Netherfield Cricket Club progressed to the semi-final of the Reader's Cup after a 71-run victory over Chorley.

New Zealand professional Tom Bruce bagged his second century of the weekend as he ended 134 not out from just 87 balls faced.

The Field set Chorley a target of 259 to win but some disciplined bowling restricted them 187-8 at the end of their 40 overs.

After winning the toss at Parkside Road, Chorley put Netherfield in to bat and made an early breakthrough with captain Ben Barrow caught for just four runs.

His replacement Brad Earl tried to kick on the innings with youngster James Park-Johnson before the former became Will Moulton's second victim with Netherfield 37-2.

That brought the explosive Bruce to the crease, and when Park-Johnson was trapped LBW, Bruce's partner in crime from the Morecambe win, John Huck, joined him for a 160-run partnership.

Huck's wicket for 68 runs brought Dan Ingham to the field. Unable to recreate the feat of his predecessor, he was bowled for a duck. Bruce and Tom Williamson saw out the innings as Netherfield posted an impressive 258-5.

Chorley made the worst possible start to their chase as Nathan Chambers had Stuart Naden direct a delivery straight to Lewis Richardson, with the opener out for two runs.

Ian Dickinson and Edwin Moulton steadied the ship with a 59-run stand for the second wicket, but Chorley never really troubled the 6-and-a-half runs an over they required for victory.

Brett Pelser top scored for the visitors with 57 not out, but Chorley were well beaten as they closed on 187-8.

Netherfield will take on Blackpool Cricket Club for a place in this year's final.