NETHERFIELD Cricket Club's relentless winning form at top of Northern Premier League continued as they picked up a dominant five-wicket victory against Preston.

Nathan Chambers returned first innings figures of 3-13 as Preston were all out for 73, while Josh Dixon's undefeated knock of 25 off 57 balls saw Netherfield close their reply on 75-5 off 24.1 overs.

After winning the toss and electing to field, Daniel Ingham trapped Geeth Malinda LBW for a first ball duck as Preston were 0-1 off the first delivery.

Netherfield continued to apply the pressure as Chambers dismissed Yasin Patel, Moshin Patel and Irfan Patel as Preston toiled onto 22-4.

Chambers bowled well as Yasin Patel picked out Brad Earl, before Moshin Patel was caught behind by Lewis Edge. Irfan Patel was walking having scored just three runs when he was clean bowled by the Netherfield bowler.

The wickets continued to fall as Ingham bowled Mahmud Akthar as the New Zealander picked up figures of 2-19 as Preston were 23-5.

Preston captain and professional Lukman Vahaluwala offered some resistance with a top score of 23 as the visitors moved onto 44.

However, Lewis Richardson was brought into the attack and sent Vahaluwala walking back to the pavilion when John Huck took an excellent catch.

The departure of Preston’s key talisman saw another collapse as Richardson picked up the wicket of Mohammad Ilyas before Tom Williamson despatched of Jitendra Kumar who was caught behind by Edge as the visitors struggled onto 44-8.

Rizwan Ali hit a quickfire 20 off 40 balls as Preston moved onto 72, before Obus Pienaar cleaned the tail up after claiming the wicket of Amjad Malik who was caught by Ben Barrow, before the South African bowled Andrew Starkie as Preston were all out for 73.

With a low total to chase, Netherfield captain Ben Barrow changed the batting order and opened with Brad Earl and Edge who put on a first-wicket stand of 28.

However, Netherfield from a strong position lost two quick wickets as Starkie bowled Earl before despatching of Edge who was trapped LBW.

Netherfield were under further pressure when Vahaluwala bowled Obus Pienaar for 0, while Starkie finished with a return of 3-30 after taking the wicket of Richardson who picked out Vahaluwala as Netherfield fell onto 39-4.

Williamson and Josh Dixon offered some brief respite as Netherfield moved onto 51 before Williamson fell for two off the bowling of Vahaluwala.

However, Dixon and Barrow closed the game out as Netherfield finished on 75-5 off 24.1 overs. Dixon undefeated on 25 off 57 balls while Barrow closed on five off 14 balls.

Netherfield travel to reigning champions Leyland on Saturday before beginning the defence of their Readers Cup with a home game against Lancaster on Sunday.