Roses clash awaits Chorley cup kings

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Chorley take the latest step in their ECB National Knockout on Sunday when they tackle York in the quarter finals at Windsor Park.

Reaching the last eight of the prestigious tournament has been a fine achievement and there is a determination within the club to go further.

It is a battle of two former winners, Chorley twice lifting the trophy in 1994 and 1995 under its former Abbott Ale Cup guise.

York won it two years ago and will be tough opponents judging by how they came through their delayed last 16 tie against Chesterfield.

They put a formidable 310-3 on the board before bowling out Chesterfield for 152.

Chorley’s chances on Sunday will hopefully have been boosted by a welcome return to form in the Northern League.

They have won successive matches against Lancaster and St Annes, and have a home game against Morecambe tomorrow before turning their attention back to the cup.

Peter Mockett, chairman of Chorley, told the Evening Post: “It is a remarkable achievement to have got to the last eight bearing in mind how we were struggling for form in the league until a couple of weeks ago.

“York are a strong outfit and progressing at their expense would be significant.

“They hit a big score last week and are obviously a strong batting team. But we are a strong bowling side so it should be a decent clash.

“Everyone is fit and we have got a good pool of players to select from. It is a case of balancing the team up because you need that extra bowler.

“We are hoping for the best as far as the weather is concerned, I think the forecast is better for Sunday than Saturday.

“The rain this week has helped the outfield here which was looking very parched.”

Mockett has been pleased with the boost in league form and hopes that continues when Morecambe visit.

“We have generally bowled and fielded well this season,” said the chairman.

“The main reason for the upturn in the league has been people coming into form with the bat. David Fisher scored 75 for us at St Annes last week and Ian Dickinson is getting back to form.

“The most consistent has been Will Moulton in the middle order who quite often has made a significant contribution.”

Meanwhile, the Moore and Smalley Palace stages the first of its 40-over competition finals on Sunday.

Longridge 3rd XI takes on Vernon Carus 3rd XI in the Crabtree Cup at Freckleton’s Bush Lane ground (1.30pm).

On Wednesday morning (11.30am), a Palace Shield Under-21 side will take on the MCC at BAC/EE Preston.

The Palace Shield side is: James McDonagh, Oliver Parkinson, Ben Parkinson, Sam Marsh, Matthew Greenall, Jake Apperley, Steven Rooney, Tom Higson, Luke Platt, Marcus Molinga.

Tomorrow’s fixtures

Northern League: Barrow v St Annes, Chorley v Morecambe, Lancaster v Blackpool, Leyland v Kendal, Netherfield v Prestobn, Penrith v Fleetwood, Darwen – no game

Palace Shield: BAC/EE Preston v Withnell Fold, Freckleton v Vernon Carus, Garstang v Fulwood and Broughton, Great Eccleston v Fylde, Penwortham v Whittingham and Goosnargh, Thornton Cleveleys v Longridge