Chorley’s heroes simply knockout

Billy Smith and David Fisher celebrate with skipper Andrew Holdsworth after taking a wicket against Bowdon
Billy Smith and David Fisher celebrate with skipper Andrew Holdsworth after taking a wicket against Bowdon

Andrew Holdsworth hailed his side’s “outstanding” team performance as Chorley took their place in the quarter-finals of the National Knockout Competition.

Skipper Holdsworth led from the front scoring a crucial half-century as Chorley chased down Bowdon’s 160 in the final over.

The victory now sets up a lucrative home quarter-final tie against either York or Chesterfield, which will take place on Sunday, August 3.

Holdsworth said: “We bowled and fielded superbly, we showed great intensity and it was excellent to see.

“Batting hasn’t been one of our strongest points recently and we spoke in the changing rooms about partnership.

“We knew one person needed to bat through for us to chase the score and it ultimately happened.”

Holdsworth hailed all his heroes, but reserved special praise for seamer Billy Smith.

He added: “Billy Smith was superb with the ball, he is one of the best amateur bowlers in our league and his form has been excellent.

“His opening spell really set the tone for us and his figures speak for themselves.

“He came back at the death and showed his qualities.”

The Windsor Park banking was packed as the crowd answered Holdsworth’s plea and helped roar his side to victory.

And the popular captain admits they played a huge part and hailed their impact.

He said: “The crowd were magnificent and it was crucial for us, they played a huge part and they helped us get over the line.

“The support was superb and I really hope they turn out in force once again for the quarter-final tie.

“They make a difference and it showed on Sunday.”

This Saturday, Chorley welcome Lancaster to Windsor Park in the Northern League.