Chorley focused on earning place in national final

Chorley Cricket Club celebrate after taking a wicket against York Cricket Club
Chorley Cricket Club celebrate after taking a wicket against York Cricket Club

Chorley Cricket Club skipper Andy Holdsworth says Sunday’s Royal London National Club Championship semi-final clash is one of the biggest in the clubs history.

Chorley welcome Derbyshire side Sandiacre Town to Windsor Park, with the winners going through to the final the final being staged at Gloucestershire’s county ground in Bristol.

Holdsworth and his side have been upsetting the form book in this year’s competition by defeating Bowdon and York.

The skipper said: “Sunday’s clash is a huge game, not only for the players, but the club and the town.

“It’s the biggest game we have had in 18 years since the final defeat at Lord’s in 1996.

“It’s a game we are looking hugely forward to and are relishing the challenge.”

Sandiacre currently sit second in the Derbyshire Premier League.

In the quarter-finals, they defeated Liverpool Competition outfit Northern by 24 runs.

Holdsworth added: “I must confess only know a little about Sandiacre.

“But I just want to focus on my team.

“And all the lads are shaping up well and in excellent spirits and they are looking forward to the challenge.

“Most of them are in excellent touch with the ball and/or bat, and we are finding form at the right time of the season.

“There is no real special preparation.

“It’s more a case of just keep doing the same to what has got us to this point so far – and keep doing the basics well.”

Holdsworth is hoping for a bumper crowd for Sunday’s game, which starts at noon.

He said: “The crowd can be hugely important, and as a team we would like the whole town behind us for what will be a special game.

“The more supporters coming down to Windsor Park on the day, the better for us. We want an intimidating and hostile environment for Sandiacre and having lots of supporters there can achieve exactly that.”