Holdsworth wants his cup kings to do it in league too

Chorley's Andrew Winrow batting against Netherfield on Saturday, picture by Richard Edmondson
Chorley's Andrew Winrow batting against Netherfield on Saturday, picture by Richard Edmondson

Chorley Cricket Club skipper Andrew Holdsworth savoured his side’s National Knockout Regional Final victory and wants his team to “transform their cup form and desire into the league”.

The Windsor Park outfit will once again take their place in the national stages of the National Knockout competition after a five-wicket victory over St Annes.

All-rounder David Fisher grabbed the headlines with his four wickets and 49 against the Fylde coast side which delighted the Chorley captain.

Holdsworth said: “David Fisher was excellent – he showed his qualities with the ball and batted superbly.

“He fully deserved to get a half-century and it’s a shame he fell just one run short.

“On Sunday, we showed excellent team spirit to limit St Annes to 169 which was very good on a batting wicket.

“We showed great maturity and bottle in the middle over and now I hope we can build on this victory.”

A home tie against Bowdon or Prestwich on Sunday, July 13, awaits in the next round.

But Holdsworth was quick to quash any concentration on the cup fixture, and wants too see improvements in the Northern League campaign.

Chorley have shown inconsistency all season and on Saturday slumped to a heavy defeat at Netherfield.

Holdsworth is calling on his side to improve.

He said: “Let’s make no bones about it, Saturday wasn’t a great performance.

“We under performed and were poor throughout.

“It wasn’t us and it wasn’t good enough for the standards we set and we need to improve.”

Chorley have a hectic week of cricket travelling to Darwen tonight, Tuesday, in the Twenty20 competition before welcoming Darwen to Windsor Park this Friday, again in the limited overs competition.

On Saturday, Holdsworth’s side travel to Fleetwood before opening their Readers Cup campaign against the Lancashire Colts at home.

Holdsworth now wants the cup form transferred into the league.

He said: “What we need to do is convert our cup form and desire into the league.

“The league is what we play in each weekend and we need to start picking up victories.

“We have been on the wrong end of close games against Leyland and Penrith and suffered heavy defeats against Darwen and Netherfield, so Sunday will give the team confidence for Saturday’s league match.”