A FIVE-WICKET haul from seamer Nathan Chambers and skipper Marc Brown’s unbeaten half century were the standout contributions as Netherfield brushed aside Chorley for a much-needed Northern League victory.
Chambers took his form from the T20 clash with Penrith into the league as the Parkside Road club dismissed the high-flying visitors for 137, as opener David Fisher top scored with 35.
Netherfield also produced with the bat, chasing down their victory target with more than half their allocated overs to spare, with Brown the main man with 52 not out.
After winning the toss and choosing to bat, Chorley failed to get the scoreboard ticking early on in the face of aggressive bowling from Saliya Saman and Mark Clarkson, reaching 14-1 off 13 overs.
Clarkson claimed the wicket to fall as captain Andrew Houldsworth edged behind to Ben Barrow, who had taken the gloves in place of John Huck.
The first boundary off the bat came in the 14th over, Fisher planting Clarkson through extra-cover, as Chorley’s second-wicket partnership slowly accumulated runs – with nine maidens in the first 20 overs.
Chambers struck in his second over as Ian Dickinson picked out Brown at mid off to depart for 19 with Fisher caught at deep mid-wicket by Brendan Herron off the bowling of Saman shortly afterwards.
Chorley professional Mohammed Jamal looked to inject some momentum into the innings with a 27-ball 26 – including a six off Chambers – before clipping the same bowler to Clarkson.
Andrew Winrow became Chambers’ third victim after edging behind to Barrow for three, with a Gaurav Dhar boundary bringing the Chorley 100 up in the 28th over.
Brad Earl claimed a sharp caught and bowled chance to dismiss Will Moulton for nine before Dhar holed out to Huck in the deep, with Chorley 114-7 in the 44th over.
Sharp fielding from Ben Phillips saw Edwin Moulton run out for four as Kieran McCullagh smashed a straight six off Chambers in the same over.
Chambers completed his five-for as McCullagh picked out Brown at mid-off for 14 while Richard Flood was run out in the penultimate over as Chorley posted a below par 137.
In complete contrast to their opponents’ innings, Netherfield began with purpose as Ben Barrow took three boundaries from left-arm seamer Flood’s second over.
Brown followed suit with three fours off Edwin Moulton as Netherfield flexed their muscle and reached 41-0 at the end of the fourth over.
The 26-year-old danced down the wicket to crash Will Moulton for four and bring up the Netherfield 50 in the tenth, before Barrow edged Billy Smith to Dhar at backward point for 24.
Brown and Phillips continued to add runs, with the former carving Dhar through mid-wicket and Brown adding a further boundary as Netherfield reached 100 in the 20th over.
Phillips returned to the pavilion after edging Smith, brother of Lancashire all-rounder Tom, to McCullagh at the first slip after hitting a 28-ball 20.
Brown pulled the final ball of the 24th over to the boundary rope to bring up his half century – a second Northern League fifty of the season.
Huck then took 13 runs, including a huge straight six, off Edwin Moulton, before victory was sealed in the next over as Netherfield claimed a vital 12 points from the match.
Brown finished undefeated on 52 while Huck’s 16-ball stay at the crease yielded 33, a knock which included four fours and two sixes.