Batting lets Chorley down

Billy Smith for Chorley in their game against St Annes
Billy Smith for Chorley in their game against St Annes
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Chorley 55 all out Kendal 56-3

First, the good news.

While monsoon conditions persisted all day in Chorley and the second team game at a flooded Windsor Park fell victim to the downpour, the bad weather amazingly bypassed Kendal, enabling the first team to get a full game in.

But the bad news is that Chorley’s batting frailties re-emerged yet again, and they slumped to a decisive defeat.

It was amazing how dry the outfield at Kendal’s Shap Road home was, and also how firm and flat the wicket looked.

Yet the visitors could not take advantage, and a steady stream of wickets fell, as home opening bowler Jack White produced a lively spell which earned him a career-best eight for 15, equalling a club record.

It’s beginning to sound like a broken record, but Chorley’s innings once again just never got going, and some poor shot selection did not help their cause.

The fact that there were five ducks in the visiting innings tells the story, and when last man Billy Smith came to the wicket, the scoreboard had not yet hit 40 and embarrassment loomed.

Thankfully, Smith stuck around as skipper Andy Holdsworth’s determined resistance ensured Chorley’s score finally edged past the 50 mark.

Chorley’s bowlers made Kendal battle to reach their meagre target.

Kieran McCullagh trapped home skipper Chris Miller lbw in a lively early spell, and Billy Smith could have had two scalps only to be denied by a dropped catch and then a successful catch off a no-ball.

Smith eventually sent Paul Dodds back, and Will Moulton produced a lovely delivery to shatter Terry Hunte’s stumps, but it was all over by 4.15pm.

- Like many clubs this week, Ian Mawdesley’s second team were without a game as the Kendal match was abandoned.

- It was a similar story for the third team, as their Palace Shield Division Four game with Withnell Fold second team was also off.

However, they did manage to get a game on Sunday in the Crabtree Cup first round, and they managed to beat Ingol by 160 runs.

Simon Moulton’s 78 and Bob Yardley’s 59 were among the main highlights.