Chorley earn first win of season but Leyland lose again

Chorley got their Northern League Division One season up and running with  victory over Morecambe at Windsor Park at the weekend.

Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 8:22 am
Updated Tuesday, 27th April 2021, 8:24 am
James Lee

Andrew Holdsworth’s men were 35-run victors after bowling the visitors out for 187 after they had earlier posted 222-6.

Professional Siddesh Lad was the star of Chorley’s batting performance as he hit a superb century.

The Indian paid man hit 16 boundaries and three sixes before being bowled by Jack White for 113. He was given some excellent support by Joseph Tiffin, who struck 45 before steering Charlie Swarbrick to Gareth Pedder.

In reply, Morecambe made a valiant attempt but ultimately they lost wickets at crucial moments.

Swarbrick hit a swashbuckling 69 off just 61 balls – a knock that included 13 fours and two sixes.

However, when James Lee trapped him in front, the visitors were always facing an uphill battle despite the best attempts from Luke Pearson (24), Ryan Pearson (28) and Kieran Moffat (34).

Lee finished with figures of 4-36 while Lad followed up his performance with the bat by taking 3-36 with the ball.

Leyland are still waiting for their first win of the summer after they were beaten in a high-scoring contest against Longridge at Chipping Road.

The visitors won the toss and elected to bat first but they soon suffered an early blow when Karl Cross was out in the first over for a duck. However, a brilliant knock of 82 from Kurtis Watson laid the foundations for a score of more than 200.

He was ably assisted by James Rounding (29), Andrew Makinson (20) and Iain Critchley (36) as Leyland were bowled out for 205. Jonathan Millward and Daniel Wilson both took four wickets apiece.

In reply, Longridge lost Luke Platt (1) early but a fine second wicket partnership between Joshua Mullin (69) and James Whitehead (57) looked to have set the hosts on the way to a comfortable victory.

However, they departed in quick succession with Watson bowling Mullin and then running out Whitehead.

Skipper David Makinson then took three wickets, but ultimately it was to be in vain as Thomas Turner’s unbeaten 28 tipped the balance back in the home side’s favour as they edged to victory for the loss of six wickets inside the 51st over.