Blackpool 90 Chorley 94 for 3

Chorley have reached the last 16 of the national knockout, now known as the Kingfisher Beer Cup, to revive memories of the three successive finals the club went to in the 1990s.

The Windsor Park side had a comfortable win in the Group 4 Final as they dismissed hosts and fellow Northern Premier League side Blackpool for just 88, Billy Smith taking 3-16 from his nine overs, in their seven wicket victory.

The fantastic bowling display was followed by a solid batting performance, captain Andy Holdsworth scoring 21, Jack Bentham anchoring the innings with 29 not out and Kieran McCullagh, pushed up the batting order, making a decent score of 25.

Iain Critchley joined Bentham at the crease to ease Chorley to victory with plenty of overs to spare.

Reaching the last 16 is the furthest Chorley have been in the competition since their last Lord’s visit in 1996.

In that game they lost to Walsall, but the two previous years Roland Horridge’s men were triumphant at the home of cricket, beating Ealing in 1994 and Clifton Flax Bourton the following year.

This year the final will be played at Derby’s County Ground in mid-September.

Chorley will be at home in last 16 on Sunday, July 8 against the winners of the Group 2 final between Cuckney of the Notts Premier League and Hanging Heaton of the Bradford League.

That tie is to be played on Sunday.

Cuckney are a village side based near Mansfield and according to their website say they play ‘in the heart of Sherwood Forest’.

Should Hanging Heaton win it would set up a mouthwatering ‘Roses’ clash next month.

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