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Impressive win for Chorley
11:02am Wednesday 28th August 2013 in Chorley CC
Chorley recorded an impressive win over Netherfield on Saturday to move themselves up the Chorley Building Society Northern League as they really turned on the style at Windsor Park.
Andy Holdsworth’s men have found some form in recent weeks after a slow start to the campaign and they were far too good for the Lake District outfit, who despite their own poor season were still harbouring hopes of a top five spot. Holdsworth won the toss and put Netherfield in and they god off to a good start with Ben Barrow (23) and skipper Marc Brown (16) batting well.
But when they had been removed the locals really started to turn the screw in some style.
Chris Harty and Billy Smith each claimed three wickets while Iain Critchley and professional Gaurav Dhar bagged a brace as Netherfield subsided to 81 all out after a pretty dismal batting display in the face of Chorley’s smart bowling.
The visitors seemed to be of the opinion that the wicket was not the best but any demons they believed there to be were not in evidence as Chorley began their reply.
David Fisher (11) and Andrew Griffiths (31) got them off to the perfect start as they chased the small score but when they fell there was a little wobble with Ian Dickinson and Alex Weetman falling cheaply.
However, Holdsworth was assured and Dhar brutal as his boundary-laden 30 not out took them over the line to an impressive six-wicket win.
It was also a fine day for Darwen as they won for just the third time this season.
They hammered the league’s bottom club Preston as they turned on the style at a delighted Birch Hall.
Professional Alan Kruger, who is not coming back to Darwen next season, was the destroyer-in-chief as he claimed 7-36 from 11 overs while Neil Cordingley collected two wickets as Preston were all out for just 91.
Darwen lost Ammer Mirza for eight as they replied but there were few other moments of panic for the Towers as they proved themselves to be too good.
Skipper Jordan Clarke was the main man for his side as he hit a classy 44 not out while Chris Clarke was 32 not out as Darwen romped home, winning the game by nine wickets inside 28 overs.
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