Final bid fails but skipper is so proud

The Chorley players celebrate Billy Smith's first wicket when Sandiacre batted
The Chorley players celebrate Billy Smith's first wicket when Sandiacre batted

Chorley Cricket Club’s National Club Championship dream was ended by Sandiacre Town on Sunday – but captain Andrew Holdsworth was left “immensely proud”.

More than 600 people came to Windsor Park as they looked to watch Holdsworth’s side create history.

The game had initially been cancelled due to the wet weather and Windsor Park being under water.

But Sandiacre were willing to travel and the decision to cancel the game was reversed.

Chorley fell 35 runs short in their chase, but everybody connected with the club can hold their heads high, as they left a sporting town proud despite the defeat.

Holdsworth said: “I’m immensely proud all the players for their efforts and commitments throughout this exciting cup run.

“We bowled and fielded very well.

“Against York, we took our half chances but they didn’t quite fall our way on Sunday.

“It’s been a great journey and we want to use this motivation to go one step further next season.

“The support we have received from around the town has been excellent and I would like to thank everybody.”

Seamer Billy Smith had early success for Chorley but it was key third -wicket partnership between James Chapman and Oliver Rhodes that took the game away from Chorley.

The pair put on 109 which help build a fine platform.

In all fairness, Chorley plugged away and they pulled themselves back into the game, with Keiran McCullagh taking 2-48 and Gaurav Dhar 5-41 as Sandiacre were bowled out for 194.

Chorley’s reply started positively, with Holdsworth and Ian Dickinson in determined mood.

However, as wickets regularly fell, the run rate rose.

The crowd were still treated to a fine display of hitting from professional Mohammed Jamal, who sweetly struck four sixes.

However, when he was superbly caught, Chorley were up against it.

The tail-end tried to wag but the total just proved to be too much and they fell 35 runs shy of their target and a place in the final at Bristol.

But all the team can be proud of their efforts.