Smith Jr is no silly Billy

Experienced: Chorley's Billy Smith took 5-20 against Lancaster
Experienced: Chorley's Billy Smith took 5-20 against Lancaster

Chorley’s Billy Smith sent out a clear message that brother Tom is not the only cricketer in the family.

While Tom has been making headlines at Lancashire, his younger sibling has been plying his trade for his home town club for a decade.

Billy made his 1st XI debut in 2002 and his haul of 5-20 against Lancaster took his number of 1st XI victims to 238.

On Saturday he helped Chorley move up to fourth in the Northern League after recording their second successive win in a low-scoring encounter at Windsor Park.

In-form Holdsworth went for an eight-ball duck in a bowler-friendly conditions.

Fellow opener Jack Catterall departed for six as the home team slipped to 28-5 in an innings featuring just two double figured scores.

Michael Critchley showed a welcome return to form with a knock of 35 off 71 balls, featuring three fours. However at 56-7 it looked bleak for the home until Ian Oakes walked out to bat at No 9.

The veteran - who makes his own bats - often looks like he’s playing a different game to the rest of his team and he blasted an unbeaten 28 off just 23 balls with five fours.

He helped guide his side to an all out total of 109 in 29.5 overs when last man Jimmy Lee perished for a rare duck.

Smith then got to work with a fine spell of opening bowling claiming 5-20 off 10 overs.

Lancaster collapsed to 27-6 but put on 40 for the seventh wicket to hint at a win.

However pro Gaurav Dhar and spin twin Iain Critchley each claimed two wickets as Lancaster were bowled out for 73 after 34.3 overs.

Chorley 2nd XI - 176-5

Lancaster 2nd team - 57 all out

CHORLEY 2nds continued their excellent start this season with an easy 119-run at Lancaster in the Northern League Division Two

Batting first captain Ian Mawdesley proved he was a man for a wet wicket when he made an unbeaten 47 to guide his team to an impressive 176-5.

In reply Michael Mead claimed 5-13 off 13 overs to bowl to Lancaster out for just 57 all out.

Chorley 3rds team - 78-8

Freckleton 2nds team - 79-4

CHORLEY 3rds remain winless in Division Four of the Palace Shield Competition after an impressive six-wicket defeat against Freckleton 2nds.

Ross Demming’s side has struggled with availabilities and injuries this season.

In a rain-reduced match on Saturday, Chorley had no answer to Freckleton’s slow arm bowler Frank Holden, who took 2-28 off 19 overs.

Only two players - veteran Mark Richardson (12) and Edward Melling (29) - reached double figures but 78-8 was never going to be enough.

In reply Paul Whittaker (1-30 off 11) and Adam McCullagh (i-13 off seven) tried their best but Freckleton reached their target at a canter.