Magnificent seven-wicket victory in quarter final

Chorley players rush to congratulate Gaurav Dhar 'after his tremendous catch in their cup tie
Chorley players rush to congratulate Gaurav Dhar 'after his tremendous catch in their cup tie

Chorley are one match away from their fourth National Knockout final after a quite simply stunning victory over highly rated York.

Andrew Holdsworth’s side dominated from ball one thrashing their Yorkshire opponents by seven-wickets in the quarter-final.

In an outstanding team performance, which saw stunning catches, fine bowling performances and exubarent batting displays, Holdsworth’s young side impressed many who stood and roared the team on throughout the afternoon.

Winning the toss and batting first in cold and wet conditions, York were soon on the ropes and found themselves at 38-5. Billy Smith took the wicket of Jake Murphy before Chris Harty (3-13) produced a fine display of controlled swing bowling and taking the scalps of Liam McKendry, Nick Kay and Richard Love.

Smith took his second removing Ryan McKendry with opener Simon Lambert (48) only able to look on as wickets tumbled around him.

York somewhat steadied the ship and passed 60 without losing another wicket.

All-rounder was introduced into the attack and took the wicket of Charlie Elliott with help of a stunning slip catch from Kieran McCullagh.

Moulton (2-21) took his second soon after, skipper Tom Pringle hacked a wide delivery to point and it looked to be sailing for four, but Gaurav Dhar lept in the air and with one hand he held onto the ball to take the catch.

But he was soon to be outdone by Dave Fisher, who caught Lambert at long-on running in and diving forward to take the catch which was met by a loud cheer off the bowling of McCullagh (1-10).

Yorkshire’s Ben Coad edged behind a Gaurav Dhar (1-21) leg-break and Smith was brought back into the attack and rounded off the innings taking the wicket of Matt Hodson to finish with figures of 3-16 off 6.3 overs as York were bowled out for 107.

Chorley had time to chase a below-par total and started slowly.

Fisher, took advantage of two short pitched Hodson deliveries pulling them for six and four but they were to be his only scoring shots as the former was the first man to fall feathering a Hodson delivery to Liam McKendry behind the stumps.

Despite the loss of Fisher, fellow opener Holdsworth and Ian Dickinson looked calm at the crease and manouvered the ball around the ground.

Dickinson then smashed three Elliott deliveries for four as Chorley continued to edge closer to the target.

Chorley took the score past 50 but they were soon to be two down as Holdsworth (21) attempted to whip a Kay delivery through mid-wicket only to see his middle stump knocked back.

Professional Mohammed Jamal came to the crease with Chorley needing 48-runs for the win, he and Dickinson continued to tick over the score as York went in search for a wicket using seven bowlers throughout the innings.

Pringle’s leg-breaks then sent Dickinson (21) packing and Chorley still needed 26-runs.

With the field up and Pringle holding up an end, pro Jamal stepped up to the mark and took the attack to the medium pacers of Kay.

Jamal bludgeoned 23 off Kay’s over hitting fours all around Windsor Park and took Chorley within three runs of victory.

Moulton then delicately swept a Pringle delivery for four which was met by a roar from the Chorley crowd as Holdsworth’s side secured a magnificent victory.