Bentham to the fore for Chorley

Billy Smith gets a wicket for Chorley.
Billy Smith gets a wicket for Chorley.

Northern Cricket Premier League

Preston 59 all out Chorley 60-6

When you are desperate for a win, any form of victory will do.

And while this was a nervy triumph in a low scoring game, Andy Holdsworth’s men will be delighted to halt their losing run in the league and climb a couple of places towards mid-table respectability.

In fact, this was a double celebration, because not only were the Chorley faithful relieved at last as they transferred their cup form to the league, but they were pleasantly surprised that they were able to see a game of cricket after the previous day’s deluge.

The host’s tore into the Preston batting line-up from the off, reducing their innings to 40-6 with any hope of a challenging total being a distant memory.

Only two batsmen reached double figures, Soaib Dukanwala making 23 and Saeed Nalaband getting 17.

The three-pronged attack of Billy Smith, who claimed four victims, Chris Harty, who grabbed two wickets and Will Moulton (3-4) proved too hot to handle.

In reply, Preston had little to bowl at and though skipper Holdsworth fell early to a questionable LBW decision, Jack Bentham stuck around for a classy 24 and the win looked a formality.

But the home side’s batting frailties returned to haunt them again and a Preston side that looked beaten and dejected suddenly had their tails up and sensed a very unlikely win as Chorley crumbled to 46-6, visiting professional Lukman Vahaluwala taking four wickets.

Yet even their capacity for self-destruction was not bad enough to throw this one away.

They staggered over the line as 5pm approached and the clouds in the sky.

n Elsewhere, the reverse fixture for the 2nd team was abandoned,

n Meanwhile, Chorley 3rd team lost out by four runs against Grimsargh in Division Four of the Palace Shield Competition.

Chorley won the toss and opted to bowl.

They managed to skittle their opponents out for just 63.

Michael Mead showed the way with 6-33 and he was ably supported by Rob Gardner’s 3-16.

In reply, Chorley started brightly with Matthew Dalton’s 14 and Gardner’s 11 getting the ball rolling.

Chris Weetman added 16 to the total and later Janusz Moss scored 12 but Chorley suffered a tail end collapse as they came up short by four runs.