Chorley one step from Bristol final

Chorley skipper Andrew Holdsworth
Chorley skipper Andrew Holdsworth
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Chorley are bracing themselves for their biggest game in two decades when they host Sandiacre Town in the ECB National Knockout semi-finals on Sunday.

The Windsor Park outfit have done superbly to reach the last four, and in their sights is a trip to Gloucestershire Cricket Club’s Bristol home for the final.

Three years on the bounce Chorley reached the Lord’s final of the competition under its former guise of the Abbott Ale Cup.

Roland Horridge’s side won it in 1994 and 1995, before losing to Walsall in 1996.

Current Chorley skipper Andy Holdsworth sees the game on Sunday as the club’s most important since that 1996 appearance at cricket headquarters.

Holdsworth said: “Sunday’s clash is a huge game, not only for the players but the club and the town.

“It’s the biggest game we have had in 18 years since the final defeat at Lord’s in 1996.

“It’s a game we are looking hugely forward to and are relishing the challenge.

“I must confess, I only know a little about Sandiacre.

“But I just want to focus on my team.

“And all the lads are shaping up well and are in excellent spirits and they are looking forward to the challenge.

“Most of them are in excellent touch with the ball and/or bat, and we are finding form at the right time of the season.

“There is no real special preparation.

“It’s more a case of just keep doing the same things that got us to this point so far – and keep doing the basics well.”

Chorley have won six games to reach this stage.

They hit the cup trail back in April, beating Longridge.

And since then they have accounted for Blackpool, Darwen, St Annes, Bowdon and York.

Semi-final opponents Sandiacre play in the Derbyshire Premier League.

They beat Liverpool Competition side Northern in the quarter-final.

Sunday’s game starts at noon and club officials are expecting a bumper crowd.

Chorley have a league game to get through first – they are at home to Netherfield tomorrow.

In the Northern League title battle, leaders Blackpool have a home game against 

The visitors have started to find a bit of form of late, winning only their second game of the season last week.

Leyland, in second place, head to Birch Hall to play Darwen who sit just below them in the table.

Meanwhile, the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield is down to its last three weekend’s of fixtures. There is little to separate the top four, with defending champions Vernon Carus currently holding the cards at the summit.

Vernons head up the A6 tomorrow to face fourth-placed Garstang.

Great Eccleston, in second, host Withnell Fold, while Longridge go to Fylde.