Disappointment for Chorley at home

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Chorley suffered a disappointing home defeat at the hands of St Annes.

Winning the toss and batting first, Andrew Holdsworths boys got off to a good start through David Fisher and Andy Griffiths.

Both Griffiths and Fisher had fun dispatching the wayward bowling of St Annes bowler Ben Willis to the boundary.

Griffiths and Fisher fell in quick succession and Holdsworth fell without troubling the scorers.

Ian Dickinson hit 18 before being caught off the bowling of Matthew Grindley.

Grindley claimed his second five-wicket haul in as many weeks.

Jack Catterall and Will Moulton chipped in with smaller scores before falling to Grindley but player-coach Iain Critchley offered some resistance at the end hitting 31.

Andy Flear hit 15 off 14 deliveries to help take Chorley to a more than respectable total of 173-9 off 50 overs.

The ever consistent Billy Smith got Chorley off to a great start as he had Matt Taaffe caught behind.

Chris Harty again bowled superbly and with control and got a much deserved wicket.

Moulton chipped in with a wicket but Chorley struggled against the quality of opener Lukman Vahaluwala.

Vahaluwala hit an unbeaten 97 as he single handedly guided St Annes to victory.

Professional Toby Bulcock hit 25 before falling to Smith and Gaurav Dhar removed Sajid Nalbandh (13) but his 16 overs proved costly and went for 63 runs.

Iain Critchley had to leave the field due to a reoccurence of a knee injury.

But Vahaluwala saw the side home to a three wicket win.

St Annes also had trouble during the game with an apparent £1000 stolen from their changing rooms while they took to the field.