Nelson half century secures draw for Carnforth

CHORLEY came desperately close to victory at Lodge Quarry as the home side finished 161-9 chasing 190 to win, last man Warren Quinn blocking his only ball from Iain Critchley in an exciting finale.

Carnforth’s 64-year-old league legend sub-professional Mel Whittle bowled superbly to take 5-68 off 24 overs as the visitors reached 189.

Michael Critchley with a fluent 35, Will Moulton (33 including two sixes) and pro Gaurav Dhar (44) were the main contributors.

Ryan Nelson hit a high-class 52 including ten fours for Carnforth but after his dismissal, bowled by Iain Critchley, only Tom Barnfield (34), Whittle and Rob Parker (both 18) held up the visitors.

Iain Critchley returned 5-32, four bowled and an lbw, as Chorley fell agonisingly short after a superbly contested game played in finespirit.

Kieran McCullagh returned after injury to bowl well for Chorley and take two wickets.

The Carnforth ground, under the expert care of groundsman Peter Robinson, looked a picture and the pitch was an excellent cricket wicket.

Carnforth 161-9

Chorley 189ao

Northern Cricket League Division One