Netherfield's prospects of advancing in the Moore and Smalley Palace Shield have been left hanging in the balance following a defeat to Chorley last weekend.

The five wicket defeat means that Field must win against Fulwood and Broughton if they are to advance to the latter stages of the competition.

And Saturday's success for Chorley means if they can defeat Blackpool in their next outing they too stand a chance of progressing into the last four of the shield.

Netherfield were bowled out by just 103 in the first innings where Chris Harty picked up three wickets.

Despite the Fields’ gallant efforts throughout the second innings, Chorley eased to victory with Joseph Tiffin posting an undefeated knock of 36.

Netherfield batted first but made a bad start after Harty claimed the wickets from both Josh Dixon and Oli Wileman with the Field reduced to 24-2.

Captain Ben Barrow, who posted 20 off 43, became the next wicket to fall when he picked out Max Harper off the bowling of James Lee.

Finlay Richardson and Tom Anderton were both bowled by Will Moulton while Brad Earl who had top scored with 28 picked out Harry Barclay off Lees delivery.

Netherfield attempted to rebuild the innings through Theo Gallagher, 18, however just as all-rounder began to find his form, Chorley broke through after Gallagher was caught by Moulton.

Oakes completed his three-wicket haul when he dismissed both Joel Derham and Matt Jackson with Netherfield all out for 103 off 37.4 overs. Netherfields hopes were further raised after Samuel Medhurst claimed the wickets of Harry Barclay, Will Moulton and Ian Oakes, while Chorley had slumped onto 52-4.

Joseph Tiffins undefeated knock of 36 saw Chorley to victory where they closed on 104-5 off 31 overs.