Smith and Harty destroy Darwen

David Fisher hit an excellent half century- Pic by Mike Mead
David Fisher hit an excellent half century- Pic by Mike Mead
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Chorley performed excellently with both bat and ball to secure an excellent five-wicket success over Darwen.

Skipper Andy Holdsworth won the all important toss and elected to bowl on what was described by one Chorley spectator as ‘the worst wicket he has seen all season’.

Billy Smith and Chris Harty were handed the new ball and both struck instantly taking advantage of a slow track.

The aggressive Ammer Mirza was the first man to fall, bowled by the dangerous Harty.

Smith then joined the party soon after, as he had Darwen skipper Jordan Clarke trapped infront of all three leaving the home side 7-2.

Clarke’s brother Christopher then joined him back in the changing rooms as Smith claimed his second wicket, before Harty then got his second as he had Darwen professional Alan Kurger leg before for a duck.

The two openers then claimed two more wickets each and Darwen were 22-8 with only the tail left.

Harty was replaced in the attack and finished with excellent figures of 4-22 off 13 overs.

But the Darwen tail did wag thanks to Michael Douglas and Chris Wade.

Neither are known for their batting but the pair but on a more than respectable partnership.

They took the score from 22-8 to 69-9 before Douglas fell to Gaurav Dhar for 25.

But Wade was the Darwen hero hitting an unbeaten 57.

Smith was recalled into the attack and he claimed his fifth wicket ending with figures of 5-33 off 12.3 overs as Darwen were bowled out for 116.

The Chorley reply got off to a great start as the attacking Andy Griffiths and David Fisher smashed pro Kruger all around Birch Hall and in no time Chorley were on 48-0.

But Griffiths fell LBW for 23 to the bowling of Neil

Cordingley.

Fisher and Dickinson took the score 84 before Dickinson fell only managing six.

Fisher was seeing the ball like a beach ball and looked in no trouble like he has all season for the Windsor Park outfit.

Alex Weetman returning to the first team after a short spell in the seconds only lasted the one delivery as he was given out LBW.

Jack Catterall and Will Moulton both fell cheaply and Chorley found themselves at 96-5.

But Fisher showed his class with the bat and battled through to hit an unbeaten 68, a score that has been well deserved after being on the wrong side of several poor decisions recently to clinch Chorley a much-needed victory and a thouroughly deserved one.