Looking no further than the semi-final

Royal London National Knockout Quarter Final at Windsor Park, Chorley.  Chorley CC (Bowling) V York CC (Batting).'Pictured is Chorley captain and wicket keeper Andy Holdsworth leading the charge as York's Jake Murphy is caught out
Royal London National Knockout Quarter Final at Windsor Park, Chorley. Chorley CC (Bowling) V York CC (Batting).'Pictured is Chorley captain and wicket keeper Andy Holdsworth leading the charge as York's Jake Murphy is caught out

Andrew Holdsworth hailed an “outstanding” performance as Chorley Cricket Club reached the National Knockout semi-final with victory over York.

Holdsworth played a captain’s role with a crucial 21 at the top of the order and he was well supported by professional Mohammed Jamal and bowlers Chris Harty and Billy Smith.

Chorley will meet Sandiacre Town at Windsor Park for a place in the final.

The scheduled date for the tie is Sunday August 31.

Holdsworth said: “The upturn in recent form has been pleasing to see and you can see the growth in confidence in the players in their approach to matches and also around the club and training.

“Mohammed Jamal played very well to see us over the line yesterday.

“We are fully aware of the potential he has and his explosiveness and it allows the top order to bat sensibly knowing the potential we have in the middle order.

“We have an excellent bowling line up in the competition that offers us great control with each bowler bringing something different to the attack.

“ Chris Harty was outstanding taking 3-13 in his nine overs against a batting line up that consistently post scores of 250 plus.

“He bowled with great control and accuracy as did all the bowlers.”

Holdsworth isn’t looking past Sandiacre but feels his side can beat anyone.

He added: “We have a huge and difficult game in our way before the final and it would be foolish to start thinking about the final at this stage.

“But why cant we win it?

“On our day we can beat anybody we have some special match winners in our team, but first we need to prepare for the semi-final.”