Poor defeat at Morecambe after unwise performance

Gaurav Dhar for Chorley in their game against Morecambe
Gaurav Dhar for Chorley in their game against Morecambe
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A poor showing from Andrew Holdsworth’s Chorley side saw them slip to a five-wicket defeat against Morecambe on Saturday.

Only seamer Chris Harty showed any consistency with the ball as Morecambe’s Lewis Edge blasted 60 off 58 to guide Morecambe to their first Northern League victory of the year.

With the sun beaming down on Woodhill Lane, skipper Holdsworth won the toss on wicket that offered little to the bowlers.

But despite a flat wicket, Chorley were dealt an instant blow as Dave Fisher was bowled by Jono Gates without troubling the scorers.

Ian Dickinson fell for eight to a contentious LBW decision and more controversy hit Woodhill Lane as professional Mohammed Jamal (1) again fell victim to another disputed umpiring decision.

Opening batsmen Andrew Winrow (25) looked to rebuild but Chorley continued to lose wickets at regular stages and they found themselves at 51-5.

However, defiant knocks from player-coach Gaurav Dhar (42) and big-hitter Will Moulton (47), who defended well and but attacked when needed, saw the Windsor Park outfit 117-6.

The pair fell to youngster Ayush Sharma and Yakub Bhamji removed the stump of Keiran McCullagh as Chorley closed on 182-9.

The Morecambe response started poorly as the impressive Harty claimed the wickets of Josh Dixon and Kelly Smuts, who is the brother of former Chorley professional JJ.

The dangerous Ikram Ullah (47) countered for Morecambe before Harty (3-29) claimed his third removing Ryan Pearson with the game evenly poised at 78-4.

Overseas amateur Jordan Willoughby came to the crease and relished a batsmen-friendly wicket.

When Ullah fell, he continued to manipulate the Chorley field.

Edge came to the crease and punished plenty of wayward Chorley deliveries.

The aggressive Willoughby eventually fell for 30 to the bowling of Moulton but their was no stopping Edge as his unbeaten 60, along with an unbeaten seven from James Law, saw Morecambe home with six overs remaining.

n This weekend, the first team travel to Penrith on Saturday, welcome Blackpool on Sunday in the National Knockout and have another home tie against Darwen on Monday.

n The second team had a day to forget at Windsor Park on Saturday as they succumbed to a seven-wicket defeat against Morecambe.

Batting first on a wicket that didn’t draw the plaudits, Chorley were bowled out for 36 with all-rounder Ian Oakes top scoring with 36.

Edwin Moulton 2-12 and Adam McCullagh 1-8 took the wickets in Morecambe’s reply but they comfortable chased down the total inside 10 overs.