Chorley lose in Readers Cup

Chorley Cricket Club v the Readers Cup
Chorley Cricket Club v the Readers Cup
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Chorley were dumped out of the Readers Cup by Northern League table toppers Barrow on Sunday.

The Windsor Park outfit donned their one-day colours on Sunday and elected to bowl in muggy conditions.

Billy Smith and Chris Harty bowled tightly in an opening but both failed to claim a


All-rounder, Will Moulton who has excelled with the ball in recent weeks, struck instantly removing Barrow professional Jonathan Wells for 17.

Dean Williams and Ryan Brown took the score to 70-1 before spinner Iain Critchley claimed the wicket of Williams for 26.

Critchley then removed Brown for a well made 47 off 54 balls as Barrow found themselves 118-3.

But former Garstang man Michael Wellings, who has struggled to show his form of last year since moving to Barrow hit a fluent 50 as he and Nicky Burns (21) took the score to 158.

Burns fell to the bowling of Gaurav Dhar as Critchley took the catch.

Dhar struck again soon after as he claimed the wicket of Rhys Studt for two.

Smith was then recalled into the attack and again bowled excellently and he claimed the important wicket of Wellings for 52.

Smith then claimed his second wicket in two balls as he bowled Greg Reynolds for a duck before claiming the wicket of Daryl Wearing for 14 as he finished with 3-26 off eight overs.

The Chorley reply started off poorly as David Fisher fell without troubling the scorers.

But skipper Andrew Holdsworth (37) knuckled down as he and Ian Dickinson (68) took the score to 110-3.

Both Holdsworth and Dickinson batted superbly in a partnership that was worth 108.

Dickinsons 68 included 13 fours and with Holdsworths 37 five fours and one six.

But as Holdsworth fell to the bowling of Gary Collins, the Chorley batting collapse started.

Moulton (10) fell to Wearing and Critchley was out for seven.

Then the big wicket of Dickinson went as Collins grabbed his second and Chorley found themselves 150-5.

Barrow pro Wells claimed the wicket of Dhar and Collins grabbed his third taking the wicket of second-team captain Ian Mawdesley who didn’t trouble the scorers.

Mike Critchley made a one off appearance but he only managed three as he was bowled by Reynolds.

Andy Flear and Billy Smith put on 17 for an eighth-wicket partnership but they were left too much to do as Chorley fell 13 runs short in their chase.