A fine all round performance saw Chorley end their poor run of league results in style on Saturday.

They outplayed a useful Netherfield side at the Cumbrian side’s picturesque ground to earn a deserved six wicket win.

The home side are always a tough proposition on their own patch and when they had first bat on a dry wicket with a lightning fast outfield, they must have been confident of posting a total well in excess of 200. But they were kept in check by a fine all round bowling display, with Chris Harty prominent as he sent down eight lively overs at a cost of just 18 runs, backed by a superb effort in the field.

And when the home side tried to up the ante in the later stages, wickets tumbled as pro Gaurav Dhar and Billy Smith shared seven wickets, only Chris Parry with a lively unbeaten 41 providing any real resistance.

A total of 173 all out did not look enough but even so, given Chorley’s well-documented batting frailties, a solid start was essential. Thankfully, that was provided by an aggressive innings from Andy Griffiths, whose boundary-filled 33 set the visitors on the road.

And when he fell to a tidy slip catch, Ian Dickinson took over and with Dave Fisher filling the anchor role nicely at the other end, the pair did exactly the right thing.

They knew there were plenty overs left and that if they stuck around in good conditions on a small ground, the runs would come.

And so it proved, as Chorley made steady progress and eventually eased to a fully merited victory with a full four overs to spare as the sun began to set behind the Lake District fells.