Dhar’s five-star show not enough

Chorley batsman David Fisher
Chorley batsman David Fisher
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Gaurav Dhar took 5-19 and Keiran McCullagh hit an impressive unbeaten 54 but it wasn’t enough as Chorley slipped to a 17-run defeat at Kendal.

After electing to bowl, Chorley made early inroads as Chris Harty removed Darren Braithwaite (3).

But a series of dropped catches and disputed umpiring decisions meant Chorley failed to build on their positive start.

Billy Smith thought he had professional trapped Jamie How (32) in front of the stumps and opener Darren Moore survived a number of dropped catches.

Moore (54) passed his half century before he become one of the five Dhar victims.

McCullagh took the wicket of How before it became the Dhar show as the leg-spinner bowled with control and class to bamboozle the middle order and bowl the hosts out for 150.

All-rounder Will Moulton chipped in with 2-29.

In reply, Chorley were soon reduced to 24-2 as skipper Andy Holdsworth and Ian Dickinson perished to Adam Cowperthwaite and Stuart Parkin respectively.

Dave Fisher hit 25 but a middle-order collapse saw Chorley reduced to 67-8.

McCullagh then showed his qualities with the bat scoring quickly and then bringing up his half-century with a six.

As Chorley edged to the total, Smith became the first wicket for How before Cowperthwaite (6-41) had Harty caught to seal a full 15 points for Kendal.

n Chorley second team comfortably disposed of Kendal at Windsor Park.

Jack Bentham took 4-34 as Kendal were bowled out for 130.

The Chorley innings was all about Alex Weetman, who scored an excellent unbeaten 72 as Chorley chased the total for the loss of three wickets inside 40 overs.