Holdsworth has high hopes as he targets top four place

The Chorley CC Twenty/20 team, pictured on the back row, from left, Jack Bentham, Joe Tiffin, Will Moulton, Peter Cummings, Brenton McDonald, Chris Harty. Front row, from left, Jimmy Lee, Alex Weetman, captain Andrew Holdsworth, Ian Dickinson and Edwin Moulton
The Chorley CC Twenty/20 team, pictured on the back row, from left, Jack Bentham, Joe Tiffin, Will Moulton, Peter Cummings, Brenton McDonald, Chris Harty. Front row, from left, Jimmy Lee, Alex Weetman, captain Andrew Holdsworth, Ian Dickinson and Edwin Moulton

Andrew Holdsworth insists his Chorley team have it all to play for after reaching the half way stage in the Northern Premier League cricket season.

The Windsor Park outfit sit fifth in the table after a mixed weekend of results.

On Saturday they were soundly beaten by eight-wickets against big spenders Fleetwood at Broadwater.

But on Sunday, Holdsworth’s men rose to the occasion beating rivals Leyland by six wickets at Fox Lane.

The victory was Chorley’s first league win over Leyland in a vast amount of years.

On Saturday, Chorley welcome second-placed Darwen to Windsor Park.

The Birch Hall outfit are in a rich vein of form and last week thrashed Chorley in the Twenty/20 competition.

With high hopes of pushing for the top four, Holdsworth admits the next few games are key.

“We are in a much better place than we could of wished for at the start of the season,” he said.

“We now have to look at making a real push for the top four.

“Darwen is a huge game on Saturday and they are a team in real form.

“But on our day we can compete with any team and we just have to make sure we play to our potential.”

Skipper Holdsworth hailed his sides bounce back ability after the weekends results.

The wicketkeeper singled out overseas amateur Brenton McDonald and young opening bowler Edwin Moulton for special praise.

Moulton starred in the victory over Leyland taking three wickets whilst McDonald scored an unbeaten 49 which saw Chorley register the win.

The pair are in fine form and Holdsworth hopes it can continue.

“It was great to bounce back after Saturday’s loss and it shows what we are about.

“Both Edwin and Brenton are bowling very well at the moment.

“I’ve been really impressed by Edwin and he’s improving game by game.

“It was great to get the win over Leyland and it was the first in a long time.

“We’ll be looking to build on that and we’ll start with the Twenty/20 fixture at Fox Lane.”

Tonight, Tuesday, Chorley complete their Twenty/20 campaign with an away trip to Leyland.

Start time at Fox Lane is 6.30pm.

Saturday’s fixture against Darwen has a start time of 1pm at Windsor Park.