Great excitement ahead of derby knockout clash

Kieran McCullagh bowling for Chorley takes the wicket of Dean Williams
Kieran McCullagh bowling for Chorley takes the wicket of Dean Williams

Chorley skipper Andrew Holdsworth feels Sunday’s potential clash against arch rivals Leyland is a more than winnable game.

The two sides should meet this Sunday in the regional final of the National Knockout competition at Windsor Park.

Talks are stil ongoing between the two clubs at the moment to get the game played this weekend due to the crowded fixture list.

Games between the sides are always tasty affairs and Holdsworth feels the regional final fixture will be no


“Leyland are a good team and we know what to expect,”he said.

“Regardless of their patchy form this season, they have a number of good players.

“But, of course, it is a winnable game for us.

“The format of the competition suits us as we have five genuine bowlers.

“We aren’t carrying bowlers and we can bat all the way down the order as a team.”

On Saturday, Chorley were playing catch- up from the off as visitors Barrow posted a huge score of 261-4.

That score was largely down to centuries from Sri Lankan professional Tharanga Paranavitana and Michael Wellings.

But Chorley battled all the way and closed on 198-9, with Ian Dickinson continuing his fine form scoring 71.

The draw means Chorley are now unbeaten in six league and cup fixtures.

Despite the impressive performance with the bat, Holdsworth admitted his side could have been better with the ball.

He said: “I do admit we weren’t at our best with the ball and in the field.

“But aking nothing away, from the two Barrow batsmen who played to their strengths.

“Kieran McCullagh stood out with the ball, and he’s performed consistently all year.

“Edwin Moulton also bowled well.

“It’s promising for him, as he’s only 15 and bowling at former Test match cricketers.

“There are positives from the game, as Ian Dickinson batted well and we scored almost 200.

“If we can hit scores of 200 regularly, then we shouldn’t be losing many games.”

This Saturday, Chorley travel to Kendal.

The start time is 1pm.