Professional Dhar leads by example

Cricket action from Fleetwood v Chorley.'Fleetwood's Navid Yousaf inspects his bat after being caught LBW.  PIC BY ROB LOCK'30-6-2012

Cricket action from Fleetwood v Chorley.'Fleetwood's Navid Yousaf inspects his bat after being caught LBW. PIC BY ROB LOCK'30-6-2012

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Northern Premier League

Fleetwood 118 all out

Chorley 105 all out

THIS is becoming a depressing habit.

The home side’s delight was probably tinged with disbelief that they had pulled off a win because earlier in the day they had been reduced to a shambolic 27-7 and were facing apparent humiliation.

So it’s no wonder Chorley left the ground shaking their heads in disbelief after somehow contriving to lose the game from that position.

And it was all the more frustrating to take because for a period, it appeared as though the visitors had at long last found the resolve to dig in with the bat and grind out the win their efforts with the ball had deserved.

Billy Smith was the man who had put Chorley in the box seat, a blistering early spell seeing him claim the first six wickets as Fleetwood were blown apart.

A winning target of 119 should still have been attainable on a decent wicket, pro Gaurav Dhar and Iain Critchley showed that resolve so often missing as they dug in and slowly but surely turned things round.

And though Critchley went to a debatable lbw, the score edged on to 83-4, and surely even Chorley could not throw it away from there with plenty of time left?

Sadly, they could, and agonisingly crumbled once again, the rest of the line up adding a pitiful 22 runs before bowling hero Smith holed out to mid-on to spark those home celebrations.

- Both 2nd and 3rd team games on Saturday were rained off.

- Meanwhile on Sunday, the 3rd team booked their place in the 3rd round of the Crabtree Cup.

Paul Whittaker (42), Rowan Mitcham (37) and Ross Demming (32) played key roles in setting a target of 164-7 for Fleetwood to chase.

Adam McCullagh took three wickets while Oliver Smith and Ed Mouton took two each and one apiece for Mathew Hotham and Ross Demming as they helped to skittle Fleetwood out for 160.