Lively Dhar stars with bat and ball

Chorley opening bowler Billy Smith steams in against Netherfield
Chorley opening bowler Billy Smith steams in against Netherfield
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Chorley secured a fine six-wicket victory over Netherfield in the Northern PremierLeague to back up last week’s comments from skipper Andy Holdsworth, who wanted two wins from the last three games of the season.

Bowling first, both Billy Smith and Chris Harty bowled superbly in a fine opening spell.

Harty claimed the top three Netherfield batsmen, including professional Colin Ackermann for a duck, as the seamer bowled with accuracy deservedly finishing with figures of 3-26 off 10 overs.

Smith also bowled excellently, claiming 3-31 off 13 overs, picking up the wicket of Cumberland cricketer John Huck for 12 along the way after a superb catch by Alex Howarth, which Chorley scorer Dave Hindle described as the catch of the season.

Iain Critchley returned to the side after a knee injury and bowled tightly, taking 2-17 off 6.4 overs, while professional Gaurav Dhar chipped in with two wickets off his six overs.

The aggressive Andy Griffiths ensured Chorley got off to a fine start hitting a well made 31 off just 44 balls.

Despite losing David Fisher, Iain Dickinson and Alex Weetman cheaply, pro Dhar came in and smashed the ball to all areas of the ground hitting 30 off just 19 balls including six fours and saw the game home, along with skipper Holdsworth (4*).

n The 2nd XI made it two Chorley wins for the weekend as they defeated Netherfield 2nd XI by 68 runs.

Batting first, Chorley posted 149-5 off 43 overs, wit David Edwards top scoring with an unbeaten 50 and Adam Peacock chipping in with 33.

Edwin Moulton ran through the Netherfield batting line up taking 5-13 off 8.3 overs as Netherfield were bowled out for 81.

Mike Mead also chipped in, claiming 3-19 off 10 overs.