Ross century sees derby honours go to Leyland

Chorley's Mohammed Jamal in action against Leyland
Chorley's Mohammed Jamal in action against Leyland
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David Makinson was the unlikely hero with the bat in Leyland’s last-ball victory over rivals Chorley.

The Leyland skipper hit seamer Billy Smith for a straight six off the last ball of the innings with his team needing six to win.

Overseas amateur Alex Ross was another hero for Makinson’s team, as he scored an impressive unbeaten 112 off 131 balls.

After electing to bat, Chorley soon lost Andrew Winrow for a duck.

Former Leyland players David Fisher (21) and Ian Dickinson (34) rebuilt the Chorley innings.

But the pair fell to Andrew Makinson and David Makinson as Chorley were on the back foot.

The evergreen Steven Pallett once again showed his qualities bowling consistently and claimed the wickets professional Mohammed Jamal (20), skipper Andrew Holdsworth and player-coach Gaurav Dhar.

Tayyab Afsar then removed the destructive Will Moulton before all-rounder Kieran

McCullagh showed his qualities with the bat and helped Chorley post a competitive total.

McCullagh batted superbly hitting 59 off 52 balls, hitting five fours and four sixes, and was well supported by Smith (15) as the Windsor Park outfit closed on 176-9 off 50 overs.

A controlled start is what Chorley needed and it was exactly what they got.

Smith removed Parkinson for a duck and then Richard Flood took the wicket of Lamb for seven.

Ross came to the crease with his side struggling and saw Henry Thompson, Nathan McDonnell and Karl Cross all fall cheaply at the other end.

Moulton removed Andrew Makinson for 10 as Leyland were struggling,

But while Ross was there, they always had a chance.

The young Aussie, who is highly rated back home batted superbly punishing the bad balls bowled.

Ross was dropped prior to his 100 as Jamal failed to cling on to a tough over his shoulder running backwards.

Young wicketkeeper Thomas Murray occupied the crease well, hitting 20 and played a vital supporting role for his side.

Ross passed his 100 before Leyland lost the wicket of Murray and the game was set with all results still possible.

Ross rotated the strike with David Makinson before the final over came.

The final ball of the match came and Makinson was on strike and Leyland needed six to win to seal the victory.

Smith bowled the delivery and Makinson launched the ball into the sightscreens to send the Leyland players wild .

n This Saturday Leyland travel to strugglers Lancaster whilst Chorley welcome Kendal to Windsor Park.