A top notch team performance saw Chorley surge into the last 16 of the National Knockout with a win at St Annes on Sunday.
A hugely entertaining game played in a great spirit saw the visitors restrict the Vernon Road men to 169 all out on a good wicket and with a fast, dry outfield.
And Andy Holdsworth’s men paced their reply superbly to ease to a five wicket victory with more than three overs to spare to spark a roar of delight from the travelling supporters who had made the journey over to the Fylde coast.
After working so hard on a humid, overcast afternoon, Chorley richly deserved their win and the reward of a home tie in the last 16 against the winners of next Sunday’s clash between Prestwich and Bowdon.There should be a bumper crowd at Windsor Park for that showdown which is provisionally scheduled for Sunday, July 13.
Every Chorley bowler kept things tight, David Fisher taking four wickets and the veteran Rex Purnell brought back memories of the golden mid-1990s era as he reeled off nine overs for just 26 runs. It was only in the closing overs that a few lusty blows from the home side hauled them to a score which might challenge the visitors.
But that score suddenly looked a decent one when Holdsworth unluckily chopped a Lukman Vahaluwala delivery onto his stumps and Ian Dickinson quickly followed.
Fisher and pro Mohammed Jamal then dug in to engineer a recovery, but when both fell in quick succession and Andy Winrow was unlucky to be adjudged run out, it was back in the melting pot.
The visitors needn’t have worried though as Gaurav Dhar and Will Moulton steadied the ship before stepping up the pace and seeing their side safely home, Moulton cracking a splendid boundary to finish things off. It was a commendable effort by the home side, particularly as they had to recover from a disappointing reverse at Netherfield in the previous day’s league game.
Fisher again had looked in good nick at Parkside Road, making 35 as Chorley struggled to make headway against an accurate home attack, but when he fell, the middle order faded badly as the visitors crumbled to 137 all out.
In reply, Netherfield had few problems as skipper Marc Brown’s unbeaten half-century helped them to an eight wicket win.