulating the field in the later stages of the innings.

Lancaster were on the back foot early as James Lee bowled Jamie Heywood for seven.

Professional Rameez Raja became Edwin’s Moulton’s first scalp of the day and things went from bad to worse as Kieran Moffett was run out by Ian Oakes.

Alex Metcalfe (49) top scored for Lancaster until he became Moulton’s second wicket of the game.

McDonald was introduced into the attack and he ran through the lower and middle order. He showed a great deal of skill turning the ball both ways.

Despite their best efforts, McDonald wrapped the game up in the penultimate over, bowling Matthew Liver (0) through the gate with a googly.

The second team continued their impressive league form, defeating Lancaster by 35-runs.

In a rain-affected match, Chorley batted first and were bowled out for 155.

Young opener Max Harper top scored with 31.

Harper showed maturity in tough conditions and on another day could have gone on to score a lot more.

Chris Harty (22) and skipper Michael Mead (24) chipped in with notable scores ensuring the Chorley tail wagged.

The game was evenly poised, Peter Cummings (3-22) took three early wickets while Lancaster’s Paul Dawson (46) countered with some lusty blows.

It was the introduction of Joe Tiffin that changed the game.

Tiffin bowled with pace to take a remarkable 7-13 which included a hat-trick as Lancaster were bowled out for 120.

This weekend in the league, Chorley travel to Fleetwood on Saturday and Leyland on Sunday.