Batting frailty fails to stop Chorley win

First published in Chorley CC

There has been no shortage of excitement and incident following Chorley Cricket Club this season, and Saturday was no different.

Andy Holdsworth’s men pulled off a decisive win against Darwen at a ground which traditionally has not been a happy hunting ground.

Chorley took charge form the off in spectacular style from the off, opening pair Billy Smith and Chris Harty reducing the Birch Hall men to a shambolic 22 for 8 as they claimed four wickets each.

There was talk of the home players being able to make the kick-off at the Blackburn v Forest game at nearby Ewood Park, but unfortunately for the visitors, though perhaps fortunately for the home side given the football result, they rather let Darwen off the hook from that point.

Ninth wicket pair Michael Douglas and Chris Wade engineered a creditable recovery as a treacherous wicket became easier, the latter crafting a well deserved half-century.

And Darwen eventually finished on a semi-acceptable 116 all out to at least give themselves something to bowl at.

When Chorley replied, openers Dave Fisher and Andy Griffiths wasted no time as they set about the run chase.

Fisher clipped two loose legside deliveries from the South African professional Alan Kruger’s opening over for four to set his side on the way.

Chorley completed their run chase with ease.

It wasn’t all plain sailing, five wickets being lost as the visitors showed signs of their now traditional batting frailty, but there was enough resolve to finish the job off, Fisher carrying his bat for a superb unbeaten 68.

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