Chorley defeat league leaders St Annes

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Chorley 185 all out

St Annes 68 all out

CHORLEY put in their best performance of an impressive season by hammering leaders St Annes at Windsor Park on Saturday.

Andy Holdsworth’s side finished bottom of the table last season - apart from Lancashire Colts who played only 13 games - but they are now second and serious contenders for the title this year.

They now have 128 points - compared with just 103 in the whole of 2010.

For the second week running, Chorley’s batting relied heavily on talented Will Moulton.

Last Saturday, Moulton scored 64 in a low-scoring game at Leyland but this was an even more impressive knock.

After winning the toss and electing to bat Chorley slipped to 9-2 with Holdsworth and Michael Critchley bagging two of four ducks in the batting order.

Opener Jack Catterall (15) and Moulton took the score to 77 but the latter was given a life on seven.

St Annes pro Dinuka Hettiarachchi wreaked havoc on his way to stunning figures of 8-56 off 24 overs but Moulton made 90 off 93 balls with nine fours and five sixes before he was bowled by Ben Willis’ third ball having looked odds-on for a century.

Hettiarachchi claimed five leg before decisions, bowled two and Duncan Whalley pulled off a smart stumping to dismiss Alex Weetman.

Jack Bentham (29) and Weetman (18) had batted sensibly to take Chorley from 131-7 after Moulton’s dismissal to 185.

St Annes’ opener Atiq Uz-Zaman hit the first 29 of his side’s reply before falling to a superb caught-and-bowled by Iain Critchley.

The Chorley left arm spinner bowled superbly to take 4-31 from 15 overs after opening the bowling with Billy Smith who took 2-14.

Pro Gaurav Dhar weighed in with 3-22 as Chorley’s razor-sharp fielding supported their bowlers’ efforts.

St Annes subsided to 68 all out, Jimmy Lee claiming the final wicket with his first ball.

Opener Nathesh Kiruparan battled through 68 balls for 20 until he was eighth man out.

* Chorley 2nds enjoyed a comfortable six-win at St Annes on Saturday.

St Annes reached 180 and Chorley reached 184-4 in reply with Dave Catterall (64 not out) and Adam Peacock (41) leading the way.