Chorley target a weekend double

Will Moulton for Chorley
Will Moulton for Chorley
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Chorley are aiming for a push up the Northern League table and further progress in the ECB National Knockout this weekend.

Tomorrow they head up the M6 to Cumbria for a league game against Netherfield at Parkside Road.

Then on Sunday, Andrew Holdsworth’s men make the shorter trip to the Fylde coast for a tasty-looking battle with St Annes (1pm).

The clash at Vernon Road is the National Knockout’s group four final.

At stake is a home game against Prestwich or Bowdon in the next stage of the tournament.

Last year, Chorley reached the national stages before losing to Shrewsbury.

This competition was much loved by the Windsor Park club in the 1990s, with them reaching the Lord’s final three years running.

The first of those finals at cricket’s HQ came 20 years ago in 1994.

“We have got a good weekend of cricket ahead of us,” Chorley chairman Peter Mockett told the Evening Post.

“Netherfield’s ground is in a grand spot and it is always a nice pitch up there.

“Then we go to St Annes on Sunday and again they have a good pitch.

“This is the second season running we have got to the group final of the National Knockout.

“We progressed on to the national stages last year and lost to Shrewsbury in a game we should really have won.

“It is 20 years since Roland Horridge’s team reached the Lord’s final for the first time.

“We will be marking that later in the summer when we officially open our new pavilion.

“Roland is trying to pull together the team from 1994 and there will be a Twenty/20 games between them and the current Chorley side.”

Chorley saw off Darwen in the last round on June 1 to book Sunday’s meeting with St Annes.

That tie saw Will Moulton claim superb bowling figures of 5-5, with skipper Holdsworth hitting an unbeaten 44.

Mockett said: “The week before we had played Darwen in the league and got beaten.

“Yet in the cup we bowled them out for less than 100 and chased down for the loss of just one wicket.

“Perhaps that underlines the inconsistency we have in our side.

“We are up and down, on any given day we are capable of beating anyone in the league, but we are equally as capable of losing to anyone.

“We have not fulfilled our potential yet in terms of the batting which is a cause for concern.”

There’s a meeting of the Northern League’s top two tomorrow, with leaders Darwen travelling to Fox Lane to take on Leyland.

They also meet tonight in a Twenty/20 clash.

Meanwhile, in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield Premier Division, Vernon Carus host leaders Garstang at Factory Lane.

Tomorrow’s fixtures

NORTHERN PREMIER LEAGUE: Barrow v Lancaster, Fleetwood v Kendal, Leyland v Darwen, Morecambe v St Annes, Netherfield v Chorley, Preston v Blackpool. Sunday: Kendal v Lancashire Colts.

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