Captain praises a transformed Chorley

Chorley cricket captain Andy Holdsworth has praised his players after they secured third place in the Northern League.

Not for the first time this season, his team was thwarted by the weather, with Saturday’s game with Netherfield being rained off.

It meant the Windsor Park club can’t be caught in third place – a remarkable transformation from 2010 when they finished bottom of all the regular teams in the Northern League.

Holdsworth said: “It has been a fantastic turnaround, after taking last year into consideration.

“The boys were desperate to put things right and prove what we are capable of.

“This season has been a great team effort from everybody involved.

“Every single person in the squad has held their hand up and either won us a game or set up a victory for the side, which is why we have done so well.

“We don’t just rely on the same players week-in, week-out.

“This is something I am immensely proud of, as we are a tight unit, and the boys have fought for each other in every game in order to be successful.

“It’s pleasing to see the lowest we can finish is third, as it’s the least the boys deserve.”

However, Holdsworth, who has opened the batting and kept wicket this season, believes they could have done even better.

“In all honesty, I strongly feel, as do the lads, that the weather has played a huge part in preventing us from winning the title,” he said.

“We’ve had four games abandoned, more than the sides above us, two victories snatched from us by the weather in the closing stages, and a better head-to-head record with the two sides above us going in to the final game, we have been desperately unlucky not to bring the title to Windsor Park.”

Chorley finish their season with a derby clash with Leyland, and the captain said he was already looking forward to next season.

“Progressing to 2012, we will look to strengthen with more talented players who are strong team players, to enhance the competition for places at the club,” he explained.

“With me being the pensioner of the side at 25, there is a lot of potential for this side over the next coming years, and we will look to challenge in five competitions next season.”