DARWEN professional George Linde signed off for the 2014 season in spectacular style as he hut a hundred and claimed five wickets – but his efforts couldn’t earn the Towers a victory at Netherfield.

The Lake District outfit managed to hang on with nine wickets down to frustrate the locals at Parkside Road - and that was a disappointment for Jordan Clarke’s men who impressed.

They were in a spot of bother at 22-2 until Linde got going and smashed 112 from just 98 balls with 10 fours and seven sixes.

And just as impressive as the South African was Chris Clarke, who made a fine 105 not out from just 112 balls as Darwen rattled up a daunting 308-4 from their 50 overs.

The Netherfield reply started well as Ben Phillips and skipper Marc Brown shared a 54-run stand for the first wicket before the former was run out by Scott Jackson for 29.

It then turned into the Linde show as as the professional turned the screw with the ball to return figures of 5-30 from 14 overs.

But he couldn’t prise Brown out, who batted superbly to make 101 before being ninth man out with the score on 181.

Darwen sensed victory but the last pair foiled that bid as they closed on 195-9.

It was a miserable weekend for Chorley as they were beaten by Fleetwood on Saturday before going down to a shock loss to Preston at Windsor Park in a rearranged game yesterday.

Gaurav Dhar claimed five wickets as Preston were bowled out for 158 but Chorley, who only had 10 players, could only manage 131 all out.