Magnificent Chorley march on in national cricket knockout

Magnificent Chorley march on in national cricket knockout

Magnificent Chorley march on in national cricket knockout

First published in Sport Chorley Citizen: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

CHORLEY eased to one of their greatest victories in years on Sunday as they saw off York with a scintillating display of controlled aggression.

The win sees Andy Holdsworth’s team into the ECB National Knockout semi-finals.

They will play at home for a place in the final on Sunday, August 31 against Derbyshire side Sandiacre Town.

After winning the toss, the Yorkshire side elected to bat in damp and sometimes drizzly conditions.

Chorley excelled with the ball, reducing favourites York, who scored an amazing 360 in their last 16 tie, to 107 all out.

Chris Harty took 3-13 off nine overs, while Billy Smith matched him with similar outstanding figures of 3-16 from 6.3 overs.

Will Moulton contributed to the consummate display with 2-21.

Only White Rose opener Liam McKendry offered much in the way of a threat.

He was the man who looked capable of pushing his men up to a big score but he was snared on 48 with the team on 89 as Kieron McCullagh struck in his first over of the day.

McKendry was left staring in disbelief at the manner of his dismissal as David Fisher held a sensational catch at long on to put Chorley closer to glory.

With the weather improving and the outfield drying up, Chorley never looked in any trouble during their run chase and reached the target for the loss of three wickets with almost 19 overs to spare.

Mohammed Jamal steadied any doubts among the big crowd with a rapid 34 and finished unbeaten.

As the cheers rang out from the hundreds of supporters, thoughts turned as to whether a date with destiny in Bristol could be possible.

Chorley’s schedule league match against Morecambe on Saturday was abandoned before any play due to heavy rain.

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