Lancaster edge good contest against Chorley cricketers

The sun shone down on Windsor Park but Chorley’s day was clouded by former Darwen professional Mohammed Zaman Khan returned to the Northern League.

Khan, borrowed by the Bombers as they wait the arrival of Janniser Khan, claimed four wickets and then shone with the bat as Lancaster edged a good contest at the Chorley cricket ground David Fisher hit his first Northern League half century as Chorley impressed with the bat but no-one could really go on and match his 74 and the locals closed their innings on 164-7. As Lancaster reached 81-2 it seemed as their they would make light work of the target but Richard Flood began to turn the screw as he claimed five wickets and ran through the middle order.

But the one man he could not remove was Khan, who faced 102 balls on his way to 79 not out as Lancaster got home with two wickets and 12 balls to spare.

Fleetwood demolished Leyland with Ian Holland claiming another five-wicket haul, while Kendal claimed a first win of the season as Adam Cowperthwaite beat Blackpool almost single-handedly.

Cowperthwaite returned the sensational figures of 9-42 – with Jack White claiming the other wicket – as the Seasiders sunk to 76 all out at Shap Road.

Darren Moore then hit 45 not out as Kendal roared home inside 12 overs.

Toby Bulcock was another man in form as he scored a classy 102 as St Annes piled up 258-8 against Preston. The Baxenden-born spinner then claimed 6-32 as Preston were 113 all out.

Morecambe beat Netherfield by four wickets in the final over of the day’s other game.

And Darwen reduced Barrow to 72-5 and then 91-6 with Chris Wade claiming five wickets – but they were beaten when Dean Williams led the Furness outfit home with 15 balls to spare as he made an unbeaten 35.

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