Heartbrake for Chorley in National Knockout

David Fisher raises his bat after an excellent 54- Picture by Mike Mead

David Fisher raises his bat after an excellent 54- Picture by Mike Mead

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“We bossed 95 per cent of that game but the extra five per cent is what makes good teams excellent.”

These are the words from Chorley CC skipper Andrew Holdsworth after his side’s National Knockout defeat at Shrewsbury on Sunday.

Chorley seemed to be cruising towards victory after Andy Griffiths, David Fisher and Ian Dickinson all scored decent runs with the bat.

But a horror last seven overs meant what looked a guaranteed victory turned into the side exiting in the last 16 of the competition.

A downbeat Holdsworth said: “We were excellent throughout that game but the last seven overs have cost us.

“I am very disappointed to lose the game. It is a real shame.”

A coachload of 52 made the trip from Windsor Park as former players and many more supporters made the trip down hoping for new National Knockout success.

Chorley restricted the Shropshire outfit to 168 off 45 in a fine all-round bowling display.

Chris Harty and Will Moulton were sounded out for special praise from the skipper.

Holdsworth said: “Chris and Will bowling absolutely excellent throughout the

innings.

“We also fielded very well and we showed how we can really play.”

Holdsworth also reserved praise for the trio of new boys as all three had an impact.

Holdsworth added: “Andy Griffiths, Dave Fisher and Ian Dickinson all batted superbly and built a solid match-winning platform.

“This is what they where brought in to do and we can take positives out of this tie.”

The Shropshire outfit were missing six regulars who had opted to play minor counties over their club.

Although Chorley have now fallen at the same stage in the past two years, Holdsworth is more than happy with the performance and insists they can take a lot of positives from the game.

He said: “As down and disappointed as I feel, there was still outstanding cricket played by our boys.

“They have to be proud of how hard they pushed a very strong Shrewsbury side.

“And I now want us to now build on this performance in the league.”

The Windsor Park outfit can now turn their attentions to the league and the Readers Cup after an inconsistent first half of the season.

Chorley find themselves in the lower half of the Northern Premier League but all is to play for in what is proving a very close season for every team involved.

The club will start their Readers Cup campaign against table-toppers Barrow.

And Holdsworth wants the Shrewsbury performance to be repeated at Windsor Park in front of a home crowd.

He said: “The way we played, I’d love to see it in the league. We really showed what quality we have, and if we can perform like that week in week out, then we will move up that table.”