Northern League: Super Saturday for local pair

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HIGH-class Darwen made it three wins from three as they totally dominated Morecambe at continue their ideal start to the Chorley Building Society Northern League.

And it was also a fine day for Chorley as they too romped to victory to sink Blackpool at Windsor Park as both locals celebrated a seaside special at the start of the Bank Holiday weekend.

Ammer Mirza suffered his first failure of the campaign and when Chris Clarke and John Cordingley followed, Darwen were in a spot of bother at Woodhill Lane.

But skipper Jordan Clarke was a calm influence at the top of the order as he made 24 from 80 balls to keep the Towers on track.

And professional George Linde also dug in to make what turned out to be a match-winning knock of 66.

Young Reece Davies, the brother of Lancashire star Alex, also made a vital 28 down the order as Darwen posted 166-9 from their 50 overs.

And then the bowlers got down to work in some style.

Kamran Anwar claimed 3-36 and Chris Wade did even better with 3-12 from seven overs and with a couple for Neil Cordingley, Morecambe collapsed to 87 all out.

Chorley were also mightly impressive as they took Blackpool apart at Windsor Park.

David Fisher (29) and Andrew Winrow (20) gave them a good start and even the failure of professional Mohammed Jamal didn’t really derail their hopes as Guarav Dhar made 46 as Chorley posted 154-9 from 50 overs.

Blackpool fancied their chances of chasing that down but Billy Smith had other ideas as he turned on the style.

Smith ripped Blackpool apart as he returned 7-26 from 14 overs with only pro Richard Gleeson (28) and Matt Houston (20) the only men making double figures as the seasiders were skittled out for just 67 in 29 overs.

They will look for back to back wins this afternoon when they travel up the M6 for a game at Lancaster, while Darwen face their biggest test of the campaign to date when Barrow arrive at Birch Hall.

Both games start at 1pm.

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