Chorley aiming to re-live glory days

David Fisher
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Chorley will be looking to make it third time lucky in the ECB National Knockout this weekend.

The Windsor Park side host Bowdon in the last 16 of the competition on Sunday (1pm).

It is the third year in a row that they have reached the national stage.

Last summer Chorley came unstuck against Shrewsbury, and in 2012 they were beaten by Cuckney.

So they will be hoping to go one better this time and reach the quarter-finals.

A home tie awaits Sunday’s winners against either York or Chesterfield.

Chorley skipper Andy Holdsworth is determined to lead his side into the last eight.

Holdsworth said: “I want us to go one better this year, as we know we can match anybody on our day.

“If we perform like I know we can then there is no reason why we can’t win.

“We want the crowd to play a huge part and want the atmosphere to be intimidating as it’s a huge game for us.

“It will mean a lot to everybody in the side if we can get people showing their support.”

Chorley – twice winners of the competition in 1994 and 1995 – won four games to reach this stage, beating Longridge, Blackpool, Darwen and St Annes.

In the last round at St Annes, David Fisher was one of the stars of the show.

Fisher returned bowling figures of 4-37 to dismiss St Annes for 169. Then he struck 49 with the bat as Chorley chased down their target.

Bowdon arrive in Lancashire having struggled in the Cheshire League this term.

They sit a place outside the Premier Division relegation zone. But like Chorley, they have set aside their league form to perform strongly in the National Knockout.

Lancashire all-rounder Oliver Newby, a former student at Myerscough College, is in the Bowdon side.

Before tackling Bowdon, Holdsworth’s men are in league action tomorrow.

It is a formidable-looking task, with them travelling to Stanley Park to play leaders Blackpool.

Their hosts have won 10 league games in a row, beating Leyland last week to go top of the table.

Chorley’s last league win came back in May against Lancashire Colts.

And that long run since a victory has seen them slip down the table to 11th place.

Meanwhile, the Northern League’s Under-21 side have their annual match against the MCC at Darwen’s Birch Hall ground today (11am).

Leyland’s Henry Thompson will captain the side, with his Fox Lane team-mate Danny Lamb also in the XI.

In the Moore and Smalley Place Shield Premier Division, leaders Vernon Carus have a home clash with Fylde tomorrow.

Great Eccleston have an away game at Thornton Cleveleys, with Longridge hosting Whittingham and Goosnargh.

On Sunday, Great Ecc’s Hall Lane ground is the venue for the Palace Shield’s 20/20 finals day, starting at 11am.

Vernon Carus and Garstang reached the semi-finals after topping their groups, with play-off winners Leyland and Great Ecc joining them.

Tomorrow’s fixtures

NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE: Barrow v Preston, Blackpool v Chorley, Darwen v Morecambe, Fleetwood v St Annes, Lancaster v Netherfield, Penrith v Leyland, Kendal – no game.

PALACE SHIELD PREMIER DIVISION: BAC/EE Preston v Penwortham, Freckleton v Fulwood and Broughton, Longridge v Whittingham and Goosnargh, Thornton Cleveleys v Great eccleston, Vernon Carus v Fylde, Withnell Fold v Garstang